Weddings rush by in a flash of excitement and tears. Having a unique wedding guestbook will create a lasting memory of the day, with messages and photos from family and friends. Whether you are after a traditional guest book with plenty of pages for words and a Polaroid or two, or a quirky jigsaw puzzle, picture frame or globe, in this article we'll help you decide.
From wedding Jenga, to personalised wedding guest book inspiration, we've ranked the top 10 best in the UK on Amazon, John Lewis and eBay. With gorgeous offerings from brands including Ginger Ray and Kate Aspen, read on to discover a beautiful way to commemorate your special day!
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Guest books save loved ones from wasting money, time and resources on buying a card. But when you're looking for the perfect book, there are a few simple ways to make your decision easier and your final choice more satisfying. This guide aims to help you pick one that brings lasting joy!
First, let's weigh up the benefits and drawbacks of the different types of books, inside which your wedding guests can record memories and messages of love. Aside from a traditional, hardback wedding guest book, there are plenty of more unusual options to consider.
An elegant wedding guest book is a wonderful way to keep messages from your family and friends safe in one place. It looks understated and tasteful and will suit simple, classic wedding decor. Hardcover wedding guest books often have up to 200 pages with plenty of room for all your guests to write long messages.
You might want to look for books that have a ribbon page marker, or space for guests to stick polaroids and other photographs. Once the wedding is over, a traditional guest book is easy to store, preserving your loved ones' messages of support in one place. They can even be displayed on a shelf or coffee table, for future house guests to look through and reminisce!
Perhaps a traditional wedding guest book feels a little old-fashioned for you and your spouse-to-be. If that's the case, never fear! There are plenty of inspiring wedding guest book alternatives which will blend well with the decor at a quirky modern wedding.
The biggest advantage of this type of wedding guest book is that it breaks with tradition and provides a fun wedding activity that's a little different. Some alternative wedding guest books can also be saved as a gorgeous visual wedding memento. Although, others may be more difficult to store conveniently.
It's time to delve more deeply into more unique possibilities for your wedding guest book. You'll need to contemplate how the book fits into to the overall style and theme of your nuptials, how you plan to store or display your guest book after the wedding, and how long you hope guests' messages will be!
A wedding guest book jigsaw or Jenga style stacking game is a cute alternative to the typical bound book. In particular, blocks or puzzle pieces crafted from natural-looking wood provide a gorgeous rustic touch to a whimsical outdoor wedding.
Turn writing in your guest book into a fun activity for guests as they leave a note and slot their jigsaw tile in place, or try to stack wooden blocks without them falling over! These guest books are perfect if you're happy with simple, brief messages, and the game element is ideal for weddings where there are younger guests who need occupying.
A potential downside of these gamified wedding guest books is that the space for writing messages is pretty limited. There's room for a name and a few kisses, but not much else. It's also worthwhile keeping storage in mind, as any wedding guest book with numerous, little pieces comes with the risk of losing them.
Another wedding guest book idea that's a little more out-of-the-ordinary, is a globe onto which guests can write their messages. This is the perfect choice for couples who love travel and have enjoyed all kinds of adventures together. Guests have plenty of space to write, and could even circle places where they met or holidayed with the couple!
Though the surface isn't flat, the globe may be a little more accessible for older guests to leave their messages on than those with miniature pieces. But the biggest benefit of a wedding guest globe is that it can be displayed in your home as a timeless memory, whether on a shelf, at a desk or in pride of place on a mantelpiece.
Perhaps you like the idea of positioning your wedding guest book as a decorative focal point? There's something reminiscent of childhood fairy tales about a 3D tree onto which your guests can hang their warmest wedding wishes for the day and the rest of your lives, particularly for couples who love fantasy, folklore and the great outdoors.
This kind of guest book would look gorgeous as part of a wedding filled with natural touches, or perhaps even one held outside. Plus, the small hearts allow guests to keep their messages short and sweet. Once the wedding comes to a close, the tree can be displayed in your home as a souvenir of the day you said 'I do'.
Wedding guest books that are already framed are quite popular nowadays, particularly for vintage-style or rustic weddings with a whimsical, bohemian theme. Ideal for displaying long after your special day is over, this type of wedding guest book comes in a variety of guises.
Some framed wedding guest books have lines of string with little wooden pegs, so guests can pin their notes, as though on a washing line. Others come with tiles or shapes that can be written on before slotting them into the top of the frame so that they fall down to create a pretty collage of messages.
The frame can be displayed during the wedding too, making an attractive backdrop for photographs, and a talking point for guests!
It may be helpful to consider the type of material your wedding guest book is made from, as this not only affects the price, but also the quality and the way it fits with the decor and style of your wedding day. Embellished paper-bound books are light and tasteful, while ones with a marble-effect cover offer a more sophisticated look.
You may even like the idea of a classic wedding guest book with a decorative wooden cover. As non-traditional guest books are often also made of wood, it may be helpful to know that while MDF is cheaper than plywood, plywood is less susceptible to water damage.
Planning a small wedding with just your very closest friends and family? A guest book with space for between 70 and 80 guests to write their messages of love should be perfect. If you have a larger wedding party, look out for guest books with enough spaces for 100 - 200 guests to sign their names.
Another great tip if you have a very long guest list, is to opt for a guest book with a high number of pages, so multiple guests can write short messages on each page. You could even look for an alternative wedding guest book where there is no fixed area for guests to write. This allows your guests to choose how much space to take up, so the number of messages is unlimited!
While your wedding guest book will feel extremely personal to you, as it contains messages of love from your nearest and dearest, a personalised touch can make your wedding day feel even more special. Opt for a guest book which allow you to add your names and the date of your wedding day to create a memory you'll cherish for years to come.
Personalised guest books may not be to every taste, but with a playful graphic typeface in a bold colour, the addition of your most important wedding particulars can look truly wonderful. Just be aware that personalised wedding guest books tend to cost a few pounds more on average, so those on a budget may want to skip this option.
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In the number one spot sits this traditional wedding guest book from UK-based brand Manta Makes. Carefully designed and hand-made in the New Forest, this guest book has a walnut wood cover that can be personalised with the couple's name and wedding date.
Inside are large, smooth pages with plenty of space for even the most flamboyant handwriting, and room for drawings and polaroids to be taped in place. Decorated in the best of taste, we think the tactile cover puts a rustic twist on an exquisite traditional guest book!
With this charming wooden guest book frame, guests can take a breather from the dance floor to peg a little note to the textured twine, detailing their memories of your magical day. We love the fact that you can attach all kinds of mementoes with the mini wooden pegs, including polaroid photos, sprigs of herbs or fresh flowers.
The smart white frame provides plenty of room for every guest to leave a tag. Best for a smaller guest list, this frame comes with 70 tags, each one made from high-quality brown craft card.
Yes the price tag is a little steep, especially given how costly weddings can be these days, but for travel addicts (or perhaps a couple who met while seeing the world) it has to be a contender for top pick! Measuring 39.5cm high, this globe will definitely catch your guests' eyes and get even the most distant relatives chatting.
There is practically unlimited space to write messages, and the rose gold stand gives it a very current look. With the sweet and hopeful message 'The Adventure Begins' emblazoned on one side, it is a splendid choice for any globetrotters tying the knot.
If you like the idea of a beautiful alternative to the classic guest book, then this delightful picture frame from wedding decor expert Kate Aspen may be your ideal choice! Instantly usable as a decorative wedding memory to display in your home, guests write notes on little hearts and slot them into the frame.
One small drawback is that the frame may not be as resistant to moisture and wear-and-tear as some others. But, it does have space for a photo of the happy couple, and comes with 200 hearts, which is more room for messages than most alternative guest books provide.
Wooden it be nice for your friends to hang heart-shaped love notes from the branches of a wedding guest book tree? Well, now they can! This fairy-tale worthy tree is a hugely popular product on Amazon, with hundreds of enthusiastic customer reviews.
There are only 70 blank hearts, so it isn't suitable for larger wedding parties if you want every single guest to be able to leave a note. According to the Ginger Ray website, each heart measures 4cm x 4 cm, so guests will have to keep notes brief.
Want a more eccentric way for guests to share their memories of your wedding? How about this lovely hand-cut puzzle made from polished plywood right here in the UK? Whether or not you and your partner are puzzlers at home, we think it makes for a charming alternative guest book.
Though the pieces are a little small for guests to write anything meaningful, and may prove fiddly for grandparents and other older guests, we like the idea that this jigsaw could be glued in place to make a wedding keepsake you'll always treasure. It can also be personalised with your names and wedding date.
This cheap and cheerful wedding guest book is the most affordable on our list. It is made by Ginger Ray, a party products brand whose Stag- and Hen- do decorations are rivalled only by their wedding tableware and funky balloons.
This simple book has stands up to make an attractive focal point on your big day. And with 80 spacious, blank pages, multiple guests can sign their names and leave messages of love before it fills up. It's not quite as eye-catching or unique as some others, but for a small budget, it's just right!
For any couple planning a chic, understate wedding, we think this simple guest book may be one of the loveliest options available. John Lewis are known for the quality of their homeware, and this book is no exception!
There are 200 pages in total, each one made from high gsm recycled paper that makes them a dream to write on. Sadly, the pages don't lend themselves quite as well to having photos or polaroids pasted in, but it's not impossible. Not a pick for couples who want to break from tradition, but ideal for a classic, elegant wedding.
This joyful Jenga building block game is a whimsical wedding guest book idea from Ginger Ray. Each guest takes a small wooden block, adds their message and places it carefully onto the growing tower. We think this wedding guest book is well-suited to fun-loving couples who want silliness to be a large part of their special day.
A potential pitfall of this kooky wedding guest book, is that there isn't room for more wordy or passionate friends to really let their feelings out. Stray pieces could also go missing, and this lighthearted game won't be the easiest to store or display.
Perhaps you are planning a wedding with a striking, high-end aesthetic? This stunning marble-effect guest book is simple and beautiful with plenty of space for your friends and loved ones to compose a heartfelt written note.
The fine, heavy pages are soft to the touch and easy to write on and there are 200 pages with wide-spaced lines. Although it's not officially a wedding guest book, it won't look out of place at your reception, and could even be used for other occasions such as baby showers.
It's ever more common to see disposable and Polaroid cameras at weddings these days. Not only can soon-to-be-weds save money on a fancy photographer, they can also get silly, candid photos of moments they may have missed while they were busy mingling with long-lost aunties or interrogating their favourite colleague's questionable new boyfriend.
If you are planning to let guests snap Polaroids at your wedding, or like the idea of being able to add prints into your guest book after the big day is over, select one with space for photos, whether that be on delegated spots or blank pages. If you're wondering about the best way to organise the Polaroids in your guest book, check out this video for some inspiration!
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With the happiest day of your life on the horizon, you now have one more wedding element checked off your list. Whether you plump for a traditional wedding guest book, or a modern alternative, we hope you share a truly magical lifetime together!
Author: Annie Hopkins
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