Find in Focus: Alternative Guestbooks Using Typewriters

Alternative guestbook typewriter vintage

Old style typewriters—from retro to vintage—have been used as alternative guestbooks for the past couple of years. And wedding experts forecast that, despite all the bold, edgy trends that are in right now, these two looks will always have their place. So that poses a challenge! How do you get ‘something old’ to look fresh, new, and distinct for your own wedding?

Alternative guestbook typewriter vintage pink

In the case of this retro typewriter “guest book” we found via DIY Network, color does the trick! Doesn’t this adorable combo of pink and blue remind you of a 1950s ice cream parlor or diner? The post doesn’t reveal if this is a makeover from a regular grey model. But it does show what you could look out for as you scour antique stores, flea markets, and yard sales for this unique prop for your wedding!

Where to Look for Them Online

Here are four examples of where you may be able to find some typewriters:

Alternative guestbook typewriter vintage and retro

1. Vintage typewriter by Olympia, made in Germany before World War II – via etsy
2. Smith-Corona with a turquoise finish – via etsy
3. Corona Vintage Typewriter – via Vintage Typewriter Shoppe
4. Vintage working manual typewriter – Bright Orange (a bit red) Remington Riviera – via etsy


  1. What an original idea, might do this for my upcoming wedding if I can find a vintage typewriter. 🙂

  2. I wondered what all those old typewriters were doing at weddings! Cute . . .

  3. Hi, Chrissy! Yes, it is a creative idea. But the trick, too, is finding one in a striking color — something you know all about! 🙂

  4. So glad you like the idea, Jen!

    About looking for a vintage typewriter for your wedding, yard sales and thrift shops are great sources. Or you can try online — similar to the links we provided at the end of this post. 🙂

  5. Hi, Amy! Yes, the idea has been used at many weddings — but it must be a fun experience for some of the younger guests to even type a message using a typewriter! 🙂

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