What are you doing as an alternative to a guest book?

posted 2 years ago in Guests
Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

we had everyone add to a big canvas painting. I love it – its so bright and each time I look at it I notice more little details that people added. 

Post # 33
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We also used a large wooden board that everyone signed with gold or silver Sharpie. It was purchased from Etsy, similar to this one:

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I like the dictionary idea someone mentioned here, and I also like the idea of using a photobooth as a favor/guestbook all in one. 

Another thing I’m thinking about doing is getting one of our engagement photos (one with a lot of blank-ish space) printed on a canvas and having people sign that, but it kind of depends on what our engagement photos end up looking like since I forgot to specify this to my photographer lol.

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

We had a wooden monogram made! It now hangs in our hallway.

Post # 37
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I bought a big wooden wire spool that I’m going to turn into a coffee table and have people sign. It’s a little strange, but I didn’t want to do something everyone else was doing (I’ve been to three weddings that used the exact same format Peachwix board – it’s beautiful, but not what I wanted). I figured we’d get to look at it daily and it would be functional. 

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

we are having a guest bench/table made my FI’s dad for people to sign with black sharpies. cant wait it see it! going to seal it with yacht varnish after the wedding and use it as a console table or if theres room. a bench at the end of the bed.

Post # 39
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

We’re considering doing a video guestbook as an alternative. We have a lot of sentimental stuff around our apartment already and I love the idea of being able to see and listen to our guests (especially ones who might be older)

Post # 40
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

We ordered a giant map of the world (and it was in sepia/rose gold tones). Basically a large canvas. We put it on an easel, and pu a sign next to it that said “you mean the world to us, leave a mark!” We had a bucket of gold/bronze/silver sharpies for guests to sign with. It hangs over our couch now and is beautiful! We love going back periodically and actually reading the messages, vs just having a book we’d never look at.

Post # 41
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

redwinetime :  this is amazing!

We’re doing postcards with covers of books on them, people can write us little notes. We travel all the time and are getting married in a library. So best of both worlds. 

Post # 42
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Newbee

We did a polaroid guest book — it was a big hit and it turned out AWESOME, I giggle everytime I look through it (which has been like 16 times in the past 2 days). We really really wanted a photobooth at the wedding but it was $$. All in all the polaroid guest book cost us less than $150.

 

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

We got one of our engagement photos blown up into a canvas for guests to sign… $59.99 at Costco 

Post # 44
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Helper bee

littlesymmetry :  I’m doing this idea too!! But I’m going to ask a friend to stand at the entrance and take polaroid/instax snaps of everyone as they arrive. Then she will put the photos on each person’s table setting where the reception is (or hang it up on a wall) on a piece of thick paper so people can sign the card beeath the photo. We’ll collect all these and put it into a guest book.

Post # 45
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Those who did/are doing polaroids – how will/did you make sure the camera had enough film for everyone and keep people from just like…hoarding it? I ask because this is something I could see my drunk ass doing lol

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