2.20.2010

THE NEW GUEST BOOK


I love it when a bride comes to me
and tell me that they are looking for
something “unique”, something out

of the ordinary, something that will
have their guests talking about for
days. I have had several brides who
have contemplated not even having
a “guest book” because they didn’t
see it’s purpose.



Back in the day, guest books were
just a way to compile names. Now
they’re used to collect memories.
Here are just a few ways to update that
“old ”guest book, and bring it into the
twentieth century. Make it into something
that you will want to display and not tuck
away into a drawer.
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INSTEAD OF A BOOK...
Have your guests autograph these
fresh surfaces. Be sure to provide the
appropriate writing tools-glass
pens for glass, fabric pens for fabric, etc.


1. River Rocks,



Find creative ways to display
the rocks, like making a faux dry riverbed
down the center of the table or just put them
in a shallow vase. This is another great item you can
easily re purpose around your home
and have a constant reminder of
your wedding day.


2. An album, filled with photo-booth pics
shots taken during the first hour of
the reception.

Photobooths are a great way to add interaction among your guests. Really want to get your guests talking..
add a prop box for your guest to use while taking photos in the photobooth!



3. Quilt squares, to be fashioned later into
a keepsake blanket.















4. An object that is meaningful to the couple
- A surf board (for those surfers out there)
also perfect for a beach wedding.

- A guitar for the musicians.

- Or a globe for the coupleswho love to travel.


5. A chalk board..

has endless possibilities




-a small chalkboard that the guests can write
a personalized message to the couple
and then hold it up during individual
photo sessions.






- a large chalkboard wall that all guest can sign
that can later be displayed within your home

-how about a framed chalkboard


I am totally loving these chalkboard removable wall decals from Off The Wall Expressions and at only $15, they are a steal!


6. A poster size photo of the reception location,


-mounted on canvas and hung on the wall
or displayed on an easel. (This can also
serve as beautiful artwork that could be displayed within your home.)

- or what about an actual painting of the reception location
set up paints and paintbrushes for your guests to add their best wishes

7. A Wishing Tree
The Wish Tree is a Dutch wedding custom where guests are given a piece of paper, either shaped like a leaf or made of card stock. The guests write their wishes to the bride and groom and then hang it on the tree. This creates a gorgeous centerpiece and the tree is placed at the entrance to the reception to wow your guests right when they walk in.
After the wedding you can create a scrapbook with the wish cards. You could even find pictures of the guests who wrote each one and place it next to their wish.



8. A long scroll of paper that’s been inserted into a typewriter.




Set out an old-fashioned typewriter with long sheets of paper for guests to write good wishes to the bride and groom as the feeling strikes. Look for inexpensive vintage machines online or at thrift stores or flea markets; they come in colors to go with any palette. After the wedding, tie into a scroll with ribbon.
9. The Polaroid Photo Guest Book
Two words… ok maybe three. “Ultra-Cool-Nostalgia.”Who doesn’t remember the super cool Polaroid cameracraze of the 70s? Wasn’t it a feat of modern brilliance tos nap a photo and within 30 seconds see it magically appear
in front of your eyes!!! I know, I know… digital cameras doit 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.

10. The Wishing Wall Guest Book


Let me tell you how excited I was when someone
decided to share this with me!

Decorate the frame ahead of time to complement
your personal style and then let guests write you
wishes, jokes, comments, whatever and tuck them
into the 500 holes. Later, hang it in your home and
it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Friends who come
to your first dinner party, family visiting for your

first Thanksgiving, and your birthday parties can

all add to it.







Don’t forget to write little forget-me-notes to each other, too! And

whenever you want, as often as you want,pull a colorful little note out

for a quick read and brighten your own day.
I could cry I love this so much. Not planning a wedding anytime soon?

Think about all the other ways this WishingWall Frame could be
used. A Teacher’s Appreciation gift, an Anniversary Party accessory, a
graduation party guest book alternative,wishes for a new mom, a gift
to send to your favorite Event Planner for all the ideas she shares on
her blog all year long….(wait, did I say that out loud?) Just Kidding :)

Where to find it: Wishing Wall Frame and Wish Chest, available
from UnCommon Goods for $45.


where to put it...

A wedding guest book is only as good as the number of people
who sign it.Station your memento-in-the-making on a table near
the reception site entrance,so everyone can write down their good
wishes as they walk in!

Grab guests attention by decorating the table with colorful linens,
photo frames, flowers, lighting, anything eye catching!If possible have
a bridesmaid carry the memento around from table to table afterward
until you have reached full participation.