Traditionally, the guest book at a wedding was a big, lace or silk-bound tome where guests could write messages to the bride and groom. A nice thought, but more often than not, they end up in the back of a closet somewhere.
Nowadays, there are so many unique guest book options! Make signing your guest book a fun activity for guests at your wedding, and make it something you’ll want to keep in a special place in your home! Here are some of the guest book ideas my clients and I have come up with over the years:
One popular idea is to create a Mad Libs card for guests to fill out. I created this one for Ashley and Seth back in 2012. It even matches their invitation suite, which used a peacock theme– peacock blue, turquoise, purple, and a hint of gold. Guests love a guest book that has an interactive component, especially if it gives them the opportunity to be a little silly.
This is an example of a guest book that is more traditional, but is still original. Guests still have the freedom to write whatever wish or bit of wisdom they like. Rather than jotting them in a book, guests fill out a card and drop the cards into a glass container. Thanks to Simple Life Portraits for this photo!
Another great way to come up with a unique idea for your guest book is to look to your hobbies and interests for inspiration. Greice and John are travel enthusiasts, and they wanted their guest book to reflect their shared passion. They had guests fill out postcards with wishes and words of wisdom and “pack” them into a suitcase for the bride and groom to take on their journey together. This photo is courtesy of Cody Raisig Photography.
Regardless of the direction you take with your guest book, the important thing is that everyone signs it! Using a fun and unique idea will get guests’ attention, ensuring that you leave for your honeymoon with the best wishes of everyone that you invited to your wedding.
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