Post # 1
Looking for a little insight with regards to wedding guest books. Is it common to have a guest book? I haven’t been to many weddings, and the few I have been to I don’t remember seeing or signing a guest book! For those of you who are married already and had a guest book, did most of the guests sign it? For those of you planning on having one, where did you buy it? I saw a bunch on Etsy, so I guess that’s a good starting point. I guess my last question is, if you opted out of having a guest book, why?!
Thanks guys! I know you will be able to clear all of this guest book business up for me 🙂
Post # 3
@starz88962: I had a guest book at my last wedding. It served a few purposes. One, have guests sign and leave their addresses (great for sending thank you notes). Two, in the very back of the book, I had someone write down all the gifts that were given, and who gave them, so I’d have a log of everything in order to send out the specialized thank you notes.
Post # 4
I think every wedding I’ve been to has had a guest book, some more elaborate than others.
We are not married yet but I think we will opt out of the “traditional” guest book, just because we know it will just go on the bookshelf and we probably won’t touch it again for quite some time.
Our alternative idea is asking guests to sign a matting that will eventually be framed with either a scrapbook page (that I will make) or a hand-drawn map of our wedding location (that we would get through etsy, etc.) That way we will be able to look at it on a daily basis as opposed to just once in a while!
Post # 5
We had a wedding wishing tree and I’m so glad we did that as a guest book alternative!
Post # 6
We did a baseball bat. My DH is a huge Nationals fan. My MOH did have to announce a reminder for everyone to sign it, but I’m so glad she did because the bat turned out really great. DH actually just hung it yesterday and it looks so great next to his baseball shrine. lol
Post # 7
We’re having a fingerprint tree. I really dislike guest books but my partner wanted one so it was a good compromise. The ink will be turquoise and pink to match our theme.
Post # 8
We didn’t have the “traditional” guestbook. Our guests signed a large wood “B,” the initial of our last name. It is now hanging on our “wedding wall.” I wanted a reminder of those who were there for our special day, but I also wanted it to be something other than a guestbook. Here are a couple photos…
Post # 9
We are going to have a photo from our engagement shoot blown up on a canvas and have people sign around that – that way it can be hung on the wall 🙂
Post # 10
@nicci218: I really like the thumb tree guest book. My FSIL had it at her wedding and they’ve hung it up on the wall and it looks great!
Our guest book is with our photobooth. We get a book with black pages ready to mount the photos and gold and silver pens. We wanted something and this came in the package.
Post # 11
There’s been a guest book at every wedding I’ve ever attending.
Post # 12
I didn’t want anything that was a book or something you were going to put in a box and never open again, I wanted to see it on my wall. This is a Martha Stewart print that FI edited the colors to match our wedding colors. Frame from Ikea. Cheap and easy!!
Post # 13
Our guest book is in a scrapbook. There are little pockets I made, and then a box of cards placed on each table for dinner and beside the guest book (also made those too). People can write whatever on the cards, and then place them in the pockets. Then, I can put this guest book scrapbook with the other ones I plan to make after with our wedding photos 🙂
Post # 14
We blew up our invitation and had it matted and framed.
we had people sign the matte.
Post # 15
We bought canvas and paint markers at Michaels. I found this picture in a google search and I loved it!! We’ll do a stencil, paint on the design, offer various colours of paint markers and let our guests sign and doodle away!!
Every wedding I’ve been to there has been a guest book. All were traditional and I don’t want another book just sitting around. I think it’s helpful for writing thank you cards, and just a great memento of your day.
Post # 16
I had an engravable photo frame as my guestbook worked out great!