Aside from wedding photos and that savory sliver of wedding cake for your first anniversary, there are only so many ways you can memorialize your nuptials after the fact. Enter alternative wedding guest books. Traditionally, couples have set up designated sign-in stations for friends and family to write sweet notes of congratulations, but standard guest books tend to get sidelined to a bookshelf or exiled into a lowly storage box (not the best way to reminisce on your big day). Now, though, couples are personalizing this wedding detail by transforming it into a fun activity that makes it memorable for not only the couple, but also the guests.
Whether you and your partner are film buffs, world travelers, or game night enthusiasts, incorporate your favorite activities into a creative wedding guest book. Love jet-setting around the country? Ask your nearest and dearest to write their well wishes on a globe. Wine junkies, have guests sign a heart-shaped assemblage of corks that you can display on your living room wall. Or, let your guest book double as home décor by asking guests to autograph a panel of wood that could later serve as the centerpiece of a picnic table or the seat of a backyard swing. And if you're tech savvy, create a photo booth with a Polaroid camera or an iPad where guests can take fun snapshots and leave video messages for you and your spouse.
With these fun takes on the guest book, your most cherished wedding-day moments will be remembered for years to come. Ready to bring your own alternative guest book idea to life? Scroll through to see our roundup of 21 unique guest book ideas, starting with real wedding inspiration and delving into purchasable products that you can add to your own collection.
Make a Modern Calendar
We can safely assume you've never laid eyes on a calendar guest book before. Modern couples, take this one and roll with it.
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Sign a Globe
Globe-trotting couples, we have your alternative wedding guest book covered. Let your nearest and dearest make their marks on your own little world.
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Take a Polaroid Selfie
Ditch the guest note route completely; instead, encourage wedding attendees to cozy up for the camera and leave their marks with a Polaroid selfie. Set up a station just for the task, and prepare for an overload of hilarious selfies.
Write It in the Stars
Take "written in the stars" to a literal sense, allowing friends and family to pen sweet notes around a constellation map from any date and location of your choosing.
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Commemorate With Wine Corks
Commemorate your vineyard or vino-themed nuptials with a little cork action, fittingly framed into a heart shape.
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Build a Frame
A built-in frame makes preserving your wedding day memories as easy as possible. Just leave it to your guests to add their own decorative spins.
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Personalize a Jenga Set
With alternative guest book ideas, anything goes—including a personalized Jenga set. Game nights with your spouse will be all the more sentimental.
SHOP NOW: Target, $29.49
Ask For Travel Recommendations
As another option for jet-setting duos, invest in a vintage globe. Your guests can even pinpoint future travel recommendations with their well wishes.
Paint a Sign by Hand
Keep it simple with a monogrammed, hand-painted sign that totally screams "chic rustic wedding."
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Show Off Your State
Give any state of your choosing some love in the form of a wooden guest book sign.
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Decorate a Box
Instead of compiling notes in a book, designate a decorative box as the storage method of choice.
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Leave a Message in a Bottle
Give message in a bottle new meaning—with this guest book alternative, friends and family dropped notes into these pretty containers for the couple to read during their upcoming anniversaries.