Table 10 - Unique Guest Book Ideas

Posted on 02 August 2014


Have your loved ones leave “well wishes” and messages for you using one of these unique guest book ideas. It’s fun to have your guests participate in the wedding activities by doing something different! We all know of and love the traditional guest book where loved ones leave congratulatory messages which you can read after all the hype, activity and paraphernalia of your wedding day has simmered down. What a heart-warming thought!  How wonderful it is to come home from your honey moon as newlyweds, to read all the wonderful messages from your friends and family.

Here are just a few thought provoking guest book ideas, from Martha Stewart Weddings. You’ll also find that some of these ideas lend to the reception decoration as they add that bit of sparkle, glamour or whimsical presence to your wedding décor.


Set out an old-fashioned typewriter with long sheets of paper for guests to write good wishes to the bride and groom as the feeling strikes. Look for inexpensive vintage machines online or at thrift stores or flea markets; they come in colours to go with any palette. After the wedding, tie into a scroll with ribbon.



File this under A for adorable. Instead of a traditional guest book, use cards from an address file. Our set, by Lovely Design, contains handmade ones from vintage papers, so each is unique. Set cards on a table with a sign asking friends and family to jot down messages; once they've penned their notes, they can file their card alphabetically, leaving you to merely flip through all the warm wishes that range from A to Z.



Let guests' well-wishes take flight on paper doves. These birds are traditional symbols of love, happiness, and harmony. Anchor bare branches (these are Manzanita) in a large, sturdy vessel filled with stones or gravel. Use wire to secure nests, available from craft stores, to branches. Set dove cards -- available pre-cut -- in a dish. Place pencils alongside your tree with a sign asking guests to inscribe a card and to place it in a nest.



Rather than signing a traditional guest book, guests at Maria and Robert's wedding were given postcards with the bride and groom's address printed on the back to fill with good wishes during the reception and drop in a copper mailbox displayed in the lobby. The cards are to be mailed the next day by a friend of the couple so that the newlyweds will return from their honeymoon to a brimming mailbox.  At Beyond Expectations we have the Royal Mail post box which can also be used for cards and guest book messages cards. The Royal Mail wedding post box is for hire at £40.00 for a 3 day hire.



In lieu of a guest book, guests are asked to write on squares of linen, which will be sewn into a keepsake quilt for Liesl and Kevin.



For a guest book, this couple followed a Japanese custom by asking guests to tie their sentiments to tree branches with ribbons. Here, branches are adorned with crepe-paper buds and blossoms and placed in a porcelain vase. Expressions like "Prosperity" and "Good Marriage" were written in Korean and Japanese and hung ahead of time to decorate the branches.  Or how about this floor standing wishing tree, which stands over 5ft high. Your guests can leave messages on luggage tag cards, tied with pretty colour coordinated ribbon to hang from the branches of the tree. This Wishing Tree is available at Beyond Expectations Wedding services at £18 for 3 day hire.

And let’s not forget that these ideas can be used for all celebrations, not just the wedding. So if you are celebrating your engagement, anniversary, marriage blessing, christening or baptism of your child or your birthday, you can get your guests to leave their messages in many different ways.

If you used a unique guest book idea at your wedding, or you plan to use a unique idea at your up and coming wedding share it with us by telling us what you plan to do or send us some pictures. We’d love to hear from you and we can share your ideas with other brides who are desperately looking for inspiration.

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  • Fogartypn: November 07, 2014

    Im thankful for the blog article.Thanks Again. Will read on…

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