Monday, May 14, 2012

Monday's Montage - Creative Guestbooks

If you’ve ever read through someone’s guest book, you’ll notice that most of the entries are pretty repetitive.. “Congrats, we’re so happy for you!” "Best of luck!"  etc.. etc. Here are some more creative ideas for guest books that would be much more interesting to read through later!

#1. Wishing Tree. Put beautiful branches such as cherry blossom, manzanita, or magnolia branches in a vase. Make cards with ribbons attached and ask guests to write their well wishes or advice and hang the cards on the branches.

#2. Postcards/Mailbox. Provide postcards of the city where your wedding is held. Ask guests to sign the backs, then slip them into a mailbox. Perfect for a travel-themed wedding!

#3. Framed Poster. A very popular, and beautiful idea. Frame a nice picture of yourselves and have guests sign the mat with nice pens provided. Memories and a new piece of art to hang in your home!

#4. Fingerprints Tree. This is such a sweet and unique idea! Draw a tree with lots of empty branches on a poster, then put up a sign asking guests to “leaf” a fingerprint and sign their name. (Smart idea to have wet wipes near by for guests to clean up afterwards, can't have thumbprints on that white dress!!)

#5. Typewriter. A fun vintage typewriter can serve as decor, AND as guestbooks. Provide some direction, like asking guests to share some words of wisdom, and you’ll get more interesting responses.

#6. Polaroid Guestbook. A spin-off of the photobooth guestbook is to have guests take Polaroids of themselves, mount them in a book, and sign next to their photo.

Not only does the guest book serve as a fun, interactive activity for your guests, more importantly it's a time capsule of your friends a family who were there for you on your big day. It will mean so much in 50 years time when you are older and grey, still so madly in love, sitting on your couch together flipping through your guest book and reliving that day.

By Jayleen Deelman, Associate Planner with DreamGroup Productions

Jayleen Deelman has been with DreamGroup for 2 years and after proving herself as our Star Wedding Coordinator now takes on the role of Loving Planner. Jayleen is upbeat, good natured, and always smiling. She is attentive and with her passion for everything weddings she is key in carrying out a fluid and enjoyable wedding day experience. Clients adore her sweet disposition and her desire to make their wedding a memory they will never forget.

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