Hello gorgeous humans!

We’ve had a few enquiries about the best pens for signing your wedding guestbooks. So we took the credit card and spent up large at our favourite stationery stores, purchasing a ton of pretty pens so you don’t have to!

There’s a few things to keep in mind when picking the perfect pen for signing your guest book:

  • It’s got to write smoothly straight off the bat (the guestbook is going to be kept for a while, after all!)
  • We don’t want the ink bleeding through to the other side of the page (or even the page below!)
  • Smudge-factor – the less it smudges, the better it’ll look. Especially if you have some left-handed guests
  • You want the tip of the pen to stay crisp and clean. The thicker the tip, the bigger the handwriting
  • It would be nice if the ink matches the colour scheme of the wedding, and the pen looks as good as the guestbook too 😉

We’ve conducted these tests on our guestbooks, so note that your results may vary if you’ve picked a different page option or another brand. We especially picked the card stock and weight after lots of tests and feedback, as a thinner weight or glossier finish can cause issues on the day and leave you with a guestbook that’s less than perfect (even if it ends up cheaper to produce… what’s the point if it doesn’t perform its function?!)

Our last requirement was that the pens needed to be readily available in New Zealand. As a proudly New Zealand owned business, we wanted you to be able to call into your local stationery shop to grab the pens we recommend. The majority of the pens in the videos are from Paper Plus.

Without further ado, here’s our pen tests compiled in one place for you.

Pens texted on our standard white 210gsm guestbook pages:

Staedtler Metallic Pens

Various Branded Black Pens:

Uniball and Sharpie Metallic Pens:

Smiggle pens

Pens on our standard black 210gsm guestbook pages

Uniball and Sharpie Metallic Pens:

Staedtler Metallic Pens:

Smiggle Pens

To order one of our beautiful wedding guestbooks, visitor log books and special occasion guest books, please browse our range and order online – and thank you for your support!