Wedding Series: Beyond the guestbook

Other than your wedding photographs and video, your wedding guestbook is one of few really personal mementos you’ll have from your big day.

Nowadays there are more and more creative ways for your guests to express their joy at your reunion and offer their well-wishes. Often guests include a piece of advice for married life or favourite memories of your time together.

Here are five of our favourite ideas that go beyond the traditional guest book.

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Polaroid camera:

This is one of the most popular trends that has appeared in the last few years. It’s fun, easy and instant, which means your guests can leave a message of love on each of their photos as soon as they pop out of the camera. Hang them with mini pegs on a board at the entrance to your reception.

For the travel-loving couple:

A truly delightful idea is to ask your guest to leave their best wishes on a globe, vintage postcard or map, detailing memories of trips you have done together. Be sure to add your wedding and honeymoon locations.


Another growing trend is the fun and furious Piñata. Ask your guests to write a note and place it inside the Piñata and, on your first anniversary, give it a good old bash and be showered with love notes and memories of the best day of your life.

Christmas ornaments:

We LOVE this idea as your wonderful memories will be dug out and hung on your Christmas tree for many years to come.


Choose a photograph that you both love and turn it into a jigsaw. Ask your guests to each sign a piece, and when you put it together you’ll have a unique memento of your wedding day.

Whatever creative idea you choose, make sure you leave instructions so your guests know exactly what you want them to do. It is often a good idea to ask a family member or friend to oversee the proceedings to make sure you don’t end up missing any guests.

The wedding team at Middle Temple has tonnes of original and quirky ideas to make your wedding unique and extra special. Get in touch to discuss your requirements and to book a tour of the impressive and historical Elizabethan Hall, as well as the many other wonderful event spaces.