Beyond the Guest Book: Clever Ways to Gather Advice at Your Reception

Beyond the Guest Book: Clever Ways to Gather Advice at Your Reception

Taryn Williford
Jan 6, 2016

Ask anybody who's landed safely on the other end of planning a wedding: What's the most important part of the whole day? They'll tell you, without hesitation: It's your guests. There's something really magical about having all your people–college friends, distant family, your favorite co-workers–all in the same place. You can remember them, every single one who came out to celebrate you, by asking them to sign a simple guest book. Or, if you want to kick it up a notch, one of these creative guest book alternatives with a little more pizzaz...

A Globe

The couple in the wedding above from Orange Turtle Photography opted for guests to sign a globe instead of a book. Ask guests to sign next to their favorite travel destination, then display it in your home to fuel your wanderlust fantasies for years to come.

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From a Wisconsin wedding on Martha Stewart Weddings: Another great idea for a couple who loves to travel is to ask guests to write their best advice for you on pretty or vintage postcards. You can even ask a family member or close friend to mail the postcards to you after the wedding and enjoy a mailbox bursting with well-wishes.

(Image credit: Lola Rose Photography)

A Bench

A guest book will just sit on the shelf collecting dust. But this guest bench? Memorable and long-lasting. At this bash from Boho Weddings, guests signed a wooden bench with permanent markers. The couple took it home after the wedding and, after a coat of varnish, displayed it proudly in their garden.

(Image credit: Martha Stewart Weddings)

Decorative Plates

This idea from Martha Stewart Weddings couldn't be more simple or more elegant. Guests leave their best advice and wishes with metallic marker on plain white ceramic plates that can then be hung up on display in the couple's home.

Christmas Ornaments

Love this idea from a One Wed wedding: What better guest book for a holiday-season wedding than asking everyone to leave sweet messages on plain, round ornaments? You'll get to re-live your big day with your guests each year at Christmas.

(Image credit: L. Hewitt Photography)

A Wooden Jenga Game

Ask guests to sign wooden game pieces, like in this Baltimore event from Junebug Weddings, is a great way to make your guest book come to life. If you want to get hands-on with your guest book, you can break out your autographed Jenga set every weekend.

(Image credit: Celladora)

Vinyl Records

For a music-loving couple, why not change the score and invite guests to sign vinyl records, like in this Nashville wedding from Celladora. Finish them off with perfectly-sized record frames and hang them in your home together.

(Image credit: Lisa Hessel Photography)

Time Capsule Wine Bottles

This takes the message in a bottle to a whole 'nother level: Guests at this Missouri wedding from Style Me Pretty wrote messages to the couple that were to be read on a future anniversary, depending on which wine bottle they dropped them into.

(Image credit: Mel & Co.)

A Piñata

For the couple who are kids at heart, ask guests to write you notes and them stuff them into a piñata to be opened on a future anniversary date. I'm sure the couple in this Mexican beach wedding from Martha Stewart Weddings will have a blast smashing this one open when they celebrate five years.

(Image credit: Belathee Photography)

RSVP Cards

The couple from this Martha Stewart Weddings Palm Springs destination wedding put a different spin on the guest book process altogether: The RSVP card in the wedding invitation asked guests to jot down their best advice for the couple, and the cards were strung up and displayed at the wedding for everyone to enjoy.

What's the most fun guest book idea you've ever been asked to sign?

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