20 Creative Guest Book Ideas For Wedding Reception

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Wedding guest books are invariably a terrific way to perhaps recall the special time you had with your guests at your wedding. It’s the first things about the wedding celebration your guest would probably see and give you a brief remark that you will appreciate everyday for a long time to come. Think about matching the theme of the guest book with the total theme of the wedding event.

Make a memory “book” loaded with heartfelt messages. The main factor to a brilliant guest book is actually a range of remarkable responses from your guests. Inspire them to express themselves. Let your guest write their best wishes, share their piece of advice, write a funny short story, compose a poem or recall a favorite memory. Indeed, these guest book ideas and alternatives are a perfect way to remember all of the people who help you to celebrate your big day. After the wedding party celebration, take them on your honeymoon destination and read them together with your new spouse.

Bored with the typical sign-in albums with listing of names where wedding guests basically sign and pass it around? Your wedding doesn’t have to be similar to everyone else’s. There are lots of creative ways to remember who helped you celebrate your extraordinary wedding day and record all the guests who came to share the joy of the celebration. Here are 20 awesome guest book alternatives for the wedding reception.


01. Polaroid Scrapbook

Make sure the polaroid camera has plenty of film. Wedding guest can strike a pose then leave their photo on the guest book, together with their short message for the couple.

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02. Guest Book Puzzle

Either side on the puzzle features a portrait photo chosen by the bride and groom and have the back side for the wedding guest’s personal comments. Put the pieces inside a glass container at the wedding venue, together with a message requesting guest to autograph the incomplete backside.

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03. Wedding Caricature Sign-in Board

Bring life to your party celebration. You may wanna try hiring a caricature artist to draw the portrait of the bride and groom and let the wedding guest sign on it as they arrive. Wedding caricatures can be drawn up in full color or black line style.

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04. Fingerprint Guest Book

Design your guest book as a work of art. Just let your guest press their thumb to create leaves in which they will place their signature or message for the bride and groom.

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05. Typewriter Guest Book

Arrange an old-fashioned typewriter together with long pieces of paper for guests to type their good wishes as the mood strikes.

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06. Wishing Stones

An Irish wedding tradition wherein they have their wedding guests write their best wishes on smooth stones. Put together a wedding guest book table with plenty of pebbles and a glass vase filled up with water. After the guest signed with a permanent marker, they can put the stones inside the vase. This represent and bring back the tradition of throwing stones into a river or pool.

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07. Wedding Mad libs

Receive some marvelous and crazy feedback with these creative mad libs-inspired guest book.

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08. Chalkboard Message in Photo booth

Cut-out bubble shapes and coat it with chalkboard paint. Place them by your photo booth and let your guest write a short message before having their hilarious pose infront of the camera.

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09. Wine Bottle Guest Book

Now let your guest sign a bottle of wine with a glass marker and let them leave a note for the couple. Then let the wine be stored and kept in your new family home and be opened up during wedding anniversaries.

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10. Vinyl Record Guest Book Alternative

If you are a music junkie, it’s more fun to use the vinyl record as a guest book instead. Use it on a table at the wedding reception with silver or gold marker pens and encourage your guests to have their autographs.

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11. Photo Frame Guest Book Alternative

Celebrate your wedding day along with loving words of your friends flanked by your chosen wedding photo. Use an acid free fine point pen to protect your guest’s messages for many years.

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12. Guitar Guest Book Alternative

If you have a music band or simply love music, you might want to repurpose one of your guitar into a guest book. This can generate an awesome conversation when hang and display on the wall with a protective coat.

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13. Wine Cork Guest Book Alternative

For wine lovers, wine corks can be a guest book alternative for guest to write on.

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14. Guest Book Platter

Grab the moments of your wedding event with the best souvenir and genuine messages that you can treasure and display for a long time. A platter is indeed a great guest book alternative. Don’t forget to bake in your home oven to protect and seal on the messages.

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15. Wishing Tree Guest Book Alternative

A Wish Tree as an alternative guest book coming from a Dutch wedding tradition where visitors are provided with a sheet of paper. The guests write their wishes to the bride and groom and then hang it on the tree. This creates a stunning focal point. The tree is positioned at the entry ways towards the wedding reception to amaze your guests as they walk in.

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16. Guest Quilt

Another guest book idea is to choose a guest quilt. After it is sewn together, it reminds you of the people who come to your wedding day. Place a cardboard under the fabric to avoid the fabric marker from bleeding through.

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17. Jenga Guest Book Alternative

A different way to engage with your guest is to have them take a block of Jenga stick to write their message to the happy couple. Every time you play the game, it will bring back all the memories for years to come.

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18. Vintage Postcard

For those couple who have a timeless vintage or travel styled wedding, using vintage postcards as guest book complements it. Guest then compose their sweet wishes for the wedding couple.

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19. Engagement Guest Book

Engagement guestbooks are impressive considering that it lets you show off lots of the engagement session photos, while giving yet another kind of guest book to sign at the wedding reception. Spaces inside the guest book enable wedding guests to jot down sweet advice and best wishes for the couple while displaying the best photos from your engagement photo shoot.

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20. Wooden Slice Guest Book Alternative

Another guest book alternative is to have your guest sign a large wooden guest book that is almost the size of a tree trunk.

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May you get inspired with these creative guest book alternatives. If you have other ideas that would make an awesome guest book, share it with us through the comment section below.

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We got married the week befoer Christmas. We chose a christmas tree skirt in our colors..then put out fabric pens and asked our guests to sign it… now every year at christmas we re live our day as we set up the tree!!


Chris Miller

Excellent post! Thank you for this awesome giveaway! You are so incredibly witty and I really enjoyed reading your post.



Hi I love the idea of guests signing a love seat ( garden seat) so then they can sign it, we can then clear coat it and sit it in our garden.



I would love more information regarding the puzzle guest book. I have been looking everywhere for an actual good sturdy product that could be a lasting keepsake. Thank you in advance!! -K


Jacque (DIY Teen)

When I am older, I totally want to do a guest book thing with some baseballs….Fill a little bowl with 5 or 6 baseballs and let people signed them with sharpies! Spray over them with clear coat to seal and they would make a great centerpiece on a coffee table in a bowl!



These are such cool ideas. My favorite is the wine bottle because it really gives the couple an opportunity to remember their wedding day when they are sharing a glass of wine.



At our wedding, my husband and I, rolled up paper and tied them with ribbon to make little scrolls for people to write on, and then they were placed in a clear bottle. It was a message in a bottle from our guests (well message”s” in a bottle). We really wanted to do something other then the traditional guestbook too. So we thought of that, and it tied in to that our wedding was at a yacht club, so it went with the location. And we had our names and wedding date written on the bottle and the bottle neck was decorated by winding rope we used else where in the decorations, to finish off the look. And now we have it in our house on a shelf for decoration.



I took a wooden serving tray, painted it, adhered small (white) tiles in it with a scattering of other more decorative (glass) stones that were the wedding colors and had guests sign the tiles with Sharpie markers. I had planned to finish it off afterwards with a layer of resin but the sharpies are permanent into the tiles so I just over-sprayed a light coat of clear. Every time I have it out reminds me of the love and fun of the day!
Congrats to those of you with impending weddings! I’d consider adjusting some of these ideas for a bridal shower or baby shower too! i.e. for the mat signing use the sonogram image instead of the wedding couple!



Great ideas..the caricature version definiteky wins for me. So cant wait to do this one



At my wedding I laid out all sorts of different wedding theme scrapbook pages and stickers and had my guests sign and decort them. They will be put into my wedding scrapbook (whenever I get the time to work on it).



I love the item with the rocks since my fiance’ is Irish. Does anyone know where I could get rocks like that? I’m a city girl so going to a beach or river is not an optionn. Thanks.


Lea Harris

try Michaels Crafts ot dollar tree



I found an old wine barrel and my fiance will be cleaning it up and creating a table top for it. We will be having all our guests sign the barrel and table top at the wedding and after we will seal it and put it in our back yard as a bar table.



Daughter’s wedding is going to be a rock theme. Asking uncle who is good with woodworking to cut out a life-size guitar for guests to sign. Will finish it with a spray varnish and hang in the newlyweds living room!


Patricia @BridalTrisha

I love all of these ideas, especially, the wood one. That would be good for a rustic wedding. Ideas like these are unique and help guest feel apart of the wedding. Thanks for sharing!


chandra ~ oh lovely day

Hi. The proper photo credit for the Jenga guestbook is Jennifer Roper photography via Oh Lovely Day with this link: http://www.oh-lovely-day.com/2010/06/guestbook-alternative-jenga-anyone.html Can you please change it? thank you.


WPD Team

Thanks for letting us know. Have changed it. :)


Bobette Kyle

Wonderful post! There are a lot of great ideas here I hadn’t seen before. I love the puzzle idea best. @Michelle, all I’ve been able to find are thinner, less sturdy puzzles, too. There is a book, “Making Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles,” that tells how to make one yourself.


Cindy Woolums

My daughter is doing the puzzle pieces for her wedding. We are so excited about doing it. Something different and something to look forward to.



Guest at my wedding used sharpies to sign an antique white rocking chair passed down from my grandparents. We “shellac-ed” the whole thing and now it sits on our porch. We love it.



My sister & her husband got married on their farm. She wore white hunter wellies and all the guests signed them at the reception. They still get used as vases for flowers!



Where was the puzzle from? I love it but all the puzzles I’ve seen online with photos are the regular paper/cardboard.



Michelle, the wooden photo puzzle guest book you see above is from my shop. Please get in touch if you’d like to know more about the different styles of puzzle guest books I offer. All my best, Lara.



Hi there Lara, I’m interested in getting more info on our puzzle guest books – please email me! Thanks you, Jillian



Lara, I too am interested in finding out more about the puzzle guest book. Can you pls email me your contact information?




How about mailbox guestbook idea? love it too…but i think it can be applied under postcard guestbook right. Thanks for the great ideas :)



cool ideas. the caricatures are awesome.


Adrienne @ MyDeejay

Of all these creative ideas, I have to say I like Tiffany’s suggestion the best (I’m biased, of course, being a voracious reader myself – I wouldn’t know which book to pick!).



We used one of our favorite books and let guests sign and write messages in the margins, now every time we read that particular book we’ll get to see the messages from our special day.



I like the caricature version as a guest book. It brings out the artist within me. Awesome post!



Nice roundup of inspiration! Thanks!


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