Planning Tip Tuesday: How to Get Creative with Your Guest Book

Traditional guest books are a thing of the past.  Couples today are finding ways to incorporate unique ideas in their guest books that they can enjoy for years to come! We loved a recent wedding that had a book of envelopes for guests to write their own private message to you both, or for guests to write separate notes for each the bride and groom. We love this idea! It allows guests to write something special just for you to read!

© Dana Cubbage Weddings 2014

We also love a wishing tree. This is a super easy DIY project for the big day and makes a glam impact (especially when crystals are added!). All you need are branches (available at craft stores)  add little cards tied with ribbon to hang each note.


The tree thumb print is another unique way to have a guest book without guests actually writing. Guests often leave thumbprint as a leaf, a bird to create this original art piece to hang in your home. You can either choose to have the guest sign their name with their thumbprint or to just leave their print as their signature.

Pasha Belman Photography Copyright © 2013

A tabletop book with pictures from Charleston is also a popular idea. This is something you can have in your home and flip through to remind you of not only your guests, but the beautiful city you got married in. Guests can flip through the book and find the perfect picture they want to write their note to the bride and groom.

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More recently, we've seen quite a few Wedding Mad Libs and Wedding Survey cards for guests to fill in during cocktail hour. There are plenty of templates to create a card with an interesting story, but still leave some imagination to the guests for what they want to fill in the blanks!


Kristy Roskowski and Zach Martin's wedding at the William Aiken House in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790,