More Unique Wedding Guest Books


Debbie Stauble photos

I encountered more Unique Wedding Guest Books in the past two weeks!.  Think a guest book and a feathered pen will work any more?  Nope.  Brides and Grooms these days try their best to out do each other, with delightful results.  And to call them “Guest Books” any longer is surely a misnomer.  They are anything but books.  They’re  more a special keepsake to be displayed in the new couple’s home.  It is often something involving a hobby or a remembrance of how the couple met.

The top photo is from a wedding my creative associate, Debbie, worked.  It’s a hand-made bench, which the guests were asked to sign in black sharpie. Love, love this idea.  It will be given a proud place of honor in the couple’s new home.


I feel a degree of guilt, as my daughter, KK, and son-in-law, Tyler, wanted to use boat oars  for their guest book. In my defense, at least as I remember it, they came up with the idea late in the game, and I was overwhelmed.  Had I had a wedding planner to take some of the pressure off…  🙂

Boats are special to KK and Tyler.  They love to fish at Tyler’s family’s lake house, and he proposed on the water.  It would have been perfect. Perhaps at a future anniversary party…



Mary P. Karnes photos

The above photo was taken by yours truly at the wedding I worked last night. (If viewing on a cell phone or tablet and the photo appears sideways, by apologies!)  The bridal couple purchased a fancy instamatic camera, (made for tiny photos), and asked guests to take selfies.  Then the photos were signed by the guests and placed in a photo album.  Charming.  Not only a cute “guest book” but entertainment for the guests!


Mary P. Karnes photos

And so far…my favorite “guest book” from my summer weddings.  The beautiful artist’s rendition of the family lake house where the bridal couple’s wedding and reception was held.  Guests were asked to sign around the drawing.  Post wedding, it will be framed and hung in the bride and groom’s home.  If you’d like to read a pervious post about even more innovative “Guest Book Ideas” click on the following link.  The New Wedding Guest Books


New Guestbook Ideas


So you want to remember all the guests who attended your wedding?  Easier to do these days as everyone has a smart phone with a camera.  In fact, your wedding may make it’s debut on social media even before you do!  But that’s a whole other blog…check back tomorrow for that one.

When Kenny and I got married 31 years ago, we had the standard white guestbook.  Maggie and Rob had the same.  KK and Tyler, however, are going to have something more innovative.  I have been doing my research.  There are a lot of new guestbook ideas out there!  I have become quite the pininterest addict,, and ran across the CUTEST ideas for recording the attendance of your wedding guests, all from  The photo above is my favorite.  I love the concept of having pictures, via poloroid photos – (you young ones may not know what they are!).  Down side… the photos of this type fade. Lovely idea, though.


The wooden state of California above, serves three purposes.  Guests are invited to sign sections of wood on the state model, providing the wedding couple with a  lasting keepsake of their guests.  Secondly, it appears to tie in to a “Western” type theme.   Note the lovely succulents around it, and third, it can be a piece of art for the couple’s new home.

Another novel idea, and a practical one to boot, is the photo below.  A bride can purchases a desk calendar, then ask her guests to sign their name on their birthdate!  Not only is it innovative, but the new couple now has a complete record of friends and family’s birthdays.



The idea below is interesting, but not as generic.  But hey, if you’re a music buff, I can’t think of anything much nicer than a lovely instrument with all your wedding guests’ autographs!




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