The tradition of a wedding guestbook has been around for a few hundred years. It started as a testimony of those in attendance to the reality of the marriage. Nowadays, the guest book is used to record those in attendance at the wedding as a memento.
I like the idea of having a guestbook at weddings, but one evening I started to think about what do you do with it afterwards? Just let it sit on a bookshelf collecting dust? I considered having a picture frame or some other item that guests sign but in reality I’m not sure what I would do with it after the wedding and if I’d want to always have it on display in our home. So, I began to wonder, “What should we do to commemorate guests being at our wedding?”
I came across the idea of having a personalized guest book using engagement photos on Pinterest and thought, “BINGO! Two for one!” I wanted a way to display our engagement photos at our wedding, without having to purchase or hassle with half a dozen picture frames. The personalized guestbook seemed perfect for this!
My Photo Wedding Guestbook
Shutterfly is one of a few online photobook sites that offers a number of wedding guest book options. A standard 8”x8” 20 page hardcover book runs $29.99 and you can add the ‘story telling’ option for an additional $4.99. This option includes all the stickers and fonts for a guest book. (They are actually running a huge photobook sale that ends TONIGHT! Between 10-50% off depending on the size book you choose!) Read more about why BSB loves Shutterfly's photobooks for weddings.
How I Saved on my Wedding Guestbook
I ended up paying $33.59 for my book, 417 4×6 prints (We had been on a few trips over the summer that I needed to print photos from), 12 personalized Thank You cards, 11 Christmas Cards, and received free shipping. Not a bad haul! At the time I had purchased everything , MyCokeRewards was offering a promo code for a free photo book if you entered codes from 3 coke products. Shutterfly was also offering 50 free prints to new customers, and free shipping for orders over $30. I came across more codes for 100 free prints, and the free cards that I could stack together. In the end, I only paid for the additional 267 prints and the storytelling upgrade (This brought my purchase over $30 to qualify for the free shipping, which would have been roughly $15 had I only ordered the photo book…seemed a better value to spend a little extra and gain something for it!).
Are you doing a photo wedding guestbook or other unique idea? I’d love to hear about it!