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Nontraditional Guest Books for Every Bride

By: Allie Little

Today’s bride is anything but boring. The wedding industry is seeing a lot of changes and breaks from tradition. Don’t want to go to the craft store and pick a basic wedding guest book for you to never look through again? We have 4 ways to break away from the traditional guest book.

For the couple who loves to TRAVEL

Have your guests sign on a map or globe places they’ve been or places they think you’d like to go. This is a fun way to gather vacation ideas and even makes a wonderful conversation piece if you choose to frame or display it.

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For the couple who loves to EAT

What is truly important in the south? Southern hospitality. And good food. Every Southern Bride and domestic goddess-to-be to be needs a lot of help from family and friends on keepingher new family fed and happy. This is why we suggest sending a recipe card with your invitation and asking the guest to bring it with them to the wedding. After the wedding, put them into your recipe box or book and you’ll have plenty of new ideas for home-cooked meals.

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For the couple who loves MUSIC

In the South, we have many cities that have culture centered around music. For the couple who loves all things music, pull out some records from your collection and have guests sign them for an interesting and meaningful guest book alternative.

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For the couple who loves to HAVE FUN

Set up a basket or bowl with pieces of paper for the guests to write their favorite date night activity on. This way, you never run out of fun things to do with your new spouse.

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For the couple who loves PICTURES

Two simple ideas, two amazing products. We love the idea of integrating an old product that has returned as a new fad. Polaroids. Make a board and pin name cards for all the guests on it and instruct the guests to replace their name card with a polaroid print of the guest, solo or with their date or family. Have them sign it in the white space, and you have a picture guest book that will help you when all of the Smiths and Joneses run together. If you’re planning on having a photo booth at your wedding, have it print out two strips of every guest. That way, they can have a keepsake to remember the fun they had at your wedding and you can have a book full of personality with the guests’ pictures and kind words.

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