Skip the lined notebook and offer wedding guests a creative outlet for sharing salutations, thoughtful advice, and words of encouragement. From memory quilts to painting and travel postcards, we rounded up our favorite guest book alternatives couples will savor for anniversaries to come.
Photo: Susan Dean Photography
This artsy California couple set up a paint station with watercolors pans, brushes, water bowls, and colorful pencils, so well wishers could channel their inner Picasso’s. The result was a precious, coffee table keepsake.
AROUND THE WORLD
Photo: Orange Turtle Photography
Photo: Elisabeth Millay Photography
Glue patterned envelopes inside a blank album then fill with note cards for attendees to personalize then tape closed.
Photo: Rebekah J. Murray
This Washington, D.C. wedding was full of vintage details, like this quaint writing desk which prompted guests to sit and type a personal note to the smitten couple.
SEW IN LOVE
Photo: Michael Radford Photography
A memory quilt is a time-honored tradition and one of our favorite ideas. Hang one for guests to sign or lay out fabric squares on a vintage sewing machine. A seamstress can stitch them together after your I dos.
MAILED TO ORDER
Photo: Calder Clark
Here’s a steal-worthy, guest book idea: This couple collected postcards from all the states their guests would be arriving from and displayed them in vintage, cabinet drawers. When the couple returned home from their honeymoon, their wedding planner mailed them one postcard each day.
ROCK THIS WAY
Photo: Whitney Lee Photography
Inscribing a message on a stone’s smooth surface, or the inside of a seashell, adds a touch of sentiment to an outdoor or beach wedding. Afterward, place them inside a glass vase and display them on a mantel or side table inside your home.
Here’s a guest book idea that can be displayed as art: World of Moose‘s interactive, “Fill-Me-In” party poster ($15.62; available at NotOnTheHighStreet.com) also makes the perfect ice breaker at a wedding reception.