Guestbook Alternatives

One of the first things Mr. Pancakes and I decided early in the planning process was that we wanted to be as green as possible. The reality is, this is the most money we’ll have ever spent on anything, and we don’t want to spend it polluting the planet. To us this means we will only spend money on things that are really going to be meaningful or useful. For example, we won’t use tiny bags for favors that people will just throw away, when we could just use one reusable basket or just put them out on a table.

When thinking about our guestbook, we really wanted to think of something that we would get to appreciate for years to come. Personally, I like the idea of putting our engagement photos into a bound album and having guests sign it. I also like the idea of a photobooth with Polaroids that the guests can sign and add to a wishing tree or something. Enter Internet. There are SO many amazing alternatives to the traditional guestbook.

{Aaron of True Photography, via Brooke Keegan}


I really like the idea of signing shoes, especially if you aren’t going to wear the shoes again.

{Style Me Pretty}

I also really liked this oar idea. I don’t know why, but I think that these oars would look nice up on a wall or something. However, I don’t think these go with the theme of our wedding.

{Project Wedding}

I like the idea of signing champagne bottles because I am secretly a bottle hoarder. I kept the bottle of champagne we (I) drank the night we got engaged, but had to throw it out because we were moving and it’s just not practical to shuttle bottles around. I kept the label, though. Unfortunately, I just don’t think this idea is very practical.

{Kind Over Matter}

I love the way these wish trees look. Plus, if you got one of those metal book rings, you could make a little flip book out of the messages. That could make a really sweet keepsake. I was also thinking we could even use some medium-sized luggage tags, and then make a little luggage-tag book. I would stamp one side with quotes or something, and the guests could write their messages on the other side. It would be A-DORABLE.

{Wedding Channel}

This bowl got me thinking about ring bowls…If you have few enough guests, you could have everyone sign your ring bowl, which would be an amazing keepsake. I also like the picture frame a lot.

{Elizabeth Anne Design}

This is one of my very favorites. The guest”book” quilt. Since my sewing machine no longer works, I would probably have to buy a quilt and just have the guests sign it, unless I could find someone who was willing to sew the squares together for me. I also love this idea because it is so practical. I love quilts, and it would be great to have one that was covered in the warm wishes of the people I love most.

What are some other great ideas that I’ve missed?

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Mrs. Pancakes

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Wedding Date:
May 2011

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    gill84 731 posts, Busy bee @ 3:33 pm

    I don’t know if it’s a great idea or not, but we got our guests to write messages on little 3×3 note cards. We’re going to scrapbook the messages into our wedding album. That way we’ll always see what they wrote, and not just when we dig out a guestbook. Good luck deciding! :)

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    red_pepper_gal 1754 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:34 pm

    We’re getting guests to write us notes – a memory, well wishes, advice or whatever else they dream up. We’re going to read them on our honeymoon, and then put them in a scrapbook.

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    jillocb 198 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:37 pm

    We just received our guest book that my SIL made for us. She took a picture of every single person/couple at the wedding. She had them sign in the book. She then added pictures of the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, as well as mementos from the wedding – napkins with our names, the table number, starfish etc. It was so thoughtful and creative to have more than just the guests faces and words. I can’t even describe how fantastic it was!

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    totheislnds 7804 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 3:42 pm

    you have 3 of mine up there! haha My mom bought me the dish/bowl which i think i will use for one of my showers since it isnt anywhere near big enough for the number of guests we are having. FI and I built a bench that we intended to use but then i found out about photobooths! that is what we are ultimately going to do, though i still love my bench and we will keep it in the house forever.

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:55 pm

    I love all of those ideas! I think you’re being very wise by realizing some of them may not be practical, though – like lugging around a bottle….but it is such a cute idea! :)

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    kme, Guest @ 4:22 pm

    someone else here had this idea which I loved… it may not be the greenest of options, but it makes for a fantastic keepsake.

    Collect as many postcards as you are having guests, address the cards to yourselves, and stamp them. Put the cards out on the tables at the reception, or whereever. Ask guests to share a memory, advice or wish for the couple (good idea to do it before the bar gets into full swing). Have someone – mom, MOH, collect the postcards, and periodically mail them to you during your first year of marriage.

    You’ll get a fun little surprise in the mail every so often, which you can include in a scrapbook or photo album…

    I wish I had learned about this sooner, and I would have collected postcards from all the places that the man and I have traveled to together. Instead, I asked out of town relatives to get some for me, and any time a friend or co-worker travels, I ask them to grab a few.

    Like I said – this was another bee’s idea, and I wish i could give credit to that bee, but I honestly don’t remember who it was… whoever you were – I love your idea!

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    Megrit 478 posts, Helper bee @ 4:46 pm

    Mrs. Sand Dollar made an awesome wedding bench! Here’s the link. I love the way it looks in their bedroom.
    http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/10/25/creative-guestbooks-3/

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    tarabonistall 128 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:57 pm

    We’re doing a quilt that my grandmother is making for me. The key is to have it put together and quilted before the wedding, so people sign the finished quilt and not just a square. It makes people more likely to sign it!

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    fromcharleston 651 posts, Busy bee @ 5:10 pm

    I really like the oars and the platter. A bench/chair/etc a la Mrs. Sand Dollar would be cool too. The shoe signing probably isn’t actually a guest book…it’s a tradition (I think of Italian origin) in which the single women sign the bottom of the bride’s shoes. Whichever name wears off the most at the end of the night is the name of the next woman to get married. You should totally do that too!

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    spinningstars 264 posts, Helper bee @ 5:31 pm

    Mr. Spinningstars is obsessed with the picture frame guestbook after seeing one at a friend’s wedding :)

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    emma5w 547 posts, Busy bee @ 6:21 pm

    I had my bridesmaids sign my shoes in blue marker for my something blue. I didn’t actually read them the day of the wedding, but LOVED looking at them the next day…and every now and then I see them on my shoe stand and it makes my heart smile.

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    lamyerwi 3 posts, Wannabee @ 1:30 pm

    I had a puzzle made Bella Puzzles from Etsy. I sent her one of our engagement pictures, then she makes a wooden puzzle out of it with special characters in it like our date and initials. The guests sign the back of the puzzle pieces with markers she provides. I can’t wait to see how it comes out!

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:57 pm

    Mrs. Sand Dollar’s bench was definitely a great wedding guestbook. :)

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    7mom 565 posts, Busy bee @ 7:11 pm

    I love the dish idea

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    glasses 2749 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:09 pm

    We did a wish tree and it turned out adorable! Relatively easy to do, too, although we still have the tree hanging about and we don’t really know what to do with it!

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    Jaime, Guest @ 11:33 am

    Imagine my incredibly geeky shock and amazement when I was scrolling through your post on my Google Reader and suddenly went, “Wait, that photo is from MY wedding!”

    The champagne bottles were from our April 2009 wedding! Champagne was sort of a mini-theme for our event, and the idea is we open one bottle on our anniversary for the first 5 years. All of the bottles are displayed on our sideboard in our dining room, including the empty one! Not super practical if you’re moving a lot, but we love having them in our home, and getting to read what people wrote.

    Whatever you choose, congratulations and enjoy! Thanks for making my day!

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    Hgiel46137 67 posts, Worker bee @ 6:38 pm

    @lamyerwi: We did the same thing! When did you order yours and when are you supposed to get it?

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    mmsva, Guest @ 2:00 pm

    We did the guestbook quilt. I ironed freezer paper to 4.5″ white cotton squares and stapled them to directions on card stock. My BM handed them to everyone when they walked into the reception. The 2-3 pens (micron) were on each table. I’m in the process of hand embroidering the center black. But if you don’t sew, I know there are people that will sew it together for you.

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    IdedgignizJef, Guest @ 11:15 am

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