Can We Have Your Autograph?

Recently, Mr. Snow Cone turned to me and made this official proclamation: “We should figure out what we’re going to have people sign at the wedding.” I met this comment with a combination of surprise and bemusement; he rarely contemplates wedding-planning details, let alone taking the initiative to bring them up in conversation. But when he does, it’s quite endearing, to say the least.

Anyhow, his comment got me thinking about the different guestbook options we have. There’s always the traditional route of having people simply sign their names in a lined book so the couple has a record of who attended their special day. However, in today’s wedding world, there are so many more options with a bit more personality. After a bit of thought and a bit of online research, here’s a completely un-exhaustive list of ideas, broken into categories based on what you want out of your guestbook selection.

For those interested in showing off a passion:

You can have all your guests sign a cherished (or personalized) jersey or piece of sporting equipment, showing off your favorite team!


Image via Chica and Jo

Have guests sign a handful of your favorite bottles of wine. Some couples even assign a specific milestone to each bottle, denoting when they will open it in celebration, such as their one-year anniversary, closing of their first home purchase, birth of their first child, etc.


Image via Saskatoon Bride / Photo by Picture That Photography

For those interested in having something to display year round:

This one’s made its rounds on the blog circuit, but that doesn’t make it any less charming. Have your friends and family “leaf” you a note, courtesy of their fingerprints and signatures.


Image via GreyDogDesigns on Etsy

Lots of couples pick a favorite piece of art or a great engagement picture to have matted, and the guests add their John Hancocks to the mat, making a display-worthy guestbook.


Image via The Wise Bride’s Guide

For those interested in having a guestbook that can be stored out of sight:

If you’re looking for an opportunity to have your guests write some advice, as opposed to just a signature, then marriage advice cards are a good option for you. Put the advice cards in a photo album, and it’s a snap to slide it onto a bookcase, out of the way.


Image via EdenWedding Studio on Etsy

A bunch of sites produce really high-quality photo books—Snapfish, AdoramaPix, and Mixbook, for example. Create a digital scrapbook of your favorite engagement pictures and/or your favorite pictures from your courtship, leaving space on the pages for your guests to sign.


Image via Fairy Tale Wedding

Not interested in seeing more of yourself? Consider a coffee-table book highlighting your wedding location, where you met, or your honeymoon destination. Here’s one featuring Washington, D.C.


Image via Wish Special Events

Which option is your favorite? What guestbook options did I miss?


Mrs. Snow Cone

Pittsburgh/Johnstown, PA
Wedding Date:
August 2011
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  1. sand dollar Member
    sand dollar 1334 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:32 pm

    You missed the best one…FURNITURE! I did a bench for my wedding, and am using a step-stool I built for my baby shower. We also did quilt squares as a wedding guestbook. Wine corks or seashells would be fun to display in a jar. Records also make really fun display pieces with signatures. Then there’s still dishware…. pretty much anything!! The options are endless

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    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:38 pm

    Hehe, “courtship.” This is something that is still up in the air for us. Gaah. Should probably get on this…

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    GreenGables 812 posts, Busy bee @ 4:42 pm

    I love the wine idea – that’s one I’ve never seen before!

    Another idea I like is for brides who rent out photo booths – having double photo strips made so guests can paste one photo strip into a scrapbook and then add their signatures and wishes.

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    Melissa, Guest @ 4:44 pm

    Photo booth books! Our guests will keep a strip and then are invited to put the duplicate in the book with a note so we have a scrapbook with there smiling/happy/funny faces.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 4:45 pm

    And wedding certificates! SD is right, the options are endless, I love when couples are creative with guest books!

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    Leprechaun 1012 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:46 pm

    We went with the sports theme, and had our guests sign a “Play Like a Champion Today” sign. It was a big hit!

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    msseal 1179 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:50 pm

    Ooooh, these are all great but I particularly like the coffee book idea! So simple but so cute!!!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:53 pm

    There are so many great ideas out there we ended up doing 3 different ones!

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    cinnamonbun 1116 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:08 pm

    I’ve been so overwhelmed by all the options for this that I haven’t chosen anything yet!
    I told Mr CB I was worried about it, and he said ‘well, I can drive us to Michaels and we can pick one up there, can’t we?’. I think it’s the only time I’ve ever refused a trip to Michaels in my life! All I could picture was puffy white lacy glued-on-pearl-y things, which is probably totally wrong and not what they carry, but I was stuck with that image in my head!

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    deaconbride 659 posts, Busy bee @ 6:17 pm

    Buy a large wooden letter (2 or 3 feet high) of your last inital and have everyone sign it. Although the jersey idea is my favorite.

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    Miss Treble 58 posts, Worker bee @ 6:19 pm

    I’m designing a Quaker style wedding certificate! Not that I’m a graphic designer by any means, but it will get the job done! I look forward to framing it along with either our invitation or wedding picture afterwards and hanging it in our bedroom!

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:37 pm

    I love guestbooks that double as a work of art. That last idea with the coffee-table book is so great!

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    kristindesigner 63 posts, Worker bee @ 7:27 pm

    Oooh, the wine + milestone idea is so great!

    I’m an artist and FI is a musician, so we split our passions. I’m providing a large, blank canvas marked off in grids, and a few jars of coordinating paint colors. Guests pick a square and paint whatever they want! For the musician side, we’ve got a beat-up, old acoustic guitar for folks to sign with a sharpie – very rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia-esque! Guests can choose to sign whichever option they like (or both!). We’ll hang both finished items on the wall next to each other in our den.

    @DeaconBride: I love the letter idea!

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    balloons 138 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:13 pm

    I love creative guest books! Can’t wait to see what you decide on.

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    Amanda, Guest @ 9:45 pm

    @Mrs. Sand Dollar: You’re right she forgot furniture!! Your posts on your awesome guest book bench inspired me to think out if the box for our guest book as well… my fiance and my dad’s friend who is very good with wood work, are making a hope chest and we’re going to have all our guests sign the inside of the lid with hopes & well wishes :-) THANK YOU Mrs, Sand Dollar for inspiring me!!

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    Kcoleybear 683 posts, Busy bee @ 11:45 pm

    We’re doing a scrapbook style guest book with photo booth pictures.

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    mrsmdub2b 71 posts, Worker bee @ 7:28 am

    We are doing the baseball jersey since we’re getting married at a baseball stadium. I really really love the picture mat with signatures and the engagement photo book too. Oh! And if we have a photo booth we could have c opy of the pictures and people leave little notes next to them! I could seriously have like 4 guestbooks. LOL

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    LongLegAmazon, Guest @ 9:15 am

    We did a ivory Gibson Les Paul guitar since my husband is a musician/guitarist to the stars. It was very heavily talked about – the coolness factor- and also it will look FANTASTIC hanging in our new home.

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    toshella 730 posts, Busy bee @ 10:45 am

    I’ve never seen the wine bottle before – what a cool idea! We’re having a vineyard wedding so that would be perfect.

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    Kim, Guest @ 2:04 pm

    We’re going to get a ceramic platter from one of those “Paint your own pottery” places and have guests sign it. We’ll take it back to the shop, glaze, and fire it. Then we can use it as a serving dish for family gatherings and holidays!

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    KoiKove 5256 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:35 pm

    We did a Guestbook Quilt. Well, more like I have to squares that the guest signed that eventually will become a quilt…

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    msbruin 15 posts, Newbee @ 12:20 pm

    I love the jersey! That’s what I think we’re going to do if our wedding is small enough. We’ve also thought about doing a medium-large canvas (the type you paint on) and putting on our monogram and wedding date for people to sign in our wedding colors.

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    Cornflower 82 posts, Worker bee @ 11:56 am

    Love the digital scrapbook idea. Anyone do that for their wedding?

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    LJN, Guest @ 3:56 pm

    I love the photo book, but I would be afraid of the signatures smearing before they were dry. Any thoughts/ suggestions on that?

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