Why Are Wedding Guest Books Important and What Are the Different Types of Weddings Guest Books?

A wedding celebrates and commemorates the union of a husband and wife, in the presence of their family and friends. No other occasion can probably create the same enthusiasm and passion than tying the knot. Capturing all the memories associated with such an event therefore, is essential. This is where a wedding guest book plays a significant role. It is one of those special memoirs that you will cherish for years to come.

This book keeps a written and well-documented record of everyone who shared this special moment with the couple. Captured here are best wishes by the guests, words of advice and maybe even a quote or a few. An essential item for all weddings, it will prove very valuable when looking at it after all the celebrations have died down and you come back from your honeymoon. All you have left now are your memories of what was one, if not, the most important event of your life. There are various types on the market. Here is a quick glimpse of a few:

Specific Themes
If your wedding has a specific theme, then your wedding guest book can complement this. It is a fun and creative way to use guest books and can make a great impression on your guests. There are fairy tale wedding themed books, beach, whimsical, rustic, vintage, garden, and color-themed books amid many others.

Photo Book

Photo books are an excellent idea to create fun memories with a visual impact. The couple can choose their favourite photos of themselves, engagement shoot photos are increasingly popular, and then have them made into a personalized guest book. Their guests can then write their messages in the spaces around the selected photos.

Wedding Platter
A wedding platter is an option for those who want to move away from the conventional guest book. The best thing about this book is that it can be showcased, publicly afterwards.

Quilted
Quilt guest books, usually blankets or tapestries, are a fabulous way to engage wedding guests to form a quilted masterpiece. Using pieces of fabric and fabric pens, people can write their individual messages which then can be sewn into an entire piece later.

Monogrammed
This type of book is very personalized where you can have the book customized with the monogrammed initials of the bride and groom.

Puzzle
A puzzle guest book is another innovative guest book idea. Turn the favorite picture of the couple together or any relevant shape, made into a puzzle, where each guest can write on each piece.

These are the main types of wedding guest books on the market. You can also find them for birthdays, christenings, engagements and other life milestones. You can find them either on online stores, stationery stores and selected specialty stores.

Wedding Themes Simplify Planning and Get You Bang for Your Buck: 100 Favorite Wedding Themes

Adopting a theme for your wedding does more than express your personal style. Working with a theme simplifies decision-making by focusing your choices, and it gives you maximum bang for your buck because all the elements of the wedding will play off each other. To stir your theme-choosing imagination, here are my 100 favorite wedding themes and some of the details that bring them to life.

WEDDING THEMES FOR ALL SEASONS

  • Classic Style: Flowers in urn-shaped vases, tightly manicured hedges, monograms.
  • Chocolate: Chocolate liqueur, beef with chocolate and chili mole, chocolate mousse.
  • Brunch: Mimosas, savory quiches, a jazz trio.
  • Cocktail Party: Cityscapes, signature drinks, stilettos.
  • Childhood Home: Garlands on the stairs, rolled up rugs, dressing for your wedding in the room where you grew up.
  • Community: Long tables, young and old sharing the dance floor, making a charitable donation in honor of your guests instead of giving favors.
  • Spheres: Spherical vases, bourbon balls pre-set on the tables, paper lanterns.
  • Champagne and Cake Reception: Clinking glasses, heart-felt toasts, butter cream frosting.
  • Surprise Wedding: Invitations that throw everyone off the scent, informalwear, a champagne toast to announce the wedding ceremony.
  • Afternoon Tea: Lace huppah, herbed sandwiches, tiered serving platters.
  • Vintage: Birdcage veil, bias-cut satin, champagne punch.
  • Simple Elegance: White huppah canopy, a gown with simple lines, understated floral arrangements.
  • Pot-Luck: Gathering around the huppah, buffet table overflowing with everyone’s best festive dishes, the heart-felt support of family and friends.
  • Nights in Morocco: Hamsa, gold thread embroidery, a bridal crown.
  • Family: Family members holding your huppah poles, a family slideshow, family-style meal service.
  • Dancing: A dance floor, a DJ, friends you can count on to get the party started when the first song hits.
  • Dessert Reception: Tiered serving plates, passed champagne, chocolate.
  • Hors d’Oeuvres Reception: Savory hors d’oeuvres, carefully chosen wine, cocktail attire.
  • Candy: Pastel colors, candy buffet, candy favors.
  • Country Romance: Lace huppah, wooden tables, sweet tea.
  • Lakeside Wedding: Raising the huppah by the lake, the wedding dress catching the breeze, The sun -or moon- reflected in the water.
  • Roses: Rose petals strewn in the aisle, rose water, heaping bouquets of roses.
  • The Big Tree in the Backyard: Huppah under the tree, tree leaf decorating motif, taking turns on the swing.
  • Paper: Wrapping paper table runners, paper lanterns, paper flower centerpieces.
  • Mini: Mini quiches, mini cupcakes, petite roses.
  • Just Close Family and Friends: Handwritten invitations, shared memories, homemade wedding cake.
  • Candles: A hundred borrowed candlesticks, candle favors, an internal glow.
  • Jewish Artisanal Style: Hand calligraphed ketubah (wedding contract), Yaer Emanuel design kiddush cup, klezmer band.
  • Sparkle: Beaded lace, champagne bubbles, a bride’s beaming face.
  • Fiesta: Vibrant colors, Mexican peasant dresses for the bridesmaids, large paper flowers.
  • How We Met: Food and centerpieces based on the place where you met, the natural conversation starter: “So, how did you two meet?”
  • Fairy Tale Wedding: Pink roses, a tiara, silk satin.
  • Passion Romance: Red roses, chocolate covered strawberries, passion fruit sorbet.
  • Farm: Bushel baskets, tall grass, reception in the barn.
  • Italian Feast: Italian wines, antipasto, cannoli, tiramisu, gelato, cassata, amaretti, pizzelles, panna cotta, limoncello semifreddo, zabaglione, mascarpone frosting…

SPRING WEDDING THEMES

  • Spring Greens: Spring green satin pumps, spring green orchids, salad of mixed spring greens.
  • Pinks: Mixed flower bouquets, strawberry punch, a blushing bride.
  • Gingham: Bouquets wrapped in gingham ribbon, gingham tablecloths, favor boxes topped with gingham bows.
  • Flowering Trees: Huppah by the trees, flowering branch centerpieces, flower petals dusting the ground.
  • Berries: A mix of purples, raspberry kir, berries on the wedding cake.
  • Tulle: Tulle details on the wedding dress, bouquets tied with tulle ribbon, candy favors tied up in tulle.
  • Victoriana: Posy bridal bouquet, sugared violets, flower arrangements filled to overflowing.
  • Sweet Romance: Shoulder length veil, petite bridal bouquet, stolen kisses.
  • Tulips: Tulip bridal bouquet, tulip centerpieces, tulip-skirted flower girl dresses.
  • Lag B’Omer (A Jewish holiday between Passover and Shavuot): Flowering branches, laughter, young love.
  • Lilacs: Purples, lilac table bouquets, the sweet heady lilac scent.
  • Daisies: Yellow and white, daisy bouquets, “…she loves me, she loves me not, she loves me, she loves me not, she loves me!

SUMMER WEDDING THEMES

  • Carnival: Pennant banners, caramel popcorn, ring toss.
  • Garden Party: Layers of stripes and chintz, small full flower arrangements, ladies in hats.
  • Barbecue: Sweet-smelling smoke, micro-brewed beer, wet naps.
  • Picnic: Gingham tablecloths, fried chicken, potato salad.
  • Tropical: Citrus colors, cool drinks, mango ice cream.
  • Southern Charm: Mint juleps, magnolias, photos on the veranda.
  • Cottage garden: Garden tours, a leisurely meal, herb garden menu.
  • Stripes: Striped ties, widely striped tablecloths, huppah poles wrapped in ribbon.
  • Hydrangeas: Blues, greens, and purples; linen table cloths; silver flower bowls.
  • Americana: Family photos on the porch, touch football on the lawn, a bonfire.
  • Fourth of July: Stars and stripes, bunting, sparklers.
  • Fairy Garden: Fairy lights reflected in the birdbath, pinks and blues, butterfly wings in the flower arrangements.
  • Lavender: Lavender bouquets, lavender ice cream, lavender sachet favors.
  • Chintz: Rose-themed invitations, chintz overlays on striped tablecloths, overflowing rose bouquets.
  • Lawn Games: Croquet, horse shoes, lemonade.
  • Evening Romance: Raising the huppah at twilight, a cello, dinner and dancing under the stars.
  • Calla Lilies: Dramatic large calla lilies, elegant small calla lilies, echoes of Katherine Hepburn’s “The calla lilies ahre in bloohm…”
  • Forest: Moss, tree-branch huppah poles, pinecone place cards.
  • Luau: Leis, hibiscus, piña coladas.
  • Evening in the Garden: Lots of white, huppah lightly sparkling with beaded lace, heaps of candles.
  • French Countryside: Toile, topiaries, garden benches.
  • Beach: Sand, surf, ocean breezes.
  • Midsummer Night’s Dream: Twinkly lights, flower garlands, moonlight.
  • Sunset Ceremony: Tiki torches, tiki torches, tiki torches.

AUTUMN WEDDING THEMES

  • Pomegranates: Pomegranate themed invitations, deep red table setting, pomegranate tablescapes.
  • Apples: Huppah under the apple boughs, sparkling cider, apple centerpieces.
  • Rustic: Wooden tables, hemp table runner, home-made wedding cake.
  • Velvet: Velvet huppah, velvet table runners, red velvet cake.
  • Country Store: Mason jar vases, natural fabric tablecloths, home-made pies.
  • Autumn Harvest: Pumpkins, natural tablescape, a pretty cardigan.
  • Wine Tasting: A knowledgeable sommelier, dark wood, savory hors d’oeuvres.
  • Fruits of Israel: Marzipan-stuffed date hors d’oeuvres; broiled figs; centerpieces of pomegranates, figs, grapes, dates, and sheaves of wheat and barley.

WINTER WEDDING THEMES

  • Hearth and Home: Glowing fire in the fireplace, family and friends gathered from far and near, warm hugs.
  • New Year’s Eve: Champagne, cocktail attire, glittery golds.
  • Snowflakes: White and blue, crystals in the centerpieces, sugar snowflakes decorating the wedding cake.
  • Glimpses of the Garden: Snow covered trees, red cardinals, cardinal red.
  • Desert Landscape: Long horizons, succulent centerpieces, desert sunset.
  • Greenery: Ruscus green garlands, white flower accents, garland decorations draped on the wedding cake tiers.
  • Hanukkah: Evening ceremony, lighting the Hanukkah, gold-wrapped chocolate coins scattered on the tables.

WEDDING COLOR THEMES – By Time of Day

DAYTIME WEDDING COLOR THEMES

  • Orange and Fuchsia: Fuchsia bridesmaids’ dresses, orange and fuchsia bouquets, white table linens.
  • Brown and Green: Moss, pinecones, tree branch huppah poles.
  • French Blue and White: French blue tablecloths, white porcelain urn flower containers, touches of brown.
  • Turquoise and Orange: Turquoise tablecloths, orange flower centerpieces, lots of energy.
  • Lavender: Lavender bridesmaids’ dresses, lilac bouquet centerpieces, touches of light grey.
  • White and Navy: Navy suit jackets, khaki pants, touches of yellow.
  • White, Ivory, and Creamy Pink: White gown, pink tablecloths, ivory ribbons.
  • Silver Grey, Gold and White: Silver table service, gold brocade table runners, crisp white linens.

EVENING & NIGHT WEDDING COLOR THEMES

  • Black and White: Formal wear, baroque patterns, a touch of bling.
  • Ivory and Gold: Duchess satin fabrics, double-sided satin ribbons, Chiavari chairs.
  • White: Layers of white in a mix of textures, tapers, vanilla bean wedding cake.
  • Fig, Dove Grey, White: Fig centerpieces, dove grey tablecloths, white votive candles.
  • Silver Pewter: Silver pewter bridesmaids’ dresses, deep grey organza chair sashes, pewter goblets.
  • Charcoal Grey: Charcoal grey suit, white rose boutonniere, silver kiddush cup.

How to Prep for Your Wedding Day Engagement Shoot

Now a days, most photographers include an engagement photo session in their wedding packages. If one is not included, I strongly recommend making the small investment. Most brides don’t realize all the benefits of this engagement photo session. Your photographer will get the opportunity to see which light, angle and pose work best for you and your fiancé BEFORE your wedding day! And you will get to have some fun and relaxed pictures of you and your future hubby.

Once you have scheduled your photo shoot, here are a few thing you can do to prepare:

Fashion

First, decide on how formal or relaxed you would like your pictures. Do you want your engagement pictures to show your more causal every day relationship? In that case, a simple combo of t-shirt and jeans will work. Are you more of a fashion forward couple? Do you envision yourself in a more formal look? Whatever you decide, make sure that both of you are on the same page.

Ask your photographer what they recommend, but most will say to avoid clothes with busy patterns, floral prints, and excessive black or white fashion. Sticking with solids are a safe bet.

Location

There are endless possibilities for locations of your photo shoot. Some couples choose the comfort of their home, while others venture out. Do you and your fiancé have a place that is special to you? Do you both love the beach, or maybe a rustic outdoor location? Did you go somewhere special on your first date or where he proposed? With all the options, pick the one that you can have the most fun with!

Beauty

I always recommend that my brides attempt to schedule their hair and make up trial for the morning of their engagement shoot. I’m sure you want to look fabulous for the pictures anyway! You will also get the chance to see how your hair and make up hold up as you prance around with your photographer. Just to be safe, have a little time between the trial and photo shoot to adjust any beauty needs.

The most important advice is to HAVE FUN! You will have hundreds (if not thousands) of formal pictures after your wedding. Your engagement photography shoot is the perfect opportunity to let your personality shine. When planning your wedding be sure to ask your photographer all of the questions before venturing out to your engagement shoot.

Happy Planning!