Post # 1
I wanted to do something fun and creative for our guestbook, but after going to many weddings that did unique things I noticed that so many people are used to an actual guest “book” that many people didn’t sign because they were confused.
Fiance and I decided to kick it old school, save ourselves the trouble and just have a regular ole’ book to sign. I was okay with this, but now after seeing everyone else’s ideas and hearing everyone on the bee talk about how “boring” guest books are and how they are “over” and “so 80’s” I am starting to feel bad about my decision.
We are having one hand-made from Etsy, similar to this but will have a matching pen and holder:
I feel stupid now 🙁
Post # 3
I am and I’m completely fine with it. I figured its for one day, I just want to know who shared our special day with us I don’t need to make it complicated.
Post # 4
I’m doing a regular/traditional guest book. Mine will be all white with a pen, so it looks like it will be even more ‘boring’ than yours 🙂 I personally could care less what anyone thinks, its what we want. Its not ’80’s’ or ‘over’ its just a book for people to put their comments in. I think your guestbook is beautiful and I’m sure any older guests will appreciate not being confused.
Post # 5
Don’t feel stupid! I think that guestbook is beautiful and I think traditional guestbooks are a great physical reminder of the day! I’m not going to have a traditional guestbook, but that’s only because I found an idea I personally like better (and it’s still pretty similar). I think if a tradition works for you, do it: don’t NOT do something because people think it’s “out”, and don’t DO something just because people think it’s “in” is my philosophy. If you do what works for you, then you’ll have an absolutely beautiful wedding 🙂
Post # 6
We had one. I bought it the day before the wedding. *shrug* I didn’t care what it looked like because I knew it would just end up on a shelf or in a box.
Post # 7
I did a traditional guest book. 🙂
Post # 8
I’m totally going with a traditional guest book. They are traditional for a reason. I bought a beautiful hand-dyed one at Paper Source last week for $20 (marked down from $58!). Score.
ETA — I just realized I probably need to come up with a nice pen to set out with it, huh? lol
Post # 9
Thanks guys!! That makes me feel so much better! I normally don’t care what other people say but when I saw all the super cool guest book ideas on here and on the blogs I began to feel “dated.” It is so good to know that there are still other brides doing this!
Post # 10
I would prefer a traditional book if I were a guest…some of the really neat creative ideas are awesome, but I don’t think well under pressure and would be uneasy with it.
Post # 11
@Legallyblondiebride: I’ve been to 4 weddings in 2012 and 3 of them had traditional guest books. The fourth had guests write wishes on little leaves to be stuck on a tree. Guests were confused and it delayed the ceremony for a bit because of the backlog of guests at the sign in table. 🙂
Post # 12
@MrsLulu: 3 out of 4 had guestbooks? SWEET! I feel so much better now!
Thanks so much for all of your comments…I don’t feel like a loser now 😛
Post # 13
I’m also doing a traditional ivory cover guestbook, I like that people will write messages and we can put it away and open it on our anniversary and read it.
I went to a wedding that had the fingerprints on the tree thing, I didn’t like getting my hands dirty, and there was no place to write a personal message to the couple.
Another wedding has a big poster board picture of the couple. Guests wrote messages with silver markers on the edges of the picture. That was okay. I assume they hung it on a wall somewhere in their apartment.
Post # 14
Ours is pretty traditional. It’s called a memory book so it has room to write stuff about our proposal, showers, how we met etc. But it’s got the plain guest signing lines in it. I figured we wouldn’t look at it that often so it didn’t matter that much
Post # 15
Not a thing to worry about. Half the guests never even sign them or forget to come back later and do it. I know I always forget too!
Post # 16
I’ve only been to one wedding where the couple didn’t have a guestbook – they had a picture from their e-pics and a large white frame around it for guests to sign and write messages. That was neat. We just did a traditional guest-book, and we used it at both of my bridal showers as well as the wedding. Nice keepsake.