Since weddings began, every couple have wanted mementos of the big day itself. Photographs are probably the best way to remember the big day, which is why every wedding has a photographer. But a whole host of other reminders are common with cards and guestbooks being two of the most widespread.
We usually witness more of these formalities of a wedding when we are present early in the day and one of the most appropriate, unique and fun memento ideas we have seen was at a wedding between two policemen (policeman and policewoman, actually) in London. We were providing crêpes as a canapé alternative, so we witnessed all the confetti-throwing and guestbook-signing first hand. The guest book was completely original and comprised an assortment of things relating to their job. The guests loved it and played along admirably.
This was quite a while ago, before the ‘photo booth’ was widespread (and virtually every wedding these days has a photo booth – make of that what you will) so to begin with, guests had to have a “mugshot” polaroid photo taken of themselves. As there is currently a fashion for props and things with photos, a modern version would probably include optional robbers masks, black flat cap, and that kind of thing. The photo was then glued onto a page in a book, and the page was laid out like a charge-sheet. Obviously, as a well-behaved and respectable citizen, I have never seen one these in real life, but the wedding version basically asked for; personal details, aliases, accomplices, past convictions, criminal specialities and so on. The guests really got into the spirit of things and came up with some very imaginative answers. It was interesting to consider how many were actually based in truth!
The guests then had to provide a fingerprint, which was added to the bottom of the charge-sheet by dipping the thumb into some water-based black paint, quickly wiped off with kitchen roll. Filling in the forms and eating crepes was a great way to keep the guests occupied while the newlyweds were having photos taken. We even joined in, leaving our mobile crepe van for a few minutes while we imagined ourselves as hardened criminals. We obviously skipped the fingerprint bit, as no-one wants to see a crepe chef with grubby fingers!
As far as guestbooks and wedding souvenirs go, I think this was up there with the best of them – it was fun, unique and appropriate. Guests were able to leave comments but also had some fun into the bargain – and at the end of the day, a fun wedding is a memorable wedding.