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Wedding Guest Book With Photos Inside

Weddings are full of lovely traditions. One that we love and which is easy to set up is the guest book. The classical ones required only two elements: a hardcover bound book with a high quality acid-free paper and a nice pen. A notebook and regular black ballpoint pen would work as well!

What is our wedding guest book

The guestbook we are offering is a hardcover photo-book showcasing the bride and groom engagement session photos, with spaces left white blank, so the guest can sign it and leave a message during the reception.

hard cover

What kind of photo paper is the guest book printed on?

For many years the photo-book was printed only on high quality paper (RC paper), making it a pretty expensive solution for whoever wants to print their albums themselves. Therefore, high-end albums are usually reserved for the bride and groom’s wedding day.

But today, printing technologies have greatly evolved. Inkjet, copy or thermal printing has brought the price down, allowing affordable printable albums for everyone. Of course, it comes with a price: the downside is a lower standard reducing the life expectancy of the product.

But most of the newlyweds would probably not keep their guest’s book about their life, so it makes sense to choose such albums.

At French-touch-photography, we have chosen the Thermal printing solution which is a decent paper (mostly in plastic material). The ink (Dry Solid pigment ink) is heated, melted and applied to the paper’s top layer.

guest book with pen

So, is it possible to have guests sign the wedding guest book with photos?

Absolutely! We recommend using a black acid-free marker designed to sign photography. Those are Alcohol-based Dye, which means they dry pretty quick. Check on amazon for dedicated Sharpies.

A good way to use and showcase your engagement photos


After an engagement session, couples receive around 100 to 200 digital files. They might print a few posters in their home, send some invitation cards, or even some holiday cards. They might create a wedding website with a gallery.

But that’s it. Most of the time, all those efforts, all this love won’t be used anymore.


The photo guest book album is a perfect solution to use engagement pictures. Add your guests’ signatures on it, it creates an object you can keep for decades. It feature both your love, and your guest’s love. It’s a little time capsule by its own.

You can consider it like extra gifts.

Not to Be Mistaken With the Polaroid Guest Book

photo booth rochester

You might have seen it at some receptions, bachelorette party, graduations party. The idea is to use polaroid (or Fuji Instax) and glue them on a regular album. It’s a pretty personalized and funny experience for your guests;

If we don’t offer polaroids, we might be interested to know that all our package includes quite a similar solution: our photo-booth. This one prints small 4×6 prints that you can use as you want.

The best is that it comes with unlimited prints, so you and your bridal party can have fun during all the reception!

What Kind of Cover is Available?


The guest book album comes with a printable cover, including a photo of the bride and groom and their names. We can add a custom design.

If you want a different custom cover  for your guest book album, you would need to upgrade to one of our top wedding albums. Those are real flush mount lay flat albums and can be personalized with acrylic cover, wood, linen, velvet, black leather and other fancy material.

Of course, such an upgrade will come with a significant cost.

Size and Pages available

We make it simple, there is only one size and one number of pages : 12×12 inches and 30 pages.

If you want more personalized options, we can offer different products.

Where to set up your guestbook?

Wedding planners would suggest two locations to stage it at your reception.

  • At the entrance next to the box where they slip those cards to you.
  • On the gift table (where you put gifts for your guests, and not where your guests put their gifts for you)
  • On the photography display table if any

Production Time and Shipping Time

Once sent for printing, it takes 2 to 4 weeks to be delivered, so it’s better to have it done as soon as possible.

We make the delivery to our studio so we can check for any imperfection. On your special day, we bring it.

Personalized it further with your own photos

What types of photos should be included in a wedding guest book?

We use your engagement pictures, but you can totally use your own photos.

  • Vacations
    If you travel around the world
  • Old photographs
    Photographs on your baby or with your parents as kids
  • Past Birthday
    kids blowing candles
  • Graduation party
    Each of your proudly graduating
  • Bridal shower or Bachelor party
    You and all your best friends
  • Valentine’s day
    You’re a couple’s life

What other items can be included in a wedding guest book with photos?


You can use almost anything printable.

  • A special design (if you had a welcome sign).
  • A drawing
  • A list of guests
  • A special layout
  • Your vows
  • Some Quiz

Price: How much does a wedding guest book with photos cost?

If you do it yourself, that would cost around $150 to $200. You can go on-line at Shutterfly, Artifact upRising.

If we do it for you, that would cost about the same price. But you might be interested to learn that we offer it for free with some packages.

Is it worth having a wedding guest book? 7 Good reasons for doing a photo guest book

If you are still undecided if it’s a good idea or not for your special day, here is a list of good reasons that might help you.

  • Memories
    It’s A wonderful keepsake to keep in the future
  • Guests Message
    It allows guests to leave a special message expressing their sentiments.  They can say what they might not have the chance during the day
  • Symbolic
    The fact of signing makes it almost official. For guests, it’s like signing a registry, saying, “We were there.”
  • Opportunity for Kids
    It implies the kids who are happy to write or draw something.
  • Social interaction
    It makes a funny occupation for your guests and a discussion starter.
  • Brag
    it allows you to showcase your engagement photos (or others).
  • Decoration
    It can be customized to your wedding theme, expanding your decoration. Wedding planners love it!
  • Anniversary
    Another perfect gift to look at each anniversary and remember who was present at your ceremony.


Photo guestbooks are the perfect solution allowing you guests to sign a message. For a small price its value (memories), is gold!

A Marriage Celebration is one lifetime event, and it would be a shame not to take traces of who was present.

Do people still use guest books at weddings?

Some traditions are hard to resist. This one is one of them. Many couples are still using one.

Today some new trends offer a variety of variations:

  • the printed photo guest book
  • some on-line app to sign
  • interactive device such as photo-booth
  • interviews from the videographer
  • polaroid books

Other time that people use a guestbook

Since the beginning of time humans have liked to sign things. First in the caves, after in arts, books, contact.

As a result, there are many other event where such a product can be used:

  • Funeral
    In another register, people love writing long messages for people they care about.
  • Business event
    Business companies are always looking for fun and creative activities to entertain people.
  • All kind of Parties
    Birthday party, baby shower, etc

Black and White Portrait of Alexandre Mayeur, photographer at French-Touch-Photography

Born and raised in Paris, I am now a proud Wedding Photographer in Rochester, MN, serving MPLS.

I don’t only capture emotions in candid pictures, I also create timeless images and artful photographs.
Recognized as one of the best photographers in the Twin Cities.

I serve Duluth and also far beyond the 10,000 Lakes State (Wisconsin, Iowa, and destination). I am more than happy to discover beautiful landscapes and new horizons.

Have a look at my previous publications to learn more. As an experienced professional photographer, I don’t limit my field to lifestyle, family, or event photography! I invite you to visit my portfolio and discover my photography and work out of the studio.