We’ve scoured our back catalogue of real weddings as well as other online wedding sources we hold near and dear. Scroll down to go directly to our round-up list of 20 creative wedding guest book alternatives that are a tad more exciting to read through than a standard guestbook.
A wedding guest book no longer needs to be pen and bound paper. The form and shape of the traditional guest book has morphed to match changing wedding trends and tastes. Sure, the purpose of a guest book is to capture the names and well wishes of those special individuals who actually attended your wedding. However, we’ve seen many creative ways to accomplish this goal beyond pen and paper.
Let me ask you, which wedding guest book idea is more exciting?
- A standard hard cover book filled with blank pages
- A giant bottle of premium wine that guests can sign using a gold color felt marker
For Love & Lavender’s own wedding, we opted for #2!
L&L’s Wine Bottle Guestbook
Below is the picture of the unique wedding guest book Love & Lavender used at our wedding – a giant wine bottle! My husband and I love sharing a good bottle of wine now and again. So when Andrew went to Osoyoos for his bachelor party, he simply had to pick up a Jeroboam bottle of wine from one of his favorite Canadian wineries (Road 13 Vineyards).
Mind the eclectic mix of aluminum foil, wood popsicle sticks, and other sundry items on the table. They were all part of the wedding games we devised as part of our wedding reception.
What is a Jeroboam?
No, not a type of wine, it’s actually the official name for a wine bottle size … FOUR bottles of wine in one to be exact! That left plenty of surface space for our guests to write their names and well wishes using gold and silver color felt pens.
The plan is to let this particular red wine blend age to perfection, and then uncork it for one of our bigger wedding anniversaries surrounded by special family and friends. Its a meaningful guest book and one that we can enjoy and share years later. Let’s face it, four bottles is great to share between a husband and wife, but I can only imagine the morning after.
When it comes to your own wedding guest book, put on your brainstorming hat and choose something that is meaningful.
- Maybe you like wine like us and want to use an even BIGGER wine bottle size
- Perhaps you are soccer coaches and want your guests to sign a soccer ball
- Or, if you both love art your guests could sign a special piece of artwork
Whatever you choose as your wedding guest book, don’t have another dust collector sitting on a book shelf.
Creative Wedding Guest Book Ideas
Drumroll please! Creativity and weddings are a natural match. And when it comes to wedding guest book alternatives, in recent years we’ve seen some pretty creative and imaginative ideas here on the wedding blog.
Add a bit of fun to your wedding day by coming up with a unique alternative guest book idea.. Let us know if you have a favorite once you’ve gone through the list!
1) Wishing Tree Guestbook
Place beautiful 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. Makes for a pretty keepsake for around the house afterwards
Assemble postcards of the city or state where your wedding is held. Ask guests to sign the back of a postcard and slip it into a unique mailbox. This guestbook type would be perfect for a travel-themed wedding!
3) Fill in the Blank Pages
We la-la-love this idea. Have guests complete a fun wedding mad libs.
4) Fingerprints Art
When I was looking for a guestbook for my wedding, a fingerprint tree was one of the ideas I really liked.
At your wedding, place a sign asking guests to “leaf” a fingerprint and sign their name. After the wedding, place it in a frame and display in your home.
If you don’t have the time or skills to DIY this project, get yourself a fingerprint guestbook like the one above or below.
5) Typewriter Guestbook
It’s not a new idea, but we still love vintage typewriters as guestbooks. Provide direction like asking guests to share some words of wisdom, and you’ll get more interesting responses.
6) Sign the Poster
Get a poster that means something to the both of you. Ensure the poster has a large border edge space for guests to sign. Leave instructs for guests to write a message and you’ll have a wonderful keepsake for years to come!
7) Polaroid Guestbook
Another spin-off of the photo booth guestbook is to let guests take Polaroids of themselves, mount them in a book, and sign next to their photo.
Find a Fujifilm Instant Film Camera on Amazon for a reasonable price.
8) Map / Globe Guestbook
Write instructions on a chalk board asking guests to “Send you Across the World” by writing their names and a favorite world destination – what a fun idea! You could also ask them to leave you some “Worldly Advice!”
9) Wine Themed Guest Books
Customize wine bottle labels and have guests sign them.
Oenophiles (those who really enjoy wine) such as Love & Lavender will love this wedding guest book alternative! Guests can either sign their names and messages directly onto a bottle or via custom wine labels. Years later, pop the cork and drink to celebrate a milestone wedding anniversary. A wine theme guest book provides both a fun idea on your special day as well as an event to dream about and look forward to in the future.
10) Save your Corks
Side note: My husband and I collect corks from bottles of wine that mean something to us. In fact, Andrew’s boutonniere was made out of the champagne cork that we drank on the night we were engaged.
Read more about that particular unique boutonniere here.
11) Wood Working Skills
Are either of you good at wood working? If so, use your talents to create a magnificent masterpiece such as the bench pictured below, which guests can sign. Certainly a hefty keepsake that you can add to your backyard and use for many years. If you are not so talented in the wood working field, you could always pretend and get one from amazon or etsy.
12) Sign a Guitar
Does music play a big part in your life? Share your passions with wedding guests by having them sign a musical instrument, like a guitar.
13) Create a Custom Guest Book
Okay this idea is hugging the line of being a standard guest book …
Nonetheless, use your engagement photos to create a custom made photo book that your wedding guests can sign. I think it will be a treasured keepsake for the happy couple. I’m sentimental, so I actually think this is one of my favorite guest book ideas of all!
14) Wood Guestbooks
A rustic wedding needs a guest book to match the wedding decor. Nothing says rustic woodsy like a tree trunk slab. Have your guests sign a custom make wood slab for a keep sake you can hang on a wall … or in your husband’s man cave.
Here are a few fore ideas for non-traditional guestbooks made of wood:
15) Games Guestbook
Who doesn’t love a good board game? Incorporate games into your guest book theme and get guests to sign their very own Jenga piece.
Ah yes, brings back fond memories every time I take one from the bottom and stack it on top!
16) Custom Puzzle Guestbook
Maybe you don’t play board games, but you are always up for a quiet time with a puzzle. Get a custom puzzle produced, and let guests know to sign, “Without you our puzzle isn’t complete. Please sign the back of a piece.”
17) Heart Drop Guest Book
We love this heart drop guest book — such a cute way to collect and display guest names!
18) Rock / Shell Guestbook
Pet rock anyone? This may seem like a weird (and potentially free) idea. However, perhaps you both enjoy strolling along a beach and have collected numerous special rocks or shells along the way. A fun and different idea is to have guests each sign a rock or shell. Add them to your garden or keep them in a vase as a fun memento.
19) Football Guestbook
Sports fans or sports coaches will certainly love the idea of a pigskin at their wedding. Get your guests to sign a football, soccerball, or basketball to keep as a memory of your big day.
20) Recipes for Love
Last but not least, rather than giving a couple your best wishes I really like the idea of giving them advice on relationships and love. Let guests fill out their own recipe card for love.
21) Record Wedding Guest Book
Music lovers we have you covered! With your first dance song written in the center of the printed vinyl record, all of your guests will be able to leave a sweet message around the sides. This will make a great keepsake to hang in your home and a great way to cherish your first dance song.
I hope you’ve been inspired by our round up of unique wedding guest book options ideas. Please let me know in the comment section below if you have come across another unique guestbook that we should know about.
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