I used to think with dread about the guest book at weddings, flashes of Charlottes wedding in Sex and the City when poor Miranda is dismayed at being ‘in charge of the guest book’; chained to the least fun location, unable to go mingle at the bar, having to offer all those fancy, glamorous guests a pen and repeating the failing slogan ‘would you like to sign the guest book’ like a poor salesman who knows nobody wants to buy.
But, it doesn’t have to be this way! Guest books can be cool, quirky, unique and provide the perfect keepsake form your wedding day. They are also a form of entertainment for your guests, something to talk about and keep them busy during part of the day, when you’re having your photos taken for example.
Here are just a few fantastic ideas to have your guests leave their mark in a personal way. No bridesmaid will turn her nose up at being left in charge of these.
- Provide chalkboards and encourage guests to take photos with messages for you.
- Set up a photo booth at the reception. with a camera and a blank background, provide props and costumes for guests to take funny photos
- Have triangles of different fabric designs for your guests to leave messages on and make into bunting after your wedding
- Globe guest book, especially good if friends from around the world; get them to sign at home towns, where you met, where their favourite place to holiday is.
- Print out pretty paper squares for your guests to leave messages on, then have them bound into a guest book. Or do the same with postcards
- Have a photo of each guest set up on a wall somewhere, have them leave their well wishes on the back of the photo and create an album you’ll cherish forever.
- Provide come vintage records and have your guests leave messages on them with a paint pen.
- Fans of Jenga? Have your guests sign jenga blocks and get some good advice next time you play
- Finger Painting; have a drawing of a tree and ask people to leave their fingerprints as leaves. Do this in different colours to create a unique piece of art.