The final details are all coming together! You’ve said yes to the wedding dress (and bridesmaid dress), found your fairytale wedding venue and all the invitations have been sent. But how are you going to preserve the memories from your special day? The photographer will capture the moments, but in the whirlwind of activity, how are you going to capture the well wishes and heartfelt love from the friends and family who have gathered to celebrate by your side?
If you’re on the hunt for an alternative to the traditional wedding guest book, have we got some fun options for you! Check out our top 10 favorite outside-the-box guest book options that you will treasure for years after you say, “I do.”
Grab a Polaroid camera or two, and get ready for one of the most fun wedding guest book alternatives out there! Ask your guests to take a photo that showcases their personality and add it to your guest book along with their well wishes. This is the perfect way to capture the joy of your guests on your wedding day!
No two people have exactly the same finger print, so what better way to personalize a wedding guest canvas than with a marking that is completely their own? For this keepsake, commission an artist to create a personalized tree design, complete with your names and the date of the wedding. Then grab ink pads in a few of your favorite leaf colors, and instruct guests to leave their fingerprint on a branch and sign next to it. This canvas will look beautiful framed on your new living room wall — the first piece of art you add to your home as a married couple!
With the incredible wealth of independent artists online, finding someone to create a beautiful portrait for you has never been easier! Commission a portrait of you and your husband-to-be from your favorite artist, asking them to leave a lot of white space around the edges for signatures.
If you’re planning a November or December wedding, this is the guest book alternative for you! Gather up Christmas ornaments in your wedding colors and ask each of your guests to create a personalized ornament sharing their happiness on the occasion of your wedding. For an added bit of fun, put up a Christmas tree next to the guestbook table, and ask guests to decorate the tree with their cheer.
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Engagement Photo Book
Put those engagement photos to use in more than just your save-the-dates! You can easily create a photo guest book online using a service such as Shutterfly, and ask your guests to sign in the margins. In the days to come, you’ll be able to read heartfelt messages from your friends and family while also reminiscing on your engagement.
For the game-loving couple, an unconventional wedding guest book made of puzzle pieces is definitely the way to go. Request that each of your guests sign a piece of the puzzle, and you’ll have a box filled with fun and best wishes to enjoy for years to come. You can even make a puzzle out of an engagement photo if you wish to add an extra spice!
Family Heirloom Quilt
For generations, heirloom quits have passed from parent to child. Create your very first family heirloom by requesting that each guest sign a quilt square in permanent marker, and then ask a craft-savvy family member to teach you how to put the quilt together after the wedding. This cozy guestbook will warm both your heart and toes and can be passed on to future family members yet to come!
Many a travel-loving couple covers the walls and shelves of their home with striking maps and globes. Include an extra special one in your collection by asking your wedding guests to sign the most beautiful map or globe you can find. You can even add special markings on the towns each of you were born, where you’re getting married, where you’ll be honeymooning and where your first home together will be.
Keeping track of loved ones’ birthdays is no easy task, especially after combining families! Make the process a little easier by asking your wedding guests to find their birthday on a calendar, and sign their well wishes there. You can even make a personalized calendar using your engagement photos!
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This one is for all the singers, musicians and music lovers out there! Gather up a selection of vintage records and ask your guests to sign on the vinyl, creating a stunning and unique piece of wall art for your new home.