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Monday, December 20, 2010

Guest Book Alternatives

Traditional guest books are a nice idea, but why not take it to the next level with a fun and more involved way to have your guests wish you well?!

Wishing tree
Wishing trees are beautiful and can serve as one of the focal points at your reception. On a table usually in the cocktail hour area, you have a tree from which note cards hang for guests to write a sweet message for the couple. The notes can be small rectangles, squares or circles, or they can be shaped like leaves, further adding to the “tree” effect. You can later store your sweet mementos in a memory box to be enjoyed for many years.

Photo booth
Photo booths are great fun! Some couples even like to provide crazy props to kick up the entertainment factor. Have a blank scrapbook, some photo-safe adhesive and pens at a nearby table for guests to attach their photo strip and write a message to you. The photo strips can also double as favors for your guests to take home when you encourage them to go another round in the booth!

Notes in a box or vase
Provide small blank cards for guests to write a well wish on and a lovely container such as a box tied to your theme or a gorgeous vase for them to put the notes into. You can later affix the cards in an album or leave them on display in their vessel in your new home.

Photo mat
While this alternative has been around for a few years, it is still a beloved option. Provide a photo mat around an engagement photo for your guests to sign with a short note. You’ll stop and read some of the messages every time you walk past this sweet keepsake in your home for years to come!

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking outside of the book. Do any of you have other suggestions?

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