Reception | Sign of the Times

Guest books get cute and creative.

When Charlotte got married the first time on “Sex and the City,” Miranda groused when she was put in charge of the guest book. “People know what to do with a guest book,” Miranda told Carrie.

Not anymore. Today’s creative versions often require instructions. For instance, many couples want guests to sign alongside their photograph. Some hire a dedicated photographer for the shots. Traditionally, photographers used a Polaroid. The drawback: Guests must remember to return to the table when the shots are dry. With digital, guests can immediately sign next to their picture.

Photo booths are another option. “We provide a black linen album with a gold or silver pen,” says Jo Anne Hewlett, president of Make a Memory Event Planning and Make a Memory Photo Booths. “Guests make a note next to their pictures.”

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Some couples have guests sign mats around the couple’s photograph. That’s not all. Hewlett has seen guests sign a mat around two Beatles fanatics’ albums. Another couple had guests sign a guitar, now on display in their home.

The wedding wishing tree lets guests write blessings on a tag, which they then hang on branches decorated with crystals, hanging candles or flowers, says Nicole Brennan, a partner in Lovely Lady Event Planning.

Blank books are open to creativity. The couple starts off with a phrase such as “One day, Sarah and Jeff got married…” Guests help tell the story after that. “It can get very funny,” Hewlett says.

Even Miranda might be amused.

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