25 Items to Archive in Your Wedding Guest Book

25 Items to Archive in Your Wedding Guest Book…go! While many wedding day items are temporary (((waves good-bye to the cake, flowers and great food))), there are certain relics you’ll want to keep so you can reminisce over them for years to come. Whether you start a scrapbook or simply place them in a shoebox {the Calligraphed Epistle certainly recommends a wedding guest book/scrapbook}, there are 25+ items a couple should consider taking with them after the big day.

The list is not all inclusive; rather a jumping off point:

Invitation | Save the Date | Blank RSVP | Returned RSVP | Place Cards | Escort Cards | Wedding Monogram | Calligraphy Envelope | Wedding Announcement | Pressed Flowers | Napkin | Tags | Program/Order of Service | Rehearsal Dinner Memorabilia | Personal Notes + Letters | Pictures | Wedding Signage | Other Calligraphy Samples | Readings | Decor Samples & Linen Swatches | Cards | Menu | Table Signs | Seating Chart | Vows | Marriage Certificate | Favor | Bridal Shower Memorabilia | Registry | Guest List | Receipts| Travel Information

Every couple will have their own ‘customized list’ of unique items that want to be saved from their wedding. The point is; however, you don’t have to keep it all! Pick and choose what the most meaningful pieces are and place those in your book–the rest can be let go!

I’m reminded of this quote:

“I have memories – but only a fool stores his past in the future.” – David Gerrold

25 Items to Archive in Your Wedding Guest Book

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The Ultimate Wedding Guest Book Checklist

“Heather, I’m a busy bride and I don’t even have time to think about the wedding guest book or table!” No problem. Here’s my Ultimate Wedding Guest Book Checklist. Quick. Simple. Easy.

A guest book table does not necessarily require hundreds of hours to plan out. It can be done quite simply, actually. Here are my top suggestions to achieving an easy peasy guest book table:

  • Unique Guest Book: Choose a book that is interesting, that represents the two of you as a couple; one that piques interest.
  • Guest Book Station Attendant: An easy way to encourage more people to sign is to have someone (or more) volunteering to work at the table. Who can say ‘no’ to that cute niece?
  • Great Location: Put the guest book table in a location where everyone can see it or has to walk by it. If people can see it, they are going to be more inclined to sign it!
  • Clear Instructions: Tell your guests what they need to do. In simple language. If there are 6 steps to signing a guest book, how likely is anyone going to be to do it? Keep it simple…
  • Lead by Example: ‘Show’ your guests how/what to do at the station. If you are having guests fingerprint papers, have some already completed! If you are having guests take pictures of themselves, have some on display, as finished examples to follow!
  • Guest Book Table: Choose a table that has plenty of room. If you have a wedding with 300 guests, don’t make a guest table that only allows one guest to write at a time! If there is plenty of room to write and it is comfortable, they are going to be more inclined to take it seriously!
    • Linens/Tablecloth: Cover the table using linens that coordinate with your overall theme/aesthetic.
    • Old Pictures/Engagement Photos: Use pictures of your parents, grandparents on their wedding day; make use of that engagement photo session you had (way back) and display some of those pictures.
    • Include a jar/vase of your wedding flowers on the table.
    • Signage: Create signage that tells your guests what the space is for!
    • Pens disappear! Stock the space with plenty of pens! {archival are the best}
    • Chair(s): If you are asking guests to write long notes of remembrance, then provide comfortable chairs! Who wants to write out several paragraphs of memories while bending over a table? Make it as comfortable as can be for your guests…
    • Lighting: Don’t make your guests write in the dark! Include candles or even put some old lamps on the table (or ones that fit with your wedding aesthetic)! It’s a great way to lighten traditionally dark spaces (especially if you are in a dark reception hall).
    • Plenty of Supplies: If you are using a non-traditional guest book, be sure to have plenty of supplies on hand so that you don’t run out!

Happy planning!

Calligraphed Epistle Ultimate Wedding Guest Book Checklist

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14 Reasons a Calligraphed Epistle Guest Book is an Investment for a Lifetime

Why choose Calligraphed Epistle Wedding Guest Books?

The *top* 14 reasons my albums may be perfect for you…go!

  1. Albums come ready to fill. I’ve done the design work, you fill in the memories!
  2. Plenty of room to archive all of your important memories. My albums are robust giving you plenty of space to include everything you want now and for the future…
  3. You are in the driver’s seat…you control what you want to archive. No two couples are ever going to want to save the same thing. While it is true that the books come ‘ready to fill’, the albums still remain open ended in how they can be used.
  4. The albums are a repository for your wedding day and beyond. The wedding day is really only the beginning…
  5. Creates a return ticket back to the past. Anytime you want to revisit, pull your book out and turn the pages of time–your life preserved, your story archived.
  6. An heirloom beyond the predictable. These albums are one of a kind pieces of art. They are not an afterthought and they are most certainly not your mother’s guest book.
  7. A place to preserve your story.
  8. A place to archive your legacy.
  9. A book that no one else can have. My books are completely unique–each one different. Each is built page by page, embellishment by embellishment, and could never be replicated. Complete uniquity.
  10. An album designed to withstand the barrage of time. The books are hand sewn, constructed using traditional book binding techniques. There are no ‘modernized’ steps taken in their construction. Stitch by stitch, each page is sewn into the spine, just like books used to be made.
  11. A tangible artifact to reminisce over.
  12. A keepsake to pass on…
  13. Customization. Almost all of my business consists of customization requests–pick and choose the details that you want and I’ll create the book accordingly! Or, maybe you want a book for your children…an anniversary…a graduation? The possibilities are truly endless.
  14. Personalization. Every book can be personalized with unique touches. Maybe you want your guest book to include a calligraphed inscription? Or…you ordered an album for your 1st anniversary and you want dates included and a letter inscribed? Whatever you want inscribed, you can have!

Live life. Preserve your story. Archive your legacy.

Why choose Calligraphed Epistle Wedding Guest Books?

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10 Things to Include at your Wedding Guest Book Table Station

Don’t have time to think about the details of your guest book table? Fear not…here is the Calligraphed Epistle’s 10 Items to Include at Your Wedding Guest Book Station list!

  1. Archival Pens – Micron are my favorite!
  2. Signage – Give your guests simple instructions.
  3. Lighting – Use a lamp or candles to light up the table.
  4. Space – Plenty of room to compose notes.
  5. Flowers – Decorate the space with a simple jar/vase of your wedding flowers.
  6. Pictures – Make the space personable. Include old pictures.
  7. Inviting – Include a chair or two…create a table that is welcoming and interesting!
  8. Linens – Use an old vintage linen to decorate the table.
  9. Interesting Guest Book – Be creative. Choose a meaningful book or alternative.
  10. Extra Supplies – Have extras on hand in case those pens run off!

10 things to include at your guest book table

 

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