#WeddingWednesday: The Wedding Guest Book
While you are not required to have a guest book at your wedding, it can always add a creative and interesting touch. It provides a space where guests can write their well wishes for the happy couple as well as any advice they may have. While you may think that the typical guest book may just sit and collect dust following your wedding we have a couple of ideas that can definitely be put to good use afterward.
Using a canvas instead of a book will prevent your guests from spending time flipping to the perfect page but rather selecting the perfect spot, writing their message and quickly moving along so all of your guests get a chance and equal opportunity to sign. This couple used one of their engagement photos and created a beautiful canvas. This canvas has plenty of space to sign in and will also make memorable decor in your home. If you don’t want anyone to sign the front you can always have your guests sign the back. This way nothing will take away from your beautiful photo and you will still be able to look back and see the personal touches added by your guests.
If you and your fiance are feeling adventurous, you could create a bucket list guest book. This adds an interactive piece to your wedding. Guests will feel as though they have a greater impact on your future as a couple and you will gather a list of places to visit as a couple!
Another cute idea is to get a shadow box along with some heart shaped cardstock. Your guests will each sign a heart and drop it in to create a nice looking display. This can be put basically anywhere in your home on displaywithout taking up too much space.
You and your future spouse will soon share a last name initial. You can get a monogram guest book using that initial. This would make a great mantle piece in your home. Like with the canvas, if you would rather not see everyone’s writing all over your decor then have guests sign one side of it and have the other side on display in your home.
Not interested in trying to decipher who wrote what on your guest book? This idea may be perfect for you! Get a polaroid camera and a scrapbook and have people get their pictures done at your wedding, showing what a great time they are having. Then they will glue or tape their photo in the pages of the scrapbook and sign above or below their photo! This way you will be able to put a face to the writing. Even if you may not know exactly who they are because they’re extended family or your husband’s side of the family, you may remember them better in picture form!
Much like the hearts, you can have your guests sign rocks and place them in a vase or basket to be repurposed later on. One great way to use these rocks is by putting them in a vase with something like bamboo to add some elegant decor into your home.
Like the canvas idea but don’t want people writing all over your face? Get a family tree canvas and add your photo next to the tree with your names and your wedding date underneath. People will write in their own leaf on the tree, most likely keeping to the white space if there are not enough leaves. You’ll have a beautiful piece for your home that will serve as a reminder of the amazing people who came to support you on one of the most important days of your life.
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