Guest Book – yay or nay?

posted 2 years ago in Guests
Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

kole92 :  the girls in the bridal party gifted us a collage puzzle. It was named and dated and guests signed the box. I love it and it doesn’t get in the way, nor do I feel guilty for not displaying it, nor is it a mostly blank book with just a couple of pages of signatures. I think doing a different ‘book’ is a better plan in the end.

Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

My Fiance has always wanted to be a photographer-hobbiest. I bought him a very nice professional camera for his birthday. We were chatting about guest books and googling “alternative” ideas and he came up with a great one.

He is going to take a Black and White photo of our city skyline, we will blow it up and frame it with a matte, guests will sign the matting and then we will frame it and hang it up at home. 

 

Our home is done in all black and white photos. I love that it will be a piece of HIS “artwork”. And if we ever want to change the matte, we can.
Very excited to see this come to a reality.

Post # 18
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Blushing bee

We are having a polariod guest book too. I got one off Etsy that has little slots for the photo’s to slide into, because I am a bit of a neat freak and didn’t want guests to be sticking the photo’s in any old spot.

I’m sure I won’t look at it too often, but I think It’ll be a good way to take a trip down memory lane!

Post # 19
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Souzie :  Could you tell me where you found your guest book? My Fiance would LOVE this!

Post # 20
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854 posts
Busy bee

kole92 :  We had one. Not going to lie–only like 5 people signed it. Everyone else went right to cocktail hour, haha. 

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee

Didn’t do one, don’t regret it. Everyone gave us a card with nice messages. 

I also hate writing in guestbooks. I already had to think up something sweet for your card, please don’t make me come up with another ‘lovely message’. 

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Banquet Hall/Conference Center

yogabride2018 :  Oooh this sounds so cute! Can you send a link?

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Banquet Hall/Conference Center

Just to be devil’s advocate here – know your guests. At the last wedding I went to, the only people who signed the guest book were the younger generation because they placed the book at the photo booth rather than at the entrance at the card table/placecard table. Also, I think since the majority of guests were older Indian aunties and uncles who weren’t as familiar with the custom, hardly anyone signed it or they just signed their names with no messages lol.

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

We are doing an audio guest book. I saw the inspiration on a vendor’s instagram and thought it was an amazing idea!

FeteFone / The Audio Guest Book / FêteFone

 

Post # 26
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Helper bee

And here I was, thinking I was pretty original with my Shutterfly photobook guest book! laughing 

We didn’t have enough guests to fill up more than a couple pages in a traditional guest book, so I compiled pictures from childhood, dating, and our engagement sessions (a friend took pictures the day of our engagment, plus a free session from our photographer). i left a few pages in the back blank to stick in day-of, honeymoon, and anniversary pictures, too.

Post # 27
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Bumble bee

Our wedding is very informal and at a park with loads of games. We’re going to buy a set (or two) of jenga and get some nice sharpies in various colors and have people sign their names on the jenga pieces. Then after the wedding I’m planning on varnishing the pieces so that the marker doesn’t come off. I figure that we’re going to play with these blocks and we’ll see the notes on them pretty often

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