Custom guest book for wedding
I make a fair number of custom hardcover coptic bound books for people.
Photoalbums. Journals. Guest sign in books for weddings, and hybrid books.
I really enjoy the specificity of making the book for a very certain event/person/use.
Jocelyn from Duke Press asked me to make a sign in book for one of her good friend’s wedding. She brought me the announcement they sent out and I worked off that, using some of my handmade paper from the Antfarm days.
The first signature in the book is thick, black album paper with a one inch tab that runs along the gutter so as to compensate for the thickness of what gets inserted. The idea is the announcement will go in here and making a couple pictures of the couple. Then the rest of the book’s pages use heavyweight, writing paper for guests to not just sign in, but to leave a note for the couple. I usually suggest the book be given to the best men, bridesmaids, or whomever and have them write notes on the first pages, so the precedent is set when guests come upon the book (to encourage them to get creative, share, etc)
The nice thing about the coptic binding is that it is sewn into and through the cover so you can really open the book up flat all the way. And the sewing, done with four or seven ply waxed linen thread, is exposed which is rather beautiful in itself.