After your wedding day has come and gone, you'll want to make sure that part of your wedding planning to-do list was to find a way to capture the best memories and transform them into something you'll have forever—like a wedding guest book. Your wedding guestbook is a keepsake you'll cherish forever (like your wedding photographs!)—and it's definitely something you'll want to put thought into before your big day.
While the classic wedding guest book comes with paper pages and binding, if you want something a bit different, there's no need to keep things traditional! Whether you are showing off your personality as a couple or tying your guest book in with your wedding theme, there are plenty of reasons to ditch the traditional guest book in favor of something more distinct.
Keep reading for our full list of must-try ideas for your guest book (as well as wedding guest book alternatives, in case an actual book doesn't feel like the right fit for your special day).
You and your partner are embarking on the greatest journey of all, so celebrate with a guest book that captures your free-spirited love and knack for travel.
These wedding guest book ideas will inspire you and your spouse to stay bold and courageous in your marriage for many years to come. Check out some of our favorite adventurous guest book ideas here:
Globe guest book: If you and your partner are travel enthusiasts, share your love of the world with party guests by asking them to sign a globe near their favorite vacation destination.
Bucket list: Build out your bucket list by having guests write out adventure ideas for you and your partner to embark on.
Postcards: At your wedding reception, leave out postcards for your guests to sign from all the places you and your spouse have traveled to, or are dreaming of going, so you have reminders of these special places saved forever.
Surfboard: Why have guests sign a book when they can sign a surfboard instead? This totally tubular idea is perfect for beach enthusiasts and couples throwing a coastal wedding.
Snowboard: If you’re more of a snow person, have guests sign the bottom of a snowboard or a pair of skis for a cozy-chic home decor piece you can display in your home forever.
Message in a bottle: Collect well wishes on tiny scrolls and have guests slip them into a bottle for you to discover on a later day.
Personalized painting: Have you and your partner pose for a painting and ask your guests to sign it with well wishes.
Starry sky: Inspire your guests to look up at the stars with a star map from your wedding night that displays the constellations above.
Wishing stones: Wishing stones are perfect for displaying in your garden after the wedding, so ask guests to leave well wishes inscribed on the smooth stones.
Oar: Let your guests help you row your marriage boat by having them sign a wooden oar.
Atlas: Jet-setting couples will love revisiting an atlas or map full of well wishes and advice when it’s time to plan the next adventure.
Seashells: Collect colorful seashells on your next beach walk or tropical vacation and display them at your wedding for guests to sign.
Nautical lifesaver: Having a destination wedding somewhere tropical? Have guests sign a lifesaver that you can display in your boat next time you sail away.
Vintage is a romantic and timeless wedding theme that never goes out of style. Use pieces from generations past to add touches of glamour and nostalgia into your ceremony and reception.
Take something old and make it new again with these vintage guest book ideas, perfect for thrifty couples.
Quilt: You can cuddle with this wedding guest book, made up of fabric signed by your guests and then sewn together with love.
Vintage keys: Unlock the key to a happy marriage by having guests sign their name and wedding advice on collectible vintage keys.
Polaroid guest book: Shake it like a polaroid picture with this guest book idea. Have a polaroid camera stationed at your guest book table; then, encourage loved ones to snap a pic and add it to your photo guest book. Not only is this a fun idea for a guest book, it's also a great way to capture additional wedding photos of your guests!
Typewriter: This Instagram-worthy guest book idea lets your guests leave old-fashioned messages typed on an antique typewriter.
Bird cage: Upcycle an antique bird cage by filling it with signed letters from family and friends you’ll treasure forever.
Time capsule: Get a box with your wedding date on the cover. Collect notes from guests, add them to the box, and then bury it to be dug up at a later date—for example, your 10th anniversary.
Wine corks: As if you needed another excuse to drink more wine! Collect wine corks leading up to your big day and have guests sign and place them in a jar for a fine wine display.
Dictionary: The dictionary is full of words to describe your love, so ask guests to circle a word that reminds them of you and bookmark the page to revisit later.
Telegram: Throw it back the roaring 20s with a guest book made up of vintage telegram cards.
Barrel head: If you’re drunk on love, celebrate with an engraved whiskey barrel head for attendees to enscript with well wishes.
Rustic plank: Give life to an old plank by having guests sign the wood. This rustic display can then be turned into shabby chic decor for your home.
Wine bottle: Grab a bottle of wine from your wedding bar or display a fancy vintage bottle for guests to sign their names in gold ink.
Rolodex: Save all of your guests’ important contact information in one place by having them fill out contact cards and placing them in a rolodex.
Your sentimental keepsake can also be a fun activity for guests at your wedding ceremony and reception. Here are some entertaining and interactive unique guest book ideas:
Corn hole: This lawn game is a backyard favorite. After all your guests have finished signing the cornhole boards, bring them to the after party and start tossing.
Anniversary pinata: Fill up a pinata full of well wishes and love for you and your partner to crack open on your anniversary.
Puzzle: Love is like a jigsaw puzzle, so make your puzzle complete with a personalized set your guests can sign and help put together.
Thumbprints: Make a picture come to life by having guests dip their thumb into ink and add it to the image of choice.
Guest libs: Silly mad libs guest book entries are guaranteed to make you laugh for years to come.
Custom canvas: Love art? Have a custom canvas designed for guests to sign, and then hang it in your home so you can revisit the well wishes over and over again.
Board game: If you and your spouse are a fan of game night, have guests sign your favorite board game and be reminded of your wedding every time you play.
Personalized Jenga: Build memories with a Jenga guest book where guests sign sweet messages onto life-size jenga blocks.
Wishing tree: Dangle wishes at your reception by having guests write notes on a piece of paper and then hang the paper from either a real tree or a DIY wish tree.
Bench: Cover your front porch in love by having guests sign an engraved wooden bench.
Autographed baseball: Sports enthusiasts will love leaving behind an autographed baseball for you to cherish forever.
Paper garland: This garland craft has guests write messages and then attach them together for an artsy display you can hang in your home.
Records: Music lovers will love this craft that repurposes old, broken records into new messages.
Personalize your wedding guest book with tender touches like photo walls and video recordings. Here are some of our favorite guest book ideas for the affectionate couple:
Photo book: Collect photos of your guests in front of an Instagram-worthy photo wall or photo booth and then compile them into a photo album you’ll treasure forever.
Date night jar: You’ll never run out of ideas for a night out on the town if you utilize a date night jar to collect inspiration. You can download our free printable here.
Tablet: Capturing video is now easier than ever. Have guests record and save video messages on a tablet so you and your spouse can go back and watch whenever you need a boost.
Shadow Box: Create a crafty guest book by asking guests to sign wooden hearts with well wishes and then display them in a shadow box.
Clear acrylic sign: Have your guests sign their names onto a piece of glass that you can hang in your home forever
Sign your state: If you and your partner are from the same place, get a wooden cutout of your state and ask guests to sign messages of well wishes onto the wood.
Ornaments: Dress up your Christmas tree for years to come with autographed ornaments full of merry and bright memories.
Recipe cards: Ask guests to help build out your family’s recipe book by writing down their favorite dish.
Plate: Turn a serving dish into a keepsake that you can use as a serving platter whenever you and your spouse entertain at home.
Photo book: Print special photos of you and your partner (for example, your engagement photos) into a book and let guests sign next to their favorite image.
Wedding vow display: Print out an excerpt from your wedding vows and have guests notarize it as an acknowledgment of the commitment they witnessed.
Monogrammed initials: A monogram is a great feature for a wedding guest book. Celebrate the newlyweds' namesake with a monogrammed display for your guests to sign.
Snail mail: Set up a mailbox, envelopes, and stamps at a reception table so guests can send letters straight to your home address.
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Need some more help choosing the perfect wedding guest book for you? Here are a few tips to help you narrow down your options:
Match the look of your wedding. Your wedding guest book should generally match the look and feel of your wedding decor and wedding venue. For example, if you're throwing a rustic wedding, a super modern guest book would feel out of place; instead, opting for a more rustic design (like a wooden guest book) would make more sense. If you're having trouble deciding which guest book to go with, look at the design elements of your decor, venue, and wedding theme—and use those elements as inspiration for choosing your guest book.
Consider your venue. Where your guests will be signing your guest book will also play a part in choosing the right guest book for your wedding. You want to choose a guest book idea that makes sense for your wedding location and venue; for example, if you're getting married on the beach and expecting a good amount of wind, having guests sign individual slips of paper—which could easily fly away—probably isn't the right move. If you're getting married in a very small venue—and there's not much space for decor—going with a larger guest book alternative (like a snowboard) would probably feel too cluttered. When choosing your guest book, think about how it will work in the space.
Think about how you want to use your guest book after the wedding. Getting clear on what you want to do with your guest book after your wedding will also help you make the best choice. For example, do you want a scrapbook that you can keep as a memento and display on your coffee table? Then you'd want to go with a more traditional guest book—while if you want something you can display as home decor, you would likely want to explore wedding guest book alternatives.
Adding personalization into your wedding day makes it more intimate for you, your partner, and your party guests. Your wedding guest book is a great way to show off your creativity. For more tips on how to make your wedding day extra special, head over to our expert advice section. Here, you’ll find dessert ideas, unique centerpieces, and much more.