A guest book is an important keepsake from a couple’s wedding. When guests arrive — or sometime before they leave — they’ll write their name and a message to the couple in the guest book. But if you’re planning a wedding and want to venture away from the norm, you may want to consider one of the following alternatives.


Thumbprint Art

Rather than asking for guests for their signatures, perhaps you should ask for their thumbprint. Basically, this involves the use of a large card or poster board on which guests place their inked thumbprint. Like a signature, each person’s thumbprint is unique, making this an excellent alternative to the traditional guest book. Check out Pinterest for some ideas on how to use thumbprint art in your wedding.

The only downside to thumbprint art is the potential for stained clothing. If you’re worried about guests accidentally smearing their ink-covered hands on their clothes, consider using a washable ink.

‘Selfie’ Photos

Another alternative to the traditional guest book is a selfie guest book. In addition to signing their names and leaving a message, guests can take a polaroid photo of themselves to include in the book. Simply place a polaroid camera and instructions next to the guest book.

Sure, these photos will probably pale in comparison to those taken by your wedding photographer, but they’ll capture a unique and more candid perspective of your wedding. And if you don’t want to use a polaroid, you can always provide guests with disposable cameras and develop the film after your wedding. Either way, selfie photos are an innovative way to liven up your guest book.

Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces

A third option to consider is jigsaw puzzle pieces. Rather than signing a page in a book, guests place their John Hancock and a message to the bride and groom on a single puzzle piece. It’s a fun and meaningful way to capture the unique voice of each friend and family member who attends your wedding.

After your wedding is over, you and your newlywed spouse can turn these puzzle pieces into a brilliant work of art. You can frame them in a picture frame, for instance, to create a truly unique wall decoration.

Regardless of which method you choose, it’s important to consider the number of guests at your wedding. You want to make sure each guest has the opportunity to participate in this activity. If you choose the jigsaw puzzle, for instance, include enough pieces for each guest.