This is a very nice wedding book idea as an alternative to the traditional guestbook that people end up signing and you never end up looking at ever again. Typically that guestbook just ends up in your your attic inside a box somewhere covered in dust.
For this wedding guestbook idea all you need to do is go to your local craft store and find some nice polishe smooth stones. Most craft stores sell som pretty interesting rocks for various crafts and they are usually inexpensive like $5 a bag or so. Next, while you are there, pick yourself up some metalic ink pens for guests to sign the stones with.
The final thing you do is think display. You will need to get a nice container like a bowl or a vase where they can be seen, displayed for years to come so you can remember your special day by looking at all of the signatures of love ones on every stone.
Here are some pictures from a recent wedding at Birch Hill Catering in Kinderhook, NY – about 15 minutes from Albany. At this wedding, they used the signed stones as an alternative for their wedding guest book.
ALBANY WEDDING DJ KENNY CASANOVA PICTURES OF WEDDING GUEST BOOK
HAVE GUESTS SIGN DIFFERENT BOTTLES TO BE OPENED ON CERTAIN YEAR ANNIVERSARIES
At The Altamont Manor in Altamont, NY this past Saturday (a nice little place that I was the DJ for about 15 minutes out of Albany,) I saw a great new idea to try at your wedding. Instead of signing a book that will barely never get read, how about having your wedding guests sign wine bottles?
Here is an interesting and a more creative do-it-yourself idea that throws a twist on the traditional wedding guest book.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR ONE WINE BOTTLE GUEST BOOK –
1) First, purchase four different colored wine bottles. 2) Next, remove the manufacturer’s labels by soaking the bottles in hot water. 3) Clean and scrape off any remaining label remnants with lighter fluid, or a good adhesive remover like Goof Off. (You can also use WD-40 as a cleaning agent.) 4) Create custom wine labels made up with the bride & groom’s names printed on them, and the numbers 1,5,10 and 20. 5) Make a nice display on a small table . Place the table with the bottles and metallic ink pens at the entrance door to the wedding reception. 6) Add an instructional photo frame, explaining that the bottles will be used in place of the traditional wedding guestbook and consumed on certain year anniversaries.
7) Encourage guests to sign the bottles with silver metallic ink pens, throughout the evening.
WHEN TO DRINK – The idea is that the newlyweds should drink the wine on their first, fifth, tenth and twentieth anniversaries. It should also be explained that the reason for consumption years down the line from these bottles is to remember their friends’ best wishes once again, as immortalized on the bottle in silver ink.
What a great idea! It is like morphing together the traditions of the wedding guest book and freezing a piece of wedding cake to eat a year later.
HAVE WEDDING GUESTS PAINT THEIR WAY INTO YOUR RECEPTION
Wedding guest books are something that can be saved and cherished, again and again, for many years to come. Brides & grooms around the world save these keepsakes and break them out, typically on important anniversaries to reminisce and reflect on their special day. After a recent post on “wine bottle guest book idea,” we thought it might be great to do another post like it. Are you looking for different spin on your wedding guest book?
How about a creative wedding idea that really expresses who your friends and family are? As a twist to different collaborative efforts for a wedding guest book, why not bring out the artists in your friends and family members?
Here is a wedding guest book with no words; a wedding guest book group painting! I was the DJ at a recent wedding at Revolution Hall in Troy, NY (which by the way is a great place to have your wedding.)
At this particular wedding reception, the bride and groom decided to go alternative with their guest book, with a paint brush instead of a pen. With a few simple instructions, they had their guests paint whatever they wanted to represent themselves in a penciled in square on a blank canvas -using no words! You too can do this.
It is very simple and an easy side activity that you can add to your wedding with very little prep.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN WEDDING GROUP PAINTING GUESTBOOK
1) Provide a canvas with small penciled off boxes for each guest to make their painting.
2) Add some brushes, glasses of water and paint.
3) Write out some short instructions on a tiny chalkboard. (Decide if you want guests to use NO letters or writing of any kind.)
In the end, the newlyweds now have a great keepsake that they will hang in their new home to remind them of their special day! You can almost make a game of it, too, in looking at the boxes and trying to figure out who painted what and what box equals which person. Be creative and try this at your wedding! If you you are afraid to forgo the traditional guest book for this idea… DO BOTH!
Lately less is more in the wedding industry. It seems that rustic simple wedding decor is taking off like never before. In the spirit of fun and new twists to wedding guestbooks, here is an original looking one I hadn’t seen before.
This past weekend at Treviso by Mallozzi’s, at 257 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY, I had the pleasure of working with a very creative couple as their DJ for the evening.
This couple has a nice rustic theme in their house and had a mini picnic table top made up to frame and put on the wall. All they did was have their initials put on it, and it made for yet another neat guest book idea!
This simple design can be easily made by yourself or commissioned out to altogether rather inexpensively by anyone that knows how to use a hammer and saw.
While many wedding books end up in the attic, this one also makes for a great piece that the bride and groom can share for years to come!
What the newlyweds did was awesome. After looking around a bit online, what they did was get some custom printing done on a nice cigar box and added some special wedding postcards.
The postcards are super nice because what they do is let you get more than just the typical name you would get form your guests in the traditional guestbook format.
The post cards asked for how the guests met the bride/groom, a favorite memory and also feedback about the special day itself.
HOW TO DISPLAY:
They presented the cigar box with some nice candles and other things to dress it up. Below you can see what the set up looked like with a the uplighting turned on. This put an interesting pink hue on everything for a great added touch!
These days, nobody wants the traditional guestbook. It seems that once you have it all signed up, it gets thrown into the attic and never gets looked at again. Here is a pretty cool idea, following the trend of signing other things to record the attendees of your guest list. Have your guests sign a decorative bowl!
I was at the Hague Firehouse, just a little away from Lake George this weekend. It was for a pretty nice BBQ picnic-type wedding. There, they had something going on around a table so I took a stroll over to see. They had a bowl turned over on its side and people were signing it with a special marker made for writing on porcelain.
What a cool idea! This way when the bowl was signed, the couple had something they could actually use and enjoy, that at the same time would remind them of their special day.