Remember on the last day of class how you would bring your beloved yearbook to school and have everyone sign it? Friends would scribble sentiments beneath their photos and around the edges. At the end of the day you would have a cherished keepsake full of doodles and well wishes. Maybe you still look at those yearbooks and smile as the memories come alive in your mind once again.

Now take that whole yearbook idea and transfer it to your wedding. How? By having an engagement photo album as your guest book!

If you haven’t had engagement photos taken or are on the fence about the whole thing, this is the coolest reason to go ahead and make an appointment with your photographer. Forget the traditional basic wedding guest book with cream pages and gray lines for guests to sign their names on. A book filled with your engagement photos and ample space for sentiments will mean so much more to you (not to mention way more fun to revisit) than a traditional guest book.

Pros of Using an Engagement Photo Album as Your Wedding Guest Book

  • It’s personal. You get to choose the photos and how they are arranged.
  • It’s a great way to display your engagement photos both at the wedding and at home.
  • It’s a fun and creative way to record who attended your wedding.
  • It gets guests engaged.    

An older woman leaned over a table signing a wedding guest book of photos with a black sharpie on a table covered by a white tablecloth that has a red container of pens and markers resting above the wedding guest book. Photograph by Austin, Texas wedding photographer Nikk Nguyen.


Engagement Wedding Guest Book Design

There is no right or wrong way to create an engagement album guest book. Think about how many guests are attending, how many photos you would like per page, whether or not you want headlines (like Advice and Well Wishes) and lines.

For example, for a 200 guest wedding you might create a 20 page guest book with 1-4 photos per page and blank space for writing.

Photos can be lined across the bottom, as a grid/mosaic on one page, or one large photo can take up a page while the corresponding page offers blank space for guests’ notes. There are a variety of layout designs. All it takes is a quick internet search to get design inspiration for your own engagement album guest book.

On the wedding day, display your guest book at the welcome table in your reception venue and provide a Sharpie pen (regular or thin tip is fine) for guests to use. You can also include an intro page in your guest book or a framed sign on the table that welcomes guests and instructs them to leave their advice and well wishes in the album.

You’ll have so much fun taking your guest book home and reading through your guests’ notes. You’ll laugh, possibly cry, and love revisiting this creative keepsake!

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