Alternative Wedding Guest Book Ideas

Written by caro cook
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    Alternative Wedding Guest Book Ideas

    Whether your wedding is large or small, your guests will certainly want to pass on their good wishes for your future together. While a traditional guest book will certainly do the job, couples who want to add a more personal touch to their wedding celebrations may want to opt for a more unusual type of guest book.

    Give your guests a unique way to record their good wishes for you. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

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    Make a Wishing Tree

    For a romantic and striking addition to your wedding reception, take a collection of twigs or branches, bind them together at the base using strong tape. Then paint them using spray paint in whatever colour you choose and anchor the 'tree' in a Christmas tree stand or bucket of sand. Prepare some heart shaped cards -- enough for one per guest -- and punch a hole in the top of each one. Thread some pretty ribbon through the hole and tie it in a loop. Guests can then write their personal message on a heart and tie it to the tree.

    Paint your tree to reflect the colour scheme of your wedding (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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    Make Patchwork Squares

    For a wonderful and unusual keepsake to cherish, use your guest's messages to create a beautiful quilt. Simply supply your guests with plain coloured fabric squares of equal size and some fabric pens that can be brought from craft stores. Ask your guests to write their messages directly onto the fabric and, after the wedding, the squares can be sewn together using simple stitches for a unique heirloom that will last a lifetime.

    Preserve your guest's good wishes for the future in a beautiful quilt. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

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    Video Messages

    For a high-tech version of the classic guest book, have your guests record their good luck wishes on video. There is no need for professional equipment, just set up a home video camera on a tripod in a quiet corner of your venue and invite guests to spend a few moments recording their messages for the happy couple. To ensure that the video comes out, ask a friend or relative who is comfortable using the camera to help the guests record their messages.

    Ask your guests to record their good luck messages on video. (Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

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    Photo Messages

    For a simple but effective alternative to the traditional guest book, create a photo record of your day. As your guests arrive, ask a friend to take their picture with a Polaroid camera. Then, later in the day, guests can write their messages in the blank space at the bottom of their picture. After the wedding, the pictures can be compiled into a scrapbook as a lasting reminder of your very special day.

    A picture can add an extra dimension to your wedding day memories. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

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