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Meant for worldly advice, guests can write their tips to the happy couple, then follow the instructions to create the ultimate paper airplane.

Idea of the month: Guest book alternatives

One of the most important details of a wedding are the people who take part in your special day--the guests. Traditionally, guests sign a ho-hum book, writing a few words of wisdom and congratulating the happy couple. It's always wonderful to read through after the big day, but most of the time, a guest book gets put away in a storage closet. Where's the fun in that? We have seven alternatives that will inspire and encourage you to incorporate something more exciting than your typical guest book.

Paper airplanes

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Meant for worldly advice, guests can write their tips to the happy couple, then follow the instructions to creating the ultimate paper airplane. This alternative is perfect for the couple who want a little bit of old-school charm on their wedding day. $11.98 for a set of 25; available at weddingstar.com.

Tree of love fingerprint art

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Perfect for hanging in your home, this print is a tree filled with thumbprints of all the guests who attended your wedding. Customized to have your wedding date and initials "carved" into the tree, this guest book alternative is perfect for the artsy and rustic couple. $32.95; available at personalizationmall.com.

Skeleton keys

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Paying homage to a vintage style, these skeleton keys can be used in a multitude of ways. A perfect idea: attaching small gift tags with twine and asking your guests to write their "keys to a successful marriage." $20 for a set of 18; available at etsy.com.



Passport-inspired guest book

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If you and your fiancé are world travelers, having a passport-themed guest book is the only way to go. With a book that includes an assortment of stamps, your guests can pick their favorite and write a sweet little note on the inside. $59.98; available at weddingstar.com.

Adlib notes

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If your wedding is all about having fun, get creative with your guest book alternative by using Adlibs. Your guests can fill in the blanks with honest and funny answers, and you can be sure to laugh while looking at these long after the wedding day is over. $14 for 10; available at bhldn.com.

World map print

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If you're a couple from two different parts of the world, or simply have friends and family all over, have guests sign a world map. After your wedding day, frame it and keep it as a piece of art on your wall. Prices starting at $30; available at etsy.com.

Wooden wish box

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If country charm is what you want, a wooden box filled with messages written by your guests on miniature scrolls is just the thing. When the day is over, bring the wish box home and put it on a shelf or table in your house and read all the sweet messages from your loved ones at your leisure. $49.98; available at weddingstar.com.

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