The guestbook is an essential but often overlooked piece of wedding planning. The traditional route is a bound tome, signed by beloved friends and family, doomed to sit on a bookshelf or gather dust in the attic. A nice remembrance, if you remember where you put it.
Instead of buying a book, have a print made of a bare tree. Provide an inkpad and a permanent marker for your guests to “leaf” their thumbprint and sign their name (perhaps without the unfortunate pun). The result will be a beautiful work of art, something to be framed, prominently displayed in your home, and enjoyed on a daily basis.
Don’t like trees? Thumbprints could be the feathers of a bird, a colorful bouquet of balloons, flowers in a garden, or fishes in the sea. Be creative and make it fit your wedding. Just be sure to leave your guests a box of hand wipes to clean their inky fingers.
Of course, thumbprint posters aren’t the only alternative to a traditional guestbook. A glass vase filled with river rocks, each signed by a guest, makes a beautiful showpiece. Frame a favorite photo of you and your spouse with a large matte (with plenty of room for signatures) and hang it over your mantel. Have guests take polaroids of themselves and make a collage. Whatever you decide, make sure it’s something you’ll still be able to enjoy for years to come, and not just when you’re cleaning the attic.