ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Unique Wedding Ideas: Guest Book Alternative

Updated on February 12, 2015

There are weddings all the time, everywhere, every day. Finding a unique way to celebrate and put your own special touch on your wedding is a continual challenge for couples. I recently attended a wedding of a mature couple whose family had some very special and unique ideas for the wedding of their parents. I would like to share with you one special one of their Unique Wedding Ideas: Guest Book Alternative.

Wedding Tree Guest Book is a unique alternative to the traditional guest book!
Wedding Tree Guest Book is a unique alternative to the traditional guest book! | Source
Guests select a color and "leaf" a thumbprint on the wedding tree as their "stamp of approval" on the wedding itself!
Guests select a color and "leaf" a thumbprint on the wedding tree as their "stamp of approval" on the wedding itself! | Source
Guests of all ages loved the Wedding Tree Guest Book!
Guests of all ages loved the Wedding Tree Guest Book! | Source
Thumbprint guest art creates a lasting impression that can adorn the wall of a newlywed couple's home.
Thumbprint guest art creates a lasting impression that can adorn the wall of a newlywed couple's home. | Source

Thumbprint Guest Book Picture

Traditional wedding guest books are a small, simple book filled with pages for guests to sign on to show they attended the event. Some Brides use their Wedding Book as the guest book. Guest books are typically watched over by an adorable attendant whose job is to see to it that each and every attending guest signs the book. Guest books can be as simple of elaborate as the Bride chooses and often have feathery or flashy oversized pens to accompany them. These books tend to make their way to a shelf or drawer just to be pulled out for a 25th or 50th anniversary. Today, however, Brides and Grooms are getting more creative and are finding ways to make the guest book reflect the memorable occasion in a more practical way. I recently attended one such occasion.

As a Guest Book, the family had a pen and ink print created by a close friend. The scene was of a tree with branches and a tire swing suspended from it. In the trunk of the tree, a heart was carved with the initials of the bride and groom. A Guest Book Attendant gave each guest a choice of colors of ink pads from which to choose a color for their "leaf": brick red, mocha brown, golden amber and moss green. They were then asked to place a thumbprint "leaf" on the branches to create a beautiful tree with fall leaves hanging from the branches. Guests are then given a wipe so they can remove any remaining traces of ink before entering the wedding venue. Be sure to keep a trashcan or basket handy for the used wipes. It was a lovely memento and everyone was more than willing to accommodate the wedding couple's request.

It was a small wedding, but the tree had a wealth of individual thumbprints decorating its branches. The leaves were customized by the guests. Some branches were full and lush and some guests left thumbprint leaves falling creating a colorful ground cover. As a fall wedding guest book, it was perfect. The bride and groom had a beautiful reminder of their wedding day to hang on their wall while offering each guest a special place to give their "stamp of approval" on the wedding!

For winter, the tree drawn on a blue background with white fingerprints would leave the impression of snow. For spring, the use of pink would leave the impression of cherry blossoms. For summer, shades of green would fill it full and lush.

You can opt to have the thumbprints only, or to have guests add their names to their "leaves". It is up to you! It is your guest book, your memento from this special day. Think about what you would like and be sure to give your guest book attendant specific instructions. It was a lovely way to provide an alternative guest book for a unique wedding!

My son and daughter-in-law used this idea to create a print to hang in their first home. We began with the thumbprints of the Bride's parents and the Groom's parents for examples for the guests to follow. A simple printed out sign gave guests the information they needed to create their own unique "leaf" on the print. Many combined their print with that of their spouse to form a heart which gave a romantic twist to the print. For years to come it will be enjoyed by every guest to their home, whether they attended the wedding or not! In addition, the momento becomes a treasured part of the home décor, keeping friends and family close no matter how far the couple's lives take them!

Must it be a tree? NO! You are only limited by your imagination! Think about the décor of your home and find a way to blend it with your wedding. Big or guests of any number can participate in helping create a one of a kind wedding guest list that will be enjoyed for years to come!

Photo and Text Copyright 2011 Deborah M. Carey Updated 2015.

Please Take This Poll

What types of guest books have you seen at weddings?

See results

Share Your Ideas, Thoughts And Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • prektjr.dc profile imageAUTHOR

      Debbie Carey 

      3 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      Posts used for advertisement for other products will be deleted.

    • prektjr.dc profile imageAUTHOR

      Debbie Carey 

      7 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      I Am Rosa,

      Thanks for the compliments and for reading! I loved it when I saw it and just had to share! God Bless!

    • I Am Rosa profile image

      Rosa Marchisella 

      7 years ago from Canada

      What an amazing idea!!! I LOVE IT and the concise article that got straight to the point. Thanks so much for sharing. I definitely want to use this for my own wedding!! Voted up, useful and interesting :-D


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)