DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT || GUEST BOOKS

Guest books are a lovely keep sake for any newly married couple; it is something to look at over many years to come and remember your special day and all the friends, family and loved ones that were there to share it with you. As lovely as a traditional, beautifully bound guestbook is, why not consider something that can be displayed in your home for years to come, something that stands the test of time and is able to be viewed by your children or family and friends when they come to visit!

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:: Left - 'Guest book' Whimsical Wonderland Weddings / Right - Polaroids from Fab Mood ::

Why not set up a Polaroid camera, some pens and somewhere to hang the final photos and let your guests get creative with props or a pretty backgrounds and then peg up their photos on a frame or some string. Even if you end up placing the photos in an album after the big day, you can always leave it on your coffee table as a reminder of the fun your guests had leaving you some (probably slightly tipsy) memories! 

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:: Left - Mr & Mrs Jar Amy's Craft Emporium, Etsy / Right - Wedding Ideas Huffington Post ::

I really love this idea and it would be so easy to create at very little expense! All you need is a jar or large bottle, some pre-cut paper for your guests to write their notes to you, pens (of course) and a little sign to tell them what they need to do and maybe give them some ideas for what they could write, it could be anything! I have also seen couples do this with a large vase and pebbles that they have collected; all the guests write their messages onto the pebbles and then place the finished message into the vase.

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:: Left - Globe Guest Book My Wedding (.com) / Right - Signed Globe Elegant Wedding Invites (.com) ::

Globes are becoming more popular as alternatives to wedding guest books now, especially for couples who love to travel or met when they were travelling. As someone who has a globe at home I really think that they would make a lovely object for any newlyweds to display. If budget wasn't an issue you could get a globe hand-painted prior to the wedding or select a special, vintage globe to create more of an impact. Maybe the moon and stars are more your thing? Why not have your guests sign a moon, such as this one from John Lewis (for National Geographic).

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:: Left - Personalised Record Print Bird & Key NOTHS / Right - Build a Memory Ginger Ray NOTHS ::

Searching somewhere on-line, like Not on the High Street, will bring up hundreds of varying options for you to consider, from chalk board 'Mr & Mrs' signs (you could use a liquid white pen), jenga towers and wooden puzzles for your guests to sign to more personalised options, such as the record print above. There are so many clever people out there who can take all your hand-written messages and put them together in a way that will result in something you will cherish forever. 

Which do you prefer, I would love to know!