Any couple saying "I do" can simply set down an empty book and a fancy pen and let the well wishes come pouring in. But isn't it so much more fun to take the creativity up a notch? Here are some ideas for what to do instead of a run-of-the-mill guestbook.
1. Festive Photobooth__
Take advantage of a festive photo booth at the reception and "ask guests to use their printed pictures as mini mementos of their experience, along with a spot to jot well wishes," says Ani Keshishian of Anoush Banquet Halls & Catering. Have printed instructions in plain sight indicating that they should sign the back of the strip with their personal message. The bride and groom can then read the photo strips and keep them in a special box or create a wedding scrapbook out of the images and words.
2. Pictionary Guest Book
Playing Pictionary on your big day can be pretty priceless. One of the couples that Leah Weinberg of Color Pop Events worked with asked guests to draw a picture of the following in lieu of the traditional guestbook: the couple, the couple's dog, the rabbi, or the guests dancing. "You can imagine after a few drinks how hilarious some of the drawings got," she says.
3. Anniversary Messages
Waiting until your anniversary to read the messages is another great idea, according to Weinberg. Tell guests to write messages geared towards a future anniversary and then have them placed in a card box or a decorative jar. See if you can wait a full year before cracking open the package.
4. iPad Recordings__
For the techy couple, setting up an iPad and allowing guests to record their "two cents" for the newlyweds is unconventional and unique, says Summer Newman of Summer Newman Events.
5. Burner App Audio Guestbook
Another digital trend is to use the Burner mobile app as a type of audio guestbook. The bride and groom provide their Burner number so guests can call and leave messages from marriage advice to favorite memories to jokes.
A client who got engaged at Fenway Park had guests autograph baseballs in place of a standard guestbook, says Sara Fried of Fête Nashville. The results can then be used as part of your newlywed home décor.
Doctors tying the knot can use custom prescription pads that say "Please Share Your Prescription for a Happy Marriage." Fried had a medical school-grad bride and groom who used this cute idea to the delight of guests.
8. Incorporate Your Career/Hobby__
It's always a great idea to incorporate a career, passion, or hobby in an out-of-the-box guestbook. Fried has seen a singer-songwriter use a guitar for family and friends to sign, while Elle Anderson of Elle A Events has seen clients use anything from old-fashioned typewriters to Polaroid cameras as a photography throwback.
9. Wine Bottle Labels__
Vineyard nuptials are all about the wine, and Kawania Wooten of Howerton+Wooten Events, worked with a couple who had guests sign a collection of bottles with customized labels. The labels indicated the couple's first, fifth, tenth, and twentieth anniversaries so they could enjoy each bottle on the special occasion.