Tuesday, February 12, 2013

10 Fun and Creative Guest Book Alternatives

It’s always fun to look back and remember who attended your wedding…why not keep guests on their toes and incorporate something they won’t expect?! There are a TON of unique guestbook alternatives if you want to opt out of the traditional “Name and Address” guestbook. Guest books often fall under the radar and have a tendency to get pushed off of extensive wedding to-do lists. Below are just a few charming ideas to add to your day.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Roper via, Oh Lovely Day

Wine corks! Have all your guests sign a cork and then display in a basket in your home!  

Photo courtesy of Dazzling Expressions, LLC via, Etsy

For a rustic themed wedding,  have guests write words of love on hearts to display in a basket!

Photo courtesy of Something Turquoise

I really like the idea of a time capsule. Guests can write whatever they want for you to open in a year or other milestone anniversary. Then can be scrapbooked, framed, etc. Something Turquoise has a great DIY tutorial here for this super fun alternative.

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Wedding Mad Libs. Genius, right? Your guests will have a blast filling in the blanks on these unique Mad Libs tailored to you and your wedding. (We did this for my daughters wedding and they were so much fun to read later!) Etsy has tons of shops that sell these. We made our own.

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Photo booths seemed to pop out of no where a few years ago and now brides just can’t get enough of them. It is such an awesome chance for your guests to loosen up, play with props, show their individuality, and give you hilarious pictures to keep and look back on for years to come. 

Photo courtesy of C.R.A.F.T

A creative approach is to set up a guest quilting station where guests can leave words of advice, memories of you two, or loving thoughts on different pieces of fabric that you can quilt into a blanket after the wedding! This is a timeless keepsake from your guests!

Photo courtesy Martha Stewart Weddings

Transform a store-bought album into a guest book that has a handmade feel. Use double-sided tape to affix envelopes in assorted sizes and colors to the pages of a plain-paper photo album or scrapbook. Leave cards and a pen on a table for guests to write wishes. When they're done, they can tuck their cards inside the envelopes for the bride and groom to enjoy later.

Photo courtesy Martha Stewart Weddings

Set up a mailbox and different fun postcards at your reception that your guests can fill out and stick in your mailbox. Then have a friend mail them the day after your wedding so when you return from your honeymoon you have plenty of loving notes and words of advice to share with each other as you start your new life together!

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File this under A for adorable. Instead of a traditional guest book, use recipe cards. Have guest write advice, love poems, and words of encouragement on cards and then place them in a recipe box to keep in your kitchen after the wedding! 

Fingerprints! There all tons of ways to use guest fingerprints, tree leaves and balloons are the most commonly seen. BUT this is may favorite! Have a fingerprint guest book where they can make their fingerprints come alive by decorating them to look like themselves, sign their name, and leave a word of advice! Let your guests get creative!

Whatever you decide have fun and personalize it to you and your wedding! Share your guest book alternative in the comments section below.  




  1. Love them all but my favorite one is.....wait for it....the wine cork ones...you could have them made into lots of different things. Diane

    1. Mine too Diane! I was thinking a really cool wreath!