When trying to find the perfect guestbook for our wedding, there were so many options it got a little overwhelming! I have tried to focus on what kind of guestbook we will want in our home after the wedding, rather than what will look cool and impress our guests. What do we want to look at, read, display, etc. to remind us of those who attended our big day? While I would love to do something creative and unique, I am trying to remember this is for us to have as a keepsake forever. We want something we will fondly look back on, not something that just collects dust or becomes a large storage piece.
We could always go the traditional wedding-guestbook route. A beautiful book with a matching pen.
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This option seems a little too traditional for us. And I think I want something more than just our guests’ names in a book. I would like them to be able to write us a little note as well.
Luckily there are more “modern” versions of the traditional guestbook.
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I think this one is super cute. It’s like opening a card from each guest. This would also probably be really easy to DIY…
I’ve also thought about a guestbook with our engagement pictures in it.
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I like this option because not only will you look back and remember the guests that attended your wedding, you will also be looking back on your engagement pictures! It’s like killing two birds with one stone! I can see us looking back through a book like this more often than a book with just our guests’ names.
Sticking with the picture idea, I also like the look of this instant-photo guestbook.
It would be nice to have a photo of every one of our guests from our wedding day. I would just hope people wouldn’t waste film on silly pictures…
I’ve also come across some “game” guestbook ideas. The one below is like the game Jenga. Each of your guests signs one of the pieces. Then you and your hubby can play the game each year on your anniversary.
There is also a puzzle guestbook, where each of your guests signs a puzzle piece.
Each of theses game ideas is so cute and fun, but they don’t seem like the perfect fit for us. I would be worried about one of the puzzle pieces going missing at our reception…
And the list just keeps going! Here are some other unique ideas for guestbooks I came across.
This one is a vintage book with blank pages for guests to sign their names.
This guestbook lets each attendee write their well wishes to the bride and groom on their own postcard. They can then be put in a decorative box, a library catalog drawer, or a fancy mailbox. After the wedding you can put them all into a scrapbook.
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Guests could write us a note on an actual typewriter. While this would be really cool, I think it would take each guest a little too much time to “sign” the guestbook this way.
Some people like a guestbook they can display on the wall after the wedding.
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Our guests could each sign the spine of one of these books. It’s like they are signing our “love stories.”
Guests could sign anywhere on this California poster. This one would be special for Mr. Castle and me since we met in California and are getting married there.
There are so many more options I didn’t even include! I basically only included the ones I have seriously considered. We did finally decide, but you’ll have to wait and see! Also it’s not ready yet…
Which is your favorite? What are you using as a guestbook?