Alternatives to guest books – keepsakes

The wedding guest book has come a long way over the past few years. Now an integral part of wedding décor and a touching memento from your day, weddings guest books can come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes. As @theknot says, “The guest book is a wedding detail that should feel special, personalized and creative.” So to help you get your alternative guest book just right, we’re taking a look at some of the most creative and unique ideas out there.

Guestbook ideas

Wishing jar

This alternative wedding guest book idea combines the concepts of a piggy bank and a wishing well. Essentially, you’ll be asking your guests to write their goodwill messages on round discs made from wood or card. Guests then post them through a slot into a large jar or box. As they do so, they can make a wish for your future and bestow even more good will on your wedding.

Photo book

A photo book is a fantastic way to enhance your guest book as it allows you to double up on wedding photos and create a unique wedding souvenir. The best way to create a photo guest book is to invest in a polaroid camera and a bumper load of film for your big day. You can then ask guests to take photos of themselves, stick them in your book and write messages next to their portrait. Alternatively, provide a whiteboard or a blackboard and have guests write their message on the board and then include it in the photo.

Sealed envelopes

If you want to stretch the goodwill from your wedding out for as long as possible, this is a great option. Provide your guests with a pile of envelopes and some stationery. Then ask each guest, or each couple, to write a message on a piece of paper, seal it inside an envelope and post it into a box or jar provided. You and your partner can then open a letter whenever you’re feeling nostalgic about your wedding day and remember the wonderful friends and family who came to wish you well.

A blank canvas

Create a guest book and a piece of art at the same time by buying a blank canvas and asking guests to write or paint on it during the reception. Provide your guests with different colour pens or paint and then let them get creative with their artwork. If you’re having a big wedding, or if you just want to give your guests plenty of room to let their imaginations flow, provide multiple canvases and then hang them all in your home after the big day.

Getting a little creative with your guest book is a fantastic way to tailor the tradition to suit your wedding and create a unique and meaningful memento. Get more ideas for your dream wedding by taking a look around our site today.

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