Post # 1
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
I don’t understand at all why guest books exist. Educate me!
It would be nice and make sense if people wrote a little message in there (but cards are good for that, too), but every guest book at every wedding I have been to, people just write their name and address. Don’t you already know 1) who came, because you invited them and they RSVP’d, and 2) their address, because presumably you mailed the invitation and they mailed back the RSVP with return address?
I get it if people do a fingerprint tree or something else to commemorate the day, but a regular guest book seems useless and that it will just get tossed at some point. (Do people sit around and look through their guest book years down the line?)
What am I missing, here?
Post # 3
I don’t get the point of old school guest books with lines, because you’re right – people just put their names.
I made a photo book with our engagement pics that has a bunch of blank space throughout for people to write us a little message. Kind of like a high school yearbook!
Post # 4
@gingerkitten: We didn’t see much of a point either, but my grandma apparently had been saving one for me for years and would have been very upset if we did not use it. So we put it out on the table with pics from the ceremony (we had a reception type celebration with our families after our mexico elopement). No joke, I looked at the thing afterwards and a whole 2 pages were taken up out of like 50+. Nothing special in there, people just signed their names and that was it.
I still don’t see a point, but if your mom or grandmom or someone close to you feels strongly about that particular tradition I’d let them have it if it makes them happy.
Post # 5
For most people these day’s its to have a piece of memorabilia from your wedding that you can look back on. For some it’s a book, for some it’s a piece of art of some sort.
Trust me, you won’t keep 200 cards or however many, forever.
Post # 6
I don’t think there really is a point, other than just having a list of everyone who was there to celebrate your day. I’ve seen guest books at funerals, too.
We are doing a regular-sign in kind, which we plan to frame in a shadow box, and we are also doing a guest book mirror.
Post # 7
You might be surprised – many, if not most of the cards we received on our wedding day didn’t have much of a message inside.
I agree though, and didn’t do a traditional “guest book”. Instead we had river stones for people to sign with a brief message, and we put them all in a pretty glass vase which we have in our home. I think something you can actual display has more value than a book that will remain tucked away.
Post # 9
We’re not doing a traditional guest book as I doubt it’d be something we’d go through in 10 years. We have a giant monogram letter that will be signed by everyone and then hung on our wall after the wedding.
Post # 10
@gingerkitten: I don’t either. But I do see the point in finding an excuse to start a wine collection. Ha! We had our guests sign wine bottles we plan to open on our anniversaries. 🙂 Pic of our “guest book” is below. 🙂
Post # 11
Ours wasn’t the traditional type with lines. It was meant for people to write a little message, or just sign their name if prefered. Honestly I don’t think I’ve looked at it since our wedding though, lol.
Post # 12
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
@Tess63110: Love it! As we are getting married in Italy, wine would be very appropriate, but could be a pain to lug around. Still contemplating that idea, though….
Post # 13
@LiliKitty: We’ll be doing that as well!
Post # 14
@Tess63110: This is a really cool idea and that sign is beautiful!
Post # 15
We put out a Colorado photography book with some pens and had folks sign us a message – whatever they wanted. The day was kind of a blur, so its nice now to go back and see what people wrote, etc. I haven’t seen a traditional guest book (names addresses) in years.
Post # 16
@Pinkmoon: exactly what i was going to say.
i enjoy going through our guestbook and looking at our pictures and reading everyone’s messages.