21 Guest Books That Make Great Keepsakes

by Bridget Clegg
Photo: Maureen Davis Photoraphy // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Maureen Davis Photoraphy

Yes, the guest book is a record of all the friends and family who attended your wedding. But it can also be a sentimental keepsake that you use or display after your wedding day. Make your alternative guest book something that reflects you as a couple: a collection of corks for the wine enthusiasts, a surfboard for the beach bums or a baseball bat for sports fans. Set up the objects at a table at your reception where guests will be sure to stop and include a sign explaining what you want them to do. Need ideas? See what keepsakes these 21 couples chose to remember their wedding day guests!

Antique Plate Collection

Photo: Lauren Gabrielle Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Lauren Gabrielle Photography

Photo: Lauren Gabrielle Photography

From the album: A Timeless Irish Wedding In Wickliffe, OH

Surfboard

Photo: The Youngrens // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: The Youngrens

Photo: The Youngrens

From the album: A Vibrant Wedding In Coronado, CA

Wooden State Cutout

Photo: Greer G. Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Greer G. Photography

Photo: Greer G. Photography

Photo Book

Photo: Luminaire Images // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Luminaire Images

Photo: Luminaire Images

From the album: A Playful Modern Wedding In Los Angeles, CA

Personalized Serving Platter

Photo: Jacqueline Kay Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Jacqueline Kay Photography

Photo: Jacqueline Kay Photography

“Message In A Bottle" Display

Photo: Levy Moroshan Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog

Photo: Levy Moroshan Photography

Baseball Bat

Photo: Leo Timoshuk Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Leo Timoshuk Photography

Photo: Leo Timoshuk Photography

From the album: A Ranch Wedding In Cooperstown, NY

Photo Puzzle

Photo: Vue Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Vue Photography

Photo: Vue Photography

From the album: A Romantic Casual Wedding In Carillon Beach, FL

Rock Collection

Photo: Kris Drake Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Kris Drake Photography

Photo: Kris Drake Photography

Jenga Set

Photo: Caroline and Evan Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog

Photo: Caroline and Evan Photography

From the album: A Casual Beachside Wedding In St. Pete Beach, FL

Family (And Friends) Tree Painting

Photo: Azelle Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog

Photo: Azelle Photography

From the album: A Rustic Romantic Wedding In Savannah, GA

Guest “Log" Poster

Photo: Jake Holt Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Jake Holt Photography

Photo: Jake Holt Photography

From the album: A Contemporary Garden Wedding In Austin, TX

Vintage Postcard Collection

Photo: James Christianson Photographer // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: James Christianson Photographer

Photo: James Christianson Photographer

From the album: A Preppy Traditional Wedding In Palm Beach, FL

Art Deco Poster

Photo: Lori Barbely Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Lori Barbely Photography

Photo: Lori Barbely Photography

From the album: An Outdoor Holiday Wedding In Winter Park, FL

Travel Map With Pins

Photo: Cly Creation // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Cly Creation

Photo: Cly Creation

From the album: A Travel Themed Wedding In Brooklyn, NY

Quilt

Photo: Jen Fariello Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Jen Fariello Photography

Photo: Jen Fariello Photography

From the album: A Fiesta-Style Wedding in Scottsville, VA

Cork Collection

Photo: Mary Wyar Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Mary Wyar Photography

Photo: Mary Wyar Photography

From the album: An Outdoor Wedding In Wayzata, MN

DIY Hearts Poster

Photo: Pete Mahar Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Pete Mahar Photography

Photo: Pete Mahar Photography

From the album: A Pink And Navy Wedding In Ariel, WA

Ampersand Sign

Photo: Anda Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog

Photo: Anda Photography

From the album: A Vivid Springtim Wedding In Bellingham, WA

Photo Booth Strip Scrapbook

Photo: Clane Gessel Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Clane Gessel Photography

Photo: Clane Gessel Photography

From the album: A Romantic Summer Wedding In Seattle, WA

Canvas Painting

Photo: Cory Ryan Photography // Featured: The Knot Blog
photo by Photo: Cory Ryan Photography

Photo: Cory Ryan Photography

From the album: A Vintage Casual Wedding In Austin, TX

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