Oh, those darling guest books. What are they for? Every bride wonders this at some point, and if your fiance is anything like mine, he is probably saying "Do we really need that, Bean?"
Truth is, no, but you do what you want. It is your wedding and your home and your life and ya'll can do whatever floats your boat. But let's talk about this for a minute. There are all these adorable ideas floating around the 'net and, don't you just wish you could use all of them?!
Here is what I suggest to my brides.. If you decide to do a guest book, choose something that will fit in your future life and future home. If you are a couple that is planning on traveling the world, you wouldn't choose a bench to sign as a guest book. Like everything with your wedding, find something that is true to your couple style and something that you will be happy with 5, 10, 20+ years from now.
Along with choosing the right guest book - always check your writing instruments BEFORE you set them out to use them. You want to have very full ink for those sentiments left by loved ones!
Now, let's see what we have here for ideas..
Please sign & drop
These are very fun little ideas, kind of like a wedding plinko game. You can create many fun shapes to match your wedding or your home and it would be very cute hung up on your wall! Downfall is when your pieces go upside down and you're flipping on your head to read them.
Guest book artwork
These can get really creative. From trees to portraits, the signable artwork can be a really easy way to preserve those names. Questions to ask yourself: Will this always hang in your home? What to do with it when it no longer matches your decor?
Guest madlibs and fill in the blanks
These are super fun to have on your reception tables while the guests wait for the newlyweds to arrive. Friends and family can leaves tips and fun date ideas for the bride and groom - and it is always nice to hear more secrets to living happily ever after.
A time capsule is a great way to keep those notes special and hold them until a special moment or even a rocky time in your marriage. Have your guests leave words of encouragement or date ideas and set a date or moment to open it.. That reminds me of a great article about a couple who waited 9 year to open a wedding gift marked "Do not open until 1st disagreement" -- Read that here.
Polaroid guest books
One of my personal favorites is a photo guest book. Those instant photos are a great way to preserve memories of guests and a way to grab photos of every single guest who comes to celebrate, even if you aren't able to take photos with them during the reception.
Traditional Guest Book
You can never go wrong with a traditional guest book. This is a simple and useful way to preserve the memories of guests that enjoyed your wedding day. It is compact and it is something that will last for many years to come. And with Etsy, you can find a perfect guest book for your perfect day.
Just remember: It is your guest book. Find something that works for you.
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