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Creative Guest Book Ideas

Creative Guest Book Ideas

The guest book at weddings is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a book that records the guests that were present (in case you forget!)  The idea is very traditional although in today’s world of obsession over every last detail, it’s much more likely that the Bride has the entire wedding roster memorized and would never rely on a book to tell her who’s who.  Some couples have even done away with the formality to spend more time with guests and not create a hug, long line at the entrance of the reception. In any event, we think it’s fine to keep with tradition, but maybe consider mixing it up a bit? Here are some new, fun ways to utilize the guest book and make it more user (and newlywed) friendly!

Photo Booth Guestbook: Call us biased, but this idea is perfection! Guests can have their photos taken in the photo booth and then once they’ve printed out, they can adhere the strip of pics to a guestbook and sign with a fun salutation and best wishes for their pals. Not only does it double as a photo album, but in our experience, flipping through silly photos the day after the wedding and reading the messages of your party-goers never gets old!

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Old Fashioned Typewriter: Find a vintage typewriter and set up an antique looking display with a long scroll that guests can keep a continuous page of notes going. The look of the font and the entire feel is super romantic and would be perfect for a wedding that has an old time feel going on.

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Mailbox: This is also an ultra nostalgic way to display “love letters” overflowing in your mailbox and encourage your guests to fold up a note of wisdom or encouragement that you can open after your wedding. The idea is mainly all about the display so consider painting a cute mailbox, with the flag up of course, to match the whole vibe of the wedding!

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Love Letters: In a large bowl, box or pretty apothecary jar, provide guests with timeless postcards with a romantic feel that they can write their greetings on. Then, have your maid of honor mail them to you throughout your first year of marriage. The idea is incredibly modern and romantic and reminds you throughout the entire year of that most special day. Just don’t forget to include postage!

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Fun Reception, Guaranteed

Sure, you want a wedding that’s breathtaking and memorable, but don’t you also want it to be a fun party? Ensure a fun-filled night at your wedding reception, for both you and your guests, by following one (or all) of these tips:

Change into something more comfortable with a reception-specific gown that’s comfy and chic. (This can apply to the gents too; let your groom trade in his tux for something more casual to dance the night away.)

Create an upbeat playlist with strut-worthy hits guaranteed to keep your dance floor packed.

Ditch traditional wedding fare and opt for a fun, eclectic, or unique meal instead that will please palates and impress guests.

Take a dance class (or ten!) and plan to wow watchers of your first dance with a choreographed number.

Food stations or food trucks are a great way to surprise guests with interesting and fun fare that will make your event memorable and keep revelers fueled late into the night.

Give some thought to your seating arrangement by pairing up people who are old buddies or never-met guests who are sure to be fast friends.

Ensure hilarity and poignancy by carefully selecting the ladies and gents who will be offering up the wedding night toasts and giving them guidelines.

Offer activities and entertainment for pint-sized attendees by providing kids with personalized gift bags loaded with age-appropriate goodies or offering a separate kids station where tykes can watch movies, color, or play games.

Give guests plenty of places to hang out by setting up unique seating areas at your reception site, such as an intimate lounge for chatting or patio seating for getting fresh air.

Rent a photo booth, loaded with props and backdrops, that’s ideal for capturing candid snapshots of your wedding guests. As an added bonus, photo strips make a great favor for party-goers to remember your big night.

Surprise guests with some sort of special presentation, whether it’s a late-night fireworks display or a performance by belly dancers.

Hand out fun favors that can be used immediately, such as wacky props, silly string, glow sticks, or confetti launchers.

5 Unique Wedding Guests Books

Traditional wedding guest books get stuck in the attic and never looked at. Have some fun with this wedding tradition and create “guest books” that serve a purpose after the wedding. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

A Photo Guestbook

If you have booked a photo booth for your reception, a photo guestbook is a refreshing alternative to an ordinary signature guestbook. A photo guestbook is a way to capture all of your guests on film and receive their best wishes wrapped up in a keepsake memento you can take with you on the night of your event.


A Framed Record

If your first dance song is a classic, buy a record of the song. Have your guests sign it; then frame it and hang it in your home. You will have a cool new decoration and a great conversation starter when people visit your house.

A Personalized Puzzle

You can order a puzzle with a photo of you and your fiancé. Guests can sign the back of the pieces. Later, you can frame the photo or put the puzzle together with your future children.

Anniversary Wine

Purchase four (or more) bottles of wine. Print customized labels for your one, five, ten, and twenty year anniversary. Have guests sign the bottles; then, save the wine for the designated anniversary.

Christmas Ornaments

Buy Christmas ornaments in assorted colors or your wedding colors. Have guests use markers to write their message on an ornament. Every year when you decorate for Christmas, you can reread your guests’ messages.

2012 Wedding Trends

2011 was the year of the photo booth, candy bar, and rustic décor in the world of weddings, so what will 2012 hold? We have predictions on the hottest trends that will be cropping up in the new year…

 

Royal Influence: As millions watched everywoman Kate Middleton marry her Prince Charming, all eyes were on the wedding details. Expect to see royal influences in 2012, particularly when it comes to gowns. Lace accents, cowl necks, and cap sleeves will be all the rage as brides channel their inner princess.

 

 

Food Trucks: 2011 saw the emergence of unique and eclectic food stations at wedding. In 2012, wedding guests should expect to find food trucks parked outside wedding receptions and after-parties. As food trucks are gaining popularity across the nation, brides are taking notice and booking them to provide guests with fun and original fare.

Mix & Match: As couples continue to seek ways to put their own unique mark on the wedding day, dresses and décor will become more eclectic and less uniform. Instead of matching bridesmaid dresses, many brides are opting to showcase their attendants in individual gowns and shoes that are cohesive without being identical. This trend will influence centerpieces, as well, with tabletops boasting several smaller assorted items lumped together, instead of towering centerpieces that look the same.

Photo Backdrops: Say goodbye to photo booths and hello to funky photo shoots. Wedding photographers are recognizing the desire to capture fun and quirky posed portraits of wedding guests, in lieu of strictly candids, so they’re showing up equipped with backdrops and props. Guests can pose individually or alongside friends in a variety of hilarious and posh getups that make for awesome photos that create a great wedding memento.

Nontraditional Wedding Gowns: If New York Bridal Fashion week is any indication, 2012 will be the year of the not-so-white wedding gown. Brides are moving away from traditional ideals of wedding gowns and colors by selecting dresses in various hues or with a punch of color. Blush is growing in popularity as the color of choice, while many women are opting for patterned gowns or dresses with an accented pop of color.

Two Dresses: One wedding dress simply isn’t enough anymore. For years, celebrity starlets have strutted their stuff on their wedding day in multiple gowns and blushing brides are beginning to follow suit. Don’t be surprised to see a lavish gown for the wedding ceremony be traded in for a more comfortable design for the reception.

Smaller Guest Lists: With an emphasis on intimacy and informality, many couples are slashing their guest lists and opting for smaller affairs. Giant, over-the-top events might become a thing of the past as couples choose to say ‘I do’ amidst a close circle of family and friends.

Nature Calls: Rustic and vintage themes will continue to prevail throughout 2012, with brides drawing inspiration from nature. Expect to see muted palettes, heavy on creams, greens, and browns, and an array of natural elements permeating the wedding décor.

Wedding Self-Portrait Station – 5 Things You Must Have

Move over photo booths; the hottest wedding trend right now is self-portrait stations. The idea is similar to the photo booth trend; you encourage guests to take goofy photos so you can look at them and laugh after the wedding, but the great thing about self-portrait stations is the creativity. There are no “walls,” so guests can gather up large groups and strike funny poses. Plus, you can create different backdrops for your guests to use. Here are five items to have at your wedding self-portrait station.

Silly Hats

Goofy Glasses

Chalk and Chalkboards

Handheld Masks

A Custom Backdrop

If you are interested in creating a self-portrait station at your wedding, you can simply set up an area in the reception room with fun props, a cute backdrop, and a camera (or a few disposable cameras). If you want to save yourself some work, you can look for local vendors that offer self-portrait stations. Many provide all of the materials and print the pictures for you.

Now, say cheese!

 

 

Inspiring Wedding Favors

Wedding favors don’t have to be dull and uninspired…

Wedding favors often evoke a “been there, done that” response from wedding guests. Looking for something a little more memorable than a bag of Jordan almonds? Here are our top choices for a few inspiring guest thank-yous.

Unique Wedding Favors Ideas

Late night munchies
After dancing for hours, rolling out individual snacks like mini hamburgers with a fixings bar are a big hit. We did see a couple have Gene & Judes Hot Dogs delivered. The guests loved it.

Photo shop
Rent a photo booth and let your guests take turns posing for the camera. A photo boot guest book is a great option.

Escape the Elements
If you really want to impress, give your guests something sublimely stylish yet useful to keep them smiling through the elements: stylish sunglasses (to deflect glare), sleek umbrellas (in case of rain), or cashmere scarves (should a breeze pick up).

Personalized Thank-yous
Place small journals at each place setting, and write every guest a personal thank-you note on the front page.

Make some noise at theme weddings
Liven up the party, and hand out maracas, small horns, or even kazoos – a great idea for a theme wedding.

Family-favorites
Gather a collection of favorite family recipes from both sides into a small recipe book or box printed with your names and wedding date.

Final Farewell
Send guests away with a final parting gift, and enlist the parking attendants to place a flower with an attached thank-you note on the dashboard of each car. If you’ll be providing guest transportation, be sure to place a basket of these favors at the front of the bus for guests to take prior to departure.

Give Back
Yes, this idea has been done – but altruism is at an all-time high, and we’re jumping on the bandwagon . Donating in the name of your guests to a charity, one that holds special meaning for the two of you, adds another sentimental personal touch to your wedding.

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