(Closed) Do I have to have a guest book?

posted 8 years ago in Paper
  • poll: Should I have a guest book?
    No, you don't care about it and no one will notice anyway. : (52 votes)
    85 %
    Yes, some guests will feel snubbed if you don't get something. : (3 votes)
    5 %
    Other : (6 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    2475 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We aren’t using one.  I really just have no desire to have one.  I rarely ever write anything in them anyway.  I don’t think guests will be offended, at least they shouldn’t be.

    Post # 4
    Member
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I wouldn’t say that I love guest books per say, but I think they’re fun.  Like you, I don’t like the look of traditional guest books and would never just look at a list of signatures, but there are some things you can do to make it a little different that don’t require much time or effort.  I made a photobook with our engagement photos for people to sign as our guest book.  Then it is more like a photo album with messages – and these are really quick and easy to put together online.  Or you could have people sign a photo mat and then put one of your wedding photos in it and hang it in your home.  Again, all you have to do is purchase a mat – little time and effort required.

    You will have some guests who will look for a guest book so these options (or something similar) would provide them something.  Plus, you may think now that you don’t want something, but when you’re older, you may wish that you had something from your wedding to look back at.  Wouldn’t want to regret not having anything when there are some quick and simple options.

    Post # 5
    Member
    612 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We have a guest book for address and then a “Wishing Well” for people to write wishes on a butterfly and then put it in the well. They can do either, both, or none. I’m not having someone go around and pester people to sign anything.

    Post # 6
    Member
    4001 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’m of the mind that- its your wedding so you don’t HAVE to have anything.  If you’re not into it, don’t do it.  That’s a lil extra money in your pocket!  We’re doing one, but I’m not entirely sure why….

    Post # 7
    Member
    2463 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    i don’t think i’d have one, except the photographer automatically includes one made with our engagement pics in the package we wanted anyway! i’ve honestly never even noticed the guest book at other people’s weddings though…either they didn’t have one, or i just didn’t sign it…oh except 1 wedding where they had a wishing tree type thing…

    Post # 8
    Member
    494 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I don’t think you need one at all!  But I voted “other” because I think it’s a nice addition if you think of a creative alterative to the standard guest book.  Maybe those photomats or something. 

    Post # 10
    Member
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    It’s not required so if you don’t want one, don’t get one. Your older traditional guests may miss it but most won’t. Especially since guestbooks tend to be a waste of money with just one page out of 50 being used for a 50-200 guest count while the rest is unused and it gets tossed in a box which is never looked at again.

    Post # 11
    Member
    695 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I almost never notice the guestbook at a wedding, so if you don’t want one, I can’t imagine anyone would notice or be offended. When there is not guestbook, I’m just happy to not have to wait in line to sign it!!

    Post # 12
    Member
    2 posts
    Wannabee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    I didn’t want a guest book either.  They are ugly, never get signed, and you really never look at them again.  I did however, want a place for my guests to tell us how wonderful we are 🙂  What I did, instead, was take dead branches and spray paint them white to make a miniature “tree”.  I then took pictures of my husband and me (2x3s) and looped a ribbon through them.  I spread those all along the table with sharpies and let our guests sign our pictures and then tie them to the tree.  I am scrapbooking them among wedding photos and memorabilia in a place where I know they will get looked at again.  It was also right at the entrance of our reception site and with so many pictures hanging, most of our guests left their well wishes.  I don’t, however, think any guests will be offended… i doubt they’ll even notice you don’t have one.

    Post # 13
    Member
    1068 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    My Fiance and I are making the guest book a real momento – we are using our engagement photos and putting into a flush-mount book. We will have blank spaces for our guests to write us (think yearbook style), so that we can have it for the future and look at our engagement photos and read our notes.

    If it was just the other guest book, that is blank, I don’t think we would have one at all.

    Post # 14
    Member
    1676 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Nope, we’re not having one either.  I know lots of people like them… and some people have done some really awesome creative stuff with theirs.  But for us, we just don’t see the point.  I’m not one to hold onto something like a guest book for years on end anyways.  I figure, we’ll already be getting cards from many of our guests, so why do we need a guest book on top of that? 

    Post # 15
    Member
    181 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    i am pretty sure that the wedding traditions police will storm your reception and void out your marriage if you dont have one.

    no just kidding. i dont think i would even notice if you didnt have one.

    i got a signature mat like pp stated no one has to feel obligated or feel awkward for not knowing what to write.

    Post # 16
    Member
    1523 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We are doing a photo signature mat. Other ideas are a photobook. or you could do a wish jar/tree if you want people to write little well wishes, words of advice etc…

    But if none of that appeals, just forget the guestbook!

    The topic ‘Do I have to have a guest book?’ is closed to new replies.

    Find Amazing Vendors