Guest Book – Other Ideas Like It?

posted 2 years ago in Guests
Post # 2
1199 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I did a globe. It’s awesome and displayed on a shelf in our home!

This was the backup plan. I bought a giant wooden letter “N” (DH’s surname) and stained it. But I liked it so much as is, I put it on display over our fireplace.


Here’s ours. It was a globe given to me as a kid by my godfather. Globes aren’t used much anymore but it was a nice way to bring some new life into a sentimental object that was just collecting dust.

Post # 4
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

We did an actual guest book, but we made it on shutterfly and included pictures from our engagement shoot and other pictures we’ve taken over the years.  I like it because we can keep it out to look at pictures as well as what people wrote to us.

Post # 5
946 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

We’re doing an actual guest book because we have a photo booth, so we’ll have them glue the pictures in our book. But we also found these gorgeous watercolor paintings on Etsy that are made for guest books! They do city skylines and then people sign it, and then you hang it up in your house! You can search Etsy and there are hundreds of different styles similar to this one:

Post # 6
12 posts
  • Wedding: October 2018

So I will never read through a guestbook, like you it would go in a box and that would be the end. I also did not want to display one, I know a lot of people do but I’m very particular about home decor and didn’t want everyone’s sloppy writing visible in my house.  I thought about not having one at all but now am leaning towards doing Jenga pieces.  This way we get a nice little reminder of our wedding on a game night.  Also, if I lose Jenga pulling out my favorite Aunt’s piece I can call her up and tease her about making me lose 🙂

Post # 7
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

We got a huge bottle of red wine and had people sign it, plan was to save it for our one year anniversary.

Post # 9
2455 posts
Buzzing bee



This was ours. Sorry if the pic is huge. You can customize it with the names and dates and the colors. It’s hanging on our wall in our home. It’s nice because you can’t really see the signatures until you are very close to it so it just looks like normal artwork, but we live it and its a nice memory. 

I don’t remember exactly where we got it from but I do remember they had TONs of options or artwork to chose from and you got to pick how big/how many people you needed room for on it. 

Post # 10
585 posts
Busy bee

I just went to a wedding where they had a very creative alternative to the guest book. They had a few tree display stands (example below) decorated with lights, and every guest was given a small slip of parchment, about the size of a fortune cookie paper. The guest’s name was already printed on one side of the paper, and on the other side, the guest wrote their well wishes for the couple. Then they tied their paper to the tree with ribbon. I thought it was very clever and sweet!

Post # 11
695 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Iowa

DH and I got engaged the night of a Little Big Town concert, and got a autographed album from them. We used the record sleeve as our guestbook at the reception…

It would be neat to do the same with an album of your first dance song /artist?


Post # 12
877 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - Country/barn

We’re doing this

Post # 13
47430 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

There are guestbook alternatives where guests sign a wood cutout and then drop it in a vase, wood box, or other container.

Post # 14
701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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cypresstree85 :  we did that, we got a real beech tree for ours and tags – I wish I’d put people’s names on the tags though as soang aren’t signed by people!

I decided a traditional guest book wasn’t for me – so many I see where people skip pages, don’t sign it properly, it doesn’t get completed so loads of empty pages… My plan is to display the tags somehow (or put them in a book!) And plant the tree. If you’re in the UK, ours came from M&S with tags for £50 which is about the price I’ve seen of fake ones

We considered the Jenga one, and a canvas too but again I was worried nobody would sign it and it would look weird, but we had a surprising uptake on wishes on the wishing tree

Post # 15
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

We are big sports fans so we had our guests “autograph” baseballs for us which we now have displayed in a case. 🙂

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