With so many elements to consider when planning your wedding—from vows and venues to flowers and favors—some things can easily (and quite understandably) slide to the bottom of the to-do list. One detail that can easily become an afterthought? The guest book, a keepsake of all your nearest and dearest who were there to celebrate your Big Day. Now, of course, there are countless ways to have your guests pen their names, and just as many ways to display them afterwards. Here, 15 inspiring guest book ideas, whether you want to stay traditional or think outside the book.
Go minimal. There are plenty of streamlined, super-chic options out there, all of which would look gorgeous on any bookshelf or coffee table. Our favorites? This tonal beauty. This heirloom-quality photo book with a luxe linen fabric cover. And this elegant pick.
Nod to your hobbies. One ski-obsessed couple had guests sign a pair of antique skis at their wintry wedding and displayed them in their home afterwards. Other ideas: Those who love the water can have guests sign a surfboard or oar; music lovers can use a favorite vinyl record, or one with your wedding song on it. (See an example here!)
Give yourself an anniversary present. Take inspiration from the quaint idea of a message in a bottle. Set out pre-cut slips of paper. Have guests pen a note, roll it up and stuff it into a bottle, which you can then crack open on your one-year anniversary. Go here for an in-depth tutorial and free template downloads.
Make it a game. Have guests sign or write a message on a Jenga block and enjoy your personalized game for years to come. This 72-piece set comes with four color pens, while this one comes with personalization. Or go the puzzle route with one of these custom jigsaws.
Opt for an actual book. Make your guest book something you’ll have reason to open frequently—a cookbook. Buy one with recipes you both want to try during your first year of marriage and ask guests to write notes on the pages. As you eventually cook your way through the recipes, you’ll be able to share sweet memories of your wedding day.
Go global. Literally. Find a globe—we love a vintage one, and Etsy has a wealth of options—and have attendees sign it. (This is a particularly great idea if you have guests coming in from outside the country, as they can sign the place where they live.)
Make it art. Have guests sign something you’ll want to hang on your walls for years to come. Our picks: this cute canvas featuring an illustrated portrait of you; this custom watercolor skyline of a city (perhaps the city where you met, or where you live, or where you’re getting married!); and this vertical print of a tree, which allows guests to sign their names on any of the watercolor branches.