Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Can we have your autograph?

Recently, Mr. Snow Cone turned to me and made this official proclamation: "We should figure out what we're going to have people sign at the wedding."  I met this comment with a combination of surprise and bemusement; he rarely contemplates wedding planning details, let alone taking the initiative to bring them up in conversation.  But, when he does, it's quite endearing, to say the least.

Anyhow, his comment got me thinking about the different guest book options we have.  There's always the traditional route, of having people simply sign their names in a lined book, so the couple has a record of who attended their special day.  However, in today's wedding world, there are so many more options with a bit more personality.  After a bit of thought and a bit of online research, here's a completely un-exhaustive list of ideas, broken into categories based on what you want out of your guest book selection.

For those interested in showing off a passion

You can have all your guests sign a cherished (or personalized) jersey or piece of sporting equipment, showing off your favorite team!
Image via Chica and Jo
Have guests sign a handful of your favorite bottles of wine.  Some couples even assign a specific milestone to each bottle, denoting when they will open it in celebration, such as 1-year anniversary, closing of first home purchase, birth of first child, etc.

For those interested in having something to display year-round
This one's made its rounds on the blog circuit, but that doesn't make it any less charming.  Have your friends and family "leaf" you a note, courtesy of their fingerprints and signatures.

Lots of couples pick a favorite piece of art or a great engagement picture to have matted, and the guests add their John Hancocks to the mat, making a display-worthy guest "book."

For those interested in having a guest book that can be stored out of sight
If you're looking for an opportunity to have your guests write some advice, as opposed to just a signature, the marriage advice cards are a good option for you.  Put the advice cards in a photo album, and it's a snap to slide it onto a bookcase, out of the way.

A bunch of sites produce really high-quality photo books, like Snapfish, AdoramaPix, and Mixbook, for example.  Create a digitalized scrapbook of your favorite engagement pictures and/or your favorite pictures from your courtship, leaving space on the pages for your guests to sign.

Not interested in seeing more of yourself?  Consider a coffee table book highlighting your wedding location, where you met, or your honeymoon destination.  Here's one featuring Washington, DC.

Which option is your favorite?  What guest book options did I miss?

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