Alternative Guest Book Ideas

Tired of the same old guest books and want to do something different at your wedding?  One idea that’s become extremely popular is signing a matted frame.  The great thing about this option is that you can hang the memory in your wall rather than just put it away in the attic!

The Spring/Summer 2011 issue had some AWESOME guest book alternative ideas.  Here are five of them:

“1.  Leave out vitage postcards (of your wedding site or honeymoon destination) for your guests to write on and ‘mail.'” (Paint a mailbox a color from your wedding scheme and place it on the same table).

“2. Cut a cross section from a thick log, paint the middle and let guests ‘carve’ a heartfelt message.”  The photo in The Knot has a nearby tag instructing guests to “Log In”.  Cute!

We’ve already talked a little about this one. “3. Set up a Man Men-esque typewriter and a sign instructing guests to click away.  Then organize all the notes in a binder.”

“4. Bring out the kid in everyone with a stack of customized Mad Libs.”  Great idea! 

“5. Ask Grandma to sew a special quilt and leave out fabric pens for guests.  Hang your new personalized blanket on the wall at home as a tapestry.”  Obviously, you could purchase a quilt if no one close to you sews!  Or, you could leave out the fabric swatches to be signed and then hire someone to make them into a quilt. 

I love all of these ideas.  In my friend Mary’s wedding, she had a huge print of a tree with empty branches and a green inkpad.  Each guest was to make their thumbprint on a branch and sign their name by it!  By the end, it made a huge family tree of all their guests and became a lovely keepsake that they can display in their home.  I don’t know where they g0t the idea, but it was charming!

Have you seen any unique guest sign-in ideas??

2 thoughts on “Alternative Guest Book Ideas

  • December 29, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Love these ideas in lieu of a standard guest book that will likely collect dust and rarely be visited in a heap of books on a bookshelf.

    The “Wedding Tree” idea came from — so many unique and easily customizable ideas are out there, and I love the idea that it supports many stay-at-home moms or otherwise crafty people all across the world.

    We just framed and hung the tree. It’s GORGEOUS, and we love looking at everyone’s names and prints each time we pass our entryway.

  • December 29, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Love the quilt idea as a guest book option, one that can be displayed.


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