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wedding ideas were not so great…. like covering the whole under side of the tent with HUGE teal tissue balls?… Yea…thank goodness Anna talked me out of that in a hurry. Between the dew and humidity, those poor things wouldn’t have stood a chance! And then I had another idea…. I wanted to hang different strips of vintage fabrics from the top of the garage and cover the WHOLE thing.  It sounded cute on paper… but really, if I had done that, the garage would have looked like it had been a victim of a vintage toilet papering attack and it would have cost me a small fortune!

However! I did have a few great decisions when it came to planning my wedding! I decided to design and order an engagement guestbook.  Now, I offer these to clients but I went ahead and upgraded to a Legacy album instead of a Coffee Table album. It’s definitely more expensive but I am here to tell you that it’s WORTH IT!  So worth it! I designed this album around this time last year (crazy! that seems like ages ago!).  I ordered it and we had it on display at our reception for all 400+ of our guests to sign! When the album first came in the mail, momma and I looked at it and said “Ohhh! It’s too PRETTY to let people write on it!!!!”…. but I’m so thankful that we went ahead and used it as our guestbook. Michael and I CHERISH this book. It’s full of amazing notes from all of our closest friends and family.  Not only did I get a book full of wedding day memories… I also have an awesome way to display our engagement photos! Were there some pages that weren’t completely filled up? Yes. Were there some pages that didn’t have the same amount of signatures as the page across from them? Yes…..But does that matter? No. It really doesn’t matter at all. People signed all over this book and I love it! However, I did mark a few of my favorite pages “do not write” so that a few pages would be left untouched and that worked really well!

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There are SO many different ways to do a guestbook and really, there is no “best” way… this is just the option we chose and it turned out to be a fabulous decision! I highly recommend it to ALL brides out there!!!! Happy Wedding Wednesday and no I’m off to get a TON done….that’s the goal!

Thanks to Jasmine* for our wonderful images! Red Rock canyon never looked so good!

xoxo, Katelyn
102 Comments Wedding Wednesday
  1. Susan reply

    adore this . . . the idea, design and pics! LOVE

  2. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    LOVE it! It’s so beautiful (I love the pictures!!)! What a great idea!

  3. Abby Springmann reply

    Ahh! I love the album! Did you use Leather Craftsmen? I LOVE when brides find creative ways to do guestbooks. Lovely!

  4. Jenna reply

    This is so beautiful! I love it. :-)

  5. Meredith reply

    AAAA! I was going to ask you about this idea at our meeting…too funny! Can’t wait to meet you next week!

  6. Alicia W reply

    I wanted to ask — what kind of pen would u use with this type of book if your using it for an engagement signature album. I hateeeee streaking of pens!

  7. Megan Garrison reply

    Love this album! What a fun keepsake.

  8. katie b reply

    love this idea. thanks for sharing, i am working on my invitation list and ideas right now! have a great day! :)))))))))

  9. Jennifer Krieg reply

    Love your guestbook!! Although I have not met you yet .. it is so YOU!! LOVE!

  10. kski reply

    I am getting married this fall and we are using a guest quilt to sign in. People are signing peices of fabric and then my mom and I are making them into a quilt.

  11. Sara reply

    This is quite possibly one of the coolest wedding ideas I have ever seen! It is adorable!! Thanks for the idea! :)

  12. Tammynize reply

    I’m doing this same idea for on my clients for their wedding. Super cute. :)

  13. Chloe reply

    this is AWESOME! I LOVE it! and ya’lls engagement pictures are GORGEOUS!!!

  14. katie g reply

    ohhhhh wassssup!!!
    :) my note was photographed !!! :) horrray i am officially on the inspired design blog! ….welll my signature at least !! I love it KK !!!!

  15. Kristin Nicole reply

    Love it! I am designing a sample guest sign in book at the moment and this gave me an extra dose of inspiration today!

  16. Kristin Nicole reply

    Quick questions. What size is this album?

  17. Kevin Smith reply

    haha katie gargiulo needs a chill pill!! its just a signature baby girl…try having a picture on here ;) and did I really write “luh dat”? im silly

  18. Leslie reply

    WOAH WHAT! I NEVER GOT TO SIGN THIS OR SEE IT! ugh there was too much stuff at your wedding i missed a lot. can i sign this next time i come over? please?

  19. Christy reply

    Hi Katelyn,
    Beautiful album! I have this as an offering as well, but have yet to have a client order one! I just have a quick question… what type of paper do you print on for this (matte or luster) and does it matter? Also – what kind of pen did you have your guests sign with so it wouldn’t spread/smear or get on the actual photos?
    Any insight would be appreciated!!! Thanks hon! :)

  20. Kristina N. reply

    Thanks so much for posting this! I’m planning on making a guestbook like this with engagement photos of Tyler and I (once we have them) and I’m glad I got to see an example of what it would look like!

  21. rhonda reply

    kk & michael – I remember J*’s post about your e-session. That is how I “found” you! Simply amazing how full circle, huh?

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  23. Kathryn reply

    I was wondering if you did the photo signing book on this pin on Pinterest if so can I order one from you?!
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  26. Sherry Wood reply

    Really love your book. Would like to do the same. Who did you order from?

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    Love this idea. Who did you order your book from?

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    Hi! I really really love your photobook, My finance and I are looking for a place to print our photobook too since my photographer charges so much. May I know where did you get your photobook printed? I really appreciate it!!!

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