10 creative wedding guestbook ideas that haven’t been done to death

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A wooden wedding guestbook that looks like a Ouija board, one of 10 guestbook ideas
Ouija wedding guestbook sign by Mr Woood

Your wedding guestbook is more than just signatures on a page—it's an opportunity to capture the love, well wishes, and memories shared by your family and friends. What better way to relive the warm and fuzzy feelings from your wedding day than with a creative wedding guestbook? Many marriers are opting for wedding guestbooks that they can use or see every day instead of a traditional wedding guestbook that sits on a shelf.

Leave it to our Offbeat Wed readers to come up with some of the most unique and creative wedding guestbook ideas! From signing cars to video messages, here are a few of our favorite non-traditional wedding guestbooks from real offbeat weddings.

Let’s flip through these 10 creative wedding guestbook ideas!

Grab a pen, you’re gonna wanna write this down.

1) Sign your getaway car

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From a deliciously offbeat wedding with churros and popsicles, Photo by Rove Coast Photography

Ester and Courtney used their car as a creative wedding guestbook! They asked guests to “paint” the car using chalk pens which resulted in a colorful and cute exit vehicle.

Ester’s car was turned into its own version of a guestbook when we provided a bucket of chalk pens. It was cheap, easy, and very kid-friendly!


2) Pick up the phone

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Audio Guestbook Sign with Initials by CoppiceAndCrafts

We love the idea of hearing the recorded voices of your loved ones that you can play over and over again long after your wedding day! The coolest part? Your loved ones can leave messages even if they can’t attend the wedding. It’s easy to set up a link or a number with a wedding audio guestbook service like LifeOnRecord. You can even rent a vintage phone if you want that extra experience for folks at your reception. Imagine listening to all those heartfelt, hilarious, and even drunken congratulatory voicemails years after your wedding. Aww!

3) Sign a guitar or an item that’s special to you

When thinking of how to create a creative wedding guestbook, consider a significant item in your relationship. For example, Samantha and Alex surprised their guests with an impromptu punk rock concert at their wedding. Since music was such a huge part of their love story, it only made sense to have wedding guests sign a very special guitar.

Wedding guests signed a guitar! But not just any guitar, it was Alex's first guitar (and the guitar he used to serenade Sam for the first time.

From Alex and Samantha’s potted plant wedding

4) Video wedding guestbook

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Video booth acrylic sign by Blushand Lumber

Set up a video booth or a designated area with a video camera (or tablet) and props where your guests can record their messages. This interactive guestbook idea allows your loved ones to leave personalized video greetings, well wishes, dance, or even sing a song for you. Watch these back on your anniversary for a sweet DIY movie night.

5) Ask for advice

Want a creative wedding guestbook idea that does two jobs? Double your place cards as little prompts to ask for advice!

Suki and Anthony had wedding guests write cute marital advice on the back of their place cards. There were all sorts of randomized prompts, from “What’s a unique idea for date night?” to “What city should Anthony and Suki visit next?” 

6) Millennium Falcon wedding guestbook

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Millennium Falcon Plexiglass Wedding Guestbook by WeddingMementos

Star Wars fans will love this creative wedding guestbook idea! Ask your guests to write messages on the wooden hexagons and drop them into the plexiglass Millennium Falcon wedding guestbook. After the wedding, you’ll have a cherished keepsake that you can display in your home.

As one Offbeat Wed reader who purchased this Millennium Falcon wedding guestbook told us: “There are several Etsy stores that customize, but this one's final product looks the best.”

7) Wine bottle wedding guestbook

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Wine labels and instructional sign by PaperCrabb

This wedding guestbook idea has been floating around for a while but as the winos say, this thing’s got legs. Designate a bunch of wine bottles to open for each anniversary milestone (1 year, 5 year, 10 year, etc.) Guests can sign each one and you’ll have a blast cracking it open on your anniversary to enjoy!

8) Night sky wedding guestbook

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Night sky wedding guestbook by OurLoveWasBorn

Nothing says romance like a night sky full of stars. Now you can get a snapshot of exactly what the stars looked like on a specific date, like the day you met, the day of your engagement, and of course your wedding day! Not only does this make for a super sweet wedding guestbook idea, but you can hang the end product somewhere you can look at every day.

9) Have guests sign your favorite book!

You’ll want to take a page out of this creative wedding guestbook idea. Choose your favorite book and have guests sign the pages that stand out to them. We’ve seen folks use a dictionary and have guests highlight meaningful words. Some people will bring out a book from their childhood and have guests sign messages in the margins. One couple bought a giant coffee table book of “1000 Places to See Before You Die” and encouraged guests to write messages and tips by their favorite places.

10) Venue illustration wedding guestbook

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Wedding venue illustration by PrettyTimely

Get a gorgeous illustration of your wedding venue and double it as a guestbook! Art combined with signatures from your favorite people makes for a creative wedding guestbook idea you can enjoy beyond the celebration.

What creative wedding guestbook ideas are we missing?

We love a guestbook that works hard for you long after the wedding. A creative wedding guestbook idea is a personality-forward way to tell your love story, plus a beautiful embodiment of sharing your celebration with all your favorite people. Our philosophy? So long as you can scribble a signature on it, it sounds like a good idea.

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