Guest Books for Lovers of Nostalgic and Bohemian Style
A collection of unique handmade boxed guest books decorated in vintage Bohemian mood, with most designs incorporating authentic antique and early vintage lace trims.
The guest books and presentation boxes are made with fair trade handmade papers and card, including mulberry paper from Thailand, lokta paper from Nepal and linen paper sheets from India.
As all the paper used in the making of these items is acid-free, it's perfect for photos, pressed flowers and paper keepsakes which can be placed between the pages.
Choosing Your Colours
Although white does not feature very much in our designs, we would be delighted to cover your wedding guest book in a white coloured 100% silk dupion fabric if this is your dream.
On the other hand, we are happy to accommodate requests for an all-black colour scheme. Other possibilites are dark chocolate and ivory; art deco red and green; turquoise and peach; rose pink and ice blue; midnight blue and silver; or indeed, any other hues according to your own good taste.
We can also create guest books for big weddings and other occasions, including Asian weddings. Any of our existing designs could be transposed to a jumbo sized hardback guest book, which would be suitable for up to 500 guests. For even bigger weddings, it may be advisable to have more than one guest book. With a few design adaptations to accommodate the larger space on the front cover, you can have the guest book of your dreams.
Simply phone or email us to discuss your colour preferences and we will do our best to meet your requirements at no extra charge.
Interestingly, the bridal white tradition began with Queen Victoria who chose to wear a white gown and veil on her wedding day. Hitherto, wedding decor and wedding gowns were flamboyantly colourful, at least for those who could afford such luxury!
Aside from weddings, our guest books are delightful for marking other notable occasions, events and milestones - including special birthdays, anniversaries, retirement parties, bon voyage parties, to celebrate the arrival of a baby, and so on. Whereas creative writers and poets may enjoy using these books to record their most precious musings.
A select list of Embellishments
No expense is spared in the making and embelishments include:
Real pressed flowers gathered from the garden
Jewellery grade real freshwater pearls
Pure silk embroidery ribbons, handpainted in enchanting hues
Hand loom pure silk dupion fabrics
Pure flax linen floral fabrics
Authentic vintage and antique lace, c.Victorian - 1940s
Handmade textured botanical papers
Reproduction Art Nouveau and Art Deco solid brass stampings
Exquisite vintage glass beaded and embroidered silk fabrics
Personalisation of your guest book
If you would like names, date and venue included, this option is available at no extra charge. We will include a parchment style card with your chosen wording - printed in an attractive script font in sepia toned ink.
The personlised card will arrive with a strip of quality self-adhesive photo corners made from creamy ivory toned card to harmonise with the overall vintage style of the guest book. You can then position the card wherever you think best.
However, we don't recommend positioning the personalised card on the front cover of the guest book (if there is enough space) as we feel this would detract from the design and/or obscure much of the beautiful 100% pure silk fabric cover. We suggest that you attach the card either to the inside hardcover, or on the first page of the guest book.
You can request your chosen wording at checkout where you will see a box entitled "Any Special Requirements". Alternatively, please click here to email us your required wording for the card.
Some designs include pure silk roses, which we make ourselves using finest quality pure silk fabrics, including pure silk chiffon and handloom silk dupion. It's important to mention that most ready-made 'silk' roses are actually made from cheap synthetic fabrics such as polyester and nylon. We much prefer the soft static-free texture and appearance of real silk.
Other books are embellished with art nouveau reproduction brass stampings, oxidised to impart an aged appearance. Most stampings are also available with an antiqued sterling silver plating if preferred.
Antiqued brass stampings are normally used for making quality vintage style jewellery. The stampings are mostly manufactured in the USA, using the original dies and other tooling dating from the Edwardian era.
Our guest books vary in price according to the embellishments used. For example, early vintage lace (1930s-1940s) and antique lace (pre-1920s) are increasingly hard to find and continue to increase in price. Our stock of lace is constantly being replenished.
Occasionally we may come across an extra special piece of lace which costs more than average - and thus, the listed price of the guest book will reflect this.
Above is our extra special Flapper Girl inspired guest book with fabulous French silk embroidered tulle lace (c. early 1920s ), handmade pure silk corsage rose, ivory silk ribbon border. We can further embellish the lace with real freshwater pearls if desired.
All guest books are decorated to order, thus we kindly request that you allow 15 working days for your item to be posted. We kindly request that all orders are paid for in advance, including orders for customised designs. Postage is a flat-rate charge of £3.50
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We can cover your wedding guest book in almost any colour silk you require - including striking hues such as black, silvery white, purple, shocking pink and dark chocolate. Additionally, we can create guest books in appropriate hues for milestone wedding anniversaries - for example, Silver, Gold and Ruby.
So, if champagne or ivory tones are not for you, please email us to discuss your requirements.