Be Our Guest: Cool and Creative Wedding Guest Book Ideas

Couples these days are looking for ways to bend the rules and discover alternative wedding ideas to long-standing traditions. One of those traditions couples are looking to recreate is the wedding guest book – where guests sign their name on each line or write a message in the book to the bride and groom.

Photo via Inspiring Pretty

Don’t get us wrong; we love a guestbook full of encouraging messages. But it’s sometimes nice to mix it up a little and find a creative alternative that will serve as an interesting keepsake and perhaps something that couples can easily integrate into their new home. We have compiled a few alternative wedding guest book ideas (ok, 20!) that are sure to inspire all of you savvy – and unique – brides!

Wooden Swing Guest Book Idea. Photo by Pasha Belman
Wishing Tree Guest Book Idea. Photo by Flutter Glass Photography
Shutter Guest Book Idea. Photo by Benjamin Edwards Photography
Tree Stump Guest Book. Photo by Frest Photo

We love wood used in weddings – it’s rustic and charming. So naturally, we are in love with these wood wedding guest book alternatives! How cool is this wooden swing used as a guest book? If rustic is your style, find other ways to add charm to your wedding.

Christmas Ornament Wedding Guest Book Idea. Photo by Jasmine Star
Guitar Guest Book Idea. Photo by Stephanie A Smith
Furniture Wedding Guest Book. Photo via Style Me Pretty

Themed guest book ideas are the perfect way to remember the details of your wedding. Have guests sign something related to the theme, colors, season or location of the wedding. Or perhaps use something sentimental as your guest book – like this guitar guests signed at a wedding for a music-loving couple. If you are planning a destination wedding, the ideas are endless!

Table Number Wedding Guest Book. Photo via
Typewriter “Written Notes” Guest Book Idea. Photo by Katie Day
Calendar Wedding Guest Book. Photo via Inspiring Pretty
Postcard Wedding Guest Book Idea. Photo by

Clever wedding guestbook ideas like these shown will leave your guests smiling as they admire your originality. One couple coordinated a guest book with each table number and asked guests to write a message for them to open on that anniversary year. These alternatives are completely out-of-the box but very practical. They will leave you saying, “Why didn’t I think of this?” Martha Stewart also has some unique guest book options worth a look!

Fill in the Blank Wedding Guest Book Alternative. Photo by The Little White Dress
Finger Print Tree Wedding Guest Book. Photo via Pinterest
Jenga Wedding Guest Book. Photo by Jennifer Roper
Video Wedding Guest Book Idea. Photo by

Fun wedding guest book ideas add a light-hearted touch to your wedding. Guests will feel like they are a part of the wedding fun and couples can look back on the memories with laughter. For a simple idea, have guests create a fill-in-the-blank advice sheet. For a messier option, have guests put “leaves” on a finger print tree. Guests can sign Jenga game pieces, puzzle pieces or even corks! Find another creative way to include your guests in your wedding!

Quilt Squares Wedding Guest Book Idea. Photo by Krista Jones
Polaroid Wedding Guest Book Idea. Photo by Jill Thomas Photography
Seed and Planter Guest Book Idea. Photo by Sweet Tea Photo

If you are a DIY bride, what better project is there than assembling your own guest book, either before or after the guests sign it? We also love when brides create a whole table dedicated to the guest book, like this idea shown. If some of these DIY wedding guest books don’t tickle your fancy, check out even more guest book alternatives from the DIY Network.

Tell us about your out-of-the-box wedding guest book idea. We’d love to hear them in the comment section below!

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