If any of you readers follow me on Twitter, you may have seen this obscure little note:
What in the world could I be making with 72 yards of white fabric? A tent. Yes, folks. A tent. Very cool project debuting March 1st!
2:45 PM Feb 16th via web
On account of having some crazy talented and amazing friends, I was able to join the team of people working on a new, very special and unique idea for weddings: The Guest Box!
Here's the official explanation of The Guest Box: "The GuestBox is a modern-day guestbook. Guests at a wedding or event choose either a truth or a dare card and then walk into a video booth to perform on camera. We have truths such as "Tell the story of how the bride and groom met. Don't know? Make it up!" and dares including "Make up a song for the bride and groom and sing a line" or "Act out the proposal", and we then edit together a video montage of the footage that is presented on both Facebook and DVD."
Informally speaking, in the vernacular of yours truly.... it's a big fort castle that you go in with your friends, dance around, make jokes, be funny - and when it's all said and done, your friends who were getting married will get to see it!
After being married and having my wedding already, the part of The Guest Box I find appealing is the opportunity for the bride and groom to look back and get a feeling of what it was like to be at their wedding. You spend months and months planning a wedding, thinking of your guests, making everything perfect. But the day of your wedding isn't about those things for you anymore - it's about life decisions, bringing together families, crying down the aisle and doing your best to make snapshot memories because you know the rest is just going to blur past. The Guest Box video that a bride and groom recieve lets them jump right into the reception - have a good laugh at your funny old roomate (who you might not have seen or remembered was at the wedding otherwise).
I've talked to you before about Callie from Achor & Eden (she took the headshot from the last post), but you may not know that she is also the mastermind behind The Not Wedding. Go to the website to see what the Not Wedding's all about, and get ready because the next one is in Atlanta this coming July - but we'll talk more about that. Anyway, Callie is obviously full of great ideas - and The Guest Box is another genius project of hers!
Also involved is Abany from Brown Linen & Co., who made the Guest Box signage and is also very busy working on design for The Not Wedding.
I used my crafting skills to sew the actual tent, create the Truth and Dare boxes, and design the cards that go inside.
And Aaron, an awesome videographer and director (who happens to be Callie's younger brother - talent runs in the family), is in charge of the good part - the video. Take a look at the video from Hayley and Reuben's wedding!
The Guest Box - Hayley & Reuben from Aaron Chewning on Vimeo.
And finally, a hilarious photo from The Guest Box's Facebook page, from inside the tent... I think we're acting out "Scream like a 12-year old girl."
This was a great project to be a part of for many reasons: good idea, good people, lots of fun putting together, lots of fun trying it out, and LOTS of fun seeing the videos! There are more pictures and videos on the Facebook page, just go to The Guest Box website to learn more and inquire about booking it for your wedding! It's worth it!