(Closed) Guest Book – yay or nay?

posted 4 years ago in Guests
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

We are planning on having one, but technically not a traditional one. Our wedding photographer offered a free engagement session for booking her, so we ended up with a ton of engagement pictures we didn’t really know what to do with (we only used one for save the dates). 

Basically, we’re making a picture book/guest book. The book will feature some of our favorite engagement pictures and guests will be able to sign their names and/or write little messages to us. We figured this would be best since we definitely wouldn’t ever look at a traditional guest book again, and everyone will get to see all those pretty pictures we have nothing else to do with. 🙂

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Ditto, wasn’t going to do one but Shutterfly offerred me a free photo book so we put our engagement photos in there and blank/write in pages and it was turned out great. We have some engagement photos in once place and messages to look back on when we feel like taking a browse. I wouldn’t overthink it but it was nice to have afterwards.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

We’re not doing a traditional one. My mom offered to make us a quilt, so there will be a table with the cut up squares and everyone can write us a message on the aquate using fabric pens.

If wasn’t an option, I was going to do a matted picture of Fi and i from our engagement session and guests would sign around the picture.  I just don’t see the point of a book guest book since I’d never look at it again lol.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

Yes but not a traditional one.

We had a scroll made to match our theme…

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

We’ve gone down the blank-inside guest book route. We’ve used the same artwork that Future Sister-In-Law designed for our invites on the cover, so it ties in to the other stationary.

I do like the idea of having people sign the mount of a photo, but won’t do both.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

I wasn’t originally planning on having one, but my cousins offered to ‘manage’ it and we love it. They had a polaroid camera and as people came in they’d take a photo of the guests and stick their photo with their signature and message. It’s nice to have a photo of everyone too since the photographer obviously couldn’t get everyone. 

Another idea I’ve heard of is people getting guests to write a piece of advice. It can make it personal and/or funnier depending on your family & friends.

I don’t think it’s necessary, but it’s easy to do and can be fun to look back at later if you’re the sentimental type. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee

I don’t think you would miss it if you didn’t have it, but it was nice to look through ours after the wedding! I waited until there was a great coupon on shutterfly and made one with our engagement photos for like $8. Some people wrote really nice notes in there!

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

We didnt’ have a traditional guest book. Instead I made an album of photos of us throughout the years from childhood to adulthood – that included us with friends and each other. It was fun seeing everyone find a page they were on or could relate to and sign there. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

We didn’t want a book that would sit unread, so I found a frame on Etsy, shaped like a mason jar (our apartment’s decor is very farmhouse chic) and everyone signs a heart and drops It in the frame. Later, it can be displayed or hung. I love that we will be reminded of all of our friends, and since it’s a small wedding, we are close to everyone who is coming and every signature will be meaningful. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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kole92 :  we had to silk screened art prints that we had framed and then had everyone sign the mats. i knew i would never look at a guestbook, and this way if i hated how it turned out once signed, i could easily swap out the mats for fresh clean ones and we’d still have artwork that we love. well, i LOVE these pieces – it’s been so much fun to read what everyone wrote. They’re hanging side-by-side in our hall now and they just make me so happy. Really glad we didn’t skip the “guest book”.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

We didn’t do a guestbook. I didn’t see the point. No regrets!

Post # 13
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Helper bee

We did a poloroid guestbook which turned out really cute. I don’t think I would have regretted not doing one though. I think I’ve looked at our guestbook once since the wedding, but I think it’ll be nice  to have down the road when some of the older family members have passed away.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

We did a jigsaw guest book where everyone signed a piece.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2017

We didnt have a guest book and no regrets at all

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