(Closed) Do people still do traditional guest books?

posted 7 years ago in DIY
  • poll: Did you/will you have a guestbook at your wedding?

    Had a traditional guest book only

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    Didn't have either

  • Post # 2
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

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    amanda.417:  We didn’t do a guestbook of any sort, per se, but we did have notecards for guest to fill out with advice, good wishes, or memories, so we’re kept those as a “guestbook” of sorts. I wanted more than just a list of names…

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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

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    amanda.417:  We are using this sign that the two of us made together last summer. It’s currently hanging in our kitchen and we are going to hang it right back up in the same spot after the wedding. Guests will be signing around the letters in white marker. 

    I like this more than a normal guest book because we have all of our guest’s well-wishes right there on display for us at all times. No need to go diving through dusty boxes when we want to bring out a wedding guest book (or if we want to bring out a guest book). Because, really, have you ever seen a guest book on display in someone’s house? I think this is probably the case for a lot of couples, which is why you’ve seen the traditional guest book start to lose popularity. 

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    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I plan to have FI’s two cousin who I am close with do the guest book. My Future Sister-In-Law just got married and she had two cousins be guestbook attendants. She had a traditional guestook but I plan to make a photo book of our engagement photos with spaces for people to write messages to us.

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I didnt have a guestbook since I didnt see the point.  I have so many “keepsakes” from the wedding that I stored them up in a box and put them up in the closet.  For me personally, the guest book would have just been up there too. 

    Post # 6
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I just ordered this off etsy in our wedding colors. guests will sign next to their birthday. So I’m not sure if this counts as traditional or not?

     

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015 - Drury Lane Oakbrook

     

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    amanda.417:  I wanted to do a non-traditional guestbook and was looking at posters and wooden signs people could sign.  But when I thought about it, I have a lot of very old relatives who just wouldn’t understand what to do.  I also recently had a death in my family so we were going through old photo albums and I found my aunt & uncle’s guest book from their wedding in 1959.  For some reason the traditional look of it and seeing all the signatures of people who have been gone for years really struck a chord with me.  So I ordered a traditional guestbook.  I will not be doing a guest book attendant though.  I will have it on a table during cocktail hour with a sign.

    Post # 8
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

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    amanda.417:  I made a small book of photographs from our engagement session and we had people sign around our photos. I ended up with a really cheap groupon and I think…paid $15 for the whole thing? Honestly, it’s sitting in the box of wedding stuff still. Im sure it will be fun to pull it out at some point and read but we probably could have done without.

    A lot of weddings I’ve been to w/photobooths have used that as a guestbook. The photobooth attendant glues one copy of the pictures down and you write the bride and groom a message. 

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    We are doing a non-traditional guest book, but it will be out in the lobby before the ceremony and in the ballroom during the reception. It is two large canvases that we painted to look like a cherry tree. I then punched out petals from various shades of pink paper. Guests will sign the petals and then use glue dots to attach it to the canvas (I’ll go back later with a permanent solution for the petals.) Kind of like this –

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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

    Unless I find something better/different/worth spending time on… I got a small photobook from shutterfly with our engagement photos in. I left it blank so people can sign around photos. It’ll be displayed at the reception. I haven’t seen any guestbooks I’ve been excited about putting the time/effort into yet and David’s Bridal gave me the “free” book code so I figured it’d work.

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    We went with the traditional guest book at the reception.  Below is a pic of the card box I made and the book I bought.  I liked how they both tied together because of the gold.  Personally, I like seeing it on our bookshelf, and pulling it out to read the messages.  It’s all very compact and easy to manage.  Plus our neices and nephews decorated the hell out of one of the pages, which is my favourite thing!  PLUS I’m kind of old-timey and liked the idea of a traditional guest book.

     

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    We didn’t  have a guest book, and I guess I didn’t even think about it until now. We have the photos, and that’s what matters to me. I didn’t need people’s signatures to remember them, but the messages would be nice. I do like the idea of binding the cards together to make a memory book. Right now our cards are still in the card box. 

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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida

     

    amanda.417:  We are doing a Photobook and using that as our guestbook. That way it can be on our bookcase and we can look back at the pictures. What do you do with the tradsitional one…….. Put it in a box in your attic! I don’t need any extra stuff just hanging out in my house.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    We’re doing non-trad. The framed one where the signatures are engraved so we can hang it in the living room.

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee

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    amanda.417:  I probably would have opted for the non-traditional guest book, but my grandma called me one day and told me she bought me a guest book.  I didn’t care all that much anyway, so we’re just going to use that.  I think the non-traditional thing is cute, although I have seen a few weddings where a drunk/obnoxious guest signs the item in a way that makes it non-displayable.  Just something to think about.

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