5 Alternatives to a Guest Book that your Guests will Love!

Just as with anything, weddings have trends that ebb and flow. One that has stuck around for a long time is a guest book! There’s a reason that it’s been a staple at weddings for so long. It’s a way for your guests to give you advice, warm wishes, and congratulations! Guest books are also a great way for you and your spouse to look back over the years and remember who attended your wedding and see what they had to say to you. 

As with any trend, it can start to feel a bit lackluster to do the same thing over and over. That’s where this blog comes in! Let me preface this by saying that there is nothing wrong with a traditional guest book. However, if you are tired of the old school (sometimes boring) wedding guest books and want something unique for your wedding, keep reading! 

1. Polaroid Book 

This has become a popular option in recent years and I can totally see why! Instead of just reading about who was at your wedding, you can actually see who was! For this guest book, it’s a pretty simple set up. You’ll want to have 1 or 2 polaroid cameras, plenty of film, some pens, and a book for the photos to go in. Guests can take a polaroid of themselves and sign it for you. Not only will you have adorable photos to hold on to, but it’s a fun thing for guests to do too! 

2. Recipe Book

What better way to start out your new life together as newlyweds, than with recipes shared with love by those closest to you? I would suggest sending a recipe card in the mail with your invitation so that guests have time to write down their favorite recipe with you and bring it to the wedding. As a bonus, you can have recipe cards at the wedding and ask guests to write a recipe for a good marriage as something fun to read later! 

3. Jenga Blocks 

If you like to play games, this would be the one for you. Have a set of Jenga blocks out on a table with pens and encourage guests to sign a block and write advice on them! Guests love getting to do something interactive during wedding receptions and this allows them to do something just like the polaroid book. Make a fun anniversary tradition and play your wedding guest Jenga each year to look back on all the names and notes your guests left you. 

4. Wishing Tree 

This is a great way to make your guest book double as a decorative piece in your home! Have a small decorative tree set up with plenty of paper or wooden ornaments. Guests can write down their well wishes for the newlyweds and hang it on the tree. This would be fun to pull out during the holidays or keep it up year round if you’d like!

5. Phone Book 

This is my personal favorite option! I’ve had couples do this option for their guest book and I think it’s such a fun and interactive option! I recommend working with At the Beep. They make the process super easy! They will ship you a phone and all you have to do is plug it in at the reception and let guests leave messages! After your wedding you’ll send the phone back and the company will have your messages sent back to you within 1 business day. Whether it’s a sweet message from your grandma or hilarious things that your wedding party is saying, this is a great option for anyone! 

Which one of these options is your favorite? Whichever route you go, at the end of the day, a guest book is a sweet and timeless way to remember all of the love and happiness that surrounded you on your wedding day! 

Ashlynn Shelby

June 9, 2023

Hi! I'm Ashlynn. When you choose me as your photographer, I promise to extend everything I have into your experience and your photos. You deserve the best experience possible and that's what I plan on providing.
My blog is where I share love stories I've been a part of, and resources for couples planning their engagement , wedding or elopement. I hope you can find some helpful information here to help you plan your big day. 


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