Wedding guest books have come a long way since our parents’ wedding days. They used to be plain books with blank pages for people to sign their names to. But the creative wedding guest book alternatives I’ve seen as a Virginia wedding photographer are amazing! I’ll share some wedding guest book ideas in this post, but you’ll mostly see what one alternative I love most and recommend to all my couples. Keep reading!
Because wedding guest books can take any shape or size nowadays, I always recommend doing a little research before settling on one idea. Try to think about where your guest book will live after your wedding day. And also think through how you want your guests to “sign” it!
A quick search on Etsy will bring you loads of inspiration, but here are the three types of guest books I’ve seen that are worth considering.
Many of my couples opt for a guest book alternative that they can hang on a wall in their home! Etsy has a ton of options for this, as it’s probably become one of the most popular in recent years. Here are some ideas for a wall hanging/wall art wedding guest book:
Guests books can also take the form of 3D objects that add a pop of vibrancy or interest to your home. Whether you find a place for it on a bookshelf, floating shelf, or atop a piece of furniture, the options are seemingly endless with a little imagination and creativity. Here are some ideas I’ve seen:
Lastly, some guest books are just meant to be looked at… often. Or even used! I call them coffee table wedding guest books. This may not necessarily mean they belong on your coffee table, but they can be shared with friends and family that visit as you gather in the living room. Or perhaps you pull it out once in a while to reminisce together as husband and wife. Or even use it during some down time! Here are some ideas to bring this to life a bit more:
Of all the alternatives to wedding guest books that I’ve seen as a Virginia wedding photographer, I do have a favorite. It has to be the photo album wedding guest book. Especially if the couple uses their engagement photos to create a wedding guest book! This is exactly what my husband and I did for our guest book. We designed a special photo album using only images that our wedding photographer took for our engagement session. And it turned out BEAUTIFUL. Guests loved it, because they got to flip through and see our photos before leaving us a sweet note.
Here’s what I recommend if this sounds like the perfect choice for your wedding.
Now that I’ve shared all my best tips, ideas, and inspiration for your wedding guest book, it’s time to take action. There are so many places you can go to get a photo album printed. But not all printers are created equal. Here’s a simple breakdown to guide you in the right direction.
$$$ – Hire your wedding photographer to design an engagement photo album wedding guest book for you! This might be the priciest option, but in my opinion it’s the best one. Not only will you ensure quality, but you also don’t have to go through obtaining a print release or transferring files of your engagement photos. They already took them for you and have them on hand! It cuts out those beginning steps and truly lets a professional take the utmost care in designing a beautiful wedding guest book for you.
$$ – Design and print your wedding guest book from Shutterfly, Mixbook, or Zazzle. This will take the most time but if you want a fair quality product on a budget, these are good options. Obtain a print release from your photographer to use your engagement photos before you proceed! Some printers require you to upload proof of permission to use those photos before they will print your product. Also, make sure you double check the design BEFORE ordering! Glitches can happen or you can notice a photo didn’t upload in full resolution. You don’t want to hit order until you know everything looks right.
$ – Old school DIY, scrapbook the album! Order cheap prints of your photos and then go to a Michaels or Hobby Lobby to pick up an album book. Then have fun scrapbooking your photos into the book! Be sure to have a space for guests to sign. If you get an album that has the plastic covering on each page, don’t instruct guests to sign the plastic. It might wear off. Instead, leave a sheet of paper out or a couple of note cards that you can later stick in the album after guests sign.
If you’re looking for help on designing your engagement photo wedding guest book, look no further! This is easily a service I can provide to any of my wedding clients. But I can also design wedding guest books for anyone! Just contact me to start chatting about your vision, and I’ll respond back with a quote for pricing and process. I’m so excited to help!
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