(Closed) What to use to sign Photo-Guestbook?? 2 days…ahhh!!!!

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
254 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m curious to know this as well!  I’m also doing the photo guestbook, and I bought some gel pens.  But now I’m wondering if sharpies wouldn’t be better.

Post # 5
582 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would say a sharpie of some sort. Pens can smear and I think they wouldn’t write nearly as well on a photobook. 

Post # 6
2712 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think a sharpie would be your best bet.  Since the pages in the ablum are glossy (they are glossy right?), any sort of pen has a really good chance of smearing or getting on the opposite page if the pages are turned or the book is closed before the ink can dry.  Sharpies dry much faster and won’t smear.


Post # 7
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We went to a wedding that had one and they used sharpies.

Fine tip Sharpies: Pro: Looks better and can be easier to read, Con: Can dent the paper, if the paper is on the thinner side

Normal Sharpies: Pro: Won’t dent the paper and less likely to run out of ink Con: The tip can smush down easily/quickly so it may look messy as the event wears on.

I would caution against gel pens or any kind of fluid ink pens or rollerball pens because they take a while to dry. I personally always dab after using these types on pens, especially on slick/fancy paper, to absord the excess wet ink but other people may not think to do so. If you do decide to go with regular pen, do a standard ballpoint pen (e.g. RSVP brand pens) as that dries much quicker, though the tip may also dent the paper since it is pointier.

Post # 8
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We used Sharpies and they worked fine.  We brought 4 or 5 in case they got lost, smushed, or anything.

Post # 9
539 posts
Busy bee

We used fine tip sharpies

Post # 10
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

We used fine tip Sharpies that were wrapped in ivory ribbon with a cream/pink rose on the top. People thought they were too cute.

Post # 11
14496 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Go to Micheals and get some acid free permanant marker type thing, I think it says archival quality or something like that.  That way it wont ever discolor on your pages.. I think I read somewhere that regular sharpies would do that.  

Post # 12
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Miss.GrahamCracker:  Agreed! my friend did the same thing and had a photo guest book. she used a really nice ballpoint pen and it smeared everywhere… go for the sharpie! 🙂

Post # 13
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I was going to use a fine tip Sharpie but instead I got an archival-quality pen from Michaels which did end up smearing a little bit, so I’d recommend the Sharpie.

Post # 14
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We used Sharpie pens, not the markers, and they didn’t smear at all and were small enough at the point that it was easy to read and didn’t dent in the table.  PS my photo guestbook was a huge hit, so good choice, I love it!

Post # 15
662 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I would use the Bic Mark It pens. They are permanent but are acid free so they won’t fade or change colors over time. They make them in all different colors just like Sharpie does.

Post # 16
1719 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@pinkshoes:  Ditto!  There are permanent, waterproof, and acid-free “drawing” pens at Michaels.  This way you can know for sure that the photos will keep forever. 

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