Having a guest book at your wedding is a lovely way to capture memories and marriage advice from the special people in your lives. However, your ‘guest book’ can take on many different guises.
A ‘message in a bottle’ is a great idea as guests can keep their messages short and sweet. You can then open up the bottle on your first year (Paper) anniversary and every year after that, as a way for you and your hubby to remember your special day.
Go a bit further and divide some of your bottles up by years (or decades). This is a lovely idea if you have a lot of older family and friends coming, who have been married a long time, and who would like to impart their relationship wisdom.
A Polaroid guest book allows you to have a photo of your guests next to their message. Keep things simple and print two photos per couple: one photo for your guest book and one photo for them to take home as a wedding favour.
Have the best of both words. Create a hashtag so that guests can post photos from your happy day on social media, plus create an old-school yearbook feel to your guest book, which can double as a coffee table book later on.
Hang your messages and advice from people somewhere that you will look at every day. Simply blow up one of your engagement photos onto a big piece of canvas for guests to write on. Afterwards, you can place it somewhere ‘central’, like your bedroom or lounge.
Setting up a dedicated photo booth outside means that guests can mingle, while they are waiting to have their photos taken, but won’t be crammed inside the venue. You can use all of the extra space inside to maximise the dancefloor.
A video message is extra special because you can get the nuance from the day – and it is something that your kids can watch one day. Instead of keeping it as a separate video, add it to the end of your wedding video, so that you always have it nearby for anytime you want to watch it.
Alternatively, don’t go for a book at all and opt for a picture frame with little hearts instead. This way, people can just sign it, put their initials on it or draw something special… and you can hang it in your home afterwards.