Gorgeous, fun guest book alternatives

When we came across this outrageously gorgeous, vintage handkerchief inspired, guest book idea from Eat Drink Chic we were in love. 

At Oh Perfect Day we're a fan of anything that's both unique and pretty all at once and this lovely little concept is both of those things.

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These 'hankies' are actually note cards designed to appear like hankies.  Guests can pick them off a line to write little notes to the newlyweds and then hang them back up for display ....genius.  How great would these be for a vintage, shabby chic or rustic wedding?  What's even better, Eat Drink Chic has provided templates and instructions so you can make them yourself here.

All inspired by this little find, we started thinking about guest book alternatives.  Traditional guestbooks are lovely, but they're so, well, traditional.  For the bride that wants to surprise, excite and delight her guests, having a classic, bound book with formal notes from family and friends may be elegant, but it might not be the perfect fit for them.

So, we've put together a little treasure trove of gorgeous guest book ideas that are also unique, personal and, perhaps most importantly, fun. 

1. The 'sign something we love' guest book idea

When it comes to guest books, they sky's the limit.  Anything that can be written on can form a perfect place for little love notes.  Select something that you love as a couple, or something you would like to display in your house or garden and you have an instant, personal keepsake.

1. Surf board guest book via Lucky to be in Love . 2. 'Please sign' swing guest book via Zank You. 3. Guitar guest book via PInterest.

1. Surf board guest book via Lucky to be in Love . 2. 'Please sign' swing guest book via Zank You. 3. Guitar guest book via PInterest.

2.  Message in a bottle.

Elegant and beautiful but a little twist on tradition, have your guests write a message on gorgeous vintage paper and tie it up with string.  Select pretty bottles that tie in with your theme and finish the look with pretty paper labels.

Message in a bottle via Brides.com.

Message in a bottle via Brides.com.

3. Games and puzzles

Having a quirky wedding and looking for a fun take on a guest book?  Jenga and puzzle guest book ideas might just be a perfect fit.

1. Jenga guest book via A Paper Proposal. 2. Jigsaw guest book via ANG Weddings and Events. 3. Personalised puzzle guest book via Not on the High Street.

1. Jenga guest book via A Paper Proposal. 2. Jigsaw guest book via ANG Weddings and Events. 3. Personalised puzzle guest book via Not on the High Street.

4. Video message guest book

Want a guest book that's fun, interactive, entertaining and something you will always treasure? Of course you do! Set up a video guest book station at your wedding.  This concept lends itself to all sorts of props, backdrops, dress ups and more ...the only limit is your imagination!

1. Video'Guest Box'' via Stefan Sisters. 2.'Film a message for the newlyweds' via Bridal Guide.

1. Video'Guest Box'' via Stefan Sisters. 2.'Film a message for the newlyweds' via Bridal Guide.

5. Questions and answers.

Create pretty little booklets for your guests to pass around during the reception, each one with a different question on the cover for your loved ones to answer.  Simple, fun & perfect for creating conversation.

Guest 'booklets' via Project Wedding.

Guest 'booklets' via Project Wedding.

6. Vintage typewriter

This idea isn't quite as new as some of the others, but we just have to include it because it's so sweet.  If you're having a vintage wedding, consider locating the prettiest typewriter you can find for your guest book.

Vintage typewriter via Style Unveiled.

Vintage typewriter via Style Unveiled.

7. Suggest a date

This has to be one of the cutest concepts out there.  Ask your guests to suggest a date idea.  How fun would it be to have random date nights based on their suggestions?

1. This couple asked guests to suggest dates for their anniversaries for the next five years, with a bottle for each year. Via Wedding Chicks.  2. A simple 'date jar' makes for a sweet guest book alternative via Pinterest.

1. This couple asked guests to suggest dates for their anniversaries for the next five years, with a bottle for each year. Via Wedding Chicks.  2. A simple 'date jar' makes for a sweet guest book alternative via Pinterest.

8. 'Mad libs'

This one is just about our favourite. Mad libs are so FUN.  They are also easily customised to suit your personality and style.

Ask guests to 'fill the gaps' in a simple letter or note to the bride and groom.  Or, for something a little alternative, replace the letter with a story, poem or even a section for drawing a picture or sticking a polaroid or photo booth photo.  This concept is only limited by your creativity!

There's plenty of pre-made templates available across the web, especially on Etsy.  However, we think making up your own makes for a sweet, personalised approach ...this one is a very simple DIY project almost any couple could tackle.

Clockwise from top left: 1. Sweet vintage 'mad libs' on kraft paper via Via Ink Design. 2. Mad libs with photo booth photos via The Knotty Bride. 3. Message to the happy couple via MAKR. 4. Guest libs via Megan Wappel Designs.

Clockwise from top left: 1. Sweet vintage 'mad libs' on kraft paper via Via Ink Design. 2. Mad libs with photo booth photos via The Knotty Bride. 3. Message to the happy couple via MAKR. 4. Guest libs via Megan Wappel Designs.

Not only to these guest book alternatives provide you with a heartfelt keepsake you will treasure, but they entertain and delight your guests.  Win-win we say!

Are you thinking of having an alternative to the traditional guest book at your wedding?

 

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