The problem with traditional guest books is what to do with them once your wedding is over! They get put in a box or maybe on a shelf and are never touched again. Because of this, couples are starting to stray from the traditional guest book and move towards something much more practical after their big day. Here are 10 creative guest book ideas to help you ditch the old-school guest book yet still remember who celebrated your wedding day with you. Scrapbook These days, everyone has engagement photos taken and put together in a collective book.
Use that as a guest book! Another option is to put together your own book through many of the online websites and have guests sign that. Take guests through the journey of your relationship together. They will be sure to sign it because they will want to see the photos inside. Plus, it makes for a great book for your coffee table after the wedding!
Play off your theme If you have a theme to your wedding, use something that mirrors it. If there is something special to you as a couple, choose an item that represents you to have guests sign. For example, if you are having a yacht wedding and playing off the nautical theme, choose a life ring or an oar to have guest sign.
Is your wedding around the holidays? Have each guest sign an ornament to hang on your Christmas tree! Tie in your venue as well! As mentioned, if you are having a nautical theme on your yacht wedding, use blue and silver pens to add even more special touches to your guest book.
It starts with one large jar, small pieces of paper and a few pens. Have guests write marriage advice or date night ideas signed with their name. Not only will you know who attended, but you get some great feedback as well to keep forever!
Photo Frame Similar to the scrapbook idea, use one of your favorite engagement photos or just favorite pictures of you two together. Get it printed on a canvas or put it in a beautiful frame. Then have guests sign the picture directly or put it on white matting so guests can sign the border of the photo.
To take the nautical theme to the next level, put a photo in the middle of the life ring to add a nice touch of detail to your yacht wedding! Wooden hearts This is becoming increasingly popular amongst brides today. Each guest signs a small wooden heart and then drops it into the large frame. These kits can be found online through multiple websites like ETSY and Amazon and can be personalized as well!
Globe Leave the globe as is or paint it as you want! If you leave the globe as is, you can use colored pens to sign it directly. To take it a step further, leave small pins for guests to pin some of their favorite locations around the world for you and your honey to travel to!
This is awesome for the couples that love to travel! Thumbprint tree Essentially, the poster starts with branches and a bare tree in the center of the page. Leave a few colored ink pads and allow guests to leave their thumbprint around the branches. Photo station Leave a polaroid camera and even a few props to spice things up next to a large, open frame with strings running horizontally. Then they hang their photo in the frame with a clothes pin on the string! If you are having a photo booth, have guests take photos in the booth and place a copy of their photo strips into a book.
Then they can write their message to you. You will have fun looking back at the silliness that occurred! Wish tree Use a manzanita tree and allow people to write their messages and well wishes and hang them on the tree. Save them and then repurpose the tree! Puzzle Pieces Use any photo, design or emblem to create your own puzzle. It can be anything you want! These are easily ordered online and are fairly inexpensive.
Then mix it up and allow each guest to write their note on the back of each piece! Keep it forever and put the puzzle together for anniversaries to come!
Whatever you decide, choose something that is special to your theme and unique to you as a couple! Just know there are plenty of options available if you want to stay away from the typical, traditional guest book!