Creative Wedding Guest Books: Top Ten {Tuesday}

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My sister-in-law is getting married in August. So this week we went wedding dress shopping (fun!) and bridesmaid dress shopping (not-so-fun). I’d rather do most of my wedding shopping while browsing the internet. So, in honor of my sister-in-law’s upcoming wedding (and a promise I made in 2009 that I’d write this post) here are


1. Wooden Puzzle

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Have your guests sign a puzzle piece each, then put it back together, frame it and display. Or keep it un-put-together and let your first child slobber on it!

2. Sign a Chair.

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How great is this? A practical guest book you’ll actually use and see all the time. I wanna do this for something else–what if you had one at your house and let guests sign it when they came over for dinner or to spend the night?

3. Postcards

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Have guests write postcards and then have someone (your parents) mail them to you during your first year of marriage. This one below is especially fun because everyone got a personalized pen!

4. Individual Cards.

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This isn’t a new idea–let everyone write whatever they want (draw a picture, sign their names, make a wish, favorite scripture) but I love this whole stapled-together-make-a-book thing.

5. Fingerprint.

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This is my new favorite (and judging by the amount of these on etsy, I’m not the only one!). I love the playfulness of these plus the personal touch it brings. Everyone puts their fingerprint on the tree & signs their name on top!

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I think I love this car and balloons better. The only thing that would be cuter is if it was a house with balloons like Carl & Ellie’s house in UP.

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But this one? Is so cute I can’t stand it! (Whenever I throw an Art Party for Lydia, I’m going to use this as a guest book!)

6. Message in a Bottle.

Let everyone write a note on a slip of paper and then seal it in the bottle. Open it on your first wedding anniversary to see what they said!

7. A Birthday Calendar.

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I LOVE THIS ONE. What a sweet thing to keep you connected with your friends and family close to you all year!

8. Mad Lib.

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I changed my mind. THIS ONE is my new favorite. How fun in the world would this be?!

9. Typewriter.

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For book-lovers. And anyone else who misses typewriters.

10. The Rolodex Kinda Thing.

This is apparently pretty popular for weddings. Individual cards (sometimes with prompts like “You will name your first child…”) and then placed in a box like this. Cute, huh? And easy to replicate on your own.

So, what do you think? Wanna get married or what?!

If you like one of these ideas, please PLEASE visit the original pin or shop before pinning it yourself–I’d much prefer the original folks to get credit for it! If you wanna pin my whole post, feel free to use the graphic (and pin it button) at the top of the post! And don’t forget to visit my Wedding Deliciousness Pinterest board for more great guest books & fun wedding ideas!

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  1. I totally love all of these! I think my favorite might be the thumbprint people. It makes me want to get married all over again!

  2. You’re making me want to get married again! But shh, don’t tell my husband. lol We had a thumbprint tree from etsy and i LOVE it, but the Mad Libs are totes awesome!

  3. Where were these creative ideas when I got married? He he. The wooden puzzle and the postcards are my favorites. These are so much better than the typical guestbook which I never opened again after my wedding (I think it’s in my basement or attic somewhere).

  4. I love the thumbprints, too! That is so awesome, especially those that looked like men and women.

  5. I love the jigsaw puzzle idea – if I could get married all over again …(sigh!)

  6. These are all so awesome! I can see I’ll have a hard time deciding someday when I get married!

  7. Oh. My. Goodness. I wish I was getting married again {to my husband, lol} to use some of these ideas!

  8. There are adorable. I cannot even begin to decide what is my favorite.

  9. I am laughing because when I was reading this, I thought, “Ooh! That is my favorite!” Then I would get to the next one and think exactly the same thing. I need to find someone who is getting married and butt in with these – they are fantastic!

  10. Those are all so adorable that it’s hard to pick a favorite! But I do love the ones with the fingerprints, and the mad libs. Wouldn’t those be fun to revisit yearly on your anniversary?

  11. We used these as our wedding guestbook:

    Only I think our pages were “predictions and advice.” It is so fun to go back and look through what people wrote! I couldn’t find whether they still had those pages. But the guests could draw a picture of themselves, say where they traveled from, etc, and then there were questions like “how many kids will the bride and groom have and what will their names be.” It also gave them something to do while they waited for us to take pictures. I think all of these do that, which is great!

  12. These would be great for all sorts of different parties! Birthdays, baby showers, going-away parties… how fun!!

  13. SUCH cute ideas! Wish I’d have done the puzzle — that’s awesome!! I heart the Top Ten Tuesday!

  14. These are great! Thanks for sharing ideas with those of us who are not so creative. :-)

  15. I am SO sharing this post with my sister… she’s getting married in June. I *love* the thumbprint people! :)

  16. The puzzle & the fingerprints? Ohhh… I wish I had seen those BEFORE I got married. LOL. I’ll just have to use it for something else.
    It would have been a lovely idea for our baby shower as well – since it kind of doubled as a family reunion. Awe, darn!

  17. I’m bookmarking this because there’s a very real possibility I may be needing it for my oldest daughter in about three years from now. (which is a scary, scary thought!!!!) 😀

  18. Those are all really cute! I especially like the one with the car and balloons. So cute and unique!

  19. So many great ideas!!! Love every single one I do! These are wonderful for birthday’s and guests to your house too for sure. I let the kids sign my daughters closet door with colored markers for her 13th birthday party, they loved the graffiti kind of look to it and each got to express themselves. Of course it was a hit for years after when friends would visit.

  20. What super cool ideas! And to think — I just have a white book somewhere. 😉

  21. How cute! Sometimes I wish I could get married all over and use the cute ideas I’ve seen over the years. Sometimes.

  22. Love these! I shared with one of my friends who will be getting married in Sept.! I helped plan a wedding last April and the couple loved Jenga (the bride had given it as a gift to the grooms family when she met them prior to getting engaged), so we picked up a set of the generic block sets and the guests wrote on them.
    I think it is the BEST when all aspects of the wedding reflect the personality of the couple. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Such cute ideas! I’m thinking several (especially the thumb print ones) would be great for birthday parties, baby showers, graduations, anniversaries, etc. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh! If those aren’t the absolute cutest ideas I don’t know what is! Saving these for later :)

  25. Amanda, you are a genius. Your lists never disappoint! Now I finally have one of my own:
    D Marie: (bear with me…)

  26. Love this! Thank you SO much for pulling together so many cute ideas!!!

  27. Wow, these are such creative ideas! I like them all, but I think I really love the wooden puzzle idea and the thumbprint/fingerprint guestbook!

    Thanks so much for hosting these Top Ten Tuesdays! While I’ve enjoyed others’ top ten posts in the past, this is my first time linking up!

  28. SO many fantastic ideas in there! Love the fingerprint people, the puzzle (SO cool but I’m a puzzle nerd), the calendar and the madlibs.
    For my husband’s 30th, I played with the idea of people writing notes on plain coasters with colored pens…and personalizing white tiles to him. But I didn’t quite get around to it.

  29. this looks great–I love how the pinterest pics embedded–that thumbprint tree is my favorite, I think. :)

  30. I love all of these! So we had a large wedding plate that everyone was supposed to sign…it never got put in place and we got nothin’. Boo!

  31. Ooooh, I had to come back and share a thought. What if you had a guest book for your child’s birthday parties and just kept adding to it over the years?!?

    • That would be COOL! I usually do a guest book at their parties (usually a book that goes with the theme of the party) but I love the idea of a forever guest book! For my nieces first few birthdays, my brother framed her invitation (which was a photo invite) and had everyone sign the mat. That was a really cute keepsake.

  32. Amanda – I love this. Wish I were getting married soon so I could use one of them. The puzzle one might be cute for a baby shower too, huh? Got any fun ideas for a baby shower? Throwing one in May. Where would one buy the puzzle pieces?

  33. This makes me want to get married again!! I love it! For our wedding we took tiny polaroid photos of the guests, glued them onto index cards, had the guests sign their cards and then put them into an album. I like the idea of having photos of everyone, but some of the ideas you listed are just so stinkin’ cool!!! I want a do over!

  34. I feel like I got married in the dark ages (13 years ago next month). There is so much creativity and cuteness and artsiness now days. Kids these days . . .
    I got all the guests tattooed on my legs and I thought that was awesome, but compared to all this stuff . . .

  35. Oh wow! these are great ideas. my wedding is in august and i was going crazy with the guest book, i didn’t want anything traditional. i think i might do the puzzle.
    Thanks for the post

  36. These are incredible ideas! I’ve already passed them on to my cousin who is getting married this summer. I wish I’d have seen something like this when I got married!

  37. Love these ideas! Here’s another one that my sister just used a few weeks ago! She got a photobooth for the guests to use and a scrapbook with stamps, and stickers and stuff. Two copies of each photo strip were printed and the guests could tape them into the scrapbook and write a message. It was a great, great hit!!

    You can also do this with a Polaroid camera, which my sister’s friend did for her wedding!

  38. I enjoyed seeing these, too. As much as I like the thumbprints, esp the booklet, who is going to want to get ink on their thumbs at a wedding reception? What is used? It would have to be permanent ink, wouldn’t it? Anyway, thanks for posting.

  39. getting married says:

    Thank you so much for these ideas. I am planning my entire wedding from scratch and I love creative ideas that will make it more fun not only for my soon to be husband and I, but our guests too!!

  40. I recently went to my cousins wedding where she had a photo booth with props( hats and feather boas) where you could take pictures. It would print out 2 strips with 4 pictures you got one and the other was put in a book where you could sign. The picture that you kept fit in the place card holder. It was fun!!

  41. These are all really great!! I especially like the calendar one–two birds with one stone!

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  43. Oh my goodness…what sweet ideas! Saving this for the future. :)

  44. i can’t see but the first 3ideas theres 2 boxes in front of the others how can I see the rest?

  45. Rebecca says:

    Great post. I just wanted to add to your list with what I had for my wedding. I’m a classical pianist, so it made sense for us! Our guest book was a wooden model of an upright piano that everyone signed with a silver paint pen.

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