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We’ve rounded up some more creative guest books that would be a little more interesting to read through later than your standard guestbook.  If you’ve ever read through someone’s wedding guest book, you’ll notice that most of the entries are pretty repetitive: “Congrats, we’re so happy for you!”  Add a bit of fun to your wedding day by coming up with a unique idea for a guestbook. Here’s a roundup of our favorite ideas:

Creative Guest Books

#1. Wishing Tree. Put beautiful branches such as cherry blossom, manzanita, or magnolia branches in a pot. Make cards with ribbons attached and ask guests to write their well wishes or advice and hang the cards on the branches. You can buy a Manzanita Tree hereCaptured by Silvana Di Franco Photography

Wishing tree guest book in Creative Guest Books

#2. Postcards/Mailbox. Provide postcards of the city or state where your wedding is held. Ask guests to sign the backs, then slip them into a mailbox. Perfect for a travel-themed wedding! Captured by Aubrey Joy Photography

Post Box guestbook

#3. Fill in the Blank Pages. We la-la-love this idea. Have your guests complete this fun wedding mad libs.  Captured by Brett & Jessica

wedding madlibs guestbook

#4. Fingerprints Tree. This is such a sweet and unique idea! Draw a tree with lots of empty branches on a poster, then put up a sign asking guests to “leaf” a fingerprint and sign their name. Buy your very own Finger Print Guestbook Tree here!
Captured by Jason and Anna Ball.

Creative Guest Books - Fingerprint tree

#5. Typewriter. It’s not a new idea anymore, but we still love vintage typewriters as guestbooks. Provide some direction, like asking guests to share some words of wisdom, and you’ll get more interesting responses. Captured by  by Ashley Rose Photography

Typewriter wedding guest book
#6. Sign the Poster. Get a great poster, that means something to the both of you and has a large border edge. Leave a sign instructing guests to write a message . It will make a great keep sake for years to come! Or check out this personalized custom made poster here! Captured by Katherine O’Brien.

Creative Guest Books - Sign a poster

#7. Polaroid Guestbook. Another spin-off of the photobooth guestbook is to have guests take Polaroids of themselves, mount them in a book, and sign next to their photo.  Captured by Sasha Felix Photography

Polaroid Guestbook idea

#8. Map Guestbook. Write instructions on a chalk board asking guests to “Send you Across the World” by writing their names and their most favorite destination is in the world is–what a fun idea! Captured by Gracie Blue Photography

map guestbook

Other ideas include dirty laundry, signed plates, quilts, and even surfboards!

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  1. Dognbird — Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
    Really good ideas here! I'm seriously considering the postcards, we have a family tradition of sending them so it's kind of perfect.
  2. Leslie — Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
    Great ideas! I love the chalkboard idea also incorporating the photo booth!!
  3. lydia {ever ours} — Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
    favs are the wedding tree with thumbprints and the photobooth guest book!
  4. — Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
    loving all these ideas especially the typewriter!
  5. Susie — Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
    I really like the idea of getting pictures of everybody on the wedding day along with a word of advice or just a story, awesome idea!
  6. chandra — Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
    I love the wedding tree and the postcards.
  7. Carly — Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
    My writerly self is still in love with the typewriter; I plan to use it despite its nearly passe status. Ha.


    All this is Grace and Charm
  8. Lauren B — Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
    +2 for the typewriter! Just did a whole article on vintage and retro wedding ideas, this would have been great to show! Such a fun idea... and I love the pink!
  9. Connie Jones-Steward — Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
    I really love the idea of the postcards and the mailbox however I'm not so sure about #8. :)
  10. David - Wilmington Nc — Sunday, March 13th, 2011
    Very cute ideas, I esp like the chalkboards and the fingerprint tree is so cute!!
  11. Rebecca Ellison — Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
    Super clever ideas!
  12. emma | emmaline bride — Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
    great round-up! i'm digging the pink typewriter.
  13. Aleah + Nick Valley — Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
    Charming! I adore the post cards!
  14. Jones — Thursday, March 31st, 2011
    This looks like something straight out of Etsy, great ideas though.
  15. Wedding Basics — Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
    I never thought of creating guest books like these before. VERY creative content!
  16. sophistimom — Friday, April 15th, 2011
    Oooh, my favorite is the one with the pink typewriter. That is seriously cool.
  17. Mali — Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
    So beautiful. Great ideas too.
  18. marryme weddings — Thursday, April 28th, 2011
    Absolutely love your blog.
  19. Nicolette — Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
    Awesome blog! I'm getting married in two months but constantly looking for new ideas!
  20. a wedding less ordinary — Thursday, May 12th, 2011
    Really unusual, fun and stunning guest book ideas. The typewriter is beautiful and would create another talking point for wedding guests!
  21. Michelle — Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
    these ideas are so creative and adorable!
  22. Umar Khan — Sunday, May 29th, 2011
    I liked the chalkboard thing. Nice
  23. wedding Planer in Mumbai — Friday, June 3rd, 2011
    Absolutely Love Love Love these ideas. Thanks for sharing :-)
  24. sumit — Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
    really liked all the ideas very very much useful for an event manager to please their client..thank you very much.. stumble upon!
  25. Crystal Print — Monday, June 13th, 2011
    Nice collection
  26. Wedding Fabric — Thursday, June 16th, 2011
    Very creative - thanks for the inspiration! I particularly liked the message tree...
  27. Jen — Sunday, June 26th, 2011
    I have had my eye on the polaroid guestbook idea for a while. I love that one with the black pages and silver writing! Just need to find a polaroid camera and book now ;)
  28. May — Thursday, August 25th, 2011
    Absolutely love these ideas! Brilliant - gonna so have one of these in my own wedding!
  29. Lesley Pattinson — Monday, September 5th, 2011
    I love these ideas, I hope some of my future bridal clients have them at their weddings!
  30. Erica Brooks — Saturday, September 24th, 2011
    Very creative. Love the Polaroid and tree guest book ideas.
  31. Chelsea — Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
    Really great ideas! I am going into wedding planning and with this economy it demands money saving creative plans. The wishing tree is my favorite!
  32. Wedding And Gems Invitations — Sunday, January 1st, 2012
    in the UK we don't tend to use wedding trees but I love the idea of using them instead of a traditional guest book. They can be placed into a scrapbook after the wedding with photos of those who wrote the wishes making a stunning memory book.
  33. Havens — Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
    Had actually never heard of the "vintage typewriter" idea before. My favourite suggestion here though is the chalkboard and photos! What an imaginative way to capture not only everyones thoughts on your day but you also have an original keepsake with a picture telling a thousand words.
  34. Occasions In Print — Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
    Great ideas! Especially love the wishing tree and the typewriter.
  35. wow po — Monday, October 29th, 2012
    You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be really something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and extremely broad for me. I'm looking forward for your next post, I
  36. Jill — Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
    Love the chalk board photos, what a fun idea :)
  37. Aidan — Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
    Those are amazing ideas. I like the tree one the most :)
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