How to Buy a Wedding Guest Book

Not all guest books are created equal. In fact, the guest book table is often an afterthought, getting thrown together as one of the last minute details of your wedding day preparation. If you’re looking for a long list of signatures, then, that approach is just fine. However, if you want to meaningfully connect with your guests and want to solicit heartfelt memories from them, you may consider a different approach. How to Buy a Wedding Guest Book is designed to help you think about how you can go about the process…

How to Buy a Wedding Guest Book

  1. Consider how you want to use your guest book. What do you want to achieve? Do you really want to collect signatures of your guests? If so…there are millions of age old, cookie cutter guests books on the market. Easy peasy. *But* if you want an heirloom beyond the predictable…it’s going to require some additional thought! {And I’m going to assume that if you are reading this post, you’re the latter.} Do you want guests to give advice, sign tags to place in a book or write personal notes containing memories and well wishes? How will you archive those notes? If you want a guest book that is multi-purpose, more like a scrapbook and photo album, then search accordingly. Once you have an idea of what you want and some options of where to get it, you’ll have a better idea of when you need to order.
  2. Map out a schedule as you consider the timeline for ordering:
    • Give yourself time to research a variety of books or some of the popular ‘alternatives’ to guest books.
    • If you require a guest book to be made, consider the timeline the artisan requires–typically it can take 1-3 months to have a custom order made. {Customization and personalization takes time.} Adjust your schedule accordingly.
  3. Add the guest book to your overall wedding checklist. {You’re a bride…I know you have one.} With so many things to do, schedule and plan, be sure to include this on your list as a reminder of what you need to do and when! {May I suggest having the guest book in your hands a month out from your wedding?} Be sure to add guest book attendant (volunteer) and guest book table to your list as well!
  4. Coordinate your guest book accessories and table with your overall wedding styling. If you are planning a rustic outdoor farm wedding, consider pieces that reflect the environment. Maybe you’ll use brown archival pens to write with, flowers in old mason jars, an antique lamp placed on an old farmhouse table…the possibilities are endless!
  5. When you finalize your photo list for the photographer, you may want to include the guest book table. Many couples overlook this station as they prepare their shot list for photographers.

There are a lot of things to consider when deciding on guest book approach. Regardless, the wedding guest book affords couples a way to relive the meaningful moments that occurred on the wedding day. The sentiments of friends and family deserve to be preserved.

At the Calligraphed Epistle, we are all about preservation…preserving legacy by combining the timeless traditions of hand lettered calligraphy and book binding. I provide the exclusive book framework, the anatomy, so you have a physical space in which to record your memories.  The artistic pages of your book fill up over time; as you live your life, preserve your story and archive your legacy. In the end, you create an heirloom, far beyond the predictable. Your story to be cherished by you and your children.

Everyone treasures a chosen reminiscence. Make your indulgence worth remembering. Indulge in your memories

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