DIY Wedding Guest Book

For our wedding, I really wanted a guest book that I would *actually* enjoy looking at multiple times after my wedding  (how often do your parents look through their wedding guest book, hmm?).

I decided to create my own guest book using our engagement photos.  Our photographer (Laura Kay Photography) usually creates these, however since our engagement photos were taken about a month before our wedding date, and the publisher she uses would take 4 weeks to print, I opted to make my own.

Our DIY Wedding Guest Book (Photo by LauraKayPhoto.com)

Our DIY Wedding Guest Book (Photo by LauraKayPhoto.com)

I created our book using Blurb.com (and for our Aussie readers, they recently launched their Australian store!).  The size of this particular book was 13 x 11 inches, and I did hard cover with Image Wrap (no dust jacket).  To create a book using Blurb, just download their software (it’s really easy to use), add your pictures, and send it to Blurb for printing (ok, a few more steps than that, but it’s very simple!).

Some of our pages looked like the one below – others stretched over an entire page, sometimes onto 1 1/2 pages.  Overall, I love it, and I still enjoy flicking through it (so do the guests to our home!).  Total cost (including shipping) was $66, and shipping took about 2 1/2 weeks (delayed a bit due to the holiday season rush).

I love this page! I blocked 4 similar shots across the double page spread.

I love this page! I blocked 4 similar shots across the double page spread.

Will you be DIYing your guest book? If so, how do you plan on doing it?

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4 Responses to DIY Wedding Guest Book

  1. Christine says:

    That is such an awesome idea. Mel did this at her wedding too and it was a hit! http://www.bigfatcake.com/blog/2009/08/my-guestbook/. I flipped through the book to find my favorite picture and signed next to it.

  2. Mel says:

    It’s been a popular alternative to guestbooks. I love the cover of yours.

  3. Brandon says:

    How many pages does this album have?

  4. auschick says:

    Hey Brandon – I did 20 pages (double sided makes it 40 pages). We had 105 guests at our wedding and ended up with only 1 blank page (and a few pages with only 1 or two messages on them).

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