Guestbooks, a standard at weddings are a great keepsake for you and your partner to look back on for many years to come. Having said that, a wedding guestbook shouldn’t be just a list of signatures of those in attendance. Notes from your lovely guests can be written on more than simple pages in a notebook. I love the idea of forgoing the traditional book format guestbook and instead, provide your family and friends with fun and unexpected ways to leave their special messages. There are many simple ways to make your wedding guestbook unique and fun for your guests and here are some of my favourite ideas.
Set up a typewriting table, prop a gorgeous vintage or modern typewriter on it and let your guests type out messages on preselected cards or letter paper. These can then be stored in which ever way you choose. You will definitely have no problem reading your guests handwriting with this idea!
I don’t know about you but I love tiny note cards and envelopes. I am forever buying new tiny finds to add to my collection. I love the idea of transforming a simple album into a guest book by simply affixing tiny envelopes in any size, shape or colour to the pages. Just provide cards and pens for guests and have them tuck their cards in the available envelopes and voila!
Postcards and Note Cards
Have guests fill out postcards and have someone mail them to you throughout your first year of marriage. How sweet is that? Alternatively, set up a table with a range of craft supplies like pretty cards, coloured pencils, stickers, stamps and have guests write you a note and invite them to get creative with a bit of decoration and design on their cards. Finished cards can then be placed in a clear glass bowl, birdcage or via a library catalogue (my personal fave) for display and later collated together in a scrapbook for your keepsake.
Get your guests to stamp a colourful thumbprint on custom designed posters like the ones below. So pretty! You can then frame it and hang it up in your new home. Love. Just make sure you provide wet cloths nearby for guests to wipe their hands after making their mark.
Do you and your partner love playing board games? Why not have guests write you a special note on wooden Jenga blocks as an alternative to the traditional guest book? You and your partner can play the game for many years to come and be reminded of your wedding day each time.
Are you a couple that spends hours putting puzzles together or have a painting that is particularly meaningful to you both? Take your favourite puzzle or customise a puzzle and have it displayed at your entry table. Each guest can then take a piece of the puzzle and write a special message on the back and place it in a jar. You and your partner will have a blast reading the beautiful notes and putting the puzzle back together!