Most couples are opting out of the traditional wedding guestbook for obvious reasons (what do you really do with a book of everyone’s name and/or addresses other than send out thank you cards).
So, what is the new trend? A guestbook photobook of your engagement photos. Guests sign on a blank page of a book filled with images of you and your fiance.
BUT, when I saw this idea last week, I thought this was a fantastic idea!
Image courtesy of Jonas Peterson via Earth Friendly Weddings
It’s a “Wedding Tree.” Have each of your guests place their thumbprint somewhere on the tree. Then, the happy couple can have it framed and put it in their home. The “Wedding Tree” is a great memento and a great guestbook alternative. It would probably work best with a smaller wedding, but if you have a hefty guest list, you could do a few different trees and have a collection of artwork for your house. It’s fun and different, and just plain awesome.
So, I haven’t exactly began any work on the first project, but I have definitely purchased the stuff to start it (typical me…stockpiling on scrapbooking supplies).
Instead of a traditional guest book, I have opted to make a “scrapbook” of sorts. It will contain lots of photos of the FI and I over the course of our relationship. I will leave plenty of space for guests to leave encouraging notes and well wishes. I think this is a much more personal approach to the guestbook. I made one for a good friend of mine last year and she and her family absolutely loved the final product. The guests really enjoyed leaving a personal mark on their relationship, too.
Once I actually get around to starting this project, I will post images on how the project is progressing. It really is a labor of love.
I was thinking something like the above, but a bit more scrapbooky and personal. And, lets not forget how much I love MyPublisher. Although that one is a great idea to have a photobook printed. Saves the time and hassel! However, considering I am a scrapbook and photo junky, I cannot pass up putting it together by hand.
I do really like the idea of having a Photo Booth at the wedding reception and then giving guests the opportunity to put their images into a scrapbook and then sign by their photo. It is a different take on the traditional guestbook, which I think is a great way to get your guests involved in the wedding.
Are any of you thinking of reinventing the guestbook and trying something new?