What is the point of a guest book?

posted 3 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I don’t get the point of old school guest books with lines, because you’re right – people just put their names. 

I made a photo book with our engagement pics that has a bunch of blank space throughout for people to write us a little message. Kind of like a high school yearbook! 

Post # 4
2403 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@gingerkitten:  We didn’t see much of a point either, but my grandma apparently had been saving one for me for years and would have been very upset if we did not use it. So we put it out on the table with pics from the ceremony (we had a reception type celebration with our families after our mexico elopement). No joke, I looked at the thing afterwards and a whole 2 pages were taken up out of like 50+. Nothing special in there, people just signed their names and that was it. 

I still don’t see a point, but if your mom or grandmom or someone close to you feels strongly about that particular tradition I’d let them have it if it makes them happy. 

Post # 5
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

For most people these day’s its to have a piece of memorabilia from your wedding that you can look back on. For some it’s a book, for some it’s a piece of art of some sort.

Trust me, you won’t keep 200 cards or however many, forever.

Post # 6
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I don’t think there really is a point, other than just having a list of everyone who was there to celebrate your day. I’ve seen guest books at funerals, too.

We are doing a regular-sign in kind, which we plan to frame in a shadow box, and we are also doing a guest book mirror.


Post # 7
1080 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

You might be surprised – many, if not most of the cards we received on our wedding day didn’t have much of a message inside.

I agree though, and didn’t do a traditional “guest book”.  Instead we had river stones for people to sign with a brief message, and we put them all in a pretty glass vase which we have in our home.  I think something you can actual display has more value than a book that will remain tucked away.

Post # 9
3265 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

We’re not doing a traditional guest book as I doubt it’d be something we’d go through in 10 years. We have a giant monogram letter that will be signed by everyone and then hung on our wall after the wedding.

Post # 10
658 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@gingerkitten:  I don’t either. But I do see the point in finding an excuse to start a wine collection. Ha! We had our guests sign wine bottles we plan to open on our anniversaries. 🙂 Pic of our “guest book” is below. 🙂


Post # 11
7220 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ours wasn’t the traditional type with lines. It was meant for people to write a little message, or just sign their name if prefered. Honestly I don’t think I’ve looked at it since our wedding though, lol.

Post # 13
1646 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@LiliKitty:  We’ll be doing that as well! 

Post # 14
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Tess63110:  This is a really cool idea and that sign is beautiful!

Post # 15
811 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We put out a Colorado photography book with some pens and had folks sign us a message – whatever they wanted.    The day was kind of a blur, so its nice now to go back and see what people wrote, etc.   I haven’t seen a traditional guest book (names addresses) in years.

Post # 16
2920 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Pinkmoon:  exactly what i was going to say.

i enjoy going through our guestbook and looking at our pictures and reading everyone’s messages.

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