05/12/2016 03:05 EDT | Updated 05/12/2016 03:59 EDT

12 Alternative Wedding Guest Book Ideas You'll Love

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For all the planning that goes into it, a wedding goes by so quickly. You try to say hello to everyone, but odds are good that you will only get so much time in with each of your guests — it’s just the nature of the event when you’re a guest of honour.

That’s where the wedding guest book comes in. Traditionally, these books are for guests to write a short note to the happy couple; something they can flip through and reflect on as the years go on.

But increasingly, people are getting creative with their guest books, creating a memento that doesn’t just collect the names and wishes of those who attended your day but can be enjoyed as decor or an activity to share throughout your years together.

Here are 12 out-of-the-box options for a wedding guest book — ones you’ll cherish long after your wedding day has passed.

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