Krizel Photography

Along with allowing you to relive the excitement of your wedding day long after it's over, your guest book is a great opportunity to let your personality shine through. But if traditional wedding guest book ideas such as notebooks or photo albums don't spark your interest, we've got you covered. Because let's be honest, do you really want another book for your coffee table? 

Try these alternative wedding guest book ideas that put a twist on tradition. 

Cory Kendra Photography

Instant Photos

As guests arrive to your reception and look at the seating chart, have them snap selfies using an instant camera. Then, each guest can replace their escort card with the photo. At the end of the night, you'll have a collection of snapshots to take home and treasure for years to come.   

B. Jones Photography


Polished rocks or stones are a perfect wedding guest book idea for any nature-loving couple. After the wedding, turn the signed rocks into a decorative piece by displaying them in a glass vase or even adding them to your garden. 

Kathleen Hertel Photography

Custom Poster

Turn a simple poster into a custom guest book with the addition of an elegant frame. Choose a design that matches your specific wedding theme or style  — this poster from a literature-loving couple features guests' names on miniature book motifs. 

The Maine Tinker Studio

Messages in a Bottle

A collection of messages in bottles is a sweet idea for the sentimental couple. Have your guests write their notes or well wishes before placing them into labeled bottles. Don't read the notes until future dates, like anniversaries or marriage milestones (first fight, children, etc.).

Gandee Photography


Love to travel the world? Have your guests leave their mark on a vintage-style globe. It makes a great conversation piece for your home later on! 

Julia Corinne Photo

Wooden Hearts

Miniature wooden hearts are one of the most popular wedding guest book ideas for rustic decor. A shadow box frame is perfect for showcasing the mini hearts as a unique decorative piece — keep it simple with a classic rectangle or square frame, or go all out with a shadow box in the shape of your home state. 

BTW Photography


An antique typewriter brings charm and character to your reception welcome table, not only as a decorative accent but as a guest book alternative. Once all of the guests have typed out their messages, turn the notes into wedding keepsakes by storing them in a memory box or notebook.  

Djamel Wedding Photography


Techie couples will love this 21st century wedding guest book idea. Guests can use a tablet to sign their names and leave a quick note, video, selfie (or two) — all stored seamlessly in a digital format. 

Casey Durgin Photography

Quilt Squares

Homebodies, this idea is calling your name! Turn your loved ones' signatures into a cozy quilt by having friends and family write their names on fabric squares that you can sew together after the big day is over. 

Nick Plus Danée


Recreate your favorite engagement portrait as a sketch or painting, then have your guests sign a blank mat to accompany the artwork as a memorable wedding keepsake.

Cameron Reynolds Photography

Wine Bottles

If you're getting hitched at a winery or vineyard, wine bottles make a great alternative wedding guest book idea. This is especially true if you've personalized the bottles with your own label featuring your wedding monogram or date. Years down the road, you can uncork the bottle(s) to relive your wedding reception all over again! 

The Amberlight Collective

Bible Verses

For religious couples, asking guests to highlight a favorite passage in the Bible or other spiritual text is an ultra-meaningful gesture. 

Nicolette Moku Photography


Collect post cards from your wedding location (or places you and your S.O. love to visit), and then have your guests write "love notes" to you on the backs of the cards. This is one of our favorite wedding guest book ideas for adventurous couples! 

Andie Freeman Photography

Date Night Jar

Just because you're getting married doesn't mean you should stop "dating" your spouse! Ask guests to share their best date night ideas to keep the fun going even after you say I do.