Unique Wedding Guest Book Ideas That Aren't Actually Books
When it comes to your wedding reception, you don't have to do everything by the book—especially when it comes to the guest book. Let's say you want to collect something from each guest, but a standard album doesn't suit your vision. Instead of settling for bound pages that you fear will collect dust, take a cue from the many couples who've put a creative spin on tradition. You can still gather messages in a way that feels true to you and your event, as the following examples of guest book alternatives go to show.
A unique wedding guest book—or should we say "book"—can take many forms. We've seen everything from trees to globes used in lieu of the typical item. As you'll see ahead, there are tons of options, which means you can find something that suits your celebration's theme. Aside from the medium you use, you can also have fun with what you ask revelers to share. While some opt for just signatures or well-wishes and others think of something even more unique, like questions for everybody to answer, requesting ideas for future vacations, or even advice to help them through the toughest moments in a marriage. The following ideas highlight all these possibilities and so many more.
Puzzles, postcards, picture frames—you name it, we've spotlighted it ahead. No matter what you choose for your own celebration, make it feel personalized to your relationship and nuptials. A custom wedding guest "book" is bound to be remembered and will make a fun addition to your home after the big day.
These two asked guests to "leave a note, an idea, a plan, but most importantly, an adventure," for their bucket list-themed setup.
"We wanted something our guests could interact with that was old and vintage," this bride shared of her "book"—a typewriter attendees could jot notes down with.
This couple loved silhouettes—so much so that they incorporated their own into various aspects of their wedding. That included their guest "book:" two wooden heads for revelers to write on.
Love music? Have guests sign a record, like planner Kelly McWilliams did here.
Celebrate your passion for vino by asking revelers to sign wine corks.
This bride and groom met while the groom was lifeguarding. To honor their relationship's origin, he had attendees sign his rescue device.
Consider having celebrants sign pieces of fabric, which you can later stitch together for a quilt, or in this couple's case, a Christmas tree skirt!
A signed piece of furniture can be a welcome addition to your newlywed home.
In honor of her husband's heritage (he's from France), this bride thought to use love locks instead of a traditional guest book. Celebrants sealed their notes to this display.
Another travel-themed idea? Have everyone leave well-wishes on a custom map.
This bride decided to use Jenga blocks for a fun wedding guest "book."
For a holiday-inspired celebration, try Christmas ornaments. You can hang your loved ones' messages up for years and years to come.
Each attendee can sign a piece, which can then become the perfect game for your coffee table. This one was by Create Gift Love.
Woodworker Chris Kitchens handcrafted an oar for guests to sign at this wedding. Instructions were set out encouraging people to leave their mark for the couple as they navigate the waters of life together.
At this celebration, friends and family signed a century-old dictionary with colored pencils and flagged encouraging words with rainbow-hued tags, creating a meaningful, long-lasting memento for the couple.
This couple set out a life ring instead of a traditional guest book for attendees to sign as a keepsake of their beach wedding.
Since they love to water ski, this couple used a pair they found antiquing to serve as their guest book.
Pre-stamped envelopes were set up on this antique writing desk so guests could mail their well-wishes to the couple.
These newlyweds invited guests to express their creativity using blank cards and colored pens and pencils.
The bride's sister created a message board with 30 mini envelopes to hold messages from guests. The brides chose 30 because they plan to read one message a year for the next 30 years of their marriage. On the other side is photo, which is currently displayed in the couple's bedroom.
This couple planned on opening their "guest book" on on their fifth anniversary. Each card was placed in a tin box and asked the question: "Do you think we will manage to wait five years to read this? Mark yes or no."
Instead of a guest book, the couple's vows, wedding date, and signatures of all the guests were put on a scroll, which is now matted and framed in the couple's home.
The graphic artist behind WeCan, Ok!, created an "I remember when ... " template for guests to fill in fun stories and memories about the bride and groom. The papers were attached to hanging ribbons and displayed at the reception.
At this event, small booklets filled with questions about the couple were set at each table for guests to pass around and fill out during the reception.
This bride's brother painted a canvas black and guests used gold pens to write out their sentiments. The couple kept the board and hung it in the lounge of their home.
A poster designed by the bride incorporated this wedding's colors and took the place of a traditional guest book. It was printed on archival paper with UV-resistant inks to ensure it lasts well beyond the wedding date.
Guests at this wedding filled out Mad Libs-style cards printed with such prompts as "In 15 years, the couple will likely be ..." instead of a guest book.
This groom's father made a frame out of recycled wood for guests to sign at the beginning of the reception. It framed a typography print of all the places the couples' families have lived, starting with their grandparents' generation.
For their Napa Valley wedding, this couple had their guests write special notes on large bottles of locally-produced Duckhorn wine.
In honor of their DC wedding, this couple created a ballot box for guests to drop notes into. The box was printed with the couple's motto, "everything always works out."
The couple used the same painted artwork of the church that was used in their programs in a framed and matted display at the reception. Guests signed the frame, and it now hangs in the couple's home.
This wedding encouraged guests to hang tags with well-wishes and marriage advice from an olive tree. Create something similar, collect the notes, and then plant the tree in your yard.