Will I regret not having a guest book?

posted 8 months ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
597 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I had one, but we haven’t even looked at it. I suggest purchasing a really inexpensive one if you’re afraid you’ll regret it – to me, those super fancy expensive ones are not worth the money at all.

Post # 3
2728 posts
Sugar bee

sabrina8candy :  I had one and it was nice to read the messages, but people will give you cards with lovely messages, as well. It isn’t absolutely necessary – ours has been boxed up for the last couple months. Not too sure if im going to put it on display ot what i am going to do with it yet.

Post # 4
1523 posts
Bumble bee

I do think you’ll regret it! Mine is a pretty nature coffee table book I got at goodwill for $4.00. You can get something similar and a few pens and your done! Doesn’t need to be personalized or anything fancy! 

Post # 5
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Farm

We purchased a canvas guestbook for people to sign from Etsy. It had our names and our lasdt name and established date of our weding and peopled signed it and we can hang it in our home.

Post # 6
9046 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I didn’t have one. It’s been almost 2 years since my wedding and I have no regrets about not having one.

Post # 7
3651 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

sabrina8candy :  i don’t think you’ll regret not having one, but you might find that you’re suprised at how glad you are that you did have one. i know i did.

i was very “meh” about having a guestbook, but did it anyway. we chose an “alternative” style guestbook – a couple of screen printed national park posters (where we were going for our honeymoon) which I had matted and framed. the idea was that guests would signed the poser matting, and if i hated it, oh well – i could always easily replace the mats with blank ones and i loved the posters themselves. so it was pretty much a no-lose situation.

well. we now have both posters – with the signed mats – hanging in our living room. and i just LOVE them. it really is fun to just stop and read what people wrote – everything from touching to funny – and remember our day and all these people in our lives that love us. i’m suprised how much i love our “guestbook” and so happy we did it. would i have regretted it if we hadn’t? no, probably not. but i think it was totally worth it and i’m glad we chose to do it. that said, if it had been an actual book….i dont know that i would have ever opened it again after the initial read-through. maybe i’m wrong. but i think part of what i love about our posters is that we see them everyday.

Post # 8
329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I had one and frankly, it was a waste of money.  We are now the proud owners of a 40 page brown leather book with the first three pages filled, lol.

If you are on the fence, feel free to skip it.

Post # 9
2461 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I haven’t looked at our guest book in years. I guess I like that we have it though. I just got a cheap one so it wasn’t necessarily a waste of money. 

Post # 10
7263 posts
Busy Beekeeper

We had one and enjoyed reading the messages. We got married in a botanical garden and bought a book with beautiful 4-color spreads about flowers that we used as the guest book (there was a sign by the book telling guests to write a message on any page they liked). If you’re worried about regretting not having one, why not just pick up a blank book or order something on Amazon? It’s not something you have to spend a lot of money on. 

Post # 11
9011 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i did not have one. i don’t regret it.


Post # 12
92 posts
Worker bee

Had one, only a fraction of guests signed it, and it is boxed up with all the other wedding stuff in “not sure what to do with this but can’ bare to throw away” limbo.  I got a plain, however nice looking journal from Michael’s, with a 40% off coupon, for like $5. I added our monogam to the corner of the front cover and called it a day.  But now I think about it, as it was laying open the whole time, I doubt any guest even saw more beyond the lined pages.  If you are the more sentimental type and thing this is something you will really end up charishing, I recommend going the more “arty” or coffee table book the pps suggested!

Post # 13
2413 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

We had a cheap one (8$ from indigo) and I am glad I didn’t spend any more money on it because almost no one wrote in it. I had hoped that at least our parents and grandparents would write in it as a special memory to have after they pass away, but none of them did. So I wouldn’t have regretted skipping it. 

Post # 14
1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I used an old globe from my childhood that was gathering dust and bought a couple gold fine tipped sharpies, so I was only out $5. I figured it was a win-win, I had my guests’ signatures and if I didn’t want it, it could be chucked.

I think if I never had one, I wouldn’t have cared. We are keeping the cards the guests gave us, so we will have a message from everyone!

Post # 15
139 posts
Blushing bee

I’m not doing a guestbook. However, I would like to have people write their wishes or sign on a large letter to have hung in our home like an art piece.

People will write their sentiments in their cards. I’d rather look at something every day than have a book that will end up in a box.

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