Looking for some new and fun guest book ideas? Luckily for you, there are an array of alternative guest book ideas to consider. From a question booth to a how-do-you-know-the-couple board to anniversary notes, there are plenty of unique guest book ideas that your guests are guaranteed to ooh and aah over.
Traditionally, wedding guests would sign their names and offer well-wishes in a hard-covered book that the couple would later take home and read. These days, wishing trees and photo boards have become the new norm.
The more personalized and creative your guest book is, the more fun your wedding guests will have with it. Not only will this be entertaining for your guests, but a unique book will also be a much more valuable keepsake for you and your new husband to treasure. Here are 10 cool guest book ideas for you to include into your wedding day.
If you want an extremely easy, affordable and unique guest book, this is it. All you have to do is buy a pack of cards, punch holes in them, stick binder rings in the holes, and personalize the front and back cover. You can personalize the front any way you like, and buy post-its and pens, so that your guests can put 'what they love about you' inside. <br />
Photo courtesy of <a href="http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/diy-52-things-i-love-about-you/" target="_blank">emmalinebride.com</a>.
You can now make a game out of your guest book! You can let your guests write how they know you or your husband or both of you, and after the wedding it will be up to you to guess who each person is! It is a fun way to get your guests involved and will definitely stir up conversation between strangers. You can personalize your board any way you want and it can be an affordable DIY project. All you have to do is buy a board and markers or pens!<br />
Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.stylemepretty.com/gallery/picture/431408" target="_blank">Stylemepretty.com</a>.
A video guest book is definitely one that all of your guests will be excited to contribute to. Your friends and family can leave a simple video message or tell a story (i.e how you and your husband met, how you and the guest themselves met, etc). <br />
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Let your guests make you notes for each of your anniversaries to come determined by table numbers! Depending on your guest’s table number, they will leave you a note for that particular anniversary. So, if a guest is at table nine, you will be reading their note on your ninth anniversary. This way you will have a cool keepsake to remind you of your wedding day each year! <br />
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A shoe guest book is a cute and unexpected idea. Get a pair of white shoes so the writing can be read clearly and make sure you get pens that can be used on material! <br />
Photography courtesy of <a href="http://www.laurakelleyphotography.com/" target="_blank">Laura Kelly</a>.<br />
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Instead of handing out questionnaires, which has been done before, have question booths set up so that numerous guests can fill out assorted quirky questionnaires all at once. <br />
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Get your guests to write their well wishes on index cards and file them. This is an especially sweet idea for a vintage-inspired celebration.<br />
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If you have a lot of family and friends at your wedding that are from out of town or you simply love to travel, this guest book is perfect for you! Get a bunch of postcards from all over the world and get your guests to leave you a message on them. If you want, put your address and a stamp on each of them and have someone mail them to you so that you receive them after your honeymoon! <br />
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This guest book alternative can double as a decor element. Personalize this poster with your names and wedding date and customize the watercolour buntings to match your colour palette. Then have each guest sign a flag.<br />
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Who doesn't love mad libs? This quirky guest book alternative should definitely inspire some hilarious comments.<br />
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Sarah and Jonathan met at a campground in Osoyoos, British Columbia— a place they had both gone to for years with their friends and family, yet had never bumped into each other. They finally crossed paths in 2006 and five years later Jonathan popped the question. “He proposed Christmas Eve in our home with two gifts: a picture frame that said, ‘Will you marry me?’ followed by a gorgeous ring from Tiffany & Co,” recalls Sarah. A year later the couple married at a romantic vintage wedding ceremony on the rooftop of Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa, moving to the vineyard patio for the reception. Mason jars filled with candles and candies, flowers in vintage soda bottles and chalkboard details appeared throughout their celebration. “We had Whole Foods supply six-inch pies as favours for our guests and they were a hit,” says Sarah. The couple celebrated by dancing the night away. “We belted out and danced to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen on the dance floor with all of our friends and family at the end of the night,” says Sarah.
Sarah Borsa and Jonathan Borsa, August 11, 2012, Osoyoos, British Columbia.
Dawn Marie and Darryl met in high-school drama class, but the two chose to take different life paths once they graduated. Something brought them back together over 20 years later though. “An email arrived in my inbox asking if I was the same Dawn Marie from all those years ago,” explains Dawn Marie. “I agreed to meet for a drink and… the rest… well, you know.” A few years later the couple took a vacation to British Columbia and one of their first stops was the Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino for a romantic dinner the night before Dawn Marie’s birthday. “After dessert arrived, Darryl gave me my birthday card, and at the bottom he had written ‘look up’, there was the ring and he asked me to marry him,” explains Dawn Marie. “It was the best birthday present I could ever ask for.”
Dawn Marie Schlegel and Darryl Matthews, June 16, 2012, St. Catharines, Ontario.
Sean proposed on the shores of Lake Ontario in Kingston, Ontario where Trish attended university and lived for seven years. On their way to Montreal for Trish’s grandmother’s birthday party, the couple stopped in Kingston for the night– they took a romantic stroll along the lake before dinner and stopped to sit on a bench where Sean popped the question. Their love for natural surroundings and desire for a relaxed vibe lead them to choose a pretty purple wedding in Gravenhurst where they could truly enjoy the outdoors. “Our ‘reveal’ down on the dock before the ceremony was my favourite moment,” Trish says. The couple chose the romantic “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz as their wedding song, suitable for the tranquil environment. “We felt it would be chilled out and relaxed like our Muskoka wedding… it was an easy and perfect choice,” explains Trish.
Trish Coyle and Sean Cress, August 11, 2012, Gravenhurst, Ontario.
Christi and Chris met and connected on a casual walk while Christi was out with one of her friends. “Flash forward three weeks, and Chris was my model for a wedding show– talk about serendipity!” exclaims Christi. Seven years later Chris popped the question by tucking the ring into an air plant terrarium, something Christi had been yearning for. He lit it up, then popped the question. Shortly after, Christi began planning a chic DIY wedding. “I ordered all my flowers from a local grocery store and the day before the wedding my boss, my ‘maids and I all worked together to make the most beautiful wedding bouquets,” Christi explains. “I created all the guest favours by hand-stamping sugar spoons and I even baked the cake myself!”
Cristi Baird and Chris Porta, July 23, 2012, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Tess and Darcy tied the knot in Kelowna, BC at Summerhill Winery overlooking a beautiful vineyard. “We finally decided on Kelowna because it’s one of our favorite places to visit,” explains Tess. “We love the weather, the scenery and the wineries—it is truly Canada’s own version of Tuscany,” Tess says. The couple filled the space with vintage touches and soft details like vintage origami, rustic books, old pictures, a vintage bicycle, a typewriter, and flowers of soft, pale hues to compliment. They included a popcorn bar and candy bar with all their favourite goodies. “Cupcakes, cake treats and mini cakes were all added to the table and enjoyed by many,” recalls Tess. To make the night perfect, Darcy wrote and recorded “Tingles” (Tessa Ingles)– a song about Tess in which he sang for her during the ceremony.
Tess Ingalls and Darcy MacLeod, May 20, 2012, Kelowna, British Columbia.
When Sean picked Alex up from work on a lovely September afternoon, she had no idea what was in store. With a surprise picnic packed and a romantic spot picked to enjoy the sunset at the top of a river valley, Sean was ready to pop the question. When the sun was starting to set he got down on one knee and proposed. Alex then began plotting an elegant pink wedding at St. Joachin Catholic Church. “Sean and I did our first look before the wedding because we weren’t allowed to read our own vows in the church, so when we saw each other for the first time we read our vows to each other,” explains Alex. “It was really special to just have them between the two of us,” Alex says. After the ceremony, the 145 guests in attendance followed the couple to the Edmonton Country Club, which was filled with peonies for the occasion. “They are my favourite flower and since Sean has never bought me any, he got to buy a wedding full of them,” exclaims Alex!
Alexandra Stratkotter and Sean Gering, July 14, 2012, Edmonton, Alberta.
Can’t decide on which wedding colours to pick for your big day? With 2013 just around the corner, there are plenty of new colourful options to choose from. What we’re noticing is that some of the hottest wedding colours of 2012 will definitely be carrying on into the new year. Shades like mint and grey will definitely be ones to watch out for. But, if you’re not particularly keen on those lighter colours, rest assured there’s a rainbow of hot hues available as well. One of our predictions, and favourite wedding colours for 2013, is latte — yes, like the steamy caffeinated beverage. Think neutral, creamy browns (inspired by a Vera Wang gown). For those who want more punch, nectarine and brighter yellows would make great contenders, and look especially vivid in flowers.
From dusty rose to cool blue, here are 10 weddings colours we see making a splash in the bridal world come 2013.
Pauline and Matthew met during their first year at university but it wasn’t until their second year that they finally had their first date. Fast-forward nine years to when Matthew surprised Pauline with an engagement ring. “Matthew managed to fool me by saying that he was going to Toronto for a boys’ weekend, and it worked, but that night there was a candle lit outside our apartment door and there was Matt, dressed up in a suit with flowers, candles, wine – the whole deal,” explains Pauline. “Nine years of dating and he still had the ability to surprise and wow me,” says Pauline. The couple planned a beautiful rustic outdoor wedding with burlap table runners, flower box centerpieces and cones filled with flower petals. “Our guests are still telling us how great of a time they had,” says Pauline. “My cheeks hurt from smiling and laughing so much! There was a moment during the dinner where I thought, ‘this is perfect’.”
Pauline Jennifer Watt and Matthew Kyle Leech, July 14, 2012, St. Andrews, New Brunswick.
If you ask Candace Berry and David Bryant about how they first met, they’ll tell you that it wasn’t quite love at first sight. “My best friend introduced us, but I didn’t like David and he didn’t like me,” laughs Candace. “I thought he was just another surfer guy and he thought I was a goody two-shoes.” Although the two socialized with the same crowd and maintained a platonic relationship, it took five years for the pair to become more than friends. “I came back in 2009 for a family reunion and David and I met up that weekend just to hang out,” Candace smiles. “After talking for hours, we realized something was different. Although I had to head back to B.C., we kept dating. After a year, I moved back home to Nova Scotia.”
As a wedding photographer, Candace has seen her fair share of romantic parties. Naturally, when it came to planning her own wedding day she already knew what she wanted. “ I envisioned a magical day with lots and lots of lights, lanterns and mason jars,” Candace explains. “And I wanted it to be outdoors—it had to be outside.” During the beginning stages of wedding planning, before all the DIY decor elements came into play, Candace and David already had plans for their venue and menu: the ceremony and reception were to take place in Candace’s parents’ yard and the entire reception was to be a complete wine, cheese and dessert shindig. “From the start we intended to have a late-night ceremony followed by an 8 p.m. after-dinner reception,” Candace explains. “I love pies and cheesecake, so David and I asked some of the ladies at his church and at my parents’ church to help out by bringing some desserts. The response was overwhelming—we had an ultra-long table sprawling with every kind of pie you could think of.” In addition to homemade wine created by Candace’s father and David’s brother, the two served raspberry wheat ale, from the Sea Level Brewing Company, to complement the sweet treats.
A highlight of the rustic backyard wedding, for guests and for the newlyweds, was the unique kissing game that was invented by David’s brother Justin. “People often joke that we kind of look alike—we have the same hair and we wear similar clothes,” laughs Candace. “At our wedding we showed cropped photos of David and I, and our guests had to guess if it was me or David on the projector. If they were right we had to share a kiss, and they told us how to kiss—a classic upside-down Spider-Man kiss or an ear nibble, for instance.”
In hindsight, Candace and David both agree they couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. “In spite of the hail storm on our day and the fact that we had to postpone our wedding by a day, everything turned out the way we wanted it to,” the newlyweds share. “Every guest came, every light was lit—it was so magical and we couldn’t believe how fast it went.”
Candace Beth Barry and David Lloyd Bryant, August 21, 2011, Port Williams, Nova Scotia.
Vendors Ceremony and reception location: Bride’s parents house in Port Williams, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia Dress: Designed by Bride and crafted/sewed by Ann Marie Rogers with Phantasia Fashions (email@example.com) Bridal party attire: H&M and ModCloth Groom’stux:H&M Favours: Local valley honey from Cosmen and Whidden Music: Live music sung by friends and family who happen to be local singer songwriters Hair: Michelle Bigelow Makeup: DIY by bride Flowers: Grown by the bride’s mother and designed/arranged by the bride’s sister Others: All desserts home-baked by relatives and friends of the family; Wine made by the bride’s father and brother-in-law; Beer from Sea Level Brewery
See all of the photos from this rustic backyard wedding in Port Williams. Nova Scotia.
For Fallon and Jimmy, ringing in 2012 with an elegant winter wedding surrounded by their friends and family was the perfect way to ensure their New Year’s Eve would be fun and memorable. “My twin sister got married earlier in the summer,” Fallon says. “We wanted to do something completely different and winter seemed like the ideal season.” With plans for an elegant evening, the two chose a classic decor style featuring black and white damask tablecloths, rhinestone napkin holders, red charger plates, and twinkle lights. The highlight of the evening—for the couple and all of their 240 guests—occurred just as the clock struck 12. “The band did a countdown, we served champagne and everyone was so excited,” Fallon smiles. “It was fantastic to ring in the New Year as newlyweds.”
Fallon Briane Crockatt and Jimmy Arthur Campbell , December 31, 2011, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
When fashion blogger Nelia Belkova and Robert Dziobon couldn’t find a venue in Toronto to fit their preferred wedding date, the two started to look elsewhere—Italy to be exact. “A few years ago, when my girlfriend and I were travelling, we saw a beautiful bride being photographed on top of a breathtakingly scenic cliff in Sorrento, and I jokingly told her that I would get married there one day,” Nelia explains. Sure enough, Nelia got her wish as she exchanged vows with Rob at Villa Antiche Mura—a gorgeous hotel with incredible views of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Surrounded by lemon groves, the two treated their 30 guests to an intimate candlelit garden party filled with a few whimsical DIY touches created by Nelia. “For our favours, I ordered custom totes printed with the map of Italy, and I filled them with local goodies like Limoncello, lemon chocolates, postcards of the city, and fun moustache/lip props that guests could take photos with—everyone loved them,” Nelia recalls. For their honeymoon, the two extended their stay in Italy (with friends and family) and travelled to Florence. “Rob and I had been there before as a couple and it was fun to share the adventure, wedding and all, with our nearest and dearest,” Nelia concludes.
Nelia Belkova and Robert Dziobon, May 24, 2012, Sorrento, Italy.
Not sure where you want to go on your honeymoon after you tie-the-knot? After several busy months of wedding planning you’re not only going to desire a romantic, relaxing, luxurious beach honeymoon, you’re going to need it! A honeymoon is a once in a lifetime vacation, and choosing a romantic destination requires careful planning. If you are a couple that craves glorious stretches of sand, clear blue waters and steamy romance, what better way to celebrate your marriage than on a beach honeymoon?
Your vacation should be tailored around your interests, so choose a beach honeymoon destination and resort that is right for you. If you are an adventurous duo that is interested in water sports like snorkeling and surfing, look for a location like Maui, which offers endless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. If you prefer a spot with Mediterranean flare and jaw-dropping vistas, Santorini might be more your style but if you’ve always dreamed of spending your honeymoon in an ultra-romantic hut suspended over turquoise waters, then Bora Bora is your destination.
Your honeymoon is your ultimate opportunity to focus on each other and a beach honeymoon, in particular, will really let you escape the stresses of day to day life and just concentrate on your relationship and your new status as a married couple. To score the best deals for 2013 start planning your beach honeymoon escape today by browsing our pick of picture perfect seaside destinations.
Love can be found in the most unexpected places—even your own backyard. That is certainly the case for Samantha Diamond and Dan Nayot. The two grew up in the same neighbourhood, shared mutual friends and unknowingly crossed paths on numerous occasions. Their eventual meeting happened because of a blind date. “We were both wary of set-ups and planned for a casual drink but neither of us wanted the night to end so we headed to a second location and sipped mint tea until two in the morning,” Samantha recalls. “He called me two minutes after he dropped me off at my door. Team Dan and Sam was solidified very quickly and so our story started.”
Following Dan’s proposal in Muskoka, the two went to town planning their vintage garden wedding. “Venue research consumed us for the first five months of our engagement,” Sam laughs. “We wanted an outdoor wedding, but because Toronto has such unpredictable weather we thought it best to create an outdoor feel indoors.” After checking out almost every possible venue in the Toronto area, the two picked The Warehouse. “It’s a totally blank space that you can decorate however you want, it’s massive and it has a kosher kitchen, so we decided on this venue,” the two explain.
On Canada Day, 300 guests celebrated with Dan and Sam who wed amidst an ultra-romantic scene comprised of rose petals (scattered across the floor) and bouquets (anchored at the end of each aisle). The romantic floral touches continued into the reception space where gorgeous centrepieces arranged in vases and porcelain floral teapots graced each dinner table. “I was inspired by a page out of Preston Bailey’s book with a photo of a backyard wedding with flowers arranged in toile vases and teapots. I knew I wanted our wedding to look like that one,” Sam smiles. “Anna, our designer, took that photo and created the most beautiful version with lots of arrangements that were loosely created and organic-looking.
After dinner and speeches, the newlyweds hit the dance floor with friends and family, and the party came into full effect. “A big dance party was key—we wanted to dance until our feet couldn’t move another step,” Sam laughs. “At two points during the night, our awesome band popped surprise confetti all over us and onto the packed dance floor. It was incredible!” Of course, the night wouldn’t have been complete without some sweet treats, but because the twosome didn’t want to stop the flow of the dancing with a set dessert bar they decided to serve sweets to their guests as they boogied—everything from brownie pops and biscotti to rocky road cups was available. “Our guests got their sweet fix and never had to leave the dance floor,” the pair smile.
When asked if their dream day lived up to their vision, both Sam and Dan agree they wouldn’t have changed a thing. But, it was the words of wisdom from their Rabbi and Dan’s father that really hit home for these newlyweds. “Hearing the kind words and advice was memorable for us,” Sam and Dan reminisce. “It verified that the months of planning and decision-making was not the pinnacle of our lives together. The wedding, however beautiful, is a few hours, and what really matters is the life that we live together after the guests leave and the lights come on.”
Samantha Diamond & Dan Nayot, July 1, 2012, Toronto, Ontario.