Whether you’d like guests to stick their photo in, scribble down a message or both, a guest book is a must-have wedding day keepsake.
We’ve all heard of the post-wedding blues and most brides know that the best way to shake off the sadness is to look at their wedding photographs and flip through their guest book! While a guest book may seem low priority when wedding planning, you’ll be glad you thought of it when it comes to cuddling up on the sofa and reading through it with your new spouse.
Chances are you’ve put together a banging playlist, hired a DJ or even a band and so guests will have plenty to keep them amused, however snapping some funny photos or having the chance to write some marital advice is always popular with guests. The guest book is just another chance to tell you both how much you mean to them and have some fun!
When the honeymoon is over and you’ve opened up every present on your wedding gift list your wedding guest book will serve as the best reminder of your day and is sure to make you laugh (and cry!). Choose a time to curl up with your new husband or wife and read over your guests’ best advice, messages and hilarious pictures and you’ll be glad you spent the time selecting a book.
While we can’t guarantee that the style you choose now – and we have some seriously stunning ones for you – will be exactly your thing in many years’ time, the messages and pictures will always have a place in your heart.
Where better to record your messages of love than this heart-shaped guest book? In a simple kraft design, it will blend in perfectly at a rustic barn wedding. Heart shaped kraft guest book, Ginger Ray, £10.99
This monogrammed guest book with metallic lettering will add a touch of luxury to your reception décor. Personalised monogram guest book, Not on the High Street, £32
Simple and classic, this design would suit a white wedding. Mr and Mrs Guestbook, Not on the High Street, £39
We love a painterly design and can imagine this colourful guest book nestled amongst some summer wild flowers, Paperchase, £12
Add this whimsical touch to your fairy tale day and have your guests fill it with wishes for your very own happily ever after! Rose gold guest book, Ginger Ray at Hobbycraft, £10
If you’re hosting a monochrome wedding then this chic and simple faux leather choice from Paperchase works perfectly. Personalised black guest book, Paperchase, £24
We love the foiled lettering on this classic wedding guest book, invest in a matching gold pen for luxe vibes. Foiled guest book, Ginger Ray, £10.99
Top wedding guest book tips
- Recruit a member of your bridal party – perhaps the best man or maid of honour – to encourage other guests to fill in the guest book. Most guests are happy to write a message but get caught up on the dance floor and forget!
- Buy or borrow an Instax or Polaroid camera so that guests can snap pics of themselves to go alongside their messages.
- If you do choose to provide a camera, order a few props. Guests often feel a little happier to take photos of themselves with a few fun props, Ginger Ray has a range of different themes to match your style.
- Make sure you provide plenty of film. While 50 shots may seem like a lot, once you’ve factored in guests accidentally taking pictures of the floor after a drink or two, they can quickly get used up!
- Place your guest book somewhere guests can easily find it. Near the venue entrance or exit is a good idea or next to the cake table – guests will definitely be heading there during the evening!
- Provide plenty of pens and film for photos. It sounds obvious, but there’s nothing worse than guests queuing up to contribute to your guest book and finding they can’t. As a general rule, provide more than you think you will need.
- Buy or make an eye-catching sign to draw attention to your guest book and encourage guests to write in it.
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