These days, the possibilities are endless when it comes to guest books. Why have everyone sign their name in a book that will collect dust after the wedding? Instead, you could have them sign a memorable keepsake which you can display in your home, or one of these other wonderful ideas which will be sure to be more enjoyable for both you and your guests.
One of my favorite guest book ideas that I have discovered is this adorable puzzle guest book by Bella Puzzles. The custom-made wooden puzzles are personalized with your name, figures, and wedding date. There is also a photo puzzle option, where you can choose a photo of you and your hubs to be on one side of the puzzle. Guests write notes on the opposite side of the puzzle piece. This puzzle guest book is a great alternative because it’s “a fun activity for your wedding guests, an heirloom made to last for decades, a truly unique guest book, and a piece of art you can frame to enjoy everyday.”
I love the idea of having something meaningful signed which you can display in your home after the wedding. Dallas & Rob, a music loving couple, used an acoustic guitar as their guest book. Christina & Eric had a custom “concert poster” made for their big day, which they had everyone sign. So fun!
One idea that sounds like a blast is this video guest book by Thrilled for You. You can purchase the application for $99 for a Macbook or $19.99 for an Ipad. You get to choose your template, put in your names and wedding date, and then set it up somewhere at your reception. Guests sit down and record a special video message for you. One of the best things about this idea is that you can upload it to Facebook/Youtube afterwards to share with your friends and family! Also, it will be fun to show your kids and to look back on after the years.
If you are more of a crafty person, what about doing a quilt guest book? Lay out pieces of different fabrics for your guests to decorate or sign. Then, stitch them all together in a beautiful quilt after the big day. Or you can give them to a local quilter to have it done for you. I helped set up a wedding earlier this year that did this idea, and the way they set it up was super cute. They had guests hang their quilt squares on pieces of twine using clothes pins. See more here.
Now I think we’ve all seen the finger print trees, but what about finger print balloons? How adorable! I searched around Etsy to find my favorite finger print guest book shop, and Bleu De Toi definitely has my vote. You can get a custom hand drawn piece for your wedding which can be framed and hung up in your home.
This is one of the ideas we considered when coming up with a guest book idea for our wedding. Have the guest book attendant take a Polaroid photo of everyone at the wedding, and then tape them into a book and have everyone write a note/sign next to their photo. I also heard of a couple who weren’t able to do the Polaroid cameras, so they found photos of everyone at their wedding via facebook and made a book beforehand, leaving space for them to write below. Image via District Weddings.
Here is a fun and inexpensive guest book idea — post cards! Guests write their well wishes on a pre-stamped and addressed post card and then either they mail it to the couple, or someone gathers all of them and sends them throughout the year, like the wedding below. There are so many types of post cards out there, and it would be fun finding ones to perfectly fit the theme of your wedding! Image via Wedding Chicks.
The Guest Book Store offers these fun guest book pages for each guest to fill out, with a space for your name, where you traveled from, how you know the bride and groom, your wishes for the bride and groom, and even a place to draw a picture of yourself. You also have a choice between a casual or a formal option. These pages can be left on the reception tables at each guest spot with markers, and will provide something fun to do while they wait for food! The pages are three hole punched so they can be placed in a keepsake book afterwards.
These cute guest book boxes by Cut the Cake Designs are a fun and unique way to display your guest book at the wedding and at your home. There are several different designs to choose from, and each card has a spot for the guests name and address, so it makes writing thank you cards a breeze! And starting at only $44, this is definitely an affordable option.
What type of guest book are you using or did you use for your wedding? I’d love to hear about other fun, unique ideas!