Welcome to our site.
We are a small family business which consists of me - Rachael, my partner Jamie and our two daughters who earn their pocket money by giving us a helping hand at the weekends.
We started our business within the wedding industry with our sister brand - The Illustrated Invitation. This is a market leading wedding stationery brand based in Somerset, UK. We specialise in illustrating our customers wedding venue via a stunning pencil sketch which is then featured throughout a suite of personalised and unique stationery, from Save the Date to Invitation suites and from Orders of Service to Table Place cards, Menus and Seating Plans. We have sketched many wedding venues in the UK (ask us if we have yours!) from churches to cathedrals and castles to estate homes. We are even getting orders from Europe now for Italian villas and French chateaus so word of mouth is getting out there. Take a look at our website for further information www.illustratedinvitation.co.uk.
When exhibiting at wedding shows, we noticed that a lot of people were stopping and admiring our Guest Comments Frames. The positive feedback was lovely, so much so we decided to create a separate brand and this was when The Alternative Guest Book was born.
(thanks to James and Kerry for this image - please check their website at www.jamesandkerriephotography.co.uk to see their stunning work).
So how does it work? We produce personalised message cards which are generally left for guests on the tables at the wedding breakfast. The cards invite the guests to share a special memory, a piece of advice, or a funny anecdote. Experience suggests that we get a mix of emotional messages from parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts (that make you go awww) and perhaps some riskier ones (that make us laugh out loud when we receive them!).
We then take the message and either type it and create some stunning artwork, or we scan each message (tidying things up a little) and then the guest's handwriting is on show, which some of our customers feel is very personal.
We provide proofs for all our frames before we complete them so our customers have complete control on the look and which messages feature. Our customers choose the size, colour and finish for their finished product and they are all high quality wooden frames with glass front.
It always brightens up our day when we receive the customer's feedback when they open the frame for the first time.
We hope you love our work and we would love to hear from you and hopefully work with you....and of course wow you too.
Capture your special day with those special people that shared it with you!
All the very best with your wedding planning,
Rachael, Jamie, Lily and Faith xx