Your Wedding Day is that ONE day where all your loved ones come together to celebrate your next adventure. There's few times in your life that all your special people are in one room, at the same time. When thinking of how you can capture everyone's presence in one place, photos and videos are obviously step 1, but step 2 is including a guest book that can capture everyone's well wishes and messages to you. While the intention of a traditional guest book is wonderful, they are often left on a bookshelf to collect dust once the reception is over. We love helping our clients find more personalized and creative alternatives to a "guest book" that can still capture all the love from your guests in a method you can display or read through in a more fun and convenient way.
1. FOR THE RECORD
As a couple, choose your favorite song or album on a vinyl record and set up a basket full of pens so guests can sign their names directly on the record. The song could be from your first date, the song you danced with each other to for the first time, or maybe even your official "first dance" from your Wedding Day. One of our couples even optioned to have something custom created and named after them. If music has a special place in your heart, this is a great option!
2. POLAROID GUEST BOOK
A traditional Wedding guest book with a twist! The wonderful resurgence of Polaroid cameras and Fuji instant cameras make it very easy to offer a
quick and fun way for guests to capture their photo! They can either paste it into a photo album with a quick message, or have them sign the back and you can collect on your own. Either way, you'll have a collection of photos to enjoy!
3. MARRIAGE ADVICE
Marriage is not easy! So why not kick it off with some great advice from your friends and family? I bet you haven't heard for the 2/2/2 rule? (a rule where couples agree to have a date night every two weeks, go out on a weekend trip every two months, and go on a couple’s vacation every two years). You can collect pieces of advice just like this in all kinds of ways so it's a great chance to be creative (like the Jenga pieces above!). Reading through the responses will also be a fun activity you can do with your new partner!
4. DATE NIGHT IDEAS
This is one of our all-time favorites. You have the rest of your lives together - so when you just can't think of what to do this Saturday, pick out an idea from one of our Wedding guests! I'm sure it will get you out and about enjoying activities neither of you thought of before!
5. VOICEMAILS FOREVER
This is one of the trendiest and most creative things we have seen come into the Wedding industry in awhile! After the tone is an audio guest book that allows your guests to leave you voicemails through an old telephone. Not only does it look cool, but you'll be sure to get lots of laughs as you kick back and listen to the messages from the end of the night :)
6. WINE FOR EVERY ANNIVERSARY
Nothing like a guest book that keeps on giving! Help curate your guests well wishes in messages your read for years to come. In wine bottles labeled for 1, 5, 10, 15 and 20 years -- provide strips of paper for your guests to jot down their love and put it in a bottle for you to read on that anniversary. When the anniversary comes, break this one open (and a full one too!) and enjoy!