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Creative Wedding Guest Book Alternatives

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Think beyond the typical guestbook for your wedding guests to sign. Choose an alternative wedding guest book idea so you can see and remember your special day every time you see it in your home!

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The tradition of a wedding guestbook has been around for a few hundred years. It started as a testimony of those in attendance to the reality of the marriage. Nowadays, the guest book is used to record those in attendance at the wedding as a memento.

After your wedding, you’ll likely want to remember all the guests that came to celebrate with you. The traditional style of a wedding guest book does a good job of keeping track of guests’ names and messages, but modern couples are looking for a more meaningful or functional alternative.

Making your own special guest record is a great way to add some personal flair to your wedding. Here are a ton of wedding guest book alternatives you and your significant other can make yourselves. And if you’re short on time or craft skills, we’ve even shared super cute and creative guest book alternatives from Etsy that you can purchase to make it even simpler!

Creative Wedding Guest Book Alternative Ideas

mason jar guest book print

mason jar guest book print

from Miss Design Berry on Etsy

Wooden Hearts Advice Guest Book

Wooden Hearts Advice Guest Book

from BraggingBags on Etsy

wooden wall art guest book

Wooden Wall Art Guest Book

by HomeSignDesigns on Etsy

Guest Book Mason Jar Hearts by StrangelyYours on Etsy

Guest Book Mason Jar Hearts

by StrangelyYours on Etsy

Wooden Monogram Guest Book by MattieVs on Etsy

Wooden Monogram Guest Book

by MattieVs on Etsy

wooden state guest book

Wooden State Guest Book

by Woodland edges on Etsy

faux wood canvas tree guest book

Faux Wood Canvas Tree Guest Book

by WeddingTreePrints on Etsy

Wooden Slice Guest Book Art by RedHeartCreations

Wooden Monogram Guest Book

by RedHeartCreations on Etsy

Large Wooden Letter Guest Book by BurlapandLinenCo on Etsy

Large Wooden Letter Guest Book

by BurlapandLinenCo on Etsy

Globe Wedding Guest Book from SugarandChicShop on Etsy

Globe Wedding Guest Book

from SugarandChicShop on Etsy

Wooden Plaque Guest Book by CDShardwoods on Etsy

Wooden Plaque Guest Book

by CDShardwoods on Etsy

Creative Guest Book Alternative Ideas that you can make yourself

Wedding Plates

Available from Susabellas on Etsy

Foodie couples will love this creative idea — have wedding guests sign plates and hang them on the wall at home or set them out for display. Alternatively, bake the plates in the oven to set the ink, then use them as normal dishes — just treat them carefully and always hand wash.

To make these, purchase a set of nice, white plates of your choosing. Lay them out at your reception with an assortment of dark, permanent markers such as Sharpies. When guests are done signing, bring the plates home. Either bake them in the oven or attach fasteners to the backs so you can use them to decorate your walls.

tree slice guest book

Tree Cross Section

Available from Creative Engravers on Etsy

A gorgeous tree cross section makes a perfect alternative guest book for a rustic or natural-themed wedding. After it’s signed, you might hang it on the wall or use it as a special tabletop, depending on the size.

To make this, sand down both sides of a tree cross-section. If desired, use a wood burner to etch the couple’s names or the date of the wedding into the wood. Have guests sign with a permanent marker. Then, lacquer and attach hardware to put it on display.

message in a bottle guest book

Messages in a Bottle

Available via AmysCraftEmporium on Etsy

This option is more private and exciting than the traditional guestbook. The messages in this pretty glass bottle will entertain you on rainy days for years to come.

To make this, pick out a glass bottle or jar that matches the style of your wedding. Cut up paper of your desired color and pattern into slim rectangles, leaving plenty of room for writing. Cut up twine to tie the finished messages. Have guests sign the papers and roll them up before placing them in the jar.

A Leather-Bound Book

Available via Oldagebook on Etsy

Instead of a traditional guest book, why not have guests sign a special edition of your favorite novel? Choose a book that’s meaningful to you and your partner, and you’ll think of your wedding every time you open the cover.

To make this, you can bind your favorite paperback in leather following this tutorial and using mostly materials you have around the house. Chromium-tanned leather is the best option due to its softness and color variety.

guest book poster

Signed Poster

Available via MirDesigns on Etsy

If you and your partner are film buffs, consider having guests sign a poster from a movie that means something to you. Maybe the poster of the movie you saw on your first date?

To make this, frame your chosen poster and have guests sign the framing mat or the poster itself.

wine bottle guest books

Wine Bottle

Available via Paper and Lace on Etsy

This creative idea is easy enough for anyone to pull off. Have guests sign a wine bottle for you to crack open on a special anniversary.

To make this, no assembly required. Buy a large bottle of your favorite wine and provide guests with markers. If you’re feeling creative, make a custom label for the bottle, marking the date you’ll open it.

video guest book sign

Video Guest Book

Sign available via VanillaPoint on Etsy

For the tech-savvy, a video guest book is a great way to remember your special day.

To make this, ask your photographer if they are willing to film messages from your guests at some point in the evening. Or set up a corner or room at the reception with a nice backdrop and a camcorder for guests to record their own!

river rock guest book

Signed Rocks

Rocks available via BorealisSeaGlass on Etsy

If you plan on having a garden after you’re married, consider having guests sign small rocks that you can use to decorate or keep in a flower vase.

To make this, gather flat, smooth rocks and wash them. Set the unsigned rocks in a basket. Provide another, clearly marked basket for signed rocks. Leave out permanent markers and ask guests to sign away.

globe guest book

Signed Globe

Available via A Whole World of Love on Etsy

If you’re world travelers, then a globe might be the non-traditional guestbook you’ve been searching for. Have guests sign the globe wherever they like. You could even mark special locations in your relationship beforehand for a personal touch.

To make this, purchase an old globe and use a light wash of chalk paint to lighten the surface and make it easier to sign.

guest book postcards

Personalized Postcards

Available via NoOrdinaryEmporium on Etsy

For a destination wedding, try collecting guest sentiments through postcards. Though you don’t have to wait for them to show up in the mail, they’ll suit the theme of your wedding and provide plenty of writing space.

To make this, buy a variety of postcards or design and print your own. Lay them out with pens and allow guests to sign them. Either collect them in a basket or provide a cute mailbox for finished postcards.

Keep Memories Alive

You don’t have to use the standard guestbook to keep memories from your wedding. Instead, use these ideas or come up with your own to make a record that fits your style and the theme of your wedding.

More Etsy Wedding Finds from The Budget Savvy Bride

Of course, y’all know Etsy… but if you don’t have time to scour the mass of listings to find the perfect thing for your big day, we’ve totally got your back. Not only do we have a list of some creative alternatives for guest books for your wedding, but we’ve got a ton of other lists of wedding items to check out on our Etsy page as well.

The Budget Savvy Bride Etsy Tastemaker Page
Don’t forget to follow BSB on Etsy to keep up with our current favorites — we regularly add fabulous items to our collections that you should totally check out!

We absolutely love the idea of doing something different than a traditional book format for your guest book. Let’s be honest… most photo book style guest books end up sitting on a shelf collecting dust for years to come. Why not look for guest book alternatives that can double as art in your home for years and years to come?

We just love anything that you can use for your wedding that can be used in your home beyond the big day. Not only is it #budgetsavvy to reuse and repurpose your wedding items, but it serves as a meaningful memento and keepsake that will remind you of your special day everytime you see it. (Mushy, we know.)

What do you think of these alternatives? See any guest book ideas you love?

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Jessica Bishop is the founder of TheBudgetSavvyBride.com, and author of the best-selling book,The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer. Jessica's expert wedding advice and money-saving tips have been featured by Good Morning America, COSMOPOLITAN, Glamour, and more.