30 DIY Wedding Guest Book Ideas for All Couples

From your wedding photos to that cherished piece of wedding cake tucked away in the freezer for your first anniversary, there are only a handful of ways you can memorialize your nuptials after the fact. And while many couples have traditionally set up a designated station at their wedding for friends and family to sign a standard guest book in commemoration of their big day, those guest books tend to get sidelined to a bookshelf or storage box once the festivities come to a close. But as more couples move away from traditional guest books, unique and functional guest book alternatives are showing up in the most creative ways, and we are definitely here for it. 

An alternative guest book offers a great opportunity to capture the memory of your wedding day. “It can allow you to capture memories in a more detailed way and create a keepsake,” says Darci Greenwood, founder and creative director of Greenwood Events. But because a guest book alternative may be more interactive, sometimes even incorporating an activity, Greenwood advises that couples remember to allot time for it in their day-of timeline.

Choosing to incorporate an alternative guest book also offers the chance to infuse even more personality into your wedding. “An alternative guest book can give couples another way to really personalize their wedding and to get a little quirky and original with their guest book,” says Aleah and Nick Valley, founders of Valley & Company Events. And while there are certainly plenty of gorgeous options out there for traditional guest books, an alternative may offer more of a statement décor piece as you officially begin living together as a married couple. “Couples can choose to make an interactive guest book that lets guests get to know more about the couple and to have fun experiencing the guest book," they suggest. "It's all about having fun with the guest book and using whimsical and clever ideas that you'll really enjoy years from now!”

Meet the Expert

  • Darci Greenwood is the founder and creative director of Greenwood Events, a full-service wedding planning, production, and design company in Montana.
  • Aleah and Nick Valley are the founders of Valley & Company Events, a full-service wedding and event planning, design, and floral company based in Seattle, Washington.

Ready to bring your own alternative guest book idea to life? Here are 30 unique wedding guest book ideas to use as inspiration. 

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