Wedding guest book alternatives – CUSTOM PUZZLES

Portland, Oregon · 1251 Sales


Wedding guest book alternatives – CUSTOM PUZZLES

Portland, Oregon 1251 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Last updated on Jun 13, 2018

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Lara Braithwaite

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Lara Braithwaite


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5 out of 5 stars

sh0rtebynature on Mar 25, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

AHHHHH! Looooooove my guestbook! My picture made be so excited for the reception than my actual wedding =) Thank you again for reserving a spot for me after I messaged you with some questions. You are the best!


Momo on Nov 27, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Did a great job getting it quickly to us just in time for our wedding. Had a sweet note and candy in the box when it arrived! Thank you. It made an amazing wedding guest "book"!

Maggie - Betty Mudd

Maggie - Betty Mudd on Apr 17, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

As always....another fabulous puzzle for our couple!!! We take great pride in gifting our clients with puzzles from Laura and "bella puzzles".

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This custom shape guestbook puzzle looks even better signed and framed! I love it when clients share photos like these with me.
Wedding guestbook CUSTOM SHAPE puzzle - it's a C130 plane. Freshly made. It still has that awesome woodshop smell. Now to vacuum away the last bits of sawdust and package this so the future Mr. & Mrs. Brath can start enjoying it.


BELLA PUZZLES™ - Making wedding guest books fun and modern

Congratulations! You’ve found the right partner to spend the rest of your life with.

Of course, you want your wedding to reflect all those qualities you admire in each other and I’m flattered that you’re considering a wedding guestbook puzzle as part of the celebration.

But I’m going to guess you know a little less about puzzle making than you do about love, so let me bring you up to speed on what you’re looking at. Whether you end up with a Bella Puzzle or a guestbook alternative made by somebody else, here are the things you ought to look for:

You want a guest book that will last as long as your marriage. Longer, even. If you end up with grandkids, you’ll want to pass the memories along to them. So take a close look at the materials. A cardboard puzzle will be cheaper, but how long will it last?

If all you wanted was a puzzle that would last forever, you could get one made out of plastic. Not from me, of course, but you could. I work with 1/4" birch plywood. It’s durable, which means you can actually use your puzzle, not just look at it. But it also has the warmth and heft of wood.

• FIT •
You can tell when two people fit together. And you can tell when puzzle pieces fit together. I cut each custom puzzle by hand, using top-notch tools, delicate scroll saw blades, and over ten years of puzzle-making experience. The result is a puzzle that fits together as well as you two do.

You’re not ordinary. Isn’t it wonderful that you found someone who not only appreciates your quirks, but has cool quirks of their own? Turns out, puzzles can have quirks, too. We call them “silhouettes”, “figurals”, or “whimseys”. They’re special pieces cut into shapes that have meaning to the people I make the puzzles for. A couple who met in an apple orchard, for example, might want to have figurals in the shapes of apples. But it’s not just the special pieces that can be different. You can get your entire custom guestbook made into a special, meaningful shape.

I know, when it comes to love, looks don’t matter. But when it comes to luxury guestbooks, well, let’s allow ourselves to be a little more superficial. Find something that looks good. If all the other pieces are there, you’ll be happy for a long time.

See? Choosing the right guestbook isn’t that hard. Not as hard as finding true love, and look at you! You did that.

All my best,
Lara Braithwaite
Owner, maker, and designer at BELLA PUZZLES



lara [!at]

1 (458) 206-0866


For info about the person behind the puzzles, check out these two Etsy blog posts:

Etsy's "Featured Seller" blog post from April 2, 2012

Etsy's "Meet the Vendor" blog post from Jun 26, 2012

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Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

All puzzles you see in my shop can be customized to some degree. That's what makes them special. If you'd like something other than what you see in the shop, please contact me.

How many puzzle pieces should you get?

[Number of guests] x [0.70] = approximate number of puzzle pieces.

Or, pick a puzzle in my shop. Flip through the images for that puzzle until you get to the one that shows you how many puzzle pieces to order for your number of guests.

Rush orders

Perhaps you'd like a puzzle to arrive earlier than it says it will in my shop? Rush orders are available IF I can find time to work overtime. A rush fee will apply. Please contact me if you require a rush order.

My "shop announcement" always has the most up-to-date info about my projected shipping and delivery dates for orders.

How big are the puzzles and the puzzle pieces?

Puzzle sizes vary depending on the number of pieces you order. More important than the final dimensions of the puzzle is the size of each puzzle piece. You'd like enough room for each guest to sign a name AND leave a short message, right? That's why I aim for a 2 x 2 inch size per puzzle piece.

Replacement pieces

I can make replacement pieces for most of my puzzles.

There is a replacement fee for each piece I replace. Also, you'll need to ship part or all of the original puzzle to me so I can create a replacement for your missing piece.

Contact me if you need replacements.

Sometimes I'm asked to make replacement pieces because a guest writes something inappropriate or ugly on a puzzle piece. Try using sandpaper to erase their writing. If that doesn't work, I'll be happy to make you a replacement piece. Might as well try to the free option first, though, right?

Are the names and dates painted on, etched on, or cut out?

They're cut out of the wood, one piece at a time. Each letter or number is a tiny puzzle piece of its own.

Do the tiny letter- or number-shaped pieces count as "sign-able" pieces?

Nope. If it's a 20 piece puzzle, that means there are 20 large pieces for guests to sign. Letter-shaped or number-shaped puzzle pieces that make up any names or dates you've requested are IN ADDITION TO the sign-able puzzle pieces.

Sending photos to Bella Puzzles for PHOTO puzzle orders

You can send your photo through Etsy during the order placement process, or send it to me via email after you've placed the order.

Wholesale availability

Bella Puzzles is not accepting wholesale orders at this time.