A guest book is the perfect way for friends and family to leave heartfelt messages, a reminiscent quip or well wishes for a newly married couple. But, much like an old photo album or diary, how many of us will actually take the time to sit and read through these comments long after the confetti has settled?
We’ve sourced some fabulous alternatives that are guaranteed to take pride of place in your home and be a daily reminder of your big day celebrations.
Guest Writer Nic Chan
Who doesn’t love a wedding selfie? Why not set up a polaroid camera stand and ask guests to take a fun photo and add their well wishes to the bottom of the picture? A modern take on the traditional guest book, which works perfectly for contemporary and vintage-themed weddings alike.
One step up from the selfie is the all-important vlog. Give your guests’ the opportunity to record a congratulatory message at various points throughout the day. If you’re giving full-reign to social media for your big day, this would be the perfect memento for you and all your online followers to enjoy! Delegate the filming to someone in your wedding party and you’re guaranteed to get a brilliant snapshot of your special day.
Signing frames have been popular for some time and it’s clear to see why. They provide a fantastic focal point for guests to ponder over during your reception, and you and your husband can spend some time post-wedding, selecting that picture-perfect photo with which to fill it!
Much like the frame idea, personalised message plates offer a quirky memento that will provide a great token on which your guests’ can capture their congratulations. Whether you choose to display the plate or put it to use, it’s bound to be a fantastic talking point.
Have you and your fiancé accumulated a barrage of meaningful souvenirs and knick-knacks from years’ of dating and romantic holidays? Perhaps a Venetian mask, an ‘I Love NYC’ tee or even a surfboard? Why not ask guests to write their well wishes on something that already holds a special place in your hearts?
Rustic-themed weddings are here to stay, and with their scope to be all-out homemade or at the chic end of the scale, what better substitute for the traditional guest book than a personalised wooden puzzle? A fabulous way to treasure all those heartfelt messages that would look great framed or as a table centrepiece post-wedding.
Whether you choose the more traditional or personal approach to creating a guest book, these ideas are guaranteed to keep guests entertained and get them reaching for the permanent marker.
What type of guest book will you choose?