We see a lot of weddings and really get a kick out of all the little twists on tradition that are unique to every one of them. With instant inspiration available via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and other social media sites, couples have become incredibly creative at putting their own personalities into the party. We are loving it!
One tired tradition in desperate need of an update is, the Wedding Guest Book. Seldom has it ever come out of a moving box let alone trigger great memories of an amazing day. So…. it happened. Modern couples are designing new and improved Guest Book ideas that aren’t even a Book. (Well, sometimes it’s a book, but you know what we mean.) Instead, it’s a creative combination of each pair’s own interests and personalities.
Why not have a “signature” style for collecting guest signatures? We do it for cocktails. The sky’s the limit, but here are a few ideas that may spark some of your own great guestbook concepts…
Where in the World Did Your Guests Come From – and – Where’s the Next Great Place to Visit?
We fell in love with this stroke of sharpie genius at a recent wedding we catered in Malibu for Hilary & Mike. Not sure if it was their idea or inspired by their amazing Coordinator, Charley, from Bluebell Events. In any case, it was awesome. (photos by: Holly Ireland Photography)
It’s Kind of a Book. But Better.
This photo-journal took the place of a traditional guest book at Trisha & Ryan’s wedding. It’s almost time for their 1st year anniversary and they will no doubt be looking back at this journal to enjoy their engagement photos and read all the special wishes from their friends & family. (photo by: Justin Element Productions)
Be Our Guest. (click links below graphic for each source)
- Photo Strip Fun – if you’re thinking of renting a photo-booth, this is a great way to get your guests to sign-in. And for you to see how silly they can be.
- Foundation of a Good Marriage - friends & family sign Jenga game pieces and help you build a lifetime of memories.
- Guests Uncorked – a little wine before they sign is a pretty nice idea. But you may want to start sipping before the wedding to ensure enough corks!
- Postcards from Your Peeps – why sign on a line when you can send a card? Collect whatever themed postcards suit your style. Vintage cards are shown here, but you may have a special vacation or destination in mind.
- Personalized Poster – either you, or a clever Etsy artist can custom design and color-coordinate a Tree of Life or other wall art that guests can hang their names on.
- One for the Record – if you have a special song, artist or group, get the vinyl and some metallic sharpies. Then display in the coolest way at home.
- Table Talk – you know those colorful cards meant to initiate conversation? Print some up with interesting questions that your guests can answer & sign on the back. “What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen or heard today?”
- A Day to Remember – display a nice calendar and note your Wedding Day in the appropriate box. Ask guests to find their individual birthdays & sign. Now, don’t forget to send them a greeting when their day arrives.
- What’s Old is NewAgain – set up a spot for someone to snap Polaroids of guests holding chalkboard messages to you. Super cute, and they can sign on the space below the picture. (After the photo is dry and you can remove your thumb!)
- Pieces of the Puzzle – have your favorite photo made into a puzzle so guests can sign the back-side of each piece.
- Fly Some Flags - and each guest signs one. Again, you or a crafty someone can create a poster that will make your wall pretty after the party. Great idea for nautical themed events
If you opt for a Guest Book without the traditional ruled paper inside, remember to tell your guests what line they should sign. Just make it easy and clear as to how you would like them to commemorate their attendance at your awesome event.