We have all been to weddings where the bride and groom have placed a pretty signature book somewhere near the entrance. A pretty pen or pens usually accompany this pretty signature book.
While these books are lovely, they almost never are looked at again. I know when I looked back at my own wedding guest book there were actually a couple of names I couldn’t read.
With some planning, you can create a guestbook that will be created as the guests arrive. You’ll need to choose a scrapbook prior to the wedding. You’ll also need to hire someone who can take and print digital photos on the spot. Next, find a local scrapbook consultant who will put together the album as the photos are being taken, so that by the end of the evening, you’ll have a scrapbook-guestbook that everyone can enjoy.
As your guests arrive, you’ll have someone at the entrance taking their photos. I am not a fan of Polaroid photos. This is why I recommend digital photos. With a laptop and photo printer, the photos can be printed out as they are taken. There are electrical outlets in almost every lobby I’ve seen.
You’ll also want to have available precut acid free paper and pens that your guests can write a personal message to you on. After their photo is taken or while they wait to have their photo taken, they can both write you a personal message and sign their names.
If you have someone there who can create the pages as the photos are taken, you’ll have a completed guest book by the end of the evening. Embellishments and enhancements can be added by the bride and groom after the wedding, if they want to add these items.
This is a very unique way to create your guestbook and have a lasting memory of your very special day that you and others will look at over and over again.
Audrey Okaneko has been scrapbooking for several years. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or visited at http://www.scrapping-made-simple.com