You purchased the Lily & Val Wedding Guestbook! Hooray!
Now you might be wondering…“What pens should I set out for my guests to use?”
The good news is: The pages of your guestbook are nice and thick to prevent bleed through, so it’s pretty hard to go wrong. If you have a favorite pen, by all means, use it! That said, we don’t want your pen to need time to dry between guests for fear of smudging. So, to help you decide, we’ve tested many pens and came up with our favorites:
The Le Pen has been one of our favorite pens for a long time. It writes thin and smooth, almost like a tiny, tiny marker. The ink is acid-free and non-toxic, which is important when it comes to writing something you want to last forever. We also love the sleek, simple design of the barrel.
Sakura Micron Pens:
Micron pens are preferred by many lettering artists, scrapbookers and illustrators for their high quality and archival ink. They come in a range of nib sizes. (For your guestbook, .35mm- .45mm should be ideal.) The ink is waterproof, fade resistant and will not smudge or smear.
Tous Les Jours Pens:
Goodness, these pens are pretty! I mean, just look at those available colors! Not to mention, the French writing on them is lovely. The barrel is made of wood and honestly feels light as a feather. What we really love about this pen is how delicate and fine it writes – it’s almost pencil-like. You won’t have any fear of smudges and you’ll be left with delicate beautiful writing in the pages of your book. The ink is waterproof and alcohol-based.
If you find a ballpoint pen that is just too pretty and will look lovely with your guestbook (like this striped pen), we recommend testing it out! Ballpoint pens do tend to smear less than say a gel pen and will not bleed through. If your ballpoint pen is not archival, but you still want to use it, that can be fine. Just know that the ink runs the risk of fading over time when exposed to light. The best thing you can do is keep it out of light, but since the pages will be tucked inside your book, this option should also be just fine.
We hope these suggestions are helpful and cannot wait to see how you use your Wedding Guestbook!