Do I really need a guest book

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Do whatever you want!  I’m not planning on having a guest book.  I just don’t know what I would do with it later.  We are either going to have a photobooth and then frame the photos of our guests…i can’t find the inspiration for that right now!

or a silhouette artist and frame those, like this (http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/photogallery/15-years-of-great-wedding-ideas?lpgStart=1&currentslide=9&currentChapter=1#ms-global-breadcrumbs)!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m also pretty torn about having a guest book.  I am leaning towards us not having one . . . most of my friends who had one said that they never look back and read the notes and not everyone even left notes. 

If we do one, I think we’re going to use it as a time capsule . . . put in a nice bottle of wine, a love letter to one another, some mementos from our day and the notes from the guest book and put it all in a nice box to open on our 5 year anniversary.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I don’t think it’s required at all. I personally love the idea of having notes from friends and family to read 20 years after the wedding. I’ve read my parents’ guest book and it was really special to see all those well-wishes. Maybe I’m just sentimental like that 🙂 

If you don’t want to have an actual book, there are a ton of possibilities. We got a suitcase and will also be getting travel-themed stickers that people can write notes on and stick them on the suitcase 🙂

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We decided not to have a traditional guest book.  I found small books (set of 8 books) at Hallmark that have space for each person to write their name, how they know us, and a wish for us.  We plan on putting one on each table.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@ladygoodman, I love that time capsule idea!

We’re probably going to do a signature frame with one of our engagement pics.  I’m not really sure what we’d do with a guestbook either.  At least the signature frame can be hung up and displayed 🙂

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We didn’t have one.  Primarily because I don’t like them myself.  I always felt like there were better ways to remember who was at your wedding and as a guest I didn’t like being put on the spot to come up with a shortened version of my well wishes for the couple.  I’ve seen some different ideas that are cute though, I just don’t think they’re a “have to have”.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

You don’t have to have one and a guestbook with a bunch of signatures is well…boring. There are a lot of creative things you can do instead of just having a book layed out. What i did is had a 12×12 photobook made from shutterfly that had pictures of Fiance and I and told our “love story” leaving plenty of room for people to write on all the pages…next to the book I made a sign requesting our guests to leave a memory, advice or a short message. Something that we can look back on and remember who we celebrated our special day with and read memories and advice (also, the book has great pictres of us throughout our relationship, added bonus!)

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

You don’t have to have a guestbook at all! We’re doing “Wish and Advice” cards á la Mrs Cupcake (and many other Bees!). I’m really excited to see what people write!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Im one of those who dont like to clutter. I never know what to do with something like that. Last year i helped a friend out at her wedding and i greeted guests and instructed them to sign the guest book, and i got to thinking, how cool would it be if i could have each person write some advice or anything else, then put those little notes in a book next to that guest’s picture from the party if available. Yea it would be in your home, but how sentimental would it be when you open it and you can actually see pictures of your day. The pictures dont even have to be the pro ones. This could be a great idea to use those little disposable cameras. Just a thought.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

We didn’t have one, most weddings I’ve been to didn’t although I’ve seen a few. Personally as we got a card from most guests, we still have lovely notes from our friends and families in that form which I love bc it’s great to see the different cards people have chosen.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

It’s totally optional. Most people don’t sign it anyway. The books that you do buy are 50 pages of lines and the first page is the only one that gets used. Having a guestbook attendant (which is not an honor for anyone) doesn’t change people’s minds if they have no desire to sign it in the first place. If you don’t feel the need for one, then it is perfectly ok to skip it.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Guest books aren’t required.

I purchased a very nice frame from Michaels and I am going to use a double mat in our colors and have the guests sign that. We will have one of our engagement photos in the mat while they are signing and then it will be displayed at our reception. I purchased a wrought iron stand for it too. After the wedding, we will put a picture of everyone that was at the wedding in it and hang it on the wall. I already have the space picked out.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We didn’t have one… I liked the idea of a wish tree, but that didn’t happen either. I’m not bummed that we didn’t have one. The most important part (for me) is having the pictures of everyone.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We aren’t doing a guestbook…who wants a book of signatures? 

We are putting out a bunch of scrapbooking things (markers, card stock, stickers, etc..) so people can do fun thngs (write notes, draw a picture, whatever).  We will then be putting it all together in a scrapbook.

I like the photobooth idea.  Also, You can have a tree w/ tags attached which people can write “wishes” on it.  I’ve seen this displayed in people’s homes before and its beautiful.  (i can find a picture if needed).  Also, check out http://www.guestbookstore.com.  It’s got some fun guestbook pages that your guests fill in during the reception and then later on you make it into a book – my cousin did this and it was vey interesting to read what people wrote once the drinks started flowing!

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