Is Paper Passé? Alternate guest book ideas

Friday, July 10, 2020

The most important people in the whole world are all coming to your wedding- your friends and family! Never before have you been able to look into a room and see your best friends from college, your parents and siblings, your extended family, your longtime Taewkondo instructor, and three of your buddies from 1997’s Girl Scout Troop 751 all in once space together. You want to have a record of this momentous occasion to keep forever, but you have a problem. A plain guest book is just… not your style. You need something flashier, something cleverer. Something your guests will love writing on and that you’ll be excited to display in a prominent location of your home. Here are some fun alternate ideas to a paper guest book.

Recipe Book

You’re getting married, so that means you’re a real adult now! You’re going to need to know how to cook. A great way to get to know someone is to learn about what foods mean the most to them. Have your guests bring or write out a recipe card for their favorite dish, with ingredients, instructions, what that meal means to them, and their message to you for your wedding! You’ll get a meaningful keepsake and a ton of amazing food to try. Score!

Flower Pot

A marriage is an ever-growing thing that requires love, patience, and attentiveness, just like a ficus. Have your guests sign a flower pot in which you can sow a long-lasting plant that will add air and beauty to your home. Or, if you’re not a green-thumb sort of person and fear the metaphor may be lost if the plant dies, you could use it for paint brushes, trinkets, or a realistic looking artificial plant.

Giant Jenga

As well as a super fun yard game for your guests to play during your reception, Giant Jenga can be a great way to immortalize your wedding day while also giving your guests enough space to adequately congratulate you in writing. Plus, every time you pull it out to reread it, it’ll be in a new and exciting order.


Instant Camera

Don’t you just love the look of a vintage Polaroid picture? So do your guests! They’ll have a great time snapping pictures of themselves and then writing their message to you on the back. Then put the pictures in a book, string them up on your wall with twine and clothespins, or keep them in a box to pull out and enjoy on your anniversary!


Remember when you were a kid and one of your friends had a globe in their house? You would immediately think, “Wow! This family is distinguished!”  Or maybe that was just a me-thing. Either way, globes are a very cool addition to any living room, and they make an awesome guest book. Your guests can sign the spot on the globe that means the most to them, their dream vacation spot, or their birthplace. Or if they need more room, the middle of an ocean. Every time you give that globe a spin, you’ll be reminded of your wedding day and how much love your friends and family have for you and your spouse.

We’d love to hear your ideas on alternate guest book ideas! What did you do at your wedding? What’s your favorite idea? What did we miss? Leave a comment and let us know!

 By Liz Preston 7/10/20