13 Meaningful Guestbook Alternatives for Weddings

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jenga guest book alternative

Looking for a guestbook that won’t collect dust or sit on a bookshelf unread? Here are some creative alternatives that are meaningful too.

{Photo above: Jenga guestbook via Oh Lovely Day}

Read Them Later

hanky loveletters guest book alternative

Hanky Love Letter Notes

Great for a vintage wedding with homespun details, these hanky notes are easy to make. Find the printable and instructions at Eat Drink Chic. {Photo via Pocketful of Dreams}

baby shower wish bookmark

Wishing Tree Cards

We created these bookmark sized cards for a shower, but they would also be wonderful for a wedding wishing tree. They look great on display at the reception venue. And when collected together in a keepsake box, make a great read on anniversaries. {Photo and design by Imbue You}

wine anniversary guestbook alternative

Anniversary Wine Guestbook

For wine lovers, how about a collection of wines that you open on your anniversaries that guests can sign? Sugar Vine Art on Etsy sells the above as a kit with the labels, table sign and pen.


Art for the Home

signed heart guestbook alternative

Signed Hearts Wall Art

Turn your guestbook into a permanent keepsake in your home by having guests sign paper than can be incorporated into an art piece. This one by Celedon Home is actually a service, where after your wedding you return the signed hearts and she adds hearts from a dictionary or your wedding vows.

guest book alternative quilt

Guestbook Quilt

Guests can also sign and decorate a premade quilt, or quilt squares that are later turned into a quilt for the home {Photos via Bride2 Be and Martha Stewart}

thumb print guestbook alternative

Thumb Print Guestbook

Guests can have fun with paint while providing a beautiful remembrance of your wedding day with a thumb print tree. This version is handpainted by the couple, but there are many different styles available for purchase online. {Photo via Groom Sold Separately}


Fun Activity

cootie catcher guestbook alternative

Cootie Catcher Guestbook

Guests can return to their childhood while answering fun questions about the couple. This cootie catcher design is provided by Darling Girl Paper.

guestbook alternative puzzle

Guestbook Puzzle

Guestbook puzzles provide a fun activity for the newly married couple, reading notes from family and friends as they assembly the puzzle. This wooden puzzle design was created by Bella Puzzles.

guest book alternative mad libs

Mad Libs Guestbook

Remember mad libs? How cool to recreate that fun for your guests, and later for you as you read their creations. Photo by Paperbliss Designs.


Cool Things to Sign

signed records guestbook alternative

Vintage Records

For music lovers, old records can be a fun guestbook. Choose favorite albums or genres of music. Signed records can even be displayed at home. {Photo via Style Me Pretty}

signed monogram guestbook alternative

Oversized Monogram

Select classic black and white, or letters and pens in your wedding colors. These letters are by Route 17 West Weddings.

guest book alternative bench


Have guests sign something that will definitely go home with you. A garden bench or table can be treated and sealed, keeping your guest wishes and notes safe. {Photo via Bliss Weddings Boston}

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding}




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5 Ideas for Bookmarks at Your Wedding

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wedding bookmarks ideas

Whether or not you are having a book or library themed wedding, bookmarks are a fun way to add the personality of book lovers to a wedding. They are certainly unexpected, and bookmarks have a keepsake quality that’s perfect for weddings.

There are so many ways to add them to your celebration. These are a few ways we’ve created for others:

bookmark invitation in red teal or aqua

Bookmark Invitations

How cute would a bookmark invitation for a rehearsal dinner, bridal shower or engagement party be? There is enough room to fit typical invitation text and even RSVP information.


bookmark save the date for beach wedding

Bookmark Save the Dates

Many couple like their save the dates to be a little unusual and with more fun than the invitations get to be.


floral bookmark place card

Bookmark Place Cards

If you are naming your table after favorite books, or sharing favorite quotes with your guests, bookmark place cards fit in perfectly.


bookmark wedding favor

Bookmark Wedding Favor

As wedding favors, bookmarks can leave your favorite quotes or a special message of thanks with your guests.


baby shower wish bookmark

Bookmark Wish Cards

Great at showers or receptions,  wish cards are a chance for guests to give the couple advice, congratulations and good wishes for their life together.

See more of our bookmark save the dates, and more ideas for a book themed wedding.

{All photos by Imbue You. Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding}

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Tips for Formal Wedding Invitation Wording

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Imbue You purple red gold indian wedding invitation wrap

One of most important indicators of what type of wedding you are having is your invitation wording. So when your wedding is a more formal affair, your invitation wording can help you communicate that.

The key is to spell out the date and time. Visually, you should consider more formal fonts, such as elegant scripts and serif fonts or all-cap block fonts.

Additional tips, courtesy of Emily Post:

  • Technically “honour of your presence” is used for weddings inside places of worship, while “pleasure of your company” is used for other venues.
  • For weddings not on the hour “half after” is preferred over “half past” or “four-thirty”
  • “In the afternoon”, or “in the evening” is not technically needed. But almost everyone does it, and I think it adds to the formality.
  • When spelling out the year, “and” is not needed, and the year is not capitalized.


When the bride’s parents are hosting

Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Thomas
request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter
Ellen Marie
Franklin Matthew
son of
Mr. and Mrs. James Myles
on Saturday, the eighth of June
two thousand thirteen
at half after four in the afternoon
Berea Lutheran Church
2200 East Oliver Street
Baltimore, Maryland


Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Thomas
request pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter
Ellen Marie Thomas
Mr. Franklin Matthew Myles
on Saturday, the eighth of June
two thousand thirteen
at six o’clock in the evening
The Baltimore Inn
768 Empire Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland


When the both sets of parents are hosting

Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Thomas
Mr. and Mrs. James Myles
request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their children
Ellen Marie
Franklin Matthew
on Saturday, the eighth of June
two thousand thirteen
at six o’clock in the evening
The Baltimore Inn
768 Empire Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland


When the couple is hosting

Ms. Ellen Marie Thomas
Mr. Franklin Matthew Myles
request the pleasure of your company at their marriage
Saturday, the eighth of June
two thousand thirteen
at six o’clock in the evening
The Baltimore Inn
768 Empire Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland

Looking for less formal wording, or wording inspiration for destination weddings? See this post: Unique Invitation Wording Ideas for Destination Weddings. See other wording tips here.

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding}


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Purple and Gold Island Wedding with a Twist

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My wedding is in December in Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. The wedding colors are purple and gold and my theme is traditional with a twist. My question is how do I incorporate the island destination with these colors and my theme.



I would say that people actually see shapes before they see color. So I would suggest that if you want an island feel, you can do that with your colors as long as you use shapes in your designs that relate to an island feeling, such as palm leaves, tropical flowers, etc.

Also it might be nice to incorporate more “twist” elements into your wedding design, so that guests understand that it’s not a typical traditional wedding. Here are some ideas to spark your creativity.


monogram tropical invitation by Imbue You

This is our new tropical wrap wedding invitation. We usually feature this design with a plumeria flower design, but have replaced it here with one of our monogram designs for a more traditional look. See the original tropical invitation here.

beaded bridal hair piece by BeadFloraJewels

Another way to show the uniqueness of your wedding is to use unusual materials. Here an island flower is handmade as a bridal hair piece from beads. This design is by BeadFlora.

different bridesmaid dresses by thejerseymaid

Another idea is to have your bridesmaid dresses be the same color and basic shape for a traditional look, but slightly different styles for a twist. These bridesmaid dresses are from The Jersey Maid.

spiral wedding seating arrangement

Everyone has a great seat with a spiral seating arrangement. It’s definitely something different, but not too different for a traditional wedding. This photo is by Gideon Photography via b.loved.

monogram tropical thank you by imbue you

We’ve begun doing these thank you cards for couples having destination weddings. I love the idea of these. Weddings after all are about sharing a special day with the people who mean the most to you. A card like this shows your appreciation for your family and friends, especially if they’ve traveled to share your wedding day. You can display it on plates during dinner, or in welcome bags for out of town guests.


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Unique Invitation Wording Ideas for Destination Weddings

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tropical wedding invitation by Imbue You

Destination weddings are so often about sharing your special day with your closest family and friends. So why not have wedding invitation wording that reflects that? Destination invitation wording can be less formal and more personal.

So some of the more formal rules about writing out the day, time and year, and the “honor of your presence” don’t have to apply! Feel free to add quotes, sayings and personal messages to make your wedding invitation a more meaningful, heartfelt invitation to those you love.

Here are some invitation wording examples, many which were used by couples we’ve worked with over the years.

The pleasure of your company is requested
for a week in the sun
and the marriage of
Terri Jacobs
Jaime Richards
on Wednesday, the twelfth of December
two thousand twelve
at six o’clock in the evening
Ko Samui, Thailand


Under the desert sky,
Terri Jacobs
Jaime Richards
wish for the honor of your company
at their wedding ceremony
and celebration of Love
on Saturday, the 21st day of July
Boulder Mountain Ranch
Boulder, Utah


Because you have believed in us,
Celebrated with us, Loved and encouraged us,
Terri Jacobs
Jaime Richards
ask you to join us
in celebrating our marriage
as we begin of our adventures together
on Saturday, July 21, 2012
at 4 pm
Valley Mountain Resort
Portland, Oregon


Terri Jacobs
Jaime Richards

Love is in the air …
we make a great pair!
You’re invited to attend
our wedding affair.
on Saturday, October 20th
at 4 o’clock in the afternoon
Cedar Park Rainforest
Kuranda, Queensland


Your love and friendship have
helped us become who we are.
Together with our parents,
Terri Jacobs
Jaime Richards
invite you to share our joy
and support our love,
as we exchange vows and
celebrate our marriage.
on Saturday, August 25th
at 5 o’clock in the evening
Ka’anapali Coffee House
Maui, Hawaii

Dinner and merriment to follow


Terri Jacobs
Jaime Richards
along with their families,
invite you to their barefoot celebration of love
as they are married on the beach
Saturday, June 23, 2012
5 pm
Santa Rosa Boulevard Park
Okaloosa, Florida
food, drink, and merriment to follow


With joyous hearts,
we invite you to share in our weekend of celebration
as best friends become husband and wife
Terri Jacobs
Jaime Richards
on Saturday, the ninth of June
Two thousand twelve
at five o’clock in the evening
The Inn By the Sea
444 Main Road
Baltimore, Maryland


Together we laugh, we dream, we love,
and on this day, we marry

Please share in our joy as
Terri Jacobs
Jaime Richards
exchange wedding vows
on Thursday, February 14
at 6 pm
Crescent Ranch
Mt. Vernon, Washington
Dinner and dancing immediately following


Come Fly With Us!

Please join
Terri Jacobs
Jaime Richards
as we begin the trip of a lifetime
by uniting in marriage
Saturday, July 21, 2012
6 pm
Grand Sun Resort
Cancun, Mexico

Dinner, dancing and merriment to follow

Want more? Check out our Wedding Style Guide, or click here for handmade invitations with layers, enclosure booklets and folds perfect for destination weddings.

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding. For more wedding and party stationery advice, get our free Wedding Style Guide.}


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4 Ways to Honor Deceased Relatives in Your Wedding Program

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Mexican Tile Wedding Program by Imbue You

On one of the happiest days of your life, how do you remember and honor deceased parents or family members? Your wedding ceremony program can be a perfect way to do that. It’s a key memento of your wedding for guests, so it’s a wonderful place to honor those you miss on your wedding day.

A Note of Thanks

One of the most common ways couples honor deceased family and friends, is a note of remembrance in the thank you section of the wedding program. This can be as simple as a sentence like this: “Our thoughts are with those loved ones who could not be with us, but are here in spirit.” Weddings are joyous occasions and for those who want that to be the focus, a short note is respectful and appropriate.

A Ceremony Acknowledgement

You can also incorporate the remembrance of family members in your ceremony or at your reception. Ideas include candles on the alter of a church ceremony or photos of family at a special remembrance table.  In that case, feel free to mention in your wedding program that you have set up something special and where it’s located. “Candles on the the alter have been placed in loving memory of family members who are no longer with us.”

A List of Names

You may also wish to list dear family members by name and their relationship to you under a heading in your wedding program, such as “In Loving Memory” or “We Remember”. If appropriate, list members from both sides of the family. But take care not to list too many names, in order to keep the focus on this happy occasion.

A Dedicated Message

The absence of parents can be especially hard on your wedding day. A poem or quote can be a poignant way to express your feelings in a wedding program for key people you have lost. One bride we are working with is using this poem and dedicating it in memory of her father:

If flowers grow in Heaven
God, please pick a bunch for me,
place them in my Father’s arms
and tell him they’re from me.
Tell him I love him and miss him
and when he turns and smiles,
place a kiss upon his cheek
and hold him for a while.
Because remembering him is easy,
I do it everyday,
but there’s an ache within my heart
because I’m missing him today.
When everything is said and done
I will cherish this day and smile,
because I know my Daddy is here with me
as I am walking down the aisle.

As you begin to think about how you want to remember deceased family on your wedding day, you’ll want to figure out how much will be personal and how much will be more visible to guests. And it’s those things that are visible to guests that are appropriate for your wedding program.

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding. For more wedding and party stationery advice, get our free Wedding Style Guide.}

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