10 Unique Guest Book Alternatives


guest book alternative photos from Brides, Shannon Leahy and Style Me Pretty

A lot of planning goes into your reception—including who will get an invite. Guests are chosen with care, each name the list one that is linked to you by ties of love and friendship. In years to come, you’ll look back and wish you could remember every person who came to share in your special day. If a traditional guestbook seems a bit too impersonal, here are 12 unique alternatives for keeping a record of your guests.

This print from Etsy seller Custom by Bernolli allows your guests to help you create a work of art that can be hung in your home after your wedding. Each guest adds to the picture by placing a colorful thumbprint and their signature.

Another Etsy seller, Your Wedding Project, offers a beautiful wooden sculpture, formed from small wooden pieces that your guests can sign before adding to the tower. It doubles as a unique piece of art and a visible reminder of your special day and the people who shared it with you.

Let’s be honest. Most guestbooks wind up in a closet somewhere after the wedding and aren’t seen again for years. So, why not embrace it and let your guests contribute to a time capsule? Think of how much fun you’ll have cracking it open in a year or two and finally finding out what’s inside. We can thank Casey Fatchett Photography for the picture of this creative gem.


photo by Casey Fatchett Photography

For the couple that plans to travel the world together, a blank globe from LoobieDesign is a fun way to commemorate the adventure you’re starting.

If you and your fiancé are game lovers, you can turn your guestbook into something you will enjoy again and again. Just have your guests write a short message on a block. Every time you play the game, you can relive your special day. The idea comes from DecentCraft.

A Mad Libs wedding game from Etsy seller PaintTheDayDesigns will ensure that you get more than a signature from your guests. Whether the completed forms turn out silly or serious, each page will hold a memory of someone special to you both.

A guestbook quilt from Style Me Pretty leaves you with a comfy keepsake the two of you can snuggle under for years to come.

Now that you’re getting married, you have a lifetime of a date nights to look forward to. Get a few fun and creative ideas from your guests by turning your guestbook into a date jar like this one from Something Turquoise.


photos by Something Turquoise

This mail-themed guestbook is another fun alternative for the couple who enjoys travel, although with different postcards, the idea could fit in at any reception. Just find some postcards that match your theme and see what kind of message your guests “send” you. The picture comes from Shannon Leahy.

Or you could opt for this bucket list idea from Etsy seller Braggingbags and find out what your guests think are the most important experiences to share in your life together.

Your guestbook can be so much more than a simple book of names. Use one of these unique guest book alternatives to create a piece of art, an heirloom, or a memory book that you will want to read over and over again.

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