We always encourage our clients to make their weddings personalized and set them apart from the pack and an area we encourage pushing the envelope is with creative wedding guest book ideas. Think past the standard book of signatures that’s not really all that fun or exciting for guests to sign, and instead focus on elements of your own personalities and interests and help to tell your story as a couple. We’ve gathered some of our favorite ideas that we’ve helped our clients execute and that we’ve seen out there in the world that hopefully help inspire your own creative spin on your guest book.
For the Adventurers
Surfbort: Where are our SoCal couples? This is perfect for the surfing duo who want to bring a bit of the beach into their home and “pray for surf” before hitting the waves. Here is how we used it in THIS wedding.
Sign Our Skis: Prefer snow over sand? Vintage skis make a fun and creative guest book!
For the Techies
Fetefone: Fetefone allows guests to rent vintage telephones for guests to record a message for the couple to listen to later.
Record a Message: Take a nod from those classic 90’s wedding videos of yore, have your guests use mini-camcorders to record messages from themselves to you. You can edit them together yourself or work with your videographer to edit them for well wishes that will last a lifetime. Another alternative, companies like speechbooth do all the work for you! Set up a gorgeous backdrop lik the one below for your guests to record a message and you’re ready to rock!
For the World Travelers
Sign the Globe: For the couple who loves to travel, have your guests sign a sleek globe that can be displayed in your home and can serve as inspiration next time your wanderlust kicks in.
Watercolor Map: This one is especially cute if you have a lot of international guests! You can have them sign the country they traveled from. This option also doubles as heartfelt, gorgeous wall art.
For the Wordsmiths
Dictionary: Have each of your guests circle the words they think describe you as a couple. They can leave a note in the margin explaining why. How fun for you to find your guests’ messages as you use the dictionary through the years…if you’re still into the “looking up things in books” kind of thing.
Advice for the Newlyweds: Another great alternative to gathering signatures is to have guests write a piece of advice for the newlyweds and place them in envelopes for the bride and groom to read and look back on over the years.
Date Night Cards: Have guests fill out a card with their favorite date ideas for you and place them in a beautiful jar. In the future, when you and your beloved are in an indecisive rut about what to do for date night, draw a card at random and let your guests decide! Send them a selfie of you on the date they came up with for you and high five each other since, once again, the “what are we going to do tonight?” dilemma has been solved.
For the Creatives and the Craftsmen
Polaroid Guest Book: Here is one of the more popular wedding guest book ideas. Photos are such a sweet way to preserve memories from your wedding day. Why not turn them into your guestbook? Leave some Polaroid cameras and extra film out for guests to snap a pic and leave you a message.
If You Build It, They Will Sign: If you or your future spouse are particularly handy, craft a piece of furniture for your guests to sign that can also become a functional part of your home.
For the Wine Lovers
Wine Connoisseur: Here is one of our favorite wedding guest book ideas. Using wine bottles can be executed in two ways. You can create labels listing for your 1, 5, 10 and 15 year anniversaries like we did for THIS wedding. Guests can then sign the labels for you to open and drink on the corresponding anniversary, or you can uncork and empty the bottles for guests to leave notes inside.
For the Gamers
Puzzle: Order a custom puzzle and invite guests to sign each piece. Be sure to keep them in a safe place so when you reassemble nothing is missing!
Build Memories: Use a wooden Jenga set and some sharpies to create your own custom Jenga set with words of love from your guests.
For the Music Lovers
Records: We love the idea of picking out a few records that are meaningful to you as a couple than having your guests sign them to display in your home.
Leave a Note: Use this sheet music and have guests leave their fingerprint in the music notes.
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