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It's tradition to offer a wedding guest book at your reception—usually on a welcome table with the card box or escort cards—but if an ordinary coffee table book doesn't exactly spark your interest, you still have plenty of other options. A lot of modern wedding guest book ideas aren't actual books at all—and we definitely encourage you to get creative by choosing items that speak to your individual style and wedding aesthetic. Whether that means asking your guests to sign wine corks, write down their marriage advice for each anniversary on paper scrolls, or share their best date night ideas in a mason jar is entirely up to you! To kick off your search, we've combed the internet to find some of the best wedding guest book alternatives that you can buy right now. 

Get inspired by these alternative wedding guest book ideas that put a twist on tradition. 

Wine corks

Whether you're getting married at a winery or just love indulging in a nice glass of vino at the end of the day, this heart-shaped cork guest book is creative and chic. After the wedding, you can hang it in your kitchen or above a bar cart.  

Desert Coastal Studios wine cork guest book, from $80, Etsy

Wooden plaque

If modern and minimalist style is right up your alley, try a sleek, walnut wood plaque in a circular shape. Guests can sign their names in white or metallic calligraphy pens that will pop against the dark background.

Maddie M Designs family name wood guest book, from $120, Etsy

Acrylic box

Going tropical with your wedding theme? An acrylic box decorated with monstera and palm leaves will perfectly accentuate any island-inspired decor you already have. Ask your guests to fill out mad-lib cards, advice cards, or to write personal notes and drop them into the box. 

WeddingWire Shop wishing well acrylic box in greenery print, $80, WeddingWire Shop

Instant photos

As guests arrive to your reception, have them snap selfies using an instant camera. Then, each guest can add their photo and a handwritten note to an album. At the end of the night, you'll have a collection of snapshots to take home and treasure for years to come. 

Catch This Moment taupe Instax photo guest book, from $98, Etsy 

Map poster

Showcase your love story by having guests sign a poster that highlights where you and your partner met, got engaged, and married. The final product will be a special addition to a wedding gallery wall later on! 

Paper Amor Co. met, engaged, married map guest book, from $22, Etsy

Date night jar

Just because you're getting married doesn't mean you should stop dating your spouse—in fact, keeping those butterflies going even after the wedding is over can be a major boost to your relationship. Ask your guests to share their best date night ideas and store the pieces of paper in a cute jar.  

Ginger Ray date night jar, $30, Amazon

Wooden blocks

If game nights are your thing, then we think you'll love this unique wedding guest book idea. Create a custom set of wooden blocks by asking each guest to sign their name on a piece.  

WeddingWire Shop memory blocks wedding guest book, $27, WeddingWire Shop

Anniversary wine bottles

Here's another wedding guest book alternative if you're having a vineyard wedding: wine bottles. Before the wedding, purchase bottles of wine to share with your spouse on future anniversaries, and then ask your guests to sign them. When the time comes to open each bottle, you'll love reading all the names and reminiscing! Personalized wine bottle labels are the finishing touch.

Paper Crabb anniversary wine labels in vintage white roses, from $25, Etsy

Engagement photo poster

Show off your engagement photos by framing them on a custom poster for guests to sign.  

Rawkrft custom printed wood guest book, from $66, Etsy

Wooden hearts

Miniature wooden hearts are one of the most popular wedding guest book ideas for rustic themes. A shadow box frame is perfect for showcasing the mini hearts as a unique decorative piece in your home—this style even has room to add one of your favorite wedding photos. 

Kate Aspen guest book frame, $41, Amazon 

Wedding venue illustration

A framed illustration of your wedding venue is an elegant wedding guest book alternative. 

Pretty Timely custom wedding venue painting guest book, from $120, Etsy

Personalized globe

Love to travel the world? Have your guests leave their mark on a decorative globe—we like the idea of using one that has been customized with your names or wedding date. It makes a great conversation piece for your home later on! 

The Lettering Studio 12-inch globe guest book, from $160, Etsy

Vintage-style postcards

Botanical stationery is one of our favorite wedding trends of the moment, and vintage-style postcards are an easy way to incorporate the look into your wedding reception. Guests can write notes on the back of these floral postcards, which are pretty enough to frame and hang on a wall after the wedding. 

The New York Botanical Garden botanic postcards, $20 (set of 100), Amazon

Wishing stones

Polished rocks or agate stones are a great wedding guest book idea for bohemian themes and nature lovers. 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. 

Sweet Confetti Co. natural wedding wishing stones, $130 (set of 100), Etsy 

Acrylic letter 

If you've decided to share your last name with your partner, a large acrylic initial letter is a stylish wedding guest book alternative (and future family keepsake). 

Z Create Design clear acrylic letter, from $78, Etsy

Wish jar

A mason jar filled with carnival-style "tickets" would fit right in at a rustic or vintage wedding. Make it an annual tradition to open the jar and read the messages from your loved ones on each anniversary!

WeddingWire Shop wedding wishes mason jar guest book, $30, WeddingWire Shop

Signature tree

A custom tree poster is our favorite wedding guest book idea for anyone getting married at a forest wedding venue

Guest Book Envy birch tree signature guest book, from $85, Etsy

Paper scrolls

Colorful paper scrolls turn this decorative wooden box into a simple but sweet wedding guest book alternative. We love this idea for couples who are fans of farmhouse style

Rustic Love and Wood 3D guest book, from $99, Etsy

Desk organizer

This cute desktop organizer is great if you're having an intimate wedding: glass frames display some of your favorite wedding or engagement photos, while a small drawer below stores your guests' well-wishes for whenever you're feeling sentimental. 

WeddingWire Shop personalized wooden drop box with picture frames, $18, WeddingWire Shop

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