Guest Book yes/no

posted 3 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
473 posts
Helper bee

It is more for you than your guests. So if you don’t care about it, there is no harm in skipping it. 

Post # 4
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I am skipping it. I’ve got a photobooth as well, plus everyone gives cards that they (generally) write a nice message in. I find it super annoying as a guest to then have to think of something else to write in a guest book.

Post # 5
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would at least do SOMETHING.

There are alot of creative guestbook ideas that aren’t as lame as the simple “write your name” kind.

I am doing 2 guest books, as weird as it sounds. 1 is a wishing tree, with wooden tags which I’ll save in a keepsake box.

The other is a large mirror, which we’ll hang in our living room after the wedding. We are getting a decal put on the mirror that says, “Every long story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite].


Post # 6
5935 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I hate the traditional guest book where ppl just sign the pages. I knew I would never look at it and it would just take up space in my house.

So we did the wine guest book. Everyone signs the bottles and you drink the wine on your 1, 5, 10, and 20 year anniversary. Here’s a picture of the bottles before the wedding (so they aren’t signed yet)

Post # 7
2657 posts
Sugar bee

Personally, I think it’s ok to skip the book if you’re doing a photobooth and other keepsakes.  I was on the fence with it too, but I compromised by doing a photo guestbook with our engagement photos in it.  My theory was that if we used it as a photo album too, we’d be more likely to look back on it than if we just had a regular plain guestbook.  I ordered mine off Shutterfly and it came out to about $30, which really wasn’t much more than some of the plain guestbooks I had been looking at.

Post # 8
434 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Tybee Island, GA

I got my guestbook off shutterfly. It was so pretty and detailed; and had different pages to share their memories, thought, advice, and prayers for us.

The guest litterally all signed one page through the whole book… ONE PAGE!!

lol. Sadly, but literally i think it was a waste 🙁 Nobody looked through it.

I wish we would have went with the thumbprint tree instead of a book! lol

Post # 9
8387 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Nikkimcq:  I made mine using leftover cardstock and plain printer paper, but I probably wouldn’t have gotten a guestbook if I had to pay money for it.  They also doubled as my table numbers and incorporated my puzzle piece escort cards.

Post # 10
851 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013


My DH and I had a guestbook……

It was in plain sight along with a small sign that indicated that it was a guest book….

Most of our guests did not sign it……

To me it was a waste of time, money, and creativity……


Post # 11
595 posts
Busy bee

We are having a traditional guest book for my daughter’s December ceremony, mainly so I won’t have to spend the evening explaining to the groom’s very traditional relatives why there is no guest book.  The bride and groom were completely uninterested, so I found a nice book on Etsy that matches the wedding colors, added a small decoration to the front and it’s done.  I know his family would not understand NOT having one, so it’s an easy way to keep them happy.  As a guest, I generally dislike most non-traditional guestbook alternatives, especially those requiring me to put ink on my fingers, but I think couples should do whatever is meaningful to them.  As their guest, I feel it is my duty to go along with whatever they have chosen for food, entertainment, and even guestbooks. 

Post # 12
4163 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I made cards which were on the tables- most of the guests filled these out, and (eventually) I’ll put them in an album. We had some fantastic responses to these questions- people had a lot of fun with this.

Post # 13
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

At weddings with a photobooth, usually they print a copy for the bride and groom and that serves as a guestbook.  

We are going with a very plain small traditional guestbook.  I think I paid 5 dollars for it with a coupon and on sale from Joannes. I definitely didn’t want to spend a lot of money and my fiance liked the idea of a traditional book you could pull out when you want to see it, but store it compactly on a book shelf when you don’t.  I’ve seen so many clever modern versions of a guestbook, but my fiance thinks that it would end up in a box in a few years.  He is probably right, and I don’t really want to shell out more than 10 bucks for something not that important to me.   

Post # 14
965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I couldn’t care less about them, but my mom was shocked when I said “I don’t think we need one.” So we are probably going to use the David’s Bridal coupon for a free photobook version.




My sister did the “advice” wine bottles, but I don’t know how they plan on getting those strips of paper out! Their first anniversary isn’t until after our wedding, so who knows.


Post # 15
551 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Nikkimcq:  i’m not going to mess with it. i doubt i’ll ever look at it. and i’m too ocd to have a photo or something with everyone’s mismatched handwriting hanging up. haha. 

Post # 16
133 posts
Blushing bee

We bought a wooden monogram on Etsy for $35 (including shipping). It’s 24″x24″, and we plan to paint it, have people sign it, and hang it in our house. We wanted something that we would see again. Our photobooth package also includes a scrapbook that people sign, so technically we’ll have two. We’ll definitely keep that out for display for a while. We’ll have some pretty funny pictures knowing our friends and family!

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