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 here.

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!

Post Box guestbook

#3. Fill in the Blank Pages. We la-la-love this idea. Have your guests complete this fun wedding mad libs. Grab you own Wedding Mad Libs here.

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!
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.

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!

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.

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!

map guestbook

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

Above Photo Credits:
1) Captured by Silvana Di Franco Photography
2) Captured by Aubrey Joy Photography
3)  Captured by Brett & Jessica
4) Captured by Jason and Anna Ball
5) Captured by  by Ashley Rose Photography
6) Captured by Katherine O’Brien
7) Captured by Sasha Felix Photography
8) Captured by Gracie Blue Photography

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Dognbird - March 30, 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.

    Vanda Arevalo - May 20, 2016

    thanks for taking the time to share this

Leslie - March 30, 2010

Great ideas! I love the chalkboard idea also incorporating the photo booth!!

lydia {ever ours} - March 30, 2010

favs are the wedding tree with thumbprints and the photobooth guest book!

forget.me.knot.weddings - March 30, 2010

loving all these ideas especially the typewriter!

Susie - March 30, 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!

chandra - March 30, 2010

I love the wedding tree and the postcards.

Carly - March 31, 2010

My writerly self is still in love with the typewriter; I plan to use it despite its nearly passe status. Ha.


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Lauren B - April 7, 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!

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Connie Jones-Steward - March 3, 2011

I really love the idea of the postcards and the mailbox however I’m not so sure about #8. :)

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David - Wilmington Nc - March 13, 2011

Very cute ideas, I esp like the chalkboards and the fingerprint tree is so cute!!

Rebecca Ellison - March 15, 2011

Super clever ideas!

emma | emmaline bride - March 16, 2011

great round-up! i’m digging the pink typewriter.

Aleah + Nick Valley - March 16, 2011

Charming! I adore the post cards!

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Jones - March 31, 2011

This looks like something straight out of Etsy, great ideas though.

Wedding Basics - April 12, 2011

I never thought of creating guest books like these before. VERY creative content!

sophistimom - April 15, 2011

Oooh, my favorite is the one with the pink typewriter. That is seriously cool.

Mali - April 20, 2011

So beautiful. Great ideas too.

marryme weddings - April 28, 2011

Absolutely love your blog.

Nicolette - May 4, 2011

Awesome blog! I’m getting married in two months but constantly looking for new ideas!

a wedding less ordinary - May 12, 2011

Really unusual, fun and stunning guest book ideas. The typewriter is beautiful and would create another talking point for wedding guests!

Michelle - May 18, 2011

these ideas are so creative and adorable!

Umar Khan - May 29, 2011

I liked the chalkboard thing. Nice

wedding Planer in Mumbai - June 3, 2011

Absolutely Love Love Love these ideas. Thanks for sharing :-)

sumit - June 7, 2011

really liked all the ideas very very much useful for an event manager to please their client..thank you very much.. stumble upon!

Crystal Print - June 13, 2011

Nice collection

Wedding Fabric - June 16, 2011

Very creative – thanks for the inspiration! I particularly liked the message tree…

Jen - June 26, 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 😉

May - August 25, 2011

Absolutely love these ideas! Brilliant – gonna so have one of these in my own wedding!

Lesley Pattinson - September 5, 2011

I love these ideas, I hope some of my future bridal clients have them at their weddings!

Erica Brooks - September 24, 2011

Very creative. Love the Polaroid and tree guest book ideas.

Chelsea - October 2, 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!

Wedding And Gems Invitations - January 1, 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.

Havens - January 31, 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.

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Occasions In Print - September 11, 2012

Great ideas! Especially love the wishing tree and the typewriter.

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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

Jill - May 21, 2013

Love the chalk board photos, what a fun idea :)

Aidan - June 12, 2013

Those are amazing ideas. I like the tree one the most :)

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What a great collection of guestbook ideas! Thanks for sharing!!!

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