Your wedding guestbook is a wonderful memento of your special day. Here are a few tips on how to make sure its signed by all of your nearest and dearest and not left sitting on the bar!
Put someone you trust in charge
Designate your maid of honour to be in charge of it
Even if you put the guestbook in a prominent place sometimes there is a danger of it not being signed (especially when your guests have started drinking). Make one person in charge of going around and getting everybody to sign it and to keep an eye on where its ended up.
Capture the moment
Get your guests to take a snap of themselves with an instant camera so the pics can be stuck in next to the message. This is a great way to get some informal snaps and document who’s written the message. You can even get the person taking it round to take the snaps and then stick them in as the film is quite expensive. You’ll just need an instax instant camera, some instax films and some corners to stick the photos in with.
Time it right
Don’t leave it till late in the evening or when guests are eating. You’ll end up with mucky prints all over it!
A good time is either before or after the speeches, not when people are eating or dancing.
Think outside the box
If you don’t want a traditional guest book then think of other ways that your guests can record their messages to you. Other options include posting messages into a Mr and Mrs post box (which you can enjoy emptying out the day after). You can then display these letters somewhere prominent and read these lovely messages every day. Or, get your guests to post their tips on marriage and life with newly-wed tip jar where guests share their words of wisdom with you. Let the hilarity ensue!
Go old school
Who says that you need to write the messages with a pen and paper? Go retro with a vintage typewriter (you can find in flea markets or off ebay) and leave instructions, ink and good quality paper. It’s a nice way to record special messages.
Encourage guests to channel their creativity
Give your guests easy to follow instructions that they have to write you a poem. You’ll love reading the results the day after
Photo Credit: Â© 2012 Thomas Gardella for Michelle Gardella Photography