By Christy, the Orange Blossom Design Specialist
A wedding guest book filled with thoughtful and inspiring messages from your loved ones allows you to re-live your special day for years to come. With that said, your guest book is something that should reflect your personal style (as with all the other details of your wedding). Guest books are available in various styles, shapes and sizes and are easily customizable. In addition, there are also many alternatives if you don’t want the traditional guest BOOK. This week, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite guest book alternatives to share with you!
1. POSTCARD MESSAGES. Gather postcards from your favorite places and have your guests sign a message on the back. If you want to take it a step further, address the postcards and have one of your close friends or family members mail it to you so that when you come back from your honeymoon, you’ll have tons of postcard greetings in the mail to read!
Image Source: Martha Stewart Weddings
2. THUMBPRINT WEDDING TREE. Instead of having guests simply sign their name in a book, sketch out a wedding tree and invite your guests to “leaf” their thumbprints and signature. If you’re not the greatest artist, don’t worry, there are tons of customizable wedding trees available on Etsy. My personal picks are Inviting Moments by Amy Leigh and Bleu de Toi. Tip: Have individual moist towelettes available for your guests to wipe the ink off their thumbs. Image Source: Bride Scouts
3. KEEPSAKE QUILT. In lieu of a guest book, have your guests sign pre-cut squares of fabric. After your wedding, sew the pieces together to make a keepsake quilt! Image Source: Martha Stewart Weddings
4. CONVERSATION STARTERS. When it comes to signing guest books, I often find it difficult to come up with the perfect personalized message to the couple, so I tend to fall back on the oh-so generic “Congratulations to the newlyweds! I wish you both a life of wealth, love and happiness together!” But leave it to the Martha Stewart team to come up with the perfect solution with a clever spin on the traditional guest book: each table gets their own guest book with a specific question on the cover (different from the other tables). Topics such as “Where do you see us in 25 years?” and “What’s the best marriage advice you’ve ever gotten?” will keep the two of you entertained for years to come and serve as great conversation starters amongst each table. These guest books also double as table numbers so you can check two things off your list! Bonus: Martha Stewart has templates available online for you to create your own conversation starter guest books. Check it out here: http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/2010Q2/msw_sum10_goodthings_books.pdf. Image Source: Martha Stewart Weddings
5. THUMBPRINT ANIMATIONS. I am IN LOVE with this alternative guest book idea featured on the
Pearls Events blog. Using multi-colored ink pads and pens, invite your guests to get creative by turning their thumbprints into fun animated characters. Tip: Just as with the thumbprint wedding tree listed above, make sure to provide your guests with individual moist towelettes to clean the ink off their thumbs. Image Source: Pearls Events
6. KEEPSAKE KITE. I came across the most FABULOUSLY WHIMISCAL wedding by Jesi Haack featured on JL Designs. Their guest book alternative? A KITE. Similar to the Keepsake Quilt idea listed above, have your guests sign pre-cut strips of fabric but instead of sewing them into a quilt, tie the strips of signed fabric to the tail of a kite! This is a great idea for those of you with a more whimsical wedding style! Image Source: Ashley Rose Photography via JL Designs
7. GUEST BOOK POSTER. Instead of having your guests sign a book, create a poster for them to sign. This way, you can frame it and display it on your wall at home for everyone to see! Bonus: Martha Stewart has an editable PDF available online for you to print your own “Love Always” poster. Check it out here: http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/goodthings/love-always-poster-how-to?backto=true&backtourl=/photogallery/fall-good-things-for-weddings#slide_13. Image Source: Martha Stewart Weddings
Have your own creative twist on a wedding guest book? Share your idea with us! HAPPY MONDAY, everyone!