Looking for something a little more creative than a simple “sign your name in this notebook” type guestbook? Well you’ve come to the right place! Today I am going to share with you a few of my favourite guestbook ideas. These are all real examples of guestbooks that my clients have used!
The Polaroid Guestbook
Jill and Dale got really creative with their guestbook! Guests had so much fun with this Polaroid Guestbook! Guests spent the cocktail hour posing with their friends and family while my assistant, Khryspn, snapped their photo with a Fujifilm Instax Camera! The photos print instantly, and guests sign them and wrote wished for the newlyweds. The photos were then placed in an album. It was awesome!
To make a Polaroid Guestbook, you will need:
-Instant Printing Camera: I know Polaroid still makes a few instant print cameras, but I love the Fujifilm Instax line. There are two different sized cameras available: one that takes standard size Polaroid style photos and the “mini” that prints credit card sized pictures. Jill and Dale used the regular sized photos for their guestbook. You can purchase these cameras at most electronics stores like The Source or Future Shop!
-Sharpie Pens: Make your guestbook even more personal by providing Sharpie Pens for guests to doodle with, sign their name or write you words of wisdom. Try using Sharpies to match your wedding colours to match your décor!
-Photo Storage: Use a photo album, scrapbook or even just a photo box to hold all your guestbook photos! Remember if you use a scrapbook and allow your guests to insert the photos as they wish, you will need to provide photo corner stickies or scrapbook glue. This could make for a busy guestbook station and a big mess. My suggestion would be to put a photo box on the table for guests to leave their photos in and make the scrapbook yourself after the wedding.
-A Sign with Directions or a Guestbook Attendant: This is important, because without one guests won’t know what to do!
The Wishing Tree Guestbook
Jessica and Matt had a Wishing Tree Guestbook. They set up a station where guests were invited to sign their name and write a wish to newlyweds. The wishes (which were written on cute little tags) were then placed on the branches of the big tree that sat beside their reception hall. This guestbook was very sweet and fit in well with the rustic feel of the wedding!
To make a Wishing Tree Guestbook you will need:
-Wish Tags: These can be as simple or as fancy as you would like. You can purchase pre-made tags at places like Walmart or Michaels, or you can DIY using cardstock, a hole punch and some ribbon.
-Sharpie Pens: You will need to leave some Sharpie Pens or markers for the guests to doodle with.
-A Tree: In order to make a wishing tree guestbook, you need a tree! Any tree will do – it doesn’t even have to be a real tree! Pop some branches into a tall vase filled with sand or rocks if you don’t have a real tree near by to use!
-”Make a Wish” Sign: This is optional, but a sign instructing guests what to do is always a good idea with a non-traditional guestbook!
The Photo-book Guestbook
If you don’t want to stray too far away from the traditional guestbook, I suggest using a Photo Book Guestbook like Courtney and Joel did! It was inexpensive and easy for guests to understand which was great. It was also a beautiful way to show off the couple’s gorgeous engagement photos!
To make a Photo Book Guestbook you will need:
-A Photo Book: This can be a photo book of your engagement photos, pictures of the couple throughout their time together before the wedding, or even pictures of the couple when they were children. You can include whatever photos you want in the book! Try to include some pictures that aren’t close up and have some background space, that way guests won’t be signing their names all over the faces in the pictures. I also suggest ordering the photos in a matte finish as it will make the pages easier to sign. You can order photo books from any photo lab such as Costco, Superstore or at many online sites (I love Shutterfly).
-Sharpie Pens: You will need to provide Sharpie Pens for guests to doodle with, sign their name or write you words of wisdom. Try using Sharpies to match your wedding colours to match your décor!
The Chalkboard Guestbook
This guestbook is one of my all time favourites! Jessica and Anthony had their guests write them words of wisdom on a chalkboard then had a photographer snap a picture of the guest and their advice. This was so much fun for the guests! Some guests wrote advice, some just drew pictures…it was a huge hit!
What you will need to make a Chalkboard Guestbook:
-A Chalkboard: You can either purchase a big chalkboard or DIY! One fun idea is to find a big picture frame, spray pain it to match your wedding colours and paint the cardboard backing with chalkboard paint (click here for DIY instructions)!
-Chalk: White or coloured, whatever you’d like!
-A Damp Facecloth: Make sure to have one on hand to wipe the chalkboard clean between uses.
-A Photographer: This doesn’t have to be the person you hired to take your wedding photos. In fact, I suggest using someone else – you don’t want to take away from your wedding photos. Try looking for a photography student – they will often provide inexpensive services to build their portfolio.
What do you think of these fun guestbook alternatives? Would you ever use one of these at your wedding? Leave us your comments below!