Post # 1
Hi Ladies, So the wedding is about 10 days away, and I still am not sure what to do about a guest book! I originally was going to have a large mat pic frame for all to sign, but the hubby-to-be is not keen on the idea. Anyone have any ideas that are not terribly time consuming but still cute? The normal guest book is jsut not going to make me happy!
Post # 3
is your wedding in Boston? Maybe buy a great book of black & white Boston photography and then your guests can use archival pens to sign the pages, and also see pictures of the city where you are getting married… or something like that, if it’s not in Boston.
Post # 4
You can buy a nice photo album (one of the ones that has room for notes on the sides of the photo slots) and if you have engagement photos, put them in. Have guests sign the notes parts. Then, you have some options for after the wedding.  you can leave the engagement photos inside,  you can make prints of wedding photos and fill it with those (maybe guest photos and extras if you’re already getting an album from your photog), or  you can have someone with a camera by the guestbook and take a photo of each guest as they sign. after the wedding, you can put the photos of the guests next to their signatures.
Post # 5
A week or two before my wedding, I saw a guest book idea on Martha Stewart that I loved:
(I hope that works, if not you could go to marthastewart.com/weddings and search “guest book” and there are 25 ideas listed -Christina & Peter’s Guest Books)
Guest book serving as table numbers. If you didn’t want to use it as table numbers, you could just leave the book on the tables. It worked out great for us – so many great messages, top ten lists, haikus, doodles, and much more left for us by our friends and family. Since it was on their table all night, they could leave a note at any point without waiting in a guest book line or getting up from the table.
I’m sure there are many ways you could go about it; but I bought 14 little notebooks from the $1 bin at Michael’s, covered & glued them with cardstock, printed out the table number and glued it to the front, and left a welcome note and instructions to leave us a note in each book. While it’s not a cohesive book, my plan is to tear the pages out and scrapbook it (or something… someday!).
And, I did this two days before the wedding 🙂
Post # 6
I’m a vinyl album collector and I frame and hang my favorites and I’m also a collector of autographs which I also hang, so we’re framing two albums that mean something to each of us (mine will be Derek & the Dominoes, Layla and other assorted love songs – his is to be determined) without the glass, and leaving sharpies and a sign asking people to autograph our albums, which we’ll then add the glass back to and hang on the wall.
Is there an object you already own or can buy that means something to you that people can sign and you can display in your home?
Post # 7
We bought a bunch of postcards and are having our guests fill them out and mail them to us.
Then we will put them all in a album.
Good luck! I hope everything goes perfect for you.
Post # 8
scrap book! have them write on empty pages – you can fill in around afterwards with memories of the wedding – photos, cards, etc.
Post # 9
I´m using this:
A bit expensive, but I figured I would have spent the same amount of money and a lot more work on smething else.
Post # 10
Ladies, Thank you for all the suggestions, the wedding is up in the White Mountains, and we did not have engagement pictures done…..Or else I would have loved a picture book idea!
You all have got my thinking, but I am still not sure on what to do! I do like the scrapbook idea, but won’t it look plain when it is on the table?
Post # 11
i’m going to put mason jars of different colored pens, etc so there’ll be something around it. maybe you could include some photos of the both of you from over the years? we’ve also got it next to the placecards and gift card box.
Post # 12
Yeah, unless you’re already having a slideshow and think it’s overkill, I vote that you go ahead with the photo album idea and put in pictures of you and your FI over the years – or include baby and child pics, too! People will love looking through it when they sign. Then, you can either keep those photos in or replace them with guest photos or wedding photos.