When I first started thinking about my wedding – I was not imagining the DJ, or the photographer, or the videographer – or any of the important details that require planning right away! In fact, I wasn’t really even thinking of a particular venue or location.
Like most brides-to-be, I was thinking in two different, very incorrect ways:
Thinking Too Big
OH BOY! My family will be there and my friends from high school, and college, and work, and outside of work, and my extended family… AND AND AND!!
There will be MUSIC, and dancing, and DRINKS, and yummy food, and everyone will look beautiful, and I WILL look beautiful… AND AND AND!!
This is unhelpful. Dreaming is great! But it doesn’t help you book a venue.
Thinking Too Small
This is what I am SO guilty of – even still!
I want THIS bouquet and THIS dress and THIS color linen and THESE bridesmaid dresses and THESE centerpieces… AND AND AND!!
You see, while these are INCREDIBLY important details of your wedding that will need to be decided upon at some point – they are not the first details to be considered. In fact, they are the last!
However, they are also the most fun!
So in between selecting your venue, caterer, photographer, videographer, DJ, florist… (and all that important stuff) – treat yourself to some lighthearted, fun!
Since it’s Friday, we deserve it!! That’s way our Etsy Feature of the week is…
Guest Book Alternatives
THESE ARE SO COOL!
Who knew there were SO many options BESIDES a normal guest book??
Am I even allowed to do that? Aren’t guest books like – the “thing” to do?
It is YOUR wedding! And you can do whatever you want! 🙂 Wahoo!
Guest books are so fun and so meaningful! Since you will be a bit busy on your big day, guest books are the BEST way for your guests to send you love and let you know their thoughts and feelings!
These messages will be from all the family and friends that you love most! Well-wishes, love, happiness, kind words – you will absolutely want to cherish them forever. So why keep them in a closed book on the shelf?
Here are some Alternative Guest Book ideas that I personally LOVE!
Wood Signing Board
These alternative guest books are awesome for any style wedding! Customize colors, fonts, and even wood! Leave out a few different colored markers for guests to sign, and VOILE! A beautiful board full of memories to have forever and always.
Seller: Thumbprint Guest Book
Description: High quality wood graphics printed on canvas
Cost: 39+, plus shipping
Available Sizes: 16″ x 20″ (75-200 guests), 20″ x 30″ (100-200 guests), 24″ x 36″ (125-350 guests)
Seller: Amanda G Designs
Description: Wood wedding guest book with painted heart
Cost: $105, plus shipping
Available Sizes: 30″ x 17.5″
Seller: Mintage Designs
Description: Rustic wooden slab guest book
Cost: $45+, plus shipping
Available Sizes: 24″ x 30″, 24″ x 36″, 24″ x 48″, 36″ x 48″
Seller: The Rustic Earth
Description: Wood wedding guestbook (in natural, pecan, or espresso)
Cost: $42+, plus shipping
Available Sizes: 12.5″ x 18″, 15″ x 18″, 18″ x 24″
Cork Drop Shadow Box
This is my FAVORITE guest book alternative – Have your guests sign a wine cork, then drop it in the shadow box!
Seller: Bragging Bags
Description: Personalized wine cork keeper
Cost: $25+, plus shipping
Available Sizes: Small (9″ x 6″ x 1.5″), Medium (11″ x 8.5″ x 1.5″), and Large (16″ x 8.5″ x 1.5″) – image shows large box
This idea is also adorable!! Don’t want to settle for a square slab of wood? Have the word LOVE carved out, or even your new last initial, for guests to sign!
Seller: Privileged Door
Description: ‘LOVE’ in wood
Cost: $55+, plus shipping
Available Sizes: 18″, 20″, 22″
Seller: Gallery Wood Letters
Description: Wood letter available in many colors
Cost: $48, plus shipping
Available Sizes: 24″ tall
Heart Drop Shadow Box
Still not seeing your perfect alternative idea? How about having your guests sign a wooden heart (or other shape), and drop it into one of these adorable shadow boxes!
Seller: Strangely Yours
Description: Bottle of hearts with cork
Cost: $125+, plus shipping
Available Sizes: 45-80 hearts – larger sizes available
Seller: Mister Guest Book
Description: Wine bottle shaped heart drop box, wood and plexi
Cost: $149, plus shipping
Available Sizes: 29″ tall, holds up to 100+ mini wooden hearts/wine bottles depending on combination
Tree with Signing Leaves or Hearts
This is a new, very popular, guest book trend! Have each guest, couple or family, sign a leaf or heart on the tree!
Beware: Although many of these gorgeous guest book alternatives appear to be made of real wood, they are not always! So be sure to check the materials section before ordering – that way you don’t have any last minute surprises.
Seller: Wedding Tree Prints
Description: Premium luster canvas or gallery wrapped canvas
Cost: $35+, plus shipping
Available Sizes: 16″ x 20″ (55-250 guests)
Seller: Wedding Tree Guest Book
Description: Gallery wrapped canvas
Cost: $48+, plus shipping
Available Sizes: 16″ x 20″, 20″ x 30″, 24″ x 36″ (up to 300 guests)
Seller: Sign IN Style
Description: Tree of wooden hearts
Cost: $105.95+, plus shipping
Available Sizes: 18″ x 24″
This is another adorable, interactive, idea – especially for beach-themed weddings! Stones are available in bulk all over Etsy. Different colors, shapes, and sizes are available – so you can find exactly what you want!
Seller: K Crook Design
Description: 50 Large white wishing stones
Cost: $37.50+, plus shipping
Available Sizes: 4″-5″ per stone – smaller stones available
Seller: Eco Cottage
Description: 60 rustic grey beach stones, round and oval
Cost: $80, plus shipping
Available Sizes: 1.5″-2″ per stone
Live near the beach? Make a special “date” for you and your fiance where you go to the beach and pick stones yourselves! Definitely a way to save money, but might a workout to carry back home!
Check out so many more alternative guest book ideas on Etsy – and be sure to let me know what you find!