I do not like guest books either. And I'm too lazy to DIY some crazy advice tree or something. So goodbye guest book/alternative guest book. People can tell me congrats or give me advice to my face.
Most guest books are lame but I do love writing essays in them. The more drunk I am the longer they get!My guest book however will be awesome. No quite sure what it will be yet but awesome indeed! I only hope my drunken friends will write essays too!
I can never think of anything to write and sometimes I forget to write in it altogether. The coolest one I ever saw was a wooden bench that the couple keep on their porch. We're not having one.
I've been thinking about ways to incorporate the guests that doesn't include a quilt, a plate, a photograph of us as a couple, or an actual guest book and I have yet to think of anything. The best thing I have seen so far is getting a coffee table book about something you both love and have people sign the pages with silver ink. Seems like a good idea.
We created a certificate, much like ones from the Quaker tradition, on 11x17 cardstock. It had a photo as the header, the date of our ceremony and our names, as well as our vows. Underneath, we had enough lines for all guests to sign as witnesses to our vows. We liked this idea better than a guestbook because it directly stated that our guests were there not as an audience, but as important parts of the ceremony. It also allowed folks to just write their name and not worry about writing a message (isn't that what cards are for?). (That said, some folks wrote a short phrase or word, which was fine.) Plus, we liked the idea of being able to hang it up in our home, instead of having an album that we honestly wouldn't look through all that often.
It's also worth noting that a friend went around with a video camera at our reception and asked couples to give us marriage advice as a surprise gift for us. We finally watched it (almost 3 weeks after our wedding), and we couldn't have planned a better guestbook! If you have a friend who is outgoing and has a video camera, you have a friendor! Everyone loved being interviewed, and it was a great way for folks to meet someone new. The video is a wonderful keepsake that I'm sure we'll pull out again in a few years.