Your wedding day is full of moments that you’ll want to remember forever. Between the hustle and bustle of planning and hosting, it can be difficult to stop and take it all in. While it may seem like the only way to keep track of who attends your event, a traditional guest book doesn’t always capture your favorite memories. What if you could offer your friends and family an interactive way to mark their attendance that could also serve as a precious keepsake after your wedding day? Take a look at a few “guest book” alternatives that will help ensure that your wedding guests have a great time and you have memories to cherish for years to come!
Polaroid cameras are back and always a hit! Consider buying or renting a few for your wedding day, and don’t forget to prepare a backdrop that corresponds with your theme. Make sure you also have props and markers ready for fun photos. You can even encourage guests to sign and date a photo for you and one for them! Another option is to rent a photobooth for your reception. Guests love the chance to gather as friends and enjoy a silly moment together. After the event, these will make for a great photo collage for your home or office.
When in doubt, write it out
Everyone appreciates the opportunity to write out best wishes, a thank you note or a few words of encouragement to the bride and groom. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to have a traditional guest book. Prepare blank cards and pens on an entry table for attendees to fill out as they arrive or as they leave. If you’d like to get creative, try setting up a large piece of stained wood with paint pens, or a ceramic plate that you can fire and seal later. These unique pieces can become treasured decorations that will remind you of your special day, and all those who were there to celebrate with you.
Lights, camera, action!
Hiring a wedding videographer can often be a worthwhile investment. Unlike photographs, video footage can capture special moments as they occur in real time, providing you with a collection of memories to watch time and time again. In order to be sure that the highlights are documented on film, it is helpful to meet with your videographer prior to the big day and walk through your event timeline. Also, consider having a designated area at your reception for attendees to record a funny story or a salutation to add to your wedding video.
Paint outside the lines
Last but not least, be a little daring and give guests the opportunity to get creative. Prepare an area with a large canvas or chalkboard for your friends and family to decorate with their own artwork! Stock the station with paint and chalk that correspond with your color palette to give your guests a little inspiration. They can simply sign their name, or paint a masterpiece that commemorates the occasion. Either way, you will know that the finished product will be personal to you, and full of love and memories.