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The days of traditional guestbooks are gone, and it seems as if new, creative, and fun ideas are popping up everywhere! The guestbook has turned from a way to document guests, and keep track of the gifts they gave you, to a unique way for your guests to share a favorite memory, or into a treasured piece the bride and groom can reflect back on years from now. Take a look at some of these new and creative guestbook ideas that you can incorporate into your wedding day.

1) Postcard Guestbook postcard-wedding-guestbook

{Photo via Wedding in HD by Shannon Confair Photography}

2) Library Card Guestbook


{Binding Bee via ETSY}

3) Photobook Guestbook

{Photo via Ruffled  – You Look Nice Today Photography}

4) Wine Cork Guestbook

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{Photo via Oh Lovely Day}

5) Wedding Tree Guestbook


{Wedding Tree Guestbook via ETSY}

6) State Guestbook


{Peachwik via ETSY}

7) Mad Libs Guestbook


{Photo via OneWedAugust Press Via ETSY}

8) Anniversary Wine Guestbook


{Photo via Bridal GuideEVCreations}

Have you seen, or do you plan on incorporating any of these creative guestbook ideas into your big day decor?

Let’s face it, we’re not all getting married in a house of worship.  So, how do you make your ceremony location stand out in a unique way? Flowers are the old standby.  Now, brides, stylists and planners are scouring for fun and unique ways for the altar to pop. Through color, textiles and found objects, the mission is accomplished.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres via Green Wedding Shoes

Having an evening warehouse / loft wedding? Hang strands of light from the ceiling for a simple yet dramatic look (with the added detail of ambient lighting).

Focus Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

Your grandfather loved clocks? Honor him with an eclectic collection of vintage clocks as your backdrop. Not only is this quirky and fun, but it’s a nod to your beloved family member.

The Nichols via Style Me Pretty

Jason + Anna Photography via Style Me Pretty

Having an outdoor ceremony? Add streamers to the trees to create a colorful backdrop, and a dramatic element when the wind blows.  Or, use found objects, like Allison did with these old doors, and string a fun phrase to frame the shot.

Paige Newton Photography via 100 Layer Cake

Want to add a pop of color? Aim for something dramatic using colorful textiles and votives, hanging them against a muted wall, from a tree or wherever the color will shine.

Jenny Jimenez via Style Me Pretty

Are you a teacher, or just a lover of chalkboards? Create this backdrop using design cues from your stationer. Not only does it make a fun ceremony backdrop, but it also is the perfect background for your photobooth.

Your ceremony backdrop is the perfect opportunity to add a little flair and personality. How did you (or will you) spruce up your ceremony spot?

I think, when the FI and I renew our vows (Yeah, I’m WAY ahead of myself on this one), we’re going to do it this way.

Southern Weddings Magazine

Scroll down about half way, and to the last image. Yeah, that about sums it up. How gorgeously awesome is that?! Too perfect for words. Le sigh.

If you do not know who Amy Atlas is, I urge you to follow her blog.  This is especially the case if you are planning a wedding.  Amy is an event planner in NYC, well known for her delectable dessert tables.  She started her blog as a way to share her fun ideas and showcase her work.  I even featured one of her fantastic dessert bars in one of my previous posts (see here).

For any of you brides out there looking for great candy buffet inspiration, her site is the place to start.  With spreads like this, all of your guests will be floored (at least I would if I saw one of these at a wedding) and you’ll be proud of your DIY work!




Obviously, not every bride and groom out there would be able to foot the bill to have Amy design their candy buffet/dessert bar, but the great thing is her table set-ups and color choices provide a source of inspiration and ideas to help you create your own version. And, with lovely wedding classifieds sections like those found on Weddingbee and Bravo Bride, and sites like Bride$hare, you can save a few bucks by creating your own beautiful buffet!