If you’re in market for a guest book, this list includes 27 unique guest book ideas covers everything from wooden oars to a guitar. Guest sign in books are a fun addition to any event and a great way to personalize a graduation, wedding, or baby shower. I also love that a guest book can often double as an activity at the event.
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What is a guest book?
Generally, a guest book is a place for attendees to write well wishes to the guest of honor. A typical guest book would be white and have lined pages inside. This is a list of non traditional guest book ideas. When considering the guest book, ask the question:
What does the guest(s) of honor love to do?
Does she love playing scrabble or going to the lake? Have guests sign an oar, anchor, or buoys! If you have a game lover on your hands, have guests sign the back of a game board or a Jenga set. My goal when coming up with new guest book ideas is to create a useful memory.
Wedding Guest Book Ideas
I divided this post up into 3 sections, but you can adapt most of these guest book ideas for any event. For instance, a quilt guest book is under the wedding guest book ideas list, but it would also be adorable for a baby shower. Just make the quilt baby sized. A t-shirt quilt guest book would be super fun for a highschool graduation party. The graduate could take her sign in book/quilt to college!
I love the idea of making a giant backyard Jenga set that way you have more room for guests to sign and what a fun backyard game!
2. Sign our quilt
I write on rocks as souvenirs from vacation, but it works just the same as a guest book! All you need is a bowl full of smooth river rocks, a white paint pen and a glass vase to toss the signed rocks into.
4. Calendar Guest Book
5. Champagne Bottle
6. Game board
Scrabble, Clue, Monopoly, or Life would all be great game boards to serve as a unique guest book. Have a few permanent markers handy and let guests sign any where on the game board.
7. Turn photo strips into a scrapbook
This idea works great if you have a photo booth or even a Polaroid camera on hand for guests to use. Have a basket full of a props and a hand full of markers and this interactive guest book will make itself! Another great option is downloading the Simple Booth app and have an iPad set up on a tripod!
All you need for this guest book is ink pads and a pre made drawing. Check out this Etsy seller for fingerprint guest books. There is everything from a simple family tree design to a lion complete with a finger print mane for a zoo themed wedding.
9. Metal Letter & Paint Pens
I have folks email and ask me where to find metal letters all the time! You can find most metal letters on Amazon. Here is a very similar letter “S” on Amazon. See more details from this beautiful wedding at Style Me Pretty.
10. Guest Log
This print screened guest log was oringially created by Baumbirdy, but no longer sold on Etsy.
Grab a few plain white plates in varying sizes to have guests autograph with metallic paint pins at the party. After the wedding, hang a plate collage in your dining room. These plate hangers from Amazon are the best.
12. Wooden Oars
Just add permanent markers and you’ve got yourself a unique guest book that’s perfect for the water lover. You can find inexpensive solid wood oars on Amazon. For more details from this gorgeous wedding, check out Style Me Pretty.
13. A wooden bench
Baby Shower Guest Book Ideas
14. Wooden blocks
15. Personalized note cards
If you’re hosting a baby shower, the mom to be note card is perfect for giving the new mama baby advice like favorite children’s book, but can also doubles as a guest book. After the shower, punch a hole in the corner of each card and use a ribbon to string them all together. Print the free printable personalized mom to be note cards here.
16. Thumbprint guest books
17. Mad Libs
18. Doodle in a person
I used this guest book at a book inspired baby shower I hosted for a friend. I had it on a desk as guests arrived and it proved to be a fun ice breaker activity for everyone. Each guest personalized a simple doodle character with colored pencils. Since the shower I was hosting was book themed, I had each guest add their favorite kids book in the flag above.
19. Baby’s 1st Alphabet book
My sister in law had this adorable Baby’s First Alphabet book set up at her baby shower and it proved to be such a fun activity for everyone. Here is the free printable template we used.
20. Favorite Book, Bible, Atlas, or Dictionary
A dictionary would be perfect for a graduation or wedding. Invite guests to circle a word that describes the couple or graduate and leave a note. I love the idea of a favorite kids book for a baby shower guest book. Here are few of my favorite baby shower guest book ideas:
- The Giving Tree
- Oh The Places You’ll Go
- Where the Wild Things Are
- The Wonderful Things You Will Be
- Guess How Much I Love You (used below)
Graduation Guest Book Ideas
21. Matted Picture Frame
22. Chalkboard Messages
A photo booth doubles as a fun activity for guests at an event, but it can also be turned into a guest book.
23. Guest Log
If you’re looking for an inexpensive, unique option guest book option, this guest log is perfect. All you need is a tree slice and You can use a real tree slice from your own back yard or buy a 13in slice on Amazon.
Comments & Reviews
I love all these ideas! My fiance and I love to travel. We love the globe idea, but aren’t sure how many signatures will fit on which size globe. Do you have any ideas?
Donna Biggs says
Thank you for these fabulous ideas, love the guitar guest book idea!
We just had a regular guest book at our wedding (it was in 1995 before anyone was doing anything cool) but I love these ideas. I still have guest book in my house now for overnight guests and might switch it over to one of these fun ideas!
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So many cute projects! I love the coloring in a character idea. The postcards are great too – totally simple, but beautiful! xo
Vicki Kitchens says
We used your guitar guest book idea this weekend at my son’s proposal/engagement party! It was a huge hit. He is a guitarist in our church’s band and plays for a few other churches as well. We hope to be able to use it again at the wedding reception!
Unique ideas! I especially love the globe! Thanks for posting..
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scrapbooking paper says
I love this! Such a cute idea 🙂 Thank you for sharing.
I love the metal “S” what kind of metal did you use?
Awesome round up! I am helping someone plan her wedding and am going to use these!
yearbook ideas says
thanks for sharing ..it looks simple but nice
Great Ideas. We did a map of the US for our son’s graduation. People put names on post it tabs and placed where they were from. We had different colors for places he himself has been, etc.
birthday stationary says
hhmm… ilike your idea…thanks for that
Love the globe! Perfect for the traveling couple :-). I also included it in my roundup of unique guest book ideas: http://peachofmind.com/10-alternative-guest-book-ideas/
We had our wedding in October, because I love the Fall. I wanted ALL decorations to be able to be reused every year. I figured spending the money, need to be able to reuse. Anyway, our guest Book was a Decorative Pumpkin, I got at Hobby Lobby (and for 50% so paid $15 for a $30 pumpkin) plus I put on our last name initial and asked people to sign! It was perfect fitting for my Fall themed wedding! We’ll be putting it out every year for the fall season!
Jamie Dorobek says
That is such a good idea! Thanks for sharing 🙂