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Guest Book Alternatives: Wedding Accessories that put the “Keep” in Keepsake

The wedding guest book is a time-honored tradition that nearly every wedding follows. Everyone has seen it, that stereotypical white book sitting lonely on a table. Some people love it. Some people hate it. Some people just don’t know what to say. And what do you do with the book afterwards? Now there are many guest book alternatives, however, that can be displayed in your home after the wedding to enjoy for many years down the road. Learn about all the latest wedding accessories that present useful alternatives to the traditional guest book and put the “keep” in wedding keepsake.

wedding wish boxes

Wish Holders
If a memory box doesn’t suit your style, you can always choose another type of container to hold guests’ well wishes (just make sure the guest cards will all fit inside). Use a pear-shaped jar that represents you and your new spouse as “the Perfect Pair” or display an old-fashioned birdcage for an elegant, timeless feel. Other ideas include a large colored vase or flower pot for your spring or flower-themed wedding, a treasure chest for your beach wedding, or a cowboy boot for your country-themed wedding. The holder will not only store the well wishes from guests' but you may also include your garter, handkerchief or other keepsakes from your wedding inside.

wedding wish boxes

Memory Boxes
Stationery can be left out for guests to write their own personal message on, which when completed will be placed inside the keepsake box. The finished memento is a beautiful box containing the well wishes and advice from all those that attended the wedding that can be displayed in your home with other wedding mementos. If you don’t want to pressure guests to write something as soon as they arrive at the wedding, use place cards that double as a place to leave their well wishes. On one side is each guest’s name with table number, and the other side is blank to write a note. Guests will have the ability to write a well-thought, meaningful message to the happy couple. Learn more on the wedding memory box >

wedding wish boxes

Framed Wedding Photo Mat
A signature photo mat is a great alternative to a traditional paper guest book, and something you can proudly display as a keepsake from your wedding day. There are no special treatments needed for the mat – just have your guests sign it and it is ready to display. Inside the mat you can put one of your engagement photos while it’s out at the wedding, and then put a wedding photo inside later on. You can purchase a signature frame and mat on-line, or create one yourself by visiting your local craft store, such as Michael's.

canvas signature frames

Metal Signature Keepsakes
As some cardboard signature mats fade over time, wedding companies are now also offering metal guest book mats as a more permanent and decorative option. Your guests etch their names onto the sturdy, metal surface with easy-to-use engraving scribes (generally included with each kit) and now your photo will be surrounded with personal handwritten messages that can be enjoyed for years to come. For the best results, choose a metal guest book mat with a titanium finish to avoid rusting or tarnishing. As with the above option, insert your engagement photo for the wedding day; after the wedding, replace with a professional shot from your wedding photographer.

canvas signature frames

Canvas Signature Frames
Not interested in displaying your engagement photo forever? Rather than a signature photo frame, consider a canvas work of art! A new trend that is cathing on quickly. Select from many black and white designs including the popular monogram canvas or initial canvas. With many wedding themes now including a monogram or the last name initial, one of these canvases will work perfectly to carry your theme from wedding invitation to guest signature frame.

signature platters

Ceramic Platters & Accessories
Another great alternative is a ceramic platter or vase. Each guest can sign the ceramic piece with a special marker - select a color that matches your theme! After the wedding, you'll 'cook' the ceramic piece to preserve the signatures and ensure they last for years to come. The end result is a piece that can be displayed just about anywhere and will remind you of your wedding day every day.

With all these great ideas, you don't have to be bound by tradition. Choose a creative guest book alternative for your wedding, and you'll guarantee a lifetime of memories that you’ll actually keep and read on a regular basis.

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