21 Unique Wedding Guest Book Ideas for All Couples

Get inspired by these fresh takes on the traditional guest book.

Courtesy of Frances Bowtique

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.

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Form a Quilt

Photo by Michael Radford Photography

In the ultimate crafty guest book approach, square pieces of fabric were laid out on an old-fashioned sewing table. The bride and groom then compiled the personalized swatches to form a quilt.

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Make a Modern Calendar

Courtesy of Scribbled Co.

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 Guestbook

Courtesy of The Lettering Studio 

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

Photo by Abby Jiu Photography

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.

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Write It in the Stars

Constellation map

Courtesy of The Personalised Map Co

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

Courtesy of Desert Coastal Studio

Commemorate your vineyard or vino-themed nuptials with a little cork action, fittingly framed into a heart shape.

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Fill a Shadow Box

Photo by Dasha Crawford Photography

Wedding guests were able to slip heart-shaped notes in a personalized shadow box, frame and all, which the couple displayed on an easel with greenery.

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Give a Piece of Your Heart

Heart Guest Book

Courtesy of Oksis 

Speaking of hearts, have wedding guests lend a piece of their own...in wooden form, that is. You can even customize the snippets with lyrics to your first dance song.

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Build a Frame

Courtesy of Ginger Ray

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

Courtesy of Ginger Ray

With alternative guest book ideas, anything goes—including a personalized Jenga set. Game nights with your spouse will be all the more sentimental.

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Ask For Travel Recommendations

Vintage Globe Wedding Guest Book

Photo by Erin McGinn Photography

As another option for jet-setting duos, invest in a vintage globe. Your guests can even pinpoint future travel recommendations with their well wishes.

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Mark a Map

Modern City Map Wedding Guest Book

Photo by Dylan & Sara Photography

Pay homage to your wedding venue's locale or the city where you met your partner. A modern map of said spot makes for a post-wedding memento that won't get tossed in storage, and guests can leave their mark on the margins.

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Sign a Record

Record Guest Book

Photo by Anastasiia Photography

March to the beat of your own, er, record with this creative guest book idea. Music enthusiasts will cherish this keepsake for years to come.

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Stay Simple With Acrylic

Courtesy of Z Create Design

Acrylic blends in with any wedding style, so you're in good hands with a simple slate for guests to sign.

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Paint a Sign by Hand

Courtesy of Mulberry Market Design

Keep it simple with a monogrammed, hand-painted sign that totally screams "chic rustic wedding."

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Show Off Your State

Courtesy of Z Create Design

Give any state of your choosing some love in the form of a wooden guest book sign.

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Ask for Adventure Ideas

Photo by Amy & Jordan

Or, replacing congratulatory messages altogether, promote "adventure ideas." These real-life newlyweds encouraged their nearest and dearest to brainstorm bucket list objectives to complete throughout their marriage.

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Leave Notes On Postcards

Wedding notes

Photo by Birds of a Feather Photography

This couple allowed guests to leave notes on postcards, featuring three locales the pair wanted to add to their travel list. Friends and family could also deposit their handwritten sentiments into a white mailbox.

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Decorate a Box

Courtesy of Your Wedding Boutique

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

Photo by Sarah Carpenter Photography, Planning and Design by Callista & Company

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.

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Go Eco-Friendly

Courtesy of Woodlack

Sourced from eco-friendly materials, this 3-D guest book will earn you major Mother Nature and post-wedding home décor brownie points.

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