Wedding Sign-In Book Ideas
Choose a unique style of guest book that you and your spouse will cherish
By Danita Fausek
Your big day is here, and you want to make sure you recognize everyone who attended. Tradition says to have a guest book for everyone to sign, but you want to do something special -- something that helps make your wedding stand out. With a little imagination and some planning, it's possible for you to do just that.
Preserving the names of your wedding attendees is a wonderful memento. Combining a guest book with a photo of the two of you can make it even more meaningful. Find a photo that is special to you and shows you both together, sharing a special moment. Place it in a large mat and frame with no glass. Provide a thin-line marker and place it in a prominent area. Print a sign asking that guests sign the matting surrounding their picture. Once the big day has passed, place a piece of UV-protected glass inside the frame and in front of the picture and hang it in a prominent spot on your wall.
Involve your guests in the creation of your book. Place a note in the invitation asking them to bring a snapshot of their family or a scrapbook page with a picture and a message from them to you. State the size of the book you are creating so that the page your guests create will fit the new book. Create some blank, generic pages in which a photo or two can be placed for those not familiar with the craft. Have some photo corners available as well as a thin-line marker, so your guests can write their message and sign the page. Put all the collected pages together in a binding. You will have a treasured keepsake that will bring you joy for years to come.
Examine your style to find that special item that can be signed by each guest attending your wedding. Do you love to winter sports? Have a pair of skis or a large snowboard available to be signed. Do you love to camp and canoe? Bring along your favorite equipment that can be signed with permanent marker. Find that one item that symbolizes something of your new life together. Once completed and sealed, you will have a keepsake unlike any other.
Guest Book Platters
Many retailers offer porcelain platters that double as guest books. These items come with a special permanent marker that doesn't wash off in the dishwasher, so your guests can sign the platter and their messages will last through many uses. This is a special item that will remind you of your wedding every time you use it in your kitchen.
About the Author
For more than 15 years, Danita Fausek ran her own business doing weddings and event planning.
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