New Takes on the Traditional Wedding Guestbook

Gone are the days of the hardcover book filled with guests' good wishes that you proudly display on your coffee table... and likely never open. Couples are finding new ways of commemorating their wedding day with personal — and personalized — objects they can incorporate into their home and enjoy every day.

1. This home-inspired Southern wedding (photographed by W. Scott Chester Photography and seen on Green Wedding Shoes) carried the homey theme right through to the guestbook. Guests signed various fabric squares to be stitched together into a quilt for the couple.

2. At a New York wedding (photographed by Carla Ten Eyck and seen on Style Me Pretty), guests were asked to sign a wooden bench, which would make a beautiful family heirloom. If you're especially crafty (or know a talented woodworker) you could even build your own.

3. For an instant art piece, the couple from this San Francisco wedding (by Orange Turtle Photography via Style Me Pretty) printed one of their engagement pictures, then used it as a canvas for guests to pin personalized Polaroids.

4. Very fitting for a vino-loving couple or a wine country wedding, this Napa reception (Sylvie Gil via Style Me Pretty) had guests sign a magnum bottle of wine. (Or, offer a selection of the couple's favorite wines, have all of them signed, and open each one on an anniversary — a beautiful way to relive the memories of the day.)

5. At a Pocono Manor wedding (by Sweet Little Photographs via Style Me Pretty), guests signed a cross-section of a large tree trunk. This type of guest "book" would be perfect for an outdoorsy couple or a mountain wedding.

(Images: As linked above)