Post # 1
I see many cute guestbooks around, but I’m rather thinking of passing on this tradition. I know that I always feel awkward when faced with having to think of something to write in one and I don’t see my FH and I paging through it. Has anyone else passed on the guestbook tradition? Did any of the guests wonder about that?
We are having 2 photographers so that we can make sure to get photos of all the guests. I think that us making an album will mean more. Am I a Bridal-Scrooge?
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
No, if it’s not important to you. I think your memories of the day will come from your photographs and video if you’re doing that (you should do that! ;), but even though we’re doing a guestbook, I can’t imagine we’ll look at it much unless people write really amazing things. 🙂
Post # 5
You don’t need one – there’s not a rule….heh.
What I have planned to do has evolved several times…first it was a photobook (a photography book I was going to have out with small labels for guests to sign then stick randomly in the book, then it was going to be a polaroid guestbook, to my current and final idea: I bought kraft paper in a roll, and am planning to use it as a “table runner” (I bought an edge punch to fancy it up) on all the tables, leave out some thin markers, and have guests sign them, right at the table. When it’s all over, I plan to collect the rolls, then eventually cut out the comments and arrange them in a big frame as artwork for our house =D
Post # 6
Honestly I had the same thoughts prior to our wedding and not having one turned into so much drama with the ladies of our families that we ended up buying a nice photo album with plain ivory pages that we had guests sign/write notes in and we’ll add some photos the photographer took of the guests later.
That said…I still don’t see the point in it but after I didn’t show up at my formal bridal tea with “my book” and it was revealed I didn’t plan to have one for the wedding either it all hit the fan. So my plain photo album was just to prevent my mom from showing up with something lacy (think my big fat greek wedding, only I’m not greek). 😉 I say go with your gut on this one, and if you opt to do something, do something simple if it’s not important to you!
Post # 7
We’re not having one either.
Post # 8
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
I’m undecided on whether or not to have one, but I definitely agree with you that I can’t see myself ever really looking at it or anything. If we do a guestbook at all it will be something more abstract – like maybe having guests use notecards to write notes to us, etc. We definitely won’t be having a traditional guestbook.
Post # 9
I was fairly ambivalent about it, but I ended up having one made with photos from our engagement shoot. I’d say a third of our guests signed it. Kind of pointless unless you are going to have someone trot it around to tables.
Post # 10
We are not having a guest book, but we are doing a wish bowl-I bought a large glass vase from Hobby Lobby with a wide mouth and guests will write their name(s) and a wish for FI and I. I’m looking forward to putting our wished in our photo album with pictures-personal setiments of our day. Since FI and I are both encores and have been through alot of crap (entirely to much) in previous marriages & there are children involved (mine)-our wedding guests are very close to us and know that both of us have been thru.
Post # 11
I wasn’t planning to have a guestbook. I just didn’t see the point of paying to have something that I wouldn’t really care about after the wedding. I was at Big Lots last week and happened to find a Martha Stewart guest book for $2. I decided that was too good of a deal to pass up and ended up buying it.
Post # 12
You could have a signature mat and frame. I don’t know if anyone else has seen it before, but I want to do the metal mat. The guests’ signatures are actually engraved on it. You could put an engagement picture in it for the wedding and then put a picture in it from the wedding afterwards. I wanted to have a guest book but at the same time I wanted something unique. You could also just have a regular mat in one of your wedding colors and have guests sign it with a marker which would be less expensive.
Post # 13
@Meridee25, do you have a link for that? I’m really interested in the idea but haven’t heard of it before.
Post # 14
I’m not having a guest book…our wedding is in Aruba and I didn’t want to lug that with us, so we decided that we would add already stamped post cards in our welcome bags and add a note saying for the guest to let us know their favorite part of the trip (to be mailed when they arrive home)…I was going to make a book out of this when all received!
Post # 15
OMG Jingle! I’m so copying you! That’s perfect for us too!
Post # 16
We aren’t having a traditional guestbook. Instead we are doing two things:
1) My dad is an artist so we are having him draw a picture (haven’t decided what yet but most likely shells) on canvas and gridding it off. Each guest will then get the chance to paint a grid in shades of blue (our wedding color). We plan on displaying the painting in our new home!
2) We are also getting a coffee table book of the Outer Banks so guests can still write us a message on the pages if they wish