Your guests are an important part of your wedding. They help you celebrate the start of your new life together and make your wedding a night to remember. Perhaps this is why guest books have become so important. Unlike in the past, brides today are becoming more unconventional and are diverting from tradition. There are some very unique and creative alternatives to guest books that brides can choose from to really fit the theme of their big day and their personality. The traditional book can still be a good idea, but spiced up a bit to better fit your personal taste! Here are some of our favorite ideas!
If you are a bride who loves tradition and can’t even consider breaking away from using a guest book, consider customizing the book and adding a personal touch. One idea is to have all of your guests take a picture at your photobooth and have them glue this into the book with their personal message. This way you can see all of their beautiful faces! Another option is to have a camera sitting out for them to capture a Polaroid picture. Again have them glue this in your book and leave their note or special message. For all the Disney lovers out there who want just a touch of Disney in their wedding there are some fabulous options. If you love the movie “Up”, you should remember the “My Adventure Book” that Carl and Ellie share throughout their lives. Why not recreate this book and have your guests sign, since you’re starting your new adventure together. Another idea is to use a spin off of Beauty and the Beast and title/theme your guest book with “Be Our Guest”. This keeps your guest book traditional but adds a little character and personality along with it.
There are different pieces you can have your guests sign as an alternative. Place some polished stones on a table with a vase. Have your guests sign them and then fill your vase with their stones. This option gives you an adorable personalized vase with stones representing all of your guests for you to add flowers to when your new Hubby gives your flowers for your anniversaries for years to come! If you are a puzzle lover, have a puzzle made from one of your adorable engagement pictures and have your guests sign the back of the pieces. This makes for an adorable decorative item for your home and a fun activity to put together with your hubby and your future family! Speaking of games, Jenga is another idea! Have your guests each sign a piece of Jenga and attempt to build their own tower. You can then recreate this for years to come at home! For the wine lovers out there who collect wine corks, use wine corks as your “guest book”. You can display these signed corks with many different options to decorate your home with your new hubby! Christmas ornaments are a great option for winter weddings. You can add these beauties to your tree for your first Christmas together as a married couple! Maybe consider have each family of guests and guests and their date sign on ornament so that you aren’t bombarded with ornaments. This way you also keep your cost down! You can get super cheap ornaments from Walmart or craft stores!
Another unconventional guest book is to have your guests sign a globe. If your guests are from around the world, have them sign by the country or city they are from. For the music lovers, have your guests sign a custom guitar that you can keep forever. Or use a few old Vinyl records to accomplish the deed. You can display both in your home for a great reminder of your special day. If your wedding has a more rustic or country theme, purchase a slab of wood for your guests to sign. Another option is to have your grandmother or a professional make you a beautiful quilt for your wedding that your guests can sign. Wine bottles are another option for your alternative guest book. Since customization is so popular these days as well as monograms, purchase your 3-letter monogram made of wood or some other durable material. Have your guests sign and this makes a great wall-piece decoration for your home. We recently had a bride who purchased a graffiti bench for her guests to sign. She loved the idea of purchasing a new piece of furniture for her and her new husband to use for their new home together. More and more these double-purpose alternatives are rising in popularity.
A tree filled with your guests’ thumbprints is another fun idea for your guests to sign. You can frame it and again hang it on your wall for display. You can also purchase post cards from all the places you have traveled with your new husband along with places you want to one day go. Make a book of it and have your guests sign them. If you want an easy way to remember all of your guests birthdays, use a custom calendar. Use a different picture from your engagement album for each month and have your guests sign on their birthday! You could also use pictures from throughout your relationship taking place in each month. Last but not least, a slightly more traditional guest book idea is to have a matte picture made from one of your engagement photos. Have your friends sign the matte border and use this picture to decorate your home.
As you can see, there are many traditional and non-traditional ideas for your wedding guest book experience. Personalize your guest book to your theme and favorite things so you can look back and enjoy all of your messages from your loved ones. This is the biggest day of your life, so make sure you have a special way to remember it through the people who celebrated with you!