15 DIY Wedding Guestbook Alternatives: Real-Life Examples

My most viewed post last year was the fingerprint guestbook entry so it’s safe to say that couples all over are in need of unique guestbook alternatives. After all, guest books are important mementos for remembering your special day by, and the more artistic your guestbook is, the more creative the guests will be in expressing their joy at witnessing your celebration firsthand!

Below are some fresh alternative wedding guest books beyond the thumbprint / signature tree (including some real-life examples) to inspire you to come up with your own:

wedding guestbook alternatives

1. Postcards in a Suitcase (via crissy_baker)

Ask your guests to write their messages on post cards the collect them in a vintage suitcase. This is perfect for travel-themed weddings.

guestbook air mail envelopes and cards

2. Air Mail wishes for the couple (as seen in Karin & Craig’s wedding)

Karin and Craig were snail mail pen pals so in honor of that, they had guests write on cards which were then enclosed in air mail envelopes in lieu of a guestbook.

Dirty Laundry

3. Dirty Laundry guestbook kit (via MelangerieNYC)

Adorable paper note cards  shaped like tees, tank tops, pants and skirts that guests can use for jotting “dirty laundry” or funny stories about the couple.

puzzle wedding guestbook alternative

4. Puzzle Guestbooks (Wood wedding guestbook puzzle by Bella Puzzles)

Have your guests write their messages on the individual pieces then collect them in a jar or box. Later on, you and hubby can have fun putting it all together!

wedding guestbook alternative fabric squares

5. Fabric Squares (via Millennyum)

Messages can be written on fabric squares (in your color motif!) which can be sewn together into a beautiful memory quilt later.

wedding guestbook alternative mirror mosaic

6. Mirror Mosaic (via kcolumb1)

The couple had guests write on small mirrors which they will then assemble into a mosaic that they can display in their home.

wedding guestbook alternatives

7. Dandelion Wishes (via kerrieom52981)

Guests write their messages on cute dandelion pops that stick onto a “grassy” base.

guestbook alternative bird wishes

8. Bird Wishes (via kerrieom52981)

Cute bird-shaped cards mounted on sticks keep your guests’ wishes intact.

guestbook alternative heart cut out hollow book

9. Heart Cut-Outs in a Hollow Book (via Conduit_Press)

A heart-shaped guestbook that secretly nestles inside a vintage hollow book. I love this idea!

jenga tower guestbook alternative

10. Jenga Tower Alternative Guestbook (via austinweddings2)

A simple and no-fuss guestbook alternative! Have your guests sign Jenga blocks (and remember your guests whenever you play the game).

alternative guest book monogram

11. Monogram Guestbook (via DigaFromage)

Guests sign on block letters that form your monogram. This can be displayed on your wall after the wedding.

3d hearts guestbook alternative

12. 3D Heart Art Guestbook Alternative (via CeladonHome)

Guests write their messages of love on paper hearts which are then arranged in a shadowbox or a frame as in the photo. This can make a great focal centerpiece for your living room.

guestbook alternative wishing stones

13. Wishing Stones (via jaclynswedding)

Have guests leave their well wishes on smooth stones that can be collected in a vase or displayed in a rock garden at your home later on.

guest painting

14. Guest Painting (via Pocketful of Dreams via Green Wedding Shoes)

Here’s a creative and interactive guestbook idea — have your guests paint their wishes on a board in bright and bold colors.

wish wall

15. A Wish Wall (via The Haystack Needle)

Have your guests tuck colorful wishes into little cardboard cubbyholes. You can then transport the whole wall for decorating your home later on.

So which one are you having?

Don’t forget to check out our fun customizable fingerprint tree poster templates for a fresh wedding guestbook alternative!

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  1. What a fantastic collection of unusual ideas! Some great ways to keep the “guest book”. Mine is sitting in a box hiding away; it’s a much nicer idea to have it as piece of art, or something you can have on show as a beautiful memory of that special day.

  2. Thanks for dropping by Wendy! Like you I wish I knew about these guestbook options when I got married too, lol! 😉 My favorite is the Jenga tower because it’s a fun idea plus it’s the easiest to implement!

  3. Very clever!!

  4. So incredibly cute! We had a travel-themed wedding and made our guest book with old-world scrapbook paper and had the guests write their name/how they knew us and words of advice…it’s going to be bound together in a large keepsake book 🙂

  5. @Kristine – I know, there are so many alternatives out there! I should make another list soon. 🙂

    @Katherine – that sounds like a great idea! I would love to see how it turned out! 🙂

  6. Thanks for featuring my alternative guestbook in your blog. You can check out more cute ideas and fun design at Holdthecheese.com” and my etsy shop!

  7. Wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I needed to thank you for this fantastic read!

    ! I absolutely enjoyed every little bit of it.
    I’ve got you book-marked to look at new stuff you post…

  9. Where did you find the dandelion guest book? Or how did you make it!!! I love dandelions and this would fit in perfectly with my wedding theme! Thanks

  10. Sasha — if you click on the text “Dandelion Wishes”, you will be taken to the page on Flickr where I got the photo from. 🙂


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