Laura and John are one of those cute couples that are a joy to work with. You can tell just by glancing at their photos how happy they are together.

When they came to me asking for an elegant custom guest book for their military wedding, I set to work designing something that was as classy as they deserved.  Tying in their love of country music, which I also am crazy about, and lyrics from their first dance song, “The Way You Look Tonight”, made the job even more fun.

In the end, I think their adorable photos and style created a guest book that proved their favorite quote true: “Every once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale.”

I hope you enjoy browsing through their custom wedding guest book. And a BIG Congratulations to the cute newlyweds!

Custom Designed, Elegant Wedding Guest Book

I can not even begin to tell you how amazing all of our fall couples are. I have been crazy busy designing lots of custom wedding guest books, and have loved every minute of it. A big thank you to those of you I’ve worked with in the past couple of months. You have no idea how much fun it has been for me.

One of those great couples: Jessica and Brian, who wanted an adorable, shabby chic wedding guest book. I loved working with this cute couple, and know that their Aug. 3rd wedding was gorgeous (I’ve caught glimpses on Facebook…trust me on this one). Anytime I get to use lace, burlap and vintage undertones on a guest book I’m in heaven. So you can imagine the love that went into this shabby chic dream.

Click the cover to browse, and congratulations to the newlyweds!

shabby chic wedding guest book

Custom designed, shabby chic wedding guest book


Vintage guest books are all the rage this season, and we couldn’t be happier about it! We’ve absolutely loved designing lots of custom vintage wedding albums, full of lace, pearls, brooches and, in this case, peacock feathers.

Lori and Brian tied the knot on July 28th, and wanted a guest book with peacock feather and lace accents to go with their adorable themed engagement photos, and beautiful vintage wedding.  We think the result was quite stunning, if we do say so ourselves.

Click the cover below to browse through their guest book, and be on the lookout for more vintage guest book samples in the weeks to come!

Vintage peacock wedding guest book cover

Wedding Guest Book Theme: Vintage with lace and peacock accents

Wedding Colors: Green and turquoise

Special Pages: “Why I Love Him/Her”, “Engagement”, “Our Song”

It’s been awhile since we posted a new custom wedding guest book sample, so here goes!

This fun guest book is purple, paisley and polka dots… the three “Ps”.  Which we think leads to a fourth “P”… perfect!

A big congratulations to the newlyweds, Mary and Tommy, and a big thank you for letting us design your fun wedding guest book!

Custom designed purple wedding guest book

 Click here to view Mary and Tommy’s fun wedding guest book!

Being in the wedding guest book business, I tend to notice wedding sign-in book faux pas at events I attend. Usually, they are nothing major. But even the little things (like where a guest book is placed) can result in little glitches (like a slow moving line). So, I’ve compiled some wedding guest books tips. If even one of them makes your reception or wedding day run a little smoother, my mission is accomplished!

  • Make sure your wedding guest book is located somewhere where everyone who enters will see it and sign it. This seems obvious, but unfortunately, I’ve been to weddings where half the guests never saw the wedding sign-in book because it was placed in an “out of the way” location. The resulting lack of signatures was…well, depressing. I’ve found that having the guest book in plain site might not be enough either. It might be a good idea to catch your guests as soon as they enter. If the guest book is located somewhere away from the entrance, many guests might see it, and intend to sign it eventually, but end up forgetting. Another option is to have a member of the wedding party circulate the wedding guest sign in book around the tables during dinner or entertainment.
  • Remember, it will take people time to sign the guest book, so if it can be positioned so guests can sign-in while they wait in your line…all the better! If you don’t have a line, make sure you place the guest book in a location that’s easily visible from the entrance, but doesn’t block the flow of traffic. (Traffic jams at weddings are so last season. :) )
  • Choose the right kind of pen or marker for your wedding sign-in book. Make sure it will last. Choose a tip that will be legible. Choose a color that compliments your book, and is easy to see. Consider the type of paper your wedding guest book has (glossy, etc), and choose a pen that won’t smear or leak through the pages. How the pen writes is more important than how it looks! (What good is a cute feathery pen if it ends up making all your guests’ signatures look like smeary blobs?) At Something New Custom Wedding Books, we often suggest our brides have a friend or family member sign their guest book in advance for a pen test run.
  • Think about your reason for having a wedding guest book. Is it to add a unique detail to your reception? Is it to preserve the names of guests in attendance? Is it to ask for advice or messages from guests? A combination? Make sure the guest sign-in option you choose fulfills your reason for having a guest book. Make sure it’s quality and will last if that’s important to you. Make sure it’s something you’ll want to display around your future house if storing it in a closet isn’t what you have in mind. Make sure it’s well-thought out and…YOU!
  • Make sure your wedding sign-in book has enough pages for everyone to have room to sign. Wedding experts typically say to plan on 50% of the guests you invite showing up, so make sure the book has enough room for that many people to sign. (A 20 page Something New Wedding Guest Book usually covers 400 invites.)
  • Remember, your wedding guest book can play a key role in setting the tone for your guests. It will be their introduction to your wedding’s colors, theme and personality. Let it tell your unique story!