I don’t know about you, but when I attend a wedding and get passed the guest book to write in I sometimes get a little stumped as to what to write that no one else has written. It’s not that I don’t want to send the happy couple my best wishes for their new life together – I’ve usually already written that in their card – I just think they will get bored reading the same thing over and over again.
So I’ve been thinking, wouldn’t an alternative idea for a guest book be great? I’ve seen a few unique and really cool ideas about and here I have gathered a few of my favourites to share with you.
One idea that is quite common already, and one of my friends actually did this a couple of years ago, is to have a framed photo of the bride and groom and guests sign the mount around the image with their messages. The photo could be a favourite of yours or could be one of your engagement images.
Another idea I love is to have guests dip their fingers in an inkpad and leave their fingerprint on an image, maybe with their name or a short message inside or beside their print. All the guests’ prints then make up an image. So for example I’ve seen it where the fingerprints have made up leaves on a drawn tree, the balloon of a hot air balloon and also the balloons the couple are holding. You may need someone supervising this to ensure the prints go in the right place so you end up with the right image and things don’t get too messy!!
An idea that I love is to have cards that have different titles on for guests to fill in. There could be lots of individual cards or one card for each guest. But titles could cover advice for the married couple, memories or just general information. Take a look at the example I have put together below to see what I mean.
Another friend of mine had one of their guests, who is pretty handy with a camera, go around and photograph the other guests, then print the photos out on a small photo printer. The photos were then stuck in a guest book for guests to leave their messages beside their photo. Obviously you can take this to another level and have props for guests to pose with or set up a complete photo booth for guests to use.
If you are having a vintage themed wedding then how about having vintage postcards for guests to write messages on? This is a little different to the usual guestbook and guests could pin them on a board or to a frame once they have written their message.
Finally an idea that I have always thought would be great for children at a wedding could actually work really well as an alternative guest book. Rather than having normal tablecloths why not have paper ones that guests can doodle on and write their messages on? If you don’t fancy having paper table cloths on all the tables you could have a table set aside with the paper table cloth instead.
I hope this has given you some ideas of how to make your guest book different, and goes some way to making your wedding truly unique.