(Closed) Just saw this and now I don’t know what to do…Guest Book Help Please.

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I kinda had the same issue. My grandmother gave me a really um… not so me guest book. I had wanted to do a picture of us from our ceremony in the bahamas. I decided it would mean much more to her for me to use it then it would mean for me to use what I wanted.

Post # 4
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

How big of a priority is your guest book? I think it would be nice to use what they gave you, but if it’s really important to you, than I would try to find another use for their book.

Post # 5
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Oh man, we are having the same issue. Fiance aunt gave us a very generic guestbook at our engagement party, that is nothing like anything I would have a chosen, and I want to return it and do a photobook guest book.. Fiance is pissed… when we figure it out I’ll let you know ;(

Post # 6
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

@stephinPA:  What if you used that book at your shower?  Ask your bridesmaids to pass it around to all the women at the shower and have them put their best bit of relationship advice in there.  Then it get used in a really special way, but you still get to do what you want at the wedding.

Post # 7
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Why not do both?  People can leave you messages in the book you already have as there is much more space than on a leaf and then they can just sign their names on the leaves.  Best of both worlds and no hurt feelings!

Post # 10
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

I have to say that while I thought it was one of those wedding ‘must haves’, not very many people actually signed either of my daughter’s guestbooks. I had both custom made too, and was pretty disappointed in both the money I spent and the fact that they got little use. They were set up on beautiful tables with flowers, placecards and custom pens, so it’s impossible they were missed. Who thought it would be necessary to actually have someone stand there and have them sign? I certainly didn’t.

I’d use the one you have and not worry about hurting her feelings. The book is left open anyway, so who will  notice the style or design?

Post # 11
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Future KMM’s suggestion was really great! That way you can leave the one that was a present open on a table (colors won’t matter, then!) and also encourage people to sign a leaf :).

Post # 12
510 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We’ll have a guestbook at the church, and then a big photo mat at the reception for guests to sign. I like your suggestion to use it at the rehearsal dinner! That way it gets used, but you’ll get what you want at the wedding.

Post # 13
1816 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

How many guests are you anticipating at your wedding?  If it is a lot, that tree might not be big enough.  Maybe you could use it at the rehearsal dinner?  If you think the tree would accommodate your guests, is the guestbook lined?  Or are the pages blank?  If they are blank, could you use it to scrapbook cards you have received?

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