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Wedding Guest Books In New Forms

  • This July 18, 2015 photo provided by Alexis Roulette shows a surfboard guest book that was appropriate for the couple's beach themed wedding. (Peter Leal Photography/Alexis Roulette via AP) Peter Leal Photography

  • This July 18, 2015 photo provided by Alexis Roulette shows messages from family and friends on a surfboard wedding guest book for a couple in Huntington Beach, Calif. (Peter Leal Photography/Alexis Roulette via AP) Peter Leal Photography

  • This 2016 photo provided by Alexia Roulette shows a surfboard used by a couple for their wedding guest book in Huntington Beach, Calif. As weddings have become highly personalized, the guest book has too: What was once a traditional, white, bound book has become elaborate and creative, often taking the shape of something that reflects the couple’s personalities or wedding theme. (Alexis Roulette via AP) Alexis Roulette

  • In this Aug. 31, 2014 photo provided by Austin Busy Brides, a bridesmaid writes a note on a propeller used as a wedding guest book by a couple who are pilots at Winslow-Lindbergh Airport, Winslow, Ariz. (Charli Groen/Kharisma Photography/Austin Busy Brides via AP) Charli Groen/Kharisma Photography

  • In this Aug. 31, 2014 photo provided by Austin Busy Brides, a propeller used by a couple who are pilots as a wedding guest book displays personal photos at Winslow-Lindbergh Airport, Winslow, Ariz. (Charli Groen/Kharisma Photography/Austin Busy Brides via AP) Charli Groen/Kharisma Photography

  • This Oct. 2014 photo shows a 3L size bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon that was used as a guest book for a wedding in Austin, Texas. After the attendees signed the bottle, it was engraved and painted over on the signatures to preserve it. (Justin Griffin/Personal Wine via AP) Justin Griffin

  • This April 18, 2015 photo provided by Austin Busy Brides shows postcards for a wedding at Desert Botanical Garden, that guests were asked to write well wishes on and return or mail back to the couple throughout the year, in Phoenix, Ariz. The couple planned to read them on their first anniversary. (Meghan Steward, Keeping Focus Photography/Austin Busy Brides via AP) Meghan Steward/Keeping Focus Photography

Associated Press
Published: 5/14/2016 10:03:07 PM
Modified: 5/14/2016 10:05:21 PM

Alexis and John Roulette don’t have to look far to remember the love that friends and relatives showered on them on their wedding day. The 7-foot-long surfboard mounted above their living room couch says it all.

In silver Sharpie, guests wrote messages of love, congratulations and advice on the board that the couple used as a guest book at their wedding in Huntington Beach, Calif., last summer. “It’s a constant reminder of our special day and the love we had around us,” said Alexis Roulette, 30.

As weddings have become highly personalized, the guest book, too, has come a long way. What was once a traditional white bound book has become elaborate and creative, often taking the shape of something that reflects the couple’s personalities or wedding theme.

“What it’s morphed into is more of a way of delivering messages and notes and keepsakes for the bride and groom, while at the same time it’s become more interactive and creative in its display,” said Darcy Miller, editor at large of Martha Stewart Weddings.

Guests might sign a giant wine bottle, a piece of sporting equipment, seashells or stones, maps, artwork, or fabric squares that get stitched together to form a quilt.

Miller has seen a vintage typewriter displayed for guests to peck out messages, a dictionary in which guests circled words relevant to the couple, and a globe on which guests signed near places they felt the couple should visit.

Such alternatives to guest books can become “a keepsake of something that’s personal to you, but made that much more personal because it’s been touched and signed by people you love,” Miller said.




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