(Closed) Do I really need a guest book?

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
37 posts
  • Wedding: April 2012

We didn’t have a guest book, and I don’t regret it!

I figured everyone usually writes in their cards what they want to say anyway!

We had a couple people at our wedding who didn’t give a card or anything though which is disappointing. (but I doubt if we had a guest book that they would have written in it anyway, and if they are so lame as to not give even a card for a present, why bother remembering they were at the wedding anyway!)

Sorry about that little rant!


But I say you don’t need one, just another thing to worry about, and sometimes difficult to get people to write in them and they all end up writing the same thing anyway ‘congratulations’ 


Hope this helps!

Post # 4
665 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think the biggest benefit is that you get to see everyone who was at your wedding so years from now you can look back at it!

Post # 5
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

We have one of the matted frames, and it’s on the wall in our house with our wedding photo.  I actually do look at it frequently and read what people wrote.

Post # 6
4676 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Have you thought of other guest ‘book’ ideas?  Some are very affordable and gives you a momento to remember your day by.  (I am not doing a book- I too think I would never open it!  I am doing a guest quilt instead.) I’ve seen someone who had each of their guests sign a photo album- to add digital pics later. (close to your original idea).  

Post # 7
2603 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We did a poster that people signed. It’s nice, I love the momento, but it’s not like anyone said anything terribly sentimental or creative, and sometimes I look at it and it reminds me of a bar/bat mitzvah or HS graduation thing…

Is it necessary? Nope!

Post # 8
23602 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Honestly, out of all the things from our wedding day, the photo guestbooks that we did are the thing I go back to look at the most!  That being said, I have heard that lately the Fujifilm Instax Camera/Fillm and Adesso Photo Albums have been hard to find! I did a search myself, and I’m having very little luck.  I’ll let you know if I see any others come up, because those are the top of my “It’s worth it” list!

Post # 9
11272 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

i had 4×6 cardstock and envelopes for guests to write their “wedding wishes” or “words of wisdom”.  there was a box for them to put them in afterwards.  i liked it more than just signing your name in a book.  we enjoyed reading them after the wedding.  there were some that were really quite touching.

Post # 11
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m not having a guest book for the simplefact that every wedding I’ve been to I’ve skipped writing in it!! Whoops!lol;)

Post # 12
2006 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

This is why we did a large wooden monogram.  We now have it hanging in our living room, and its really cute.

My inspiration was this:

Post # 13
1306 posts
Bumble bee

I had a guestbook…not one person wrote in it…what a fabulous waste of $35 that was…*grumble grumble*

Post # 14
154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Our guestbook is 4 wine bottles that we had personalized labels made for, and people sign the actual bottles.

These bottles are then opened on whatever anniversary you had it marked for.

NOTE: Not all wine ages well, if you don’t want to spend $100+ on a bottle you will want to pick smaller years like 1,2,3,4 and 5 🙂 We did 1, 5, 10 and 15 but we spent alot of $ for the bottles on 10 and 15.


Post # 15
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I thought I wanted a traditional guest book but the more I thought about it, the more I felt it’s just not my style anymore.  I am doing a photo mat guest book… I love the idea dnd it already has a space in my house where it will hang.  I plan to use an old pic of us at the wedding then replacing it with a wedding pic after the wedding.

Post # 16
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m wrestling with this, as well. I really wanted a polaroid guest book, but a) it’s $$$$$$$$$$$$ to get the camera and film, and b) who’s going to switch out the film? 

I really love these ideas posted, though!

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