(Closed) Neat Guest book ideas?!?!?!

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Post # 18
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I asked my creative sister to make my guest book and crossed it off my list. Little did I know that she planned something unique for us. She presented me with a guest book at my shower that she made using an album from Michaels or something (the ones with the little hole in the front for a pic). She put one of our engagement pics in the slot for the front and another on the first page and glued our names on the front in silver (colors were blue and silver). The coolest thing was that she had the pages setup for the pictures of the tables. So when people arrived they would find their place card then go to the guest book and sign their name under their table number. My sister then had her husband go around with his camera (not Polaroid) and take a picture of each table making sure to have the table number in each picture. About 2 weeks after the wedding I received a package from shutterfly with all the table pics! I simply glued them in and now it is something I want to actually look at!

Anyone with a digital camera can take these shots for you and send them later.

Post # 19
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Our wedding is at a winery so we are having all of our guests sign a wine cork.  I figured we could display the corks in a clear vase or bowl on a table or shelf in our home.

Post # 20
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@MamaHusky3:We’re having a cousin who works in graphics/video production go around with a video camera and get a blurb from each table, and then he is putting it together with music in the background – our 1st dance song etc. We’re announcing it in the program and again during the welcome speech to give people time to think of something to say 🙂

Post # 21
329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I hate the idea of a regular guest book as well…. I don’t want a list of people’s names in a book I’ll never look at. The boy and I are outdoorsy, so I’m going to buy the Life is Good book for my guest book. Each page has tons of room in the margins, so I’m going to get people to sign/write little notes on each page.



Post # 22
32 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

My mom is going to help me make a sayonara doll — a japanese doll whose belt is the tie to keep it closed and when you unroll her kimono it is actually a long piece of paper that the guests can sign. Then you just roll her kimono around her and you have a beautiful doll to display later on.


I love the idea MadtownBride had to have a plain paper book with markers and stuff for guest to sign/color/draw. That would be awesome! You could print a sign that says “please illustrate a memory you have with the bride or groom” or draw stick figure with names underneath as an example. I bet that would be so much fun to look through!

Post # 23
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I saw a couple do a photo album guestbook — but instead of polaroids, they used a digital camera.  The album had room next to/underneath the photographs for the guests to sign.  It also allowed for a group to sign as one.  Plus, printing the digitals was probably cheaper than the polaroid film.  I’m thinking you could do the same with a regular camera (only guests couldn’t see if they liked the picture).  Good luck!

Post # 24
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We used squares of fabric that everyone could write notes on. We had them set up on a table during cocktail hour and then my junior bridesmaids got everyone to sign during the night that hadn’t already done so. Now my mom is making them into a quilt along with pictures from the wedding.

Post # 25
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

We chose to have a platter made with our initials and wedding date.  Our guests were asked to sign their names on it.  We’ll hang it in the kitchen of our new home!

Post # 26
10285 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

We are having a DIY photobooth. I posted about it a few weeks ago. Its super long and I don’t feel like reading what I wrote so some of it may not pertain to this particular thread but it will give you an idea of what we’re doing…

Fiance is, in my opinion, the king of all things tech so I thought that he would be really into making the photobooth. This is what we decided to do:

Construct a cabinet (on wheels) big enough to hold a 37″ flat screen tv (this has been sitting in our bedroom for 2.5 years unplugged!) with a shelf that will hold a mac mini. We will set up an iSight camera and run the mac app “photobooth”. For those of you who arent familiar with it, check it out here http://www.apple.com/macosx/what-is-macosx/photo-booth.html

We will have it controlled by remote so that the guests can control when their pics are taken. The TV will be used as a huge monitor so our guests can see what their pic will look like before taking it. 

Now here is where I think it gets cool. Fiance had the brilliant idea to get lime green fabric as the backdrop (not totally thrilled about this color since it doesnt go with our theme but I’ll deal) and use it as a green screen. Over the years of being avid mac users we have collected dozens of effects for photoshop. We have everything from space to concerts to those cheesy love things. I think these will be alot of fun for the guests to play around with throughout the reception. After the wedding we’ll post all the pics to our wedding website for our guests to view and print.

We’re also planning on using the photo booth as our guestbook. We hate the idea of traditional guest books that will never be looked at again. My Future Father-In-Law is going to be making us 2 life size thought bubbles covered in chalk board finish. We are going to have our guests write their guest book messages to us on the thought bubbles and take pictures with them (these will preferably be normal pics with no effects). We plan to include our guestbook pics in our storybook that I’ll make after the wedding.

Maybe its just me but I think the idea is awesome and I’m so excited to do it. Whats even better? This whole project is going to cost a whopping $100 or so. We already have all the electronics needed, just need the supplies for the cabinet, thought bubbles and the fabric. I’m sure I can score some chalk at the $ store. Maybe even some cheapy props too! My Future Father-In-Law is going to build everything for us for free (we’re a year out and he’s already making the project plans!).

Post # 27
219 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We went and picked out river rocks & then the guest wrote on them with Sharpies! We just went thru them this week when we returned from our honeymoon & it was great! Some people just signed them, some wrote funny things & some wrote some really nice emotional things. We have them in a decorative basket right now in our house, but we can do alot of differnt things…. use them as base for candles, in our fireplace that we never use, create stepping stones out of them….

some people didn’t sign them so we had some blank one’s left over…well we decided we would use them as “love notes” to each other…never know when a stone might turn up in various places…car, mailbox, briefcase, on your pillow….

We had a rustic type wedding so it fit for us!

Post # 28
6 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

@arenyth: ah! I saw a guitar idea and absolutely LOOOVED it (FI is a guitarist/songwriter outside of his “real job” so its perfect).  my only concern is finding a guitar that is cheap enough to make this cost effective… 

I also saw a cute idea online somewhere with a couple who had an original record of their first dance song for people to sign, which I also thought was cute, although this is prob better with a smaller wedding, as records aren’t that big…lol

Post # 29
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

This is ours came out cute but maybe shoulda kept the kiddos away from it , my neice scribbled alll over it lmao she sighned like 4 times and put checks next to people she knew shes 5 ….

Post # 30
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I was at a wedding where we had Madlibs that we filled out, signed our names and put them in a box. I’m sure that they will be funny things to read, but I don’t see myself keeping that for too long…

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