4. Other Ways your Guests Can Leave their Wishes for You
With a bit of imagination, there’s lots of ways for your guests to let you know they care on your wedding day. Here’s just a few ideas to get you inspired…
If guest books are a bit ‘old school’ for you, then you can set up a ‘Guest Blog Station’ where guests can visit a laptop or computer and add their wishes to a blog, even including webcam photos or video of themselves. If you’re not sure that all of your guests will know what to do, it’s probably best to assign an Usher or Bridesmaid to ‘Guest Blog Support’ so they can advise the less techno-savvy. It’s a great idea if you have friends and family abroad who are unable to attend the wedding, as they can leave messages from their homes as well.
Don’t like the idea of everyone just writing in a book, then bring out your guests’ creative side by making prompt cards part of their place setting. These can ask for their best wedding memory, their best piece of advice for you or even for a sketch of the two of you together (or anything else that takes their fancy). That way they’re not under pressure to come up with witty wedding wishes on the spot with other people waiting to sign standing behind them, but they can create you a real masterpiece throughout their dinner. Don’t forget to add a container for them all to get posted in so they don’t get lost or cleared away by the table staff.
Get your guests to leave their messages on a small piece of paper which they roll into a scroll, tie up and drop into a bottle. A great twist on the ‘message in a bottle’ idea and perfect for a beach or seaside themed wedding.
Set up an old fashioned typewriter and a ream of paper and let your guests express their love for you in ‘clickety clack’ form. You can bind them altogether in a book afterwards.
There are some commercially available guest book alternatives that come in kit form and are designed to be displayed on a wall of your home after your wedding day – Etsy.com is a great place to start searching for this kind of item. There are sets with tiny paper hearts or butterflies for messages which you mount and frame, which look like gorgeous artworks when they are finished. Also you can take a totally different approach and not ask your guests to write anything at all – instead leave out some coloured stamp pads and ask your guests to add their fingerprints to a picture on a board which you can frame afterwards. Alternatively provide stamp pads and pens and let your guests add their fingerprint to a book and turn their prints into little characters. It’s a good ideas to also include some wet wipes as part of the display so that guests don’t have to spend the whole day with inky fingers!