A "guest book" is a great way to look back and remember the people you shared those special moments with on your wedding day. Think about the traditional guest book, couples have a sign in-station where wedding guests write a little something special. But what happens to these guest books after the wedding? Often, couples store them away on a bookshelf — which isn't a great way to remember your big day. So let’s make this part of your wedding entertaining for your guests. Creative couples are personalizing this wedding detail by transforming it into a fun event that makes it memorable for not only the couple, but also the guests. I’ve listed 10 unique ways to keep your guests amused during your wedding.
Your guest will get a kick out of filling out these wedding mad libs. Have a lot of guests who don't know each other? Use the mad libs as an ice breaker by putting the cards on the table and asking guests to complete them with the person sitting next to them. This is a great way to get them talking.
Love jet-setting around country? Grab a vintage globe and some sharpies – have guests write their names over either their hometowns or perhaps favorite vacation spots? You could even ask friends and family to write their well wishes on a globe.
Here’s a fun task for your wedding guests. Provide a stack of construction-paper strips (like the kind used in grade school to make paper chains) and ask each guest to write a message on one link that he or she then attaches to the chain. Have glue dots on hand so it’s easy to adhere and there’s no dealing with sticky glue. Beginning the day after your honeymoon, remove a link and read it together to relive your big day. If you forgot the glue dots, ask your wedding planner to assist. She’ll have some in her emergency kit.
This guest book is fantastic and so easy! Create your own custom puzzle using a favorite photo of you two together on one side, and then guests write their messages on the opposite side. You'll both have a blast putting the pieces together while reading all of the well wishes from your loved ones. Remember to get your puzzle made ahead of time.
Sewn with Love
Hang small squares of fabric from a string and encourage guests to sign them throughout the evening. (Yes, your guest “book” will double as decoration.) After the wedding day, pay your wedding planner who specializes in sewing, alterations and embroidery (from Starry Night Events) to spruce up your handmade sentimental quilt. What better way to remember your wedding day!
Garden Guest Book Poster
Why not arrange flowers and stems just so and photograph them to create a poster that is blooming with beauty? This is a great place for loved ones to jot down messages whose meanings will grow even more precious with time.
And for the tech savvy, "create a photo booth" with a Polaroid camera or an iPad, where guests can take fun snapshots and leave video messages for you and your groom. Ask guests to film video messages on an iPad to create fun shout-outs to you and your groom. What fun!
Love Always Guest Book Poster
How about printing out a poster to display at your wedding for attendees to sign. After the wedding, frame it and hang it on your wall for a sweet memento. Adding the word “LOVE” will always remind you of the most important day of your lives.
Pressed Flowers Guest Book
If you’re the sentimental type, boxes of African violets, pansies, Johnny-jump-ups, and maidenhair ferns are a lovely sight for wedding attendees to see as they enter your reception space. But these blossoms are more than just a festive focal point, they’re also the beginning of an interactive guest book-turned-charming keepsake. They are almost as easy to assemble as, well, writing your name.
For people that are into music, the old kind, think 45’s, maybe even some 33.3’s then this is for you. Thrift some vintage records and grab a paint pen. Then frame them and hang them on your wall! This would be a look great in an entertainment room after the wedding.
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Mad Libs - Left: Cami's Paperie; Right: Paper Bliss Designs
Puzzle From Bella Puzzles Too
iPad Photo: onelove photography
Vinyl Photo: Chernivsky Weddings