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!
Editor's note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more resources for planning a pandemic wedding here.