28 Sep

Wedding Wednesday: Alternative Guest Books

Wow, my first Wedding Wednesday post as a married woman!  (I can’t get enough of that…)  Travis and I have spent the last ten days reflecting on all of the little details of our wedding, and one of my favorite aspects was our guest book.

We chose not to have guests write their names into a formal book because we knew that it would get stowed away and hardly ever looked at.

Instead, we jumped onto the guest-books-as-wall-art bandwagon and designed a cute poster where guests left a thumbprint and signed their name to it.  I was nervous that the thumbprints would end up looking a little haphazard and not-so-cute, but our guests rocked it out, and it’s adorable!

Check out these other cute guestbook alternatives…

A puzzle!

Have guests sign the matting of a poster or photo…

Give everyone a circle and have them paste it to a family (and friend) tree.

For a rustic wedding, have guests sign a tree slice and mount it in your home!

Or do something fun with fingerprints, like we did…

Would you (or did you) use an alternative guest book at your wedding, or are you more into having a formal book?  As a guest, which do you prefer at a wedding?  Have you seen any cool guest book ideas that weren’t shown above?  Share ’em in the comments!

{ posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 }


Comments: {3}

  • Sara writes:

    I’ve never really thought of an alternate guest book but your guys idea is soo cute!! I also really like the family & friend tree with dots.. I could definitely see myself doing one of those on my wedding day!

  • Kaila writes:

    I loved your idea for the guest book! We did the traditional guest book, and I now wish we had looked into some alternative options because storing it away is exactly what we did! One reason that I stored it away is because I don’t want it to get ruined and there is not a great way to protect a guest book other than keep it in its box! Some great ideas!

  • Noel writes:

    I love the family and friend tree!

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