We're beginning to see more and more with each day that anything goes when you are planning your wedding. The bottom line is that it is YOUR big day and you can do whatever your little heart desires. If you want a pink wedding dress instead of white/ivory, you can have it! Reese Witherspoon did, why can't you?! If you want live animals accompanying you down the isle, you can have that too! If you want guests to sign a surf board instead of a traditional guest book, by all means GO RIGHT AHEAD! We love the idea of ditching the traditional guest books and creating something more artistic and representative of you as a couple. Here are a few of our favorites.
Do you play the guitar or just love music? Have your guests sign a guitar instead of a guest book. You can purchase a guitar new, of course, or shop the thrift stores or local music shops for gently used guitars at a really great price. Since wine is AbFab's usual drink of choice, naturally, we love the idea of using wine bottles as a guest book. Leave the labels on and the wine uncorked, or have some fun before the wedding and drink up! If you want to remove the labels, try placing the bottles in the oven for about 10 minutes at 250 degrees. It works every time... :) Here are a few other easy ways to remove labels.
To all you surfers and snowboarders out there, here is the one for you! Have your guest sign a surfboard or snowboard for a keepsake. Do you consider yourself Earthy or are you having a nature-inspired wedding? Ever thought of having your guests sign rocks? What a great idea!
Having a destination wedding or have a lot of out-of-town guests? Have them leave you and your love a note on a postcard. Or you can have your escort cards serve as a guestbook as this puzzle did on the right. Each puzzle piece was an escort card and the guests had to find where their piece fit in the puzzle. Then, guests signed the mat around the puzzle instead of a guest book. Double duty! This clever design uses magnets on the back of the puzzle and magnetic paint on the mat to hold the puzzle pieces in place.
Last but not least, a few examples of the ever-popular guest book wedding tree. "Leaf a Thumbprint, and Sign Your Name!" A couple stamp pads in colors of your choice, and a hand painted tree on a canvas with only the branches is all you need to have this personal touch at your wedding. Spice it up a bit if you'd like with these other variations. Create a decoupage tree and use all different colors of fabric/paper. A glass guest book tree is so unique! Have your guests sign colorful pieces of artistic glass and hang them from wire.
These are just a few of the great guest book alternatives out there. Did you do something different at your wedding or plan to? Let us know by leaving a comment or facebook us! Attach a picture if you have one!
~~The AbFab Team