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Everyone says it—your wedding day will fly by in the blink of an eye! It sounds hard to believe after you have spent months planning all of the details, but all of the excitement combined with the hustle and bustle of the day will definitely feel like a whirlwind when you wake up the next morning as a “Mr.” or a “Mrs.” Without a doubt, one of the most important aspects of your day will be the family and friends who are there to celebrate your union and create an aura of love and support as you say “I Do”.
The best way to remember your loved ones who traveled from near and far to attend your wedding is through a guest book. It doesn’t have to be your classic bound book if it’s not your style (although, we certainly love those too!). Whether you want candid polaroid shots of your guests as they arrive at the reception or a fun twist on your weekly game night tradition, there are so many options for collecting well wishes from your guests in a way that feels authentic to you and your partner.
Read on for the best guest books.
Starboard Press Wedding Photo Guest Book
Encourage your guests to check into your soiree with a selfie! This interactive guest book idea is a surefire way to get your friends and family excited about the celebration ahead. Make sure you assign a wedding party member or planner to keep an eye on the cameras, as they need to be refilled with polaroid film and some guests may need assistance in figuring out how to use them.
Artifact Uprising Wedding Guest Book
Did you have a hard time selecting just one engagement photo for your save the dates? If so, then this guest book is for you. It’s the perfect opportunity to showcase all of your favorite shots by putting together a gorgeous linen-bound keepsake that features plenty of space for your guests to write notes in the borders. If you are having a hard time deciding on your layout, a specialist at Artifact Uprising can pull everything together on your behalf for an additional fee.
Our Love Was Born One Night Sky Wedding Guest Book
For the astrology and astronomy lovers out there, this personalized canvas showcases the exact star map on the night off of your wedding date. Talk about your love being written in the stars! This playful personalized piece is such a fun way to make your guest book a celestial centerpiece in your future newlywed nest.
Papier Green Foliage Guest Book
For a super chic garden wedding, this beautiful guest book is for you. It features elegant botanical illustrations in stunning shades of green and has a whopping 92 pages—your guests will have plenty of room to fill the pages with an abundance of good wishes. Customize the front with your names, date, or even a personalized message such as your favorite love quote.
Couple Wedding Portrait by Miss Berry Design
Looking for a decor piece to display in your home, in addition to a daily reminder of your best day ever? Look no further than this adorable personalized canvas print. Not only will she customize your outfits and physical features, but pets can be represented as well (which is the perfect way to include them in your day if furry friends aren’t allowed at the venue).
Oragami Prints Elegant Photo Wedding Guest Book
Personalize the front and back of your guest book with your favorite engagement photos, along with your names and wedding date. You can even pick the message that you want to be written on the spine of the book. Inside, you will find 122 traditional guest book pages with a column for guest names and their message.
Cathy’s Concepts Personalized Wooden Block Guestbook
Who doesn’t love Jenga? It’s easy to play and tons of fun, and with a twist like this, also memorable. Guests write on the wooden pieces and then they're stored in a custom box, meaning the couple can use the set for years to come. Not to mention, the “Building Memories of Love” inscription on the outside of the box could not be more adorable.
Mark & Graham Leather Guest Book
No detail goes unfinished with this gorgeous textured leather guest book by Mark and Graham. Whether you choose navy or white, the gold foiled paper edge provides a gilded flash of elegance with the turn of each page. Personalize the front with up to 48 characters for a timeless keepsake that will never go out of style.
Gartner Studios Gold Foil Dipped Wedding Guest Book and Pen Set
Perfect for a gilded style wedding reception that is overflowing with gorgeous Dutch Masters-inspired florals; this romantic set features a gold-dipped canvas guest book with a matching feather quill pen on a marble stand. 60 pages will give your guests plenty of space to write their sentiments.
Paper Source Gold Art Deco Guest Book
If Gatsby and Daisy ended up having a wedding, they certainly would have chosen this as their guest book! The intricate gold deco pattern is just stunning, and the gold ribbon bookmark is the perfect extra touch of grandeur. With 128 pages, you can be sure that your extensive guest list has room to pen their congratulatory messages.
Thumbprint Alternative Guest Book
Allow your guests to leave their own individual mark on your guest book by collecting their fingerprints in various colors—the final result is an image of balloons holding up a tandem bike. Can this idea be any more adorable? If you choose to go this route, you will definitely want to assign a friend or wedding coordinator to help your guests properly clean their hands post-print so no one’s attire is at risk.
Kate Spade Notes to the Bride and Groom
This guest book is the epitome of personalization. Each of your guests can tuck their message into a mini envelope (how cute) to create a fun post-wedding surprise. With the directional headline labeled “Confidentially Speaking” you may even expect to receive some cheeky marriage advice.
What to Look for in a wedding guest book
Consider how many people are attending your wedding. You'll want to remember everyone who came to celebrate, so make sure your wedding guest book has enough space for everyone to write their name, personalized messages, or even paste pictures.
A wedding guest book can be more than a bounded book. Consider the theme of your wedding, you and your partner's individual personalities, and how you'd like to save it after the big day. Leather-bound books are great for elegant and sophisticated weddings and are ideal for displaying in your home. However, you could opt for a more creative option like a painted canvas, date jars, or even a plant pot.
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