I’ve been hanging out on a few different wedding forums for a few months now, and guestbooks are a topic that come up frequently. Most couples these days want something they will look at each day, rather than a book that will sit in a drawer or on a shelf.
Some very creative ideas have been suggested, but I see the same ideas over and over again. And then while I was on vacation with my family last week thinking about all the cool pictures I’ll be adding to my scrapbooking pile, I came up with an idea: why not use Heidi Swapp’s Memorydex as a guestbook?
The Rolodex Guestbook
The Memorydex works like an old school rolodex, if anybody remembers what those are. It comes with the base unit and cards which fit onto the rings in the middle. You could have your guests sign the cards with a message during your reception and assemble it easily and quickly afterwards. Voila! A quick guestbook!
This takes up very little space, so you can leave it out on a side table to flip through and still have lots of room for important things like a tv remote and a glass of wine. While being a guestbook, it can double as a wedding album if you print and glue photos onto the cards – just bear in mind the photos will be smaller than 4×6.
Make It Personal
There are tons of accessories for the Memorydex, so you can really make this your own. You can even create your own cards out of paper you have already if you purchase the punch – if you plan on covering the cards with scrapbook paper or creating your own cards, you will definitely want the punch, trust me. It’s SUCH a pain to cut those little rectangles out by hand.
White’s not your thing? The Memorydex comes in black as well.
Some of the cards have tabs, creating different headings or sections. So you could create a wedding guestbook and also wishes for the future – say, a section with cards to read on your one year anniversary, five year anniversary, ten year anniversary, etc. It’s so simple to put together that you could have one of your bridesmaids assemble it in one night while you are on your honeymoon.
I’m not affiliated with Heidi Swapp. I’m not getting a kickback for recommending this. I just really like mine and have been impressed with how quickly I can create interesting cards, and how many cards one dex can hold. I also think a so-call “uncreative person” can be pretty creative with this without wanting to lose their everloving mind.
When I got married, I asked my guests to send me or email me a photo of themselves with my husband or I (or both) that we may not have. I then glued them into an empty sketchbook and wrote the guest’s names on top. We got hilarious photos Hubber and I had never seen before, and it was a walk down memory lane for each of us and we heard stories about each other we had never heard before. With such a small wedding, it was easy for the to find their page and they said later they liked looking for it and writing silly comments about the photo they sent in.
We still pull that book out of it’s place in the kitchen. Our kids find it hilarious to look at old photos of their parents looking silly. However, I realize that this won’t work for a large wedding, and not everybody wants an actual book. If I were to get married again I would probably do something like the Memorydex. To me, this is a great guestbook option.
You should be able to get this at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. If not, you can purchase it through me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you still like the idea of a traditional guestbook, well guess what? I sell those too!