Are you looking for a creative way to capture the memories of your special day? Do you want to have something more than just a traditional guest book that will end up collecting dust on a shelf? If so, you’re in luck! In this blog post, I will share with you 10 alternative wedding guest books that are fun, unique and easy to make. These ideas will not only impress your guests, but also give you a lasting keepsake that you can cherish for years to come. Let’s get started!
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1. Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces
The first creative idea in this blog post is to use puzzle pieces as your wedding guest book. You can either buy a blank puzzle or make your own by cutting out a large piece of cardboard or wood into smaller pieces. Then, have your guests sign their names and write their wishes on the pieces. After the wedding, you can assemble the puzzle and frame it as a wall art. We love this ready made personalised jigsaw puzzle guest book by Wedding Puzzle Shop on Etsy.
2. Jenga Blocks
If you and your partner are fans of board games, why not use jenga blocks as your wedding guest book? You can either buy a jenga set or make your own by cutting out wooden blocks. Then, have your guests write their names and messages on the blocks. You can also paint the blocks in different colors to match your wedding theme. After the wedding, you can play jenga with your spouse and relive the memories of your big day. If you like this idea, you will probably love the personalised jega box on the picture below, by Made for You Gifts SW on Etsy.
3. Wine Corks Display
If you enjoy good wine, you can use wine corks as your wedding guest book. You can either collect wine corks from your favorite bottles or buy them online. Then, have your guests sign their names and messages on the corks. You can also provide some sharpies, glitter and stickers to make it more festive. After the wedding, you can display the corks in a glass vase or jar, or make them into a wreath or a coaster. Or even better, order a personalised wine cork holder, with your names and your wedding date, such as the one on the photo below, by Neu Crafts UK, Etsy.
4. Quilt Squares
For something more homely and crafty, you can use quilt squares as your wedding guest book. You can either buy quilt squares or make your own by cutting out fabric pieces. Then, have your guests sign their names and messages on the squares. You can also provide some needles, thread and buttons to make it more personal. After the wedding, you can sew the squares together and make a cozy quilt that you can snuggle under. Or, opt out for an easier option and purchase a ready made quilted blanket, with plenty of space for messages, such as this one by The Best Seamstress on Etsy.
And here is another idea. Use a globe as your wedding guest book. You can either buy a globe or use an old one that you have at home. Then, have your guests sign their names and messages on the globe. You can also provide some pins, flags and stickers to mark the places that you have visited or want to visit. After the wedding, you can place the globe in your living room or bedroom as a reminder of your adventures. The elegant globe on the photo is by Hooray Days, an Etsy seller.
6. Vinyl Record Guest Book
If you as a couple or your wedding guests are music lovers, you might love the idea of using vinyl records as your wedding guest book. You can either buy vinyl records or use your own collection. Then, have your guests sign their names and messages on the records. You can also provide some stickers, stamps and markers to make it more funky. After the wedding, you can hang the records on the wall or display them on a shelf. White sharpie pen works really well on black vinyl records. The personalised vinyl you see on the photo below is by Robson Records, an Etsy seller.
7. Guest Book Tree
If you would like something with a natural look, you can use a guest book tree as your wedding guest book. You can either buy a guest book tree or make your own by drawing or painting a tree on a large canvas or poster board. Then, have your guests sign their names and messages on paper leaves that you provide. You can also provide some glue, tape or pins to attach the leaves to the tree. After the wedding, you can frame the tree and hang it on the wall. For a more elaborate guest book tree, use a wooden tree with hearts, such as this one by Make the Day UK on Etsy.
8. Wishing Well or Wishing Jar
If you and your partner are dreamers, you can use a wishing well as your wedding guest book. You can either buy a wishing well or make your own by using a bucket, a wooden crate or a basket. Then, have your guests write their names and messages on paper cards that you provide. You can also provide some pens, ribbons and charms to make it more magical. After the wedding, you can read the cards and make your wishes come true. To make everything easy, you could purchase a kit like the on the photo by Bate Prints, an Etsy Seller.
9. Polaroid Photo Album
One of the most popular alternative wedding guest books is a polaroid photo album. All you need is a polaroid camera, some film and a blank album. Set up a photo booth area with some props and a backdrop, and invite your guests to snap a picture of themselves. An elegant sign such as the one on the photo below by Forever Personal on Etsy will complete the look. Then, have them write a message on the photo and stick it in the album. You can also provide some stickers, pens and markers to make it more fun and colorful.
So, hopefully this gives you a plenty of ideas for a guest book that is a bit different? A guest book is an item you will treasure for years after the wedding and can show to friends and family who were not able to share your special day with you in person. Which idea is your top favourite? Comment below and let us know!