The humble Guestbook has been a long tradition at weddings. Your guests would write you a lovely message, wishing you on your way into marital bliss, for a perfect life together. This is lovely and all, and a necessity for you to look back on once a year for on your wedding anniversary, but really, its is a book that may stay on your coffee table for a while and then make its way onto the dusty bookshelf, where it will sit for years to come….
#1. Jenga Guestbook
This idea is genius. This game could become a family heirloom that your play together with your family as it grows and will always be a reminder of how fun and exciting you big day was!
#2. Record Guestbook
For the musicians and music lovers out there! This cool take on the guestbook idea that will look ah-mazing on the walls of your home. IKEA even sell Record frames for you to put them in after they have been signed! Hunt through your local thrift shops for old records and get labels made with your names in the centre! Voila! an awesome and personalised piece of art for your walls!
If you don't want all that effort, they can be found ready to go here:
#3. Couple photo Guestbook
Use your favourite photo together, (even one from your enagement shoot) and take it to a frame shop and ask them to put a wide mat board around the outside. Guests can then sign and write a message, then after the wedding get it framed and hang it in your home! you can read the messages of love everyday!
#4. Large Initial Guestbook
Use some MDF board and find someone who is a bit handy and ask them to cut a large initial that you will share (if you are changing your name! If not, a love heart or other shape will do just fine). Paint the initial in whichever colour you choose, and then provide your guests with coloured permanent markers to record their message to you! Hang on a wall for an interesting feature piece.
#5. Bible Verse or Dictionary Guestbook
If using a Bible, ask guests to highlight their favourite verse and then use a sticky note to record a message to you and stick it to the page. If using a Dictionary, ask guests to find the word that best describes you as a couple, and ask them to record a message about why they chose this word on a sticky note and attach it to the page.
#6. Fingerprint Tree Guestbook
These guestbooks are becoming increasing popular (we actually had this at our wedding). Guests put their finger on an ink pad and then add a 'fingerprint leaf' to the tree. They can also sign their name next to the leaf so you know who is who.
I distinctly remember some of our guests attempting to print 'falling' leaves from our fingerprint tree, was hilarious and we had a great finished product. This hangs in our house still!
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#7. Globe Guestbook
This would have to be one of my favourite ideas! Ask your guests to put pins in places they need to travel to and record a message on the globe. A great ornamental and conversational piece for your home!
#8. Polaroid Guestbook
Polaroid cameras are all the rage at the moment and they aren't too expensive either! Buy a Polaroid camera, blank journal or art diary and enough film for your guests to get some hilarious photos. Ask them to take a photo of themselves, glue the polaroid into the diary and write message for you to look back on for years to come. This idea also works very well with photo booths!
#9. Quilt Guestbook
If you are an extremely talented person who can sew quilts (or know someone who does) this idea is sentimental and personal. Have blank patches of calico or white fabric sewn into the quilt and ask guests to record a message in marker or pen. After the wedding, get their messages sewn into the quilt so they don't fade or disappear over the years. This is a great family heirloom idea and could be used on your bed or as a throw over the lounge in the cooler months.
#10. Drop Top Guestbook
This would have to be my favourite all time guestbook idea! If I was getting married again this is what I would have!!! Guest choose a heart, write a message on it and drop it into the frame, The top is sealed after the wedding and then hung on the wall of you home. Cute huh?!
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