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Some Special Wedding Guest Book Alternatives

We’ve scoured our back catalog of real weddings as well as other online wedding sources we hold near and dear. Scroll down to go directly to our round-up list of some creative wedding guest book alternatives that are a tad more exciting to read through than a standard guestbook.

A wedding guest book no longer needs to be pen and bound paper. The form and shape of the traditional guest book has morphed to match changing wedding trends and tastes. Sure, the purpose of a guest book is to capture the names and well wishes of those special individuals who actually attended your wedding. However, we’ve seen many creative ways to accomplish this goal beyond pen and paper.

Let me ask you: which guest book idea is more exciting?

1) A standard hard cover book filled with blank pages; or

2) A giant bottle of wine that guests can sign using a gold color felt marker

For Love & Lavender’s own wedding, we opted for option #2!

L & L’s Wine Bottle Guestbook

Below is the picture of the unique wedding guest book Love & Lavender used at our wedding – a giant wine bottle! My husband and I love sharing a good bottle of wine now and again. So when Andrew went to Osoyoos for his bachelor party, he simply had to pick up a Jeroboam bottle of wine from one of his favorite Canadian wineries .

Mind the eclectic mix of aluminum foil, wood popsicle sticks, and other sundry items on the table. They were all part of the wedding hunger games we devised as part of our reception.

What is a Jeroboam?

No, not a type of wine, it’s actually the official name for a wine bottle size … FOUR bottles of wine in one to be exact! That left plenty of surface space for our guests to write their names and well wishes using gold and silver color felt pens.

A Meaningful Guestbook

The plan is to let this particular red wine blend age to perfection, and then uncork it for one of our bigger wedding anniversaries surrounded by special family and friends. Its a meaningful guest book and one that we can enjoy and share years later. Let’s face it, four bottles is great to share between a husband and wife, but I can only imagine the morning after.

When it comes to your own wedding guest book, put on your brainstorming hat and choose something that is meaningful.

  • Maybe you like wine like us and want to use an even BIGGER wine bottle size
  • Perhaps you are soccer coaches and want your guests to sign a soccer ball
  • Or, if you both love art your guests could sign a special piece of artwork

Whatever you choose as your wedding guest book, don’t have another dust collector sitting on a book shelf.

Creative Wedding Guest Book Ideas

Drumroll please! Creativity and weddings are a natural match. And when it comes to wedding guest book alternatives, in recent years we’ve seen some pretty creative and imaginative ideas here on the wedding blog.

Add a bit of fun to your wedding day by coming up with a unique alternative idea for a guestbook. Let us know if you have a favorite once you’ve gone through the list!

1) Wishing Tree Guestbook

Place beautiful cherry blossom, manzanita, or magnolia branches in a pot. Make cards with ribbons attached and ask guests to write their well wishes or advice and hang the cards on the branches. Makes for a pretty keepsake for around the house afterwards.Gold wishing tree for a wedding guest book

2) Postcards/Mailbox

Assemble postcards of the city or state where your wedding is held. Ask guests to sign the back of a postcard and slip it into a unique mailbox. This guestbook type would be perfect for a travel-themed wedding!Post cards for a wedding gust book idea

3) Fill in the Blank Pages

We la-la-love this idea. Have guests complete a fun wedding mad libs. Grab you own Wedding Mad Libs here.wedding madlibs guest book

4) Fingerprints Tree

Such a sweet and unique idea! DIY your own background by drawing a tree with lots of empty branches on a poster. At your wedding, place a sign asking guests to “leaf” a fingerprint and sign their name. If you don’t have the time or skills to DIY this project, get yourself a fingerprint guestbook tree from Etsy!

Wedding fingerprint tree guest book with chalkboard sign

5) Typewriter Guestbook

It’s not a new idea, but we still love vintage typewriters as guestbooks. Provide direction like asking guests to share some words of wisdom, and you’ll get more interesting responses. Yup, you can still buy a vintage typewriter on AmazonVintage typewrite for wedding guestbook !