Even though it is called a guest book, you don’t have to stick with a traditional album for collecting signatures and well wishes on the day of your wedding. Modern brides have come up with a myriad of creative ways to capture their guests’ names and notes. From thumbprint paintings to signed rocks, your guest book is actually a great way to incorporate your interests and personalities into your wedding celebration. Remember, no tradition is too sacred to shirk when it comes to creating a wedding that’s meaningful to you and your soon-to-be-spouse!
Let Your Hobbies Be Your Guide
There are two considerations that can help you choose the ideal guest book for you and your fiancé. First, do you have a need for artwork in your home? If so, let this guide the size and shape of your “guest book.” Secondly, do you have shared passions you would like reflected in both your wedding décor and your future home? You might be surprised how many niche guest books are available online, and the possibilities become endless if you’re willing to incorporate a DIY spirit into your wedding planning.
- Some popular choices are matted photos that can be signed by your guests, either from your engagement portraits or a favorite shot from your wedding itself.
- If you’re having a photobooth at your wedding, consider a simple scrapbook where guests can leave a copy of their photos along with their greetings.
- You could also create a guest book out of your engagement photos. Lots of online printing companies offer affordable bound books, which make great guest books, with the write writing utensils (like permanent markers).
Think Outside the Book
- Postcards are another popular choice, especially for world travellers. You could also have a globe or world map signed, to create a quirky piece of art.
- Nature lovers might consider having guests sign rocks, leaves, small wood slices or even seashells. Just make sure to find a pretty vessel to collect them all in.
- Quilts can also make great guest books. Just have guests sign their choice of pre-cut squares.
- If you are artists, or have a close friend or family member who is, you could have a custom painting created on which guests can leave their names. Trees and hearts make simple shapes for leaving thumbprint signatures.
- If you’re looking to get more than names, consider requesting date ideas, marriage advice, or favorite quotes, etc. You could include a fill-in-the-blank card as part of each place setting, or a page of your program designated for advice.