(Closed) How many “guestbooks” are too many?

posted 8 years ago in DIY
  • poll: Are three guestbooks too many?
    Yes, one is enough. (But which one?) : (36 votes)
    80 %
    Yes, pick 2 - but don't get crazy with too many! : (5 votes)
    11 %
    No, it's your wedding - who cares! : (2 votes)
    4 %
    No, I don't think they're too time consuming, so go for it! : (2 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
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    1245 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think that the postcard in the OOT bad is really cute, and then have one AT the wedding. Pick the one you like THE MOSTEST for that lol 

    Post # 4
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    1046 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I would really just go for one. I always have a hard time figuring out what to say for these types of things, so if I was a guest, I’d probably only sign one. I think it would be better to have one type of guestbook that everyone signs rather than several where only some guests sign each one.

    Post # 5
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    2781 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think that one is enough to be honest. Once you start giving people options then you won’t have everyone using just one medium. You might get 10 thumbprints but 20 postcards and only 3 signatures on the wood plaque. Also think about your guestlist. If you have a lot of kids around then you may not want the thumbprint one for example, because they’ll get ink all over their hands, etc. That’s just IMO.

    Post # 6
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    283 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I love all of those ideas, but yes, I think using them all is overkill.  As a guest, I think I would only want to sign my name so many times.  Can you narrow it down to your favorite one or two of these?

    Post # 7
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    5154 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I like the idea of picking ONE that people can write something (postcard!) and one that is more of a showpiece (thumbprint!)

    🙂

    Post # 8
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    647 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I think if you have more than one, people are way less likely to USE more than one.  So you might end up with a tree with way too few leaves, or the tree section that only includes signatures from some of your guests.  Those are my two favorite ideas, the ones that are showpieces.  As a guest I always have a hard time thinking what to write on notecards, and realistically they will get tucked away on a shelf somewhere.  Besides, guests will write well-wishes on the cards they send with gifts, so you’ll get some of that anyway!

    Post # 9
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    2788 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I agree that 1 guest book signed with everyone’s message will be better than a few with only a few messages.  That said I love the wood slice! It is so cute!!

    Post # 10
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    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    I was recently at a wedding where they had 2. One was a photo matte and the other was the traditional guestbook (where there are 50 pages of lines but only the first page is used for anything, then stuffed in a closet for 50 yrs). The majority of guests chose to sign the photomatte instead.

    Post # 11
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    949 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    We did two because we couldn’t decide.  One was a Quaker Marriage Certificate and the other was a photo mat from our photographer.  It worked great because we had signatures on the certificate and people wrote messages on the mat.  We now have both hanging up in our house. 

    Post # 12
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    2208 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I really don’t enjoy signing the guest book. I’ve already said what I want to put in writing on the card with the present, so it feels exceedingly redundant. So I can’t imagine enjoying signing more than one thing.

    Post # 13
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    7976 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I personally would probably be WAY annoyed by the third one – probably skip it – or I would assume it’s a ‘pick one or the other [or the other]’ thing.

    If you’re sentimental, I’d be worried that none of the three would end up with all (or even majority) of your guests signatures.

    Post # 14
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    499 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Just pick one.  I like the wood plaque the best.

    Post # 15
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    1426 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    Well, I’m not a guestbook fan (we’re doing zero!) but I say it’s your wedding so do whatever you want.  If I went to a wedding and I knew the couple wanted all these things, I would do them.  I mean, they’re hosting me for 5+ hours, I can take 5 minutes to put a thumbprint and write a note…

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