You know, here at Flutter FETTI, we’re always looking for new ways to help you make sure your event is unforgettable. Spectacular in every way. It’s in our DNA! No, really, it is. Our company continues the legendary spirit and unmatchable enthusiasm of our founder, the world’s first ever confettiologist, Jim Watkins.
Recently, we have seen some brilliantly original alternatives to the traditional wedding guestbook that we wanted to share with you. Of course, you wouldn’t want to abandon the guestbook. Not only does it provide you with rich memories of the happy day in years to come, it also honors your guests by providing them with a chance to participate in a lasting memento of the occasion. So, it’s a must-have for your wedding – but you want some inspiration to make sure your “guestbook” is a showstopper?
We’ve got you covered. Check out these great alternatives we found:
Message in a Bottle
Could anything be more romantic, or evocative, than a message in a bottle? You’ll need a good-sized, (preferably hand-blown) glass bottle, and a wooden or metal stand that holds it in a horizontal position. It’s also good to illuminate it – consider a desk lamp that can be adjusted to provide light from a low angle, to bring out the beauty of the glass. Provide guests with some old-fashioned writing paper and a fountain pen to write their names on. They can then carefully tear the “message” out and pop it in the bottle – very theatrical, and a beautiful memento for years to come!
This is a great option if you’ve decided to have an intimate, inner-circle-only wedding. With fewer guests, filling a whole guestbook is not an option. Choose a commemorative plate – if you have time, you can get it specially painted with your names and even your portraits – then equip guests with a sharp-tipped permanent marker to sign their names around the rim or across the center. Voila – you have an instant classic – something you can hang on a wall, display in a cabinet, place on a mantelpiece over the fireplace, or anywhere that takes your fancy!
Personalized & Signed Frame
What could be a better memento of your special day than a framed picture, signed by everyone that was there to share the experience with you? You’ll need a broad, flat frame, and a sharp-tipped permanent marker. You may want to include an engagement picture within the frame so that guests more quickly understand the concept.
Large “Alphabet” Style Letter
A great choice if you have lots of guests. You can choose the first letter of your last name or another letter (or even a number) that has significance for you and your partner. Again, you’ll need a permanent marker. Test first on a small inconspicuous area to ensure that the surface is easy to write on and will not smudge, tear, or blot. The finished article can be hung on a wall, stood on a shelf or lit up with a strategically-placed spotlight – the choice is yours!
For this, a trip to a local stream will be needed. Choose enough smooth stones to allow for all of your guests, plus a few more just in case! Don’t have a stream nearby? Stop by your local craft supply store for vase filler stones. Depending on your preference, you may wish to choose all dark colored stones, all pale ones, or a mixture of both. Next, you will need a strong container to hold them all. You may choose a fruit basket, a serving tray, or an old-fashioned metal filing drawer as shown in this example. Guests will need a white “paint” type marker pen, (yes, they are available!) to write their name if you’re using dark colored stones, or a normal permanent marker if you are using light colored ones. The beauty of this option is the rich number of ways you will be able to use and display the memento of your wedding in the future. Paperweights, windowsill decorations – whether together or spread apart, you will have a priceless reminder of all the happy memories for years to come.