no ordinary guest book

Every bride wants a unique wedding. And the guest book is no exception. Spruce it up a bit. Surprise your guests. Do something memorable.

See if any of these ideas fit your fancy.

Art Canvas
Getting married at a museum? Enjoy art? Have your guests each add their own “little” piece of artwork that will be a part of the “bigger” picture on a blank canvas, and hang in your home ~ it will be your first artwork as a couple.

Puzzle Board
I am in love with this idea. Each guests picks up a card with a small image on one side and blank on the other, writes a note, and finds its exact spot on a “peg board” {or a board with nails} to “complete the puzzle.” It’s so creative, and what a fun piece of art for your home.

Vintage Skis
I had a good friend who married her sweetie in Steamboat. They had their guests sign vintage skis, which would later be used as decor in their home. Fabulous idea.

Vintage Typewriter
Jenna used our grandparents antique typewriter for her guest book to coincide with her “vintage glamour” wedding. Guests typed a message and she compiled all the pages in an antique book for a memorable keepsake. See the rest of her gorgeous and vintage wedding here.
grandparents vintage typewriter

Photo Book
We were married in Beaver Creek, Colorado and wanted our guest book to reflect the place where we got married, and we wanted it to be something we didn’t store away in a box. So, we asked our guests to sign pages filled with photgraphs of beautiful mountain landscapes taken by renown Colorado photographer, John Fielder. The Mountain Ranges of Colorado book now sits on our coffee table and the sweet words remind us of that special day.

Anniversary Messages
CasaSugar had a great idea to have guests write messages in a book for future anniversaries. You could even assign each table a different anniversary year {1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc} and each year you and your hubby can read your guests words of advice.

Photo Booth
We love the vintage photo booths that produce a photo strip of 5 black and white images within minutes that guests can tape in a scrapbook along with a note…but this takes it a step further and it’s so fun! Set up an actual photo booth with chairs, empty frames and even props {mustaches, hats, glasses, etc} for people to pose.

{images via Flickr, Jubilee Events, Green Wedding Shoes, Style Me Pretty, Betsey Holley Photography and John Fielder}


  1. I want to use the puzzle idea you have shown! Do you have any idea where or how this was made?

    • jessica says

      Hi Kim. Thanks for your comment. I love that puzzle too! Let me check my notes and get back to you…jess

    • jessica says

      hey kim – here is some info that may or may not be helpful…it’s from Ruffled Blog…the custom made guest book which was an art piece I commissioned my good friend to make. She took one of Jessica’s photos of us from our engagement shoot and had it blown up. She then hand painted it and attached it to small hole-punched linoleum chips so the entire photo was spread over 150+ pieces. The pieces were all placed in a bag near a wooden board with nails attached. As guests drew a chip and filled it out with their names + wishes for us, they hung the pieces on the board. Over the evening the board took shape and presented the image of us. It is now hanging in our living room and a great piece of art! So, Kim, I think you could do it without it being painted…have a photo printed on linoleum chips or another material with holes on top and add nails to a board. You could add small numbers to the back of the photo and the board so guests know where to put each piece of the puzzle. Good luck. Please let me know what you do…we would love to see pictures or have a diy how to…thanks.

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