You don’t have to go with the same ‘ole, same ‘ole anymore when it comes to wedding guest books. When you return home after your wedding and honeymoon, you get to pour over your photographer’s pictures, decide which keepsakes from your wedding you want to store, and read the thoughtful notes in your guest book. Unfortunately, this collection of well wishes usually gets stored in the back of the closet with a dried up bouquet and unused extra invitations.
We discovered tons of creative new guest book ideas that are so much more fun and serve a purpose! Any one of our top 10 favorite new guest book ideas can double as a work of art in your home, a commemorative for future anniversaries, a keepsake to pass down to your children, instant decor for your reception, and so much more!
1 Vintage Atlas
If you’re both the travelling type, or have many guests coming from out of province or country have your guests sign the pages of a vintage road atlas, highlighting the cities they are traveling from. Great idea for brides and grooms that have either a case of wanderlust or an appreciation of vintage books.
2 Painted Globe
We love bookshelves when the rows of books are broken up with fun knick-knacks and modern treasures. Use this chalkboard painted globe as a guestbook on your wedding day, and then afterwards on the shelves in your den or home office.
3 Anniversary Wine Bottles
Here’s a gift that keeps on giving! Have your guests sign anniversary wine bottles. The bottles come labeled to enjoy on your first, fifth, 10th and 20th anniversaries. Guests can select which bottle they’d like to sign and can also leave messages with words of wisdom! Make sure to include metallic Sharpies so that the ink shows up on the dark glass.
4 Thumbprint Tree
Thumbprint guest book trees are a huge trend right now. The concept: You start with just branches, and your guests put down their thumbprints as the leaves and built your tree. Then, your guests sign their names by their prints. After the wedding, frame your new piece of artwork to display in your home.
5 Polaroids & Washi Tape
Encourage your guests to make a more traditional guest book completely unforgettable by adding photos! Have them take funny pics with a Polaroid camera during your reception and then affix it to a scrapbook with one of many types of washi tape. Use a scrapbook with plenty of space for them to share stories, or help them out with pre-written questions at the top of each page.
7 Shadowbox Art
Like a fun game of Plinko, these little wooden hearts are signed and then dropped into a shadowbox to be displayed behind a thin pane of glass. Many different shapes are available for both the frame style and the wooden tokens. Find one that symbolizes the two of you, or DIY one that suits your wedding theme!
8 Game Boards
Who doesn’t love a good game night with the besties? If you regularly have these parties with your friends and family, or just like to play as a couple, then it makes complete sense for you to use a game board, Jenga blocks, or puzzle pieces for your guest book. Each time you bring out Monopoly you’ll remember all the warm memories from your big day!
9 Monogram Prints
Find a cool print of your monogram with plenty of white space and have your friends and family sign it. Later, you can proudly display it in your new home. At Bellamere we are seeing a lot of beautiful wood pieces with couples names or initials turned into guest books. This goes so well with the Rustic feel of the venue.
10 Autographed Vinyl
For the true Music lovers out there! Scour garage sales and find old albums to use for your guest book. After all, you wouldn’t want to use your favorites for this task. Afterwards, you can create a modern piece of wall art to hang over your stereo and record storage.
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