Have you thought about how you might remember who has been to your wedding? The traditional weddings I’ve been to have had a guest book to sign but I’ve come across some really interesting and unique ideas which could be used instead of a guest book.
Your photographer may offer you an engagement shoot and sometimes this includes a mounted picture which your guests can sign. I really love the idea of the guests signing a photo – something you can treasure forever. When are you going to get the guest book out and read the comments? The photo can be changed to one of your wedding shots – perfect?
Problems – space? Will all of your guests by able to write a comment if Dear Auntie Gertrude writes 100 words?
This is something I’ve really researched into. The idea of guests having tags and attaching them to a tree with meaningful words of wisdom is perfect. There are so many varieties of tags and trees, including a step-by-step guide on the Internet how to make your own. This is originally a Dutch tradition which is creeping its way to the U.K.
Problems- how do you ensure all your guests write on a tag?
A fingerprint family tree
Another gorgeous keepsake. This idea of keeping a memory of your family (and friends) who attended your wedding is beautiful. I think having this displayed in your family home will be a focal point, a memory trigger as you remember the best day of your life.
Problem: will your guests want to get the paint on the finger? Will they want to risk the chance of getting paint on their clothes?
Guests can write a memory or a message on Jenga blocks. There are so many different ways in which the Jenga blocks could be used later on. Perhaps you’d want to display them in a frame around your home? Or maybe you’d like to keep them all in the box and play the game and remember the comments?
Problem: What if they want to write more than you can fit on a jenga block? Will you have enough jenga blocks?
For the wine loving couple! Guests can write messages on the bottles (make sure you buy pens that can write on glass). Maybe they write on a special bottle of wine?
Problem: Will the writing remain on the bottle? Where are you going to store the bottles? Is there anywhere you can display them?
Guests write messages on pebbles – could you display them in your garden?
Problems: If you have them in the garden, will they get ruined by the weather? Very heavy keepsake!
Polaroid pictures are taken of the guests and they can write a message on their picture – a memory and a picture of them, what more could you want!
Problem: The hassle of waiting for the photos to print…will all the members of your family be able to work out how to use the camera? Will take a long time to have 120 photographs taken!
Story of how you met the bride and groom/memory
Instead of guests writing words of encouragement, they could write how they met the bride and groom. I’ve seen this done in many different ways, from a chalkboard with the memory on to a washing line, like this one.
Problem: Storing a chalkboard? How do you know if everyone has written one?
Guests sign the couples’ initials, display them in the house somewhere?
Problem: Will there be enough space for everyone to write. There will only be two initials, think about how many people can write a comment at once.
Key to success
Everybody is given a key with a luggage tag attacked to share their key to success. Awww what an interesting and cute idea!
Problem: what will you do with the keys and messages afterwards?
Guests sign a piece of the jigsaw with a message – cute!
Problem: what will you do with the jigsaw afterwards?
Photobooth guest book
Guests write a message on a board and hold it up when they have their photo taken in the photobooth. Love the idea of a photo and message.
Problem: only one photobooth so only one person or set of people can begin to create their message with photos.
Guests sign a plate and the plate can be hung on the wall.
Problem: will you hang them on the wall?