Tired and outdated, the Wedding Day tradition of the wedding guest book has had a major overhaul in recent years. Today many brides and grooms prefer a more unique take on this popular and sentimental wedding keepsake.


Here are our favourite seven for you to choose from:


  1. Bottle of Wisdom


A quirky and sentimental idea for an alternative guest book is the ‘Message in a Bottle’. Ask guests to write their message on a slip of paper and pop it into a beautiful glass bottle. Then in ten years’ time, all you need do is pop the cork and reminiscence with a glass of bubbly!


Rather than a stuffy and traditional Guest Book, freshen things up with a ‘Bottle of Wisdom’. People love to impart sage words of advice and golden nuggets of closely held wisdom.


Instead of the usual well wishes and bland congrats, ask your friends and loved ones to impart one piece of sage advice for married life instead. ‘The secrets to a successful marriage’ or ‘how to …….’ perhaps.

Message in a Bottle for Wedding Messages

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  1. Sign the Couple’s Initials


A truly lovely and personal approach to the whole ‘guest book’ tradition, we love this idea. Ask your guests to sign the your wooden initials instead. Oozing rustic charm, these signed letters would look fab on a feature wall. Arranged alongside some of your favourite images of you as a couple, it would be a lovely memento of your wedding day.


Wooden monogrammed initial E on a wall

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  1. Say Cheese

The perfect way to truly personalise your ‘guest book’ is to give your guests a Polaroid camera. Let your guests take photos of themselves to accompany their personal message to you as bride and groom.


Be prepared for some cheekier snaps as the night wears on and the amount of alcohol consumed increases however!



  1. Wedding Movie

A truly memorable way to gather the well wishes of your guests is to ask your guests to film a personal message to camera for you. Then look back on your loved ones messages once the wedding festivities have ended.


However, be aware that some of your family and loved ones may be rather camera shy. It would certainly be a good idea to provide an alternative guest book for those members of the wedding party who would prefer to write something instead.



  1. A Suitcase of Memories


Encourage guests to write a message on a postcard and pop it in your beautiful, vintage suitcase to read later. Carefully selected, the postcards could even form your ‘bucket list’ of places you plan to visit as a married couple in years to come. Collect more mementos and keepsakes from your travels as you go. Then you can add these to your ‘suitcase of memories’ to look back on in later years.



  1. A Rustic Wooden Message Board


We blooming love this idea, which has been seen across many Pinterest boards of late! Flipping the traditional paper Guest Book on its proverbial head is this gorgeous rustic display board.  The perfect vessel for your guests to sign, it would look oh so pretty on your mantelpiece to boot.  Serving as a wonderful memento of your special day for many, many years to come, it is a keepsake you will want to showcase with pride.


Wooden Wedding Guest Book

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7. The Tree of Love


An emerging trend and what could potentially be a lovely piece of artwork is the Fingerprint Tree or Wooden Heart Tree.

A wonderfully personal wedding keepsake, guests ink their thumbs and stamp thumb leaves around the beautifully hand drawn tree. Guests can even leave their signature for that unique wedding day memento.


The Wooden Heart Tree is equally as beautiful. Guests are asked to sign a wooden heart on the tree and leave a short message for the happy couple. Both provide a fab way to document the most special day of your life and preserve a moment in time forever.


Of course, the most important keepsake of your special day are your lovely wedding photographs. And what better memento of your special day could there be than an image of yourselves next to your own bespoke wedding letter hire? With the whole alphabet to choose from, embrace your sentimental side and get creating. If you are stuck for ideas, maybe your favourite romantic film can provide inspiration? How about ‘You Had Me At Hello’ or ‘Made For Each Other’. The possibilities are infinite. For further wedding lighting ideas, head on over to our website gallery for more.

Words To Glow The WARDS light up wedding letters at a Cheshire wedding reception

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Fingerprint Tree for an Alternative Wedding Guest Book idea

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