(Closed) Guest Book Alternatives

posted 10 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
961 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We had 3 “guestbooks” – all of which were not typical.  Below are two – a thumbprint tree and a wood slice for guests to sign – this pic is from the reception, before they were covered in signatures and fingerprints – they both came out great.  The third thing we did was have “Well Wishes” cards at the guests’ tables with colored pencils and encouraged them to write or draw something for us.  Those are a wonderful keepsake – we were so surprised by some of the art talent in our families we didn’t know about!


Post # 4
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We will be having a mailbox with postcards which we are going to print ourselves. Every picture will be different so our guest can choose which one they want. The guest can write their wedding wishes for us. I am going to have my maid of honor mail them to us randomly during the first year of our marriage.

Also, the mailbox will have our names and the address part will be like “8412 (the date of our wedding) Lovers Lane. Or something like that. Haven’t got to that part yet.

Post # 5
961 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@BurlapAndLace – That’s such a cute idea, having them mailed to you throughout the year.  We sat down on our wedding night and read through them…  we were exhausted, but it was so great to do so.  I think it’s time to read them all again!

PS, we had an old rural mailbox as our cardbox/deposit place for the well wishes cards. =D

Post # 6
3670 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We got a whole bunch of handkerchiefs that guests will sign and we’ll make them into a quilt(s) out of them afterward.  

Post # 8
352 posts
Helper bee

I guess this really an alternative… but a twist on the tradiitional guestbook.

This is what my FH & I will be doing for our wedding. It’s still a guestbook but it’s a photo album created by the photographer that has a lot of white space in it… so guests can sign their name and a message to us in that area.

I can’t see myself keeping a traditional guestbook (I know that sounds bad…) but if it’s an album of our engagement then I definitely will.

Post # 9
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ve seen a polaroid setup at a table and guests take their own picture and write a note on it and stick it in a guestbook.

And my personal favorite, though not really a takeaway (well I guess you can hang the tags maybe for Christmas?) is a wishing tree where guests write notes on the tags and hang it on a mini-tree.

Post # 11
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We are doing a directional post with arrows that we will be making ourselves. Each direction with be either U.S, U.K., THE WORLD and people will sign where they are from. Then we can put it in our backyard or even in our house. 

Post # 12
4581 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m doing the wishing tree. Since it’s a fall wedding, I’m using bare red manzanita branches for the tree and the tags will be leaf-shaped.

Post # 13
20 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

i plan on making a photo book, like an apple book or from shutterfly.  just having pictures of us and maybe even some pictures from when we were younger and having lots of room for people to sign.  That way i can have that book out on desplay in my home.

Post # 14
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We had a wooden sign with our names and wedding date in the middle and all our guests signed their messgaes around the frame.

I now have it hanging in our living room! : )

I love seeing such a wonderful reminder from our wedding everyday!

The attached picture is the finished product hanging in our home.



Post # 15
251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My DH and I wanted something more personal than a book where people sign their name, so we went with a different route, also.

We had slips of paper for people to “write a note” to the bride & groom.  We had a little framed paper that said something about what they could write – advice, memory, best wishes, etc.

We LOVED reading them, and I am currently working on scrapbooking them! I’m so glad we went this route! : )


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