Gorgeous Guest Book Ideas

Here at SMP Weddings HQ we’ve been admiring some of our couples unique and contemporary take on the traditional guest book. Back in the day all your wedding attendees would write their good wishes in a chunky album which was usually then consigned to the back of the wardrobe never to see the light of day again. Modern couples however are finding unique and original ways to use those heartfelt messages as glorious craft creations and artwork to be displayed and enjoyed every day.

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We’ve fallen in love with a couple of our recent brides’ spin on traditional guest books. Jude & Dave had a beautiful illustration of a whale being lifted from the ocean by balloons to which each guest could add their fingerprint ‘balloon’, all the more personal since the drawing was made by a friend while Kate & Mat’s wedding guests added their prints as autumnal leaves and tiny birds nestling on the branches of a tree, both gorgeous personal ideas.  Claire & Oli created a peg board for each guest to add their photograph, a perfect way to keep pics of all your loved ones on display long after the big day.

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Nosing around the internet has given us even more inspiration and I particularly love the idea of each guest writing a message on a fabric square to be made into a wedding quilt, what an amazing heirloom that would become. Wooden games are also a fabulous keepsake, get your guests to write their best wishes on Jenga blocks and play it every year on your anniversary or create a jigsaw puzzle of messages.

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This beautiful dropbox for wooden hearts is a beautiful way to create some wall art from your guest’s wishes or simply ask everyone to sign a heart in this laser cut artwork. For these and lots more ideas visit our Pinterest board (SMP Weddings Guestbook Pinterest


Kate xx 



Kate is the studio manager at SMP Weddings, the home of reportage wedding photography and photojournalism in Sussex creating highly atmospheric images which burst with personality and emotion. 

Gorgeous Guest Book Ideas

Some Kind Words

  • Uli and Mike

    “Thanks so much for photographing our wedding, I’ve got no idea how you do it but they are so beautiful and clever and just fabulous all round - we absolutely LOVE them. We have looked at them together with friends and family so many times already and we’re SO pleased to know that we’ll be able to look at them again and again for many years to come.
    We’ve put some of them up on Facebook and many of our friends have commented on how amazing the photos are. Lots of our friends have currently got one of your pictures up as their profile pics.
    You were just wonderful on the day, we loved having you there, you were just part of it all, including us girls getting ready and you were never anything other than a guest with a very
    important job. I don’t know how you did it, but you seem to have been everywhere all at the same time, and have managed to capture such beautiful moments and so much fun and laughter. The “best men together” moment with the children all doing cartwheels in the background - if I didn’t know better I’d think that some of the pictures must have been staged, there is just such an amazing skill in them with the exact right moment, the detail and the angle all coming together - absolutely magical!!!
    So thank you, thank you, thank you! You’ve captured our special day so beautifully, we couldn’t have wished for anything else”.

    Uli and Mike