Post # 1
I wanted to make our guest book on Shutterfly using our engagement pictures, they came out really cute. I was planning to put pictures on every other page and leave the other pages blank for people to sign, but when I looked at the mockup that seemed like a lot of empty space.
We are expecting 150 guests and the guest book is 12 x 12. I thought I could put more pictures on the rest of the pages, but I’m not sure how many to leave blank.
I seem to recall that at my sister’s wedding, only 3 or 4 of the pages ended up being signed. Does anyone have any idea how many pages tend to be used in guest books?
Post # 3
First – I’d recommend checking out some of the other companies to make your guestbook. Check out this great review of about a dozen photobook websites: http://www.digitalhomethoughts.com/news/show/97676/the-great-photo-book-round-up-review-who-makes-the-best-photo-books.html Don’t get me wrong – of his review, Shutterfly is much better than many of the sites, but there are some other companies out there that are similarly priced to Shutterfly but who’s quality is higher – I’d think you’ll be happier with the end product. I ended up going with AdoramaPix.
Regarding your original question, I can’t say I know how many you should leave blank, but I put together something similar at AdoramaPix this weekend for our guestbook (expecting about 175 guests). I made a 26 page (13 spreads) 8×12 book and instead of leaving completely blank pages, I had some pictures on every page but left enough white space that people could sign around the images (I did have a few pages with full sized pictures but there was white space left on the other half of the spread).
Some pages had a vertical image on either the right or left with space to write next to it, some had an image or two in the middle, etc. I tried to vary my layouts to keep the book looking interesting. I think this method also helps the book’s pages end up more filled with signatures/messages. When you limit the space on a page, people are forced to progress to different pages to have enough space to write. Then you (hopefully) get messages on most of the book’s pages.
Hope this helps! I’m waiting to see how mine turns out but I’m really excited about it!
Post # 4
i did the same thing you are describing, and used the 12×12 shutterfly book for my 50 guest wedding. i think you would be fine. i pretty much left the equivalent of 1 full page blank for every 2-3 pages. there was so much blank space left over, definitely enough to triple what was written! shutterfly gives you the option of adding pages to the book too, so if you really wanted you could tack on another 5 pages or something for very little money. good luck!
Post # 5
You could also have your guests to add little notes (if they wanted), instead of just their names. If you have a guest book attendent they could explain it, but after a few people left more than just names… others would get the idea.
Post # 6
Wow FutureKMM – Thanks for that link! I’m reading through it now and it’s super helpful!
(Also, I will also become a “KMM”!)
Post # 7
I agree with BlissfullyClueless, that so many people just write their name, so have a guest book attendant or even a note by the book to please sign and leave a note to the bride and groom, or your well wishings, or marriage advice…
Post # 8
my cousin, who is a wedding photog, is making our guestbook using one of those sites. one of the examples she sent us has questions on some of the pages to prompt guest writing. like one said “give us suggestions for date night” or “jack and jill are perfect for each other because…..” maybe something like this would help to fill space. i hate when guestbooks are just names. seems like kind of a waste to me.
Post # 9
I read that review too, and I am concerned that the better quality books are on photo paper and you won’t be able to write on them. Snapfish and Shutterfly, I presume, are on regular paper and would work better. Do yo uthink this is the case? I thought I’d use the better quality for the wedding photo albums most definitely though.