The value of a traditional guest book is that it allows the guests to update phone and address information that may have changed over the past six months or so. That said guest books can serve as an essential item for updating your personal phone and address book as well as saying thank you.
Color. Wedding guest book covers may still be selected for their traditional colors of white, ivory, or ecru, with silver or gold trim or accents including the simple embossed wording of Guest Book on the cover. But there are many couples who choose, or make, guest books in beautiful colors that may match or coordinate with their wedding’s signature colors.
Theme. Select a book that matches your wedding theme. For example, if you are having an echo green wedding you could have a guest book that looks like a tree, and the guest would place their name or picture as leaves of that tree.
Position. When selecting the position for the book, choose a prominent location at the venue for the wedding reception that ensures that all guests will be able to view it. A great place to position it and which many couples choose is just off to one side from the entrance of the wedding reception venue. As well as being visible to every guest as they arrive it also means that when people stop to sign it they won’t prevent other guests from entering the venue itself.
Appoint a guest book ‘champion’. Select a friend or family member who will be responsible for your guest book. Ask them to visit each table to ask for contributions, and suggest they start with the most creative people.
Cards, papers and stickers. Creative brides and grooms seek out easy, money-saving wedding DIY crafts, and the make-your-own wedding guest book trend has introduced this guest-pleasing option. Another trend is for guests to sign individual wedding theme-shaped cards or papers, such as heart-shaped paper stock, and wedding photo booth attendants now affix on guest book pages the self-stick strips of guests’ photo booth pictures, and finally the guests sign with silver pen or colorful sharpie on ‘their page’, alongside their sweet or silly photo booth pictures.
Make sure your wedding sign-in book has enough pages for everyone to have room to sign. Wedding experts typically say to plan on 50% of the guests you invite showing up, so make sure the book has enough room for that many people to sign.