The tradition of a wedding guest book has been around for hundreds of years. In the past, those signing their names were testifying to the marriage that had just taken place. This has evolved and now guests sign as a memento for the lovely new couple to have, long after their wedding day has concluded. Guest books are no longer limited to bound books. Couples are always expanding the borders and looking for new, unique ways to record guest attendance.
Here are some innovative ways to record memories of your special day while remembering every special individual that was there to celebrate alongside you and your spouse.
Many couples are attempting to create DIY guest book ideas that are cheaper so they have more funds for other aspects of the big day. One simple and cute idea is to create a date jar. Guests write down a date for the couple to go on and then at any point in the future when the happy couple is searching for inspiration, they can pick out of the date jar to choose one that was personally crafted by one of their friends or family members. These dates can range in cost, location and complexity. If the couple wishes, they can assign different colors for various dates. For example, a fairly inexpensive date can be written on blue and a more expensive one can be written on green. The date jar itself can take many forms, such as a mason jar where guests write dates on popsicle sticks or a small box where guests write dates on decorated index cards. This guest book alternative can be altered to match any wedding theme and allows you to let your creativity flourish!
A Piece of Art
Fingerprint trees are popular new guest book ideas that require little effort and create a beautiful outcome. First, a painting of a tree is printed on quality paper. On the big day, guests dab their finger (typically the thumb) in ink or paint and place their print somewhere on the tree. Peachwik along with other online shops, sell premade canvases and prints of trees so they are ready to be printed on the day of the wedding! These can also be customized with the couple’s names or initials and/or the date of the nuptials. If someone you know has time and is feeling artsy, they can paint a tree themselves to be used, rather than purchasing a premade one. Just be sure to note how many guests will attend and plan the size of the tree accordingly. Either way, the happy couple will leave with a painting that has been created collectively by their guests and provides them a memento they can hang in their home forever.
Creating a Rolodex is a way to not only remember those who attended your day, but to also have valuable information about your guests that will come in handy later on! This alternative can be an actual Rolodex or an address book. It is completely up to the couple and what they would prefer to have. Either one that is chosen will create an inexpensive keepsake that can be customized to fit any theme. The couple can ask guests to provide the following information for their keepsake: name, address, email, phone number, anniversaries, birthdays and any other details they would like to share. All the information will be compiled in one place and the couple will never miss a birthday or need to search for a phone number again!
Instead of guests signing a book, have them sign an object or objects that are important to you and your spouse. If a couple loves the beach, provide seashells for guests to sign. If the couple happens to be diehard music fans, lay out records for guests to sign. Or if the couple really wants to have a canvas with all their guests’ signatures, they could provide that along with various colored markers to sign with. If someone in the wedding party wants to help, this is a great task they can take on. Overall, this option allows the couple to choose exactly what they want and be true to their personalities. This option truly has no limits!
Creating a personalized hashtag allows every guest to share photos they capture throughout the ceremony, cocktail party, reception and every minute in between. The best idea is to search the hashtag you wish to use and make sure it is not popularly used. The easiest way to pick a unique one is to choose something relevant to your day, such as your married last name and the year. Following the wedding day, anyone will be able to search the hashtag and search all the photos that were posted from the day. This is a great way to get photos of every guest and lower the need for a photographer to be present throughout the entire duration of the event.
Past Book can create a gorgeous photo book keepsake of all the hashtagged photos. All you need to do is link the hashtag to the site and begin creating! You will be able to rearrange photos, choose backgrounds and a personalized cover. Once the book is complete, you can invite friends to view and add to it. If you are in love with the book, you are able to print hard copies as well.
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