Thursday, March 3, 2011

Innovative Guest Book Ideas

While many couples tend to go with traditional guest books for their weddings, there are several fun and fresh alternatives. I would like to share some of my favorite guest book ideas to help you discover a creative way to record the sentiments of your family and friends!

An old fashioned typewriter with a long piece of paper can be used for guests to type out their wishes for the newlyweds. The new couple can then roll up the paper, tie it with a ribbon and save it as a keepsake or display it in their home. 
Photo Courtesy of Style Me Pretty 
You can find inexpensive typewriters online, at thrift stores, or at flea markets. Typewriters come in many different colors to go with any wedding palate and would look especially great for a vintage wedding theme. 

Hanging signatures and wishes from decorative branches in a floral arrangement is a beautiful way to display your guest book, and it makes for a great centerpiece!
 Photo Courtesy of Anthology Photography. Wish Tree by ArtHouse Design.

The Fancy Prints store on Etsy offers a personalized poster version of this idea. Guests can leave their thumbprint to make the "leaves" of the tree and sign their name by their leaf.

Photo Courtesy of Etsy
Fancy Prints will provide everything you need to feature this gorgeous guest book at your wedding: poster, instruction card, inkpad and marker. Posters can be made to fit up to 150 guest signatures, great for intimate to larger weddings. 

For all of you crafty brides, use double-sided tape to stick festive envelopes into an ordinary album to add character to a traditional guest book.
Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings
Guests can inscribe wishes and sentiments on cards and then tuck them into the envelopes so that the new couple can open and enjoy them for years to come.

Bella Puzzles Too is a store on Etsy that crafts personalized wooden puzzles that can be used as a guest book at your wedding. Guests sign the pieces and the new couple can assemble them and frame the finished puzzle to commemorate their special day.

Photo Courtesy of Etsy
The puzzles can be personalized to feature pieces that form your name, initials, wedding date, a short phrase, or even a special figure such as a heart or leaf.

Be inspired to use some of these creative ideas to produce a guest book keepsake that you will cherish long after the wedding is over.

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