You are planning a funeral or memorial service for a loved one, and are in need of funeral guest book ideas that are both beautiful and memorable. In this article, we’re sharing some of our favorites with you.
We’ve compiled a list of 12 gorgeous funeral guest books (plus a few honorable mentions) for family and friends to leave their memories of your loved one in. Besides serving a practical use at the service, your guest book will also be an everlasting keepsake.
Let’s take a look.
12 Funeral Guest Book Ideas
Please note that this post contains affiliate links, which means that if you purchase something you see on our site we may receive a commission at no cost to you. See our full disclosure here for more details.
1. Personalized Photo Guest Book
A photo makes a touching addition to a funeral guest book. To add your loved one’s photo to this book, simply upload it through an Etsy conversation with the seller. Several different sizes and layout options are available.
2. A Life Remembered Memorial Guest Book
An elegant memorial book, A Life Remembered includes enough room for guests to leave memories or stories.
It is also filled with comforting quotes and sayings, designed for the family to get the most out of their guest book when they go back through it to remember and honor their loved one’s memory.
3. Custom Engraved Wood Guest Book
This guest book is made from sturdy wood and can be custom-engraved with your loved one’s name and dates. Available in your choice of mahogany, hickory, cherry, maple, or walnut wood.
4. Vintage Style Funeral Guest Book
A beautiful funeral guest book for someone who was both an old soul and young at heart. There is a photo slot at the top of the book to hold your loved one’s picture, and personalization is also included.
5. Military Funeral Guest Book
A fabric funeral guest book befitting the humble servant who served his or her country or community with honor. Patriotic readings including Taps, as well as Bible verses, are found within.
This is the perfect memorial book for a military veteran, police officer, or firefighter. You choose the appropriate insignia.
If you like this military funeral guest book, here is another beautiful option for you to consider.
6. Embossed Funeral Book
A simple yet elegant funeral guest book embossed with your loved one’s name and dates. Available here in a variety of colors.
7. DIY Funeral Guest Book
There’s absolutely no rule that says you much purchase a guest book in order for it to be beautiful or worthy of a funeral service. If you’re feeling creative, you can make your own funeral guest book with relative ease. To begin, all you will need is:
- A notebook with high-quality paper, either lined or unlined. A scrapbook with a frame makes for a lovely guest book.
- Some photos of your loved one, or one photo you’d like to use as the “main” picture for the funeral/guest book.
- A collection of your favorite Bible verses, song lyrics, poems, quotes, or any other comforting sayings you’d like to include in the pages.
Here are some more ideas to help get you started with your book’s layout and design.
8. Custom Birch Wood Guest Book
A charming guest book in your choice of wood finishes: mahogany, burnt cocoa, black, or caramel oak. Choose between lined or unlined. Personalized included.
9. Memory Table Setup
Going to be setting up a memory table for your loved one’s photo display? It’s the perfect place to include the condolence book setup, as well. This set comes with two memory table signs as well as a condolence book for guests to sign.
10. A Celebration of Life Guest Book
Another great option if you want to keep things simple. This imitation leather funeral book simply states, “A Celebration of Life” and comes in your choice of a variety of colors.
11. A Life Remembered Guest Book
This handmade guest book is perfect for either a modern celebration of life or a traditional funeral service. Includes unlined acid-free paper as well as a green ribbon bookmark.
12. Digital Funeral Guest Book
If your family isn’t able to gather together for your loved one’s funeral, it doesn’t mean that you are have to miss out on the time-honored, comforting tradition of a funeral guest book.
You can set up your loved one’s guest book online. While many funeral homes already do this when they publish the obituary on their website, you can also set one up yourself if you desire. You can create a memorial website on a platform like Ever Loved, share the link on social media to ensure that everyone who wants to sign it can, and then look back on it whenever and wherever you have an internet connection.
If you’re interested in creating a digital funeral guest book, here are 10 websites that may be of interest to you.
Just a few more stunning funeral guest books we had to share with you, as well:
- This floral funeral guest book with soft matte finish
- This foil-printed personalized memorial book
- This personalized wooden guest book with engraved tree image
- This colorful “A Celebrated Lifetime” condolence book
- This elegant funeral book perfect for a person of faith
- This patriotic memory book with matte finish
What is a Funeral Guest Book?
You’ve just seen just amazing funeral guest book options. But just what is the purpose of this traditional element of a funeral or memorial service?
The funeral guest book, or condolence or memory book, allows family and friends of the person who’s died to share that they attended the funeral, and perhaps also a favorite memory or two that they have of the deceased.
After the funeral, the family of the deceased will have the guest book as a sort of keepsake, for them to look through and remember everyone who was present to support and comfort them on that sad day.
Should I Have a Guest Book at the Funeral?
The real question is, why not? Even if you anticipate only a few attendees at the funeral, it’s still a good idea to have one, to look back on in the years to come.
If you’re too sad to contemplate a guest book right now, it’s still a good idea to set one out at the funeral. While you aren’t right now, you may be ready to look at it some time later after the funeral, and don’t want to regret not having one.
What Do You Write in a Funeral Guest Book?
Some funeral guest books offer only enough writing space for a name or family name. But others have enough room for people to write entire paragraphs full of memories of times shared with the deceased.
In general, a guest book will have room for names only, but this is not a rule. Condolence or memory books should have more than enough space for guests to write condolences or share memories. If there is enough space for this, and you aren’t sure what to write, here are some tried-and-true (and completely thoughtful) quips you can use:
- “I’m so very sorry for your loss. ______ was a wonderful person whose memory I will always cherish. Love, ______.”
- “So many wonderful memories and never enough time. All my love, ______.”
- “Fly high, ______. Love, ______.”
- Your name along with a comforting Bible verse the family can look up later.
- One of these 101 Condolence Messages
Will the Funeral Home Provide a Guest Book?
It’s not uncommon for the funeral home hosting the service to provide a guest book as part of a package, or even as an “a la carte” item.
But it’s definitely not a given; if you’re interested or concerned, be sure to ask your funeral director if one is available for purchase through the funeral home or a third party.
If you enjoyed this article, we think you’ll like to read this one next: 18 Totally Unique Memorial Service Guest Book Ideas.