(Closed) Anyone NOT do a guest book? Any regrets?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 16
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Helper bee

Honestly, the guest book seems like a waste of time and money.  We are not doing one.  We will know who attended based on place cards that are taken or left over, cards and gifts, and just by my parents and his mom remembering who they talked to.  Plus, we are doing a receiving line and I have a very very good memory for things like this.  Plus, if people want to write messages, they can do that in the cards that they send.  I plan on keeping those, but honestly, those will even be shoved into a closet somewhere.  I am also not really big on displaying things in the house, so I don’t even want a guest signing frame or anything like that.  I’m sorry, but I don’t think it’s really cool when you walk into a couple’s home and it is basically just a museum of their wedding with guest signing stuff, pictures, wedding date in a frame, shadow boxes, all kinds of stuff everywhere!  We get it…you are married!

Post # 17
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Busy bee

I had a guestbook and totally regret it. I had a nice book created with our engagement pictures in it, which was clearly labeled “Guest Book” and displayed in a VERY obvious location. 

Out of the 170 people we had about 15 people write in it (the last pages were completely empty) and for some reason one person wrote his own address in there! And then all the other people who wrote in it also just wrote their addresses! No messages, just their own personal info! I was a bit dumbfounded and the book is sort of useless now anyway…

However, now I laugh at it and take it as a compliment, people were too busy dancing, using photobooths or eating (aka enjoying themselves) to write in it;)

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

We skipped it, as far as I could tell no one noticed or cared…

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

MrsMeowton:  I didn’t have a guest book at my wedding a few weeks ago. I don’t regret it. However, I plan on keeping all of the wedding cards I received and maybe make a booklet or something out of it. 

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

We didn’t have a guestbook, my mom bought a picture frame last minute for people to sign instead which worked out fine (we had a small number of guests so they just passed it around). No regrets here!

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I did a photo guestbook with our engagement photos for my first wedding and never looked at it again. We may do a Quaker-style wedding certificate this time around, though you may not like that because it’s meant to be hung. For myself, I can’t imagine regretting not having a guestbook.

Post # 22
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Honey Beekeeper

I did not do a guestbook and have never regretted it.  We saved our cards and letters which already contained the relevant thoughts and sentiments. I just felt it was redundant. 

Post # 24
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I almost didn’t do a guestbook, but the hubs and I found a lovely old barn door with paint chipping and rusted hinges and hardware (maybe not everyones taste) and used that as a ‘guestbook’. He sanded down one side to make it smooth for people to write on and I painted our name and EST. date on it. We are using the ‘unaltered’ side as decor, but I enjoy taking a peek at the writing on the back. 

No one says you have to do a guestbook and I don’t think people should plan a wedding according to what they think they are supposed to do. I enjoy the non-traditional. But like PP said, when you go to old school route with envelopes, that definitely helps when it comes to thank you card time and actually know who was present at your wedding. If you have a larger one, it’s hard to keep track of who shows up!

Post # 25
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Bumble bee

We also didn’t want something to display and we didn’t want a book full of nothing but signatures. We are printing an album of our engagement photos and having people sign inside that. That way, when we want to reminisce all of the memories are in one place! Haha. Photos are lot more fun to look at than signatures. But I don’t think you’d regret not having one. You’ll remember who was there and you’ll have photos and cards As well.  

Post # 26
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Bumble Beekeeper

We didn’t have a guestbook. It’s just another thing to keep up with, and I can remember who attended our wedding without having something specifically for them to sign our whatnot. If my memory fails in the future, we have lots of pictures from the photographer and from the photobooth. 

Post # 27
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I made a book with pictures of Darling Husband and I growing up, starting with baby photos that guests could sign and write messages in. I’m super happy I made it, mainly because I love having a book with pictures of the both of us growing up that we can share with our children one day. My parents only have a few photos of them growing up, and I always wished they’d had more.

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I think we are going to have a guestbook at the ceremony because my traditional family will want to sign it. I don’t plan on spending a lot of money on it, maybe $20. Doesn’t have to be anything fancy.

For our reception, I have gold manzanite branches that I am making into a wishing tree. That will be our more fun and alternative guestbook. We aren’t having games or a photobooth or anything like that, so it will be something fun for guests to do at the reception. I hope people do it! Even if they don’t, it will still look pretty.

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Hardly anyone signed our guestbook because the day was so busy and we also had an advice cards bowl. I kept all the beautiful cards from the wedding and stuck them into the guest book in a collage

Post # 30
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

We did not have a guest book at our wedding which was 5 years ago this October. I know who was there, so I have no regrets in not having one. Maybe when I am 90 I won’t remember who was at my wedding. But by then I may not remember that I don’t remember! 🙂

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