In years past the wedding guest book was a simple record of the day's attendees. You know, the 10 inch x 8 inch leather bound book paired with a feathered pen that looked more suited for Ben Franklin's desk than for a wedding in modern times. Well, the days of simplicity and good ol' Ben are over. Today's world is centered around the design savvy bride who's all about being unique and chic --- in every aspect of the big day including the wedding guest book. Here are three unique guest book ideas that are sure to get your creative juices flowing in creating the ultimate wedding guest book for your big day!
The Polaroid Photo Guest Book
Two words... ok maybe three. "Ultra-Cool-Nostalgia." Who doesn't remember the super cool Polaroid camera craze of the 70s? Wasn't it a feat of modern brilliance to snap a photo and within 30 seconds see it magically appear in front of your eyes!!! I know, I know... digital cameras do it instantly... but you just can't beat the signature white border of a Polaroid. Classic.
If you're getting all nostalgic inside than it's time for you to check out the Adesso Albums Polaroid Photo Guest Book. In a few simple steps your guests can create a one of a kind guest book that will last forever.
Step 1: Set up a photo guest book table. You'll need: Polaroid Camera, Polaroid film, Adesso Albums Polaroid Photo Guest Book, and a chic pen (feathers, optional).
Step 2: Set-up a sign that lets your guests know what to do. Better yet, have a family member "work the guest table" taking photos of guests and showing them how to write in the album.
Step 3: The best step of all -- the two of you can spend a few minutes together the next day or while on the honeymoon looking at the photos and reading all of the sweet notes your friends and family jotted down.
Here is a listing of retailers that sell Adesso Photo Guest Books:
- The Knot
- Shooting Stars Photography
The Coffee Table Book Guest Book
This idea is perfect for the bride and groom who are taking it on the road for a Destination Wedding. Try this: select a hard back book that features the location of your destination wedding. Display it at the wedding and ask your guests to sign right on the pages within the book. When the wedding is all said and done you will have the ultimate keepsake of your wedding on the road.
Here are a few hardback books that feature popular Destination Wedding locations:
- Hawaii - see book title 'Spectacular Hawaii'
- Mexico - see book titled 'Eternal Mexico'
- The Sea Ranch - see book titled 'The Sea Ranch'
- Napa Valley - see book titled 'Hidden Napa Valley'
- New York - see book titled 'New York: 365 Days'
- Disneyland - see book titled 'The Art of Disneyland'
Create one of those hardback Photo Books from Shutterfly or Kodak Gallery featuring your favorite photos.
- Kodak Gallery Photo Books
- Shutterfly Photo Books
- Photopia Photo Books
Select a book that represents you and your guy's favorite "stuff".
- Your favorite artist
- Your favorite vacation spot
- Where you were engaged
- Your favorite cookbook
The Photos of the Bride and Groom Guest Book
Who says your guest book has to be just about your guests? By putting together a handcrafted scrapbook album you not only get to snag the signatures of your friends and family, but you can showcase your personal love story over the years with photos. Here's how to do it:
Step 1: Get out there and get shopping for the perfect scrapbook album. Don't be scared to go with something colorful. Scrapbook albums come in a variety of sizes and shapes from big to small so you have lots of opportunities to express your individual style. Check out Target and Michaels. for great selections in scrapbook albums.
Step 2: Get to creating each page within the album featuring a photograph of the two of you. Tip: Be sure to leave enough room on each of the pages to allow guests to sign their name and leave a message for the two of you.
Step 3: Put your scrapbook together. Remember to leave the pages outside of the plastic protective covers. Get yourself a few pens to lay beside the album and voila -- you're done.
Creative guest books are a fun option for weddings and create memorable keepsakes the bride and groom will treasure for years.