Some brides are saying goodbye to the iconic paper guest book and welcoming its more contemporary digital cousin

By Nancy Mattia
June 26, 2019

Nothing's wrong with a traditional guest book. Guests know the drill: Sign their name and write a sweet message for the newlyweds. Some of your loved ones will comply; others will forget to sign or aren't interested. But would the percentage of participants increase if, instead of a book made of paper, your family and friends got to record videos, snap photos, and post them into a digital version? That's where a digital guest book comes in.

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What is a virtual guest book?

It's pretty simple: A digital guestbook is the technological equivalent of the classic guest book. These interactive versions let guests take photos or record video messages.

How does it work?

First, you download a wedding guestbook app onto your tablet. While each app may be slightly different, it'll go something like this: A guest touches the screen, makes sure he's standing on a designated spot on the floor, leaves a message or photo, and when finished, he presses "done." Later the bride and groom can turn their virtual guest book into a traditional paper book by making a PDF and printing it. You can also share the PDF via Facebook and Twitter.

How will guests know what to do?

Leave simple printed directions held in a pretty frame on the table.

Where should you put it?

Since you want guests to see it, put the iPad in a prominent place, such as the escort card table or near the entrance to the reception. Some guests may need some help creating their video, so it would be a good idea to assign a guest-maybe a friendly teen cousin?-to man the table to answer any questions and coax guests to sign on.

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