(Closed) No Guestbook?

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
613 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

we’re not doing it…what am i going to do with a book of addresses later.  I thought about doing a ‘signature board’ or photoguest book, but then decided i didnt want to spend the $250 or put all the setup effort into it..

Post # 4
765 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

i think it’s fine to skip the guestbook.  we probably wouldn’t have had one if it wasn’t included in our photographer’s package.  we had an album made from our engagement pics.

if you want to do something for a lot less, you can always buy a photo mat and have guests sign that. 

like this one:


when you get your wedding photos, you can switch out a photo of the two of you with a wedding photo.


Post # 5
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

my bro didn’t have a guestbook at his wedding and I totally didn’t even notice! I had to ask him about it later on. They’re totally not necessary and you can just keep everyone’s cards in a special wedding box instead!

Post # 6
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

As a guest, I wouldn’t notice. You know who will be there and every saved penny counts right?

I’m actually planning on getting a scrapbook of sorts and where I am going to place every card we get … engagement, shower, wedding and post wedding. Still deciding exactly how I am going to do it though.

Post # 7
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

i love getting to write things at a wedding and wouldn’t want to store a bunch of cards in a box; i’d rather have a book of some kind.  if you want to do a cheap guestbook, there’re lots of ideas besides buying a book:

i’ve seen people get dark river stones (that you can buy in bulk) and silver sharpies & people signed them and put them in a container.

you can just get little blank cards (or slips of paper) & have people sign them &  stick them in a bowl. then you can paste them into something else later

we’re going to arrange branches in a box and have cards hanging on string for people to write a little something & then hang it from the "tree". later i’ll paste the cards into a cheap book from Target or something I find on sale.

Post # 8
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

You totally don’t have to have a "guestbook" if you don’t want one.  But, from my experience, I am very happy to have my guests "best wishes" on a signature matte hanging in my living room.  It is beautiful and our guests LOVE looking at it.

I got it REALLY cheaply during a Frame sale at Hobby Lobby – made with a custom acid-free matte.  All together the frame and matte were only about $20! Totally worth it in my opinion.

Interestingly enough – we also kept all of our cards in our card box.  I have actually looked at them all a couple of times and I like having them.  We had a beautiful picture frame card box that displayed our engagement pictures – we now display it in our home and lock away all of our guests’ well wishes.  

Just my opinion….

Post # 9
5 posts
  • Wedding: June 2009

You totally don’t need to have a guestbook. Most of the weddings I’ve been to didn’t have one. When there was a guestbook I was usually too busy dancing to notice it.

However, I wouldn’t base it on cost considerations. You don’t have to have something from a bridal store that says "guestbook" – you can just get a nice book from an art supplies store or something. But if you don’t really want one, skip it.

It’s your wedding – all you need is your groom. 

Post # 10
484 posts
Helper bee

Don’t worry about not having one. My brother’s Mother-In-Law decided he and his bride (her daughter) NEEDED one at their wedding – only about 4 people signed it. It was completely unnecessary for them.

Post # 11
453 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I had a guest book at my first wedding and it literally sat in a drawer. I am getting married for the second time in the fall and we are definitely NOT having a guest book. I think it’s totally fine to skip it. (we are also skipping the receiving line-I never know what to say during that time at someone else’s wedding & it can be uncomfortable and a bit awkward-FI and I are making a point to walk around and try to talk to as many people as possible during the reception)

Post # 12
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

yeah! why the heck not!!! hmm….maybe i should ditch it too! 😉

Post # 13
3 posts
  • Wedding: March 2009

The guestbook was fun…if everyone signs it.  Our guests wrote funny comments in it.  ONE great ideas I saw was a picture book of engagement/couple pictures in it and then guests signed around the large frame on each page…it was nice looking because the guests were able to see your pictures and then after the wedding it could be left out as a table book….Cost??? Best wishes

Post # 14
14 posts
  • Wedding: December 2009

I’m most likely going to skip out on the guest book as well. I’d really like to do something like the “tree” mowi322 mentioned. I think I’m going to have some kind of card stock with our name on it or the date, something along those lines. Then I’ll have people write a cute memory of the wedding, or us as a couple, or some advice for a happy marriage and put it in a vase, that way, they don’t feel obliged to write something, and later on, I’ll put all the wedding wishes in some kind of scrapbook.

Post # 15
3331 posts
Sugar bee

I wouldn’t think it would be a big deal if you skipped the guest book.  I didn’t know what we were going to do, but my mom gave us one of those photo frames where you have people sign the mat (is ther e a name for this?)  It’s kind of cute, we’ve got it hanging in the hallway of our apartment with a wedding photo in it.  However, if we didn’t have it, I don’t think I would be upset.

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