Will I regret not having a guest book?

posted 2 months ago in Ceremony
Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

sabrina8candy :  Hi Bee! The way that’s been trendy among my family (don’t know if it’s an actual trend, or just one we go by), but we combined our Photobooth with the guest book. So, you have a blank guest book, and guests get two print outs of every photo booth photo set. They glue one to the guest book and leave a little note (or just leave the photo), and keep the other. It becomes a cute little keep sake with silly photos and lovely messages! And as the night wears on, the messages and photos are increasingly hilarious and drunk.

Everyone I know who has done it this way loves it – no regrets. It fills up fast, and you get a heap of messages from everyone.

Just my two cents 🙂 🙂

Post # 32
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Busy bee

ash101 :  I went to a wedding that did that. Loved the photo booth, convenient to stick your photos in the book, and yes we were definitely getting drunk in the end. I think a photo book is a great idea, I bet the couple had fun looking at everyone’s drunk photos and messages!

Post # 33
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Blushing bee

We had one…. I don’t even know where it is, frankly. I’m not super sentimental, though.

Post # 34
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I love my guestbook! We had a polaroid camera next to it and it’s fun seeing people’s funny pictures and messages. You could just get a small/cheap one. 

Post # 35
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

My guestbook is a quilt everyone signed and wrote messages to us on and I love curling up with it on the couch. So many warm,  fuzzy feelings 

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

We had one, and it was great reading all the messages the next day, and I hope we’ll pick it up again in maybe a few years time and go over it again for memories. 

If you buy a non expensive one that’s not blowing the budget too much I don’t think you can go wrong. I think the potential regret at not having one there is more than the regret of just doing it even if it doesn’t get a lot of use later, so I say go for it. 

Post # 37
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389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I ordered a big wooden sign with our names and wedding date on it. we are going to have guests sign in silver and gold sharpies and hang it up in our house

Post # 38
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Bumble bee

Nope!  I thought I’d be trendy and do an “alternative” book and have everyone sign this wedding art print instead, and even that ended up being lame!  Half the guests never signed it, and it’s in a closet in our basement now.  Trust me, you won’t miss it!

Post # 39
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Busy bee

We got a picture frame from Michaels with a large white matte on it and asked everyone to sign it. We are happy with how it looks and are excited to put it up on the wall. 

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I ordered 2 frames with white matting and black lettering with one that says, “Today I marry…” and one that finishes, “…my best friend.” on the bottom of one it has our names, and the other has our wedding date. We just had the matted pieces out and a black sharpie for people to sign. Most just wrote some sort of “congrats” and signed their names, or “love you guys” which was fine. I had 2 pictures from our wedding day printed to put in the frames, and they are up on the fireplace of our house. I loved them, and I enjoy looking closely at the names to just remember the day a bit every once in awhile. I think it was $50 for them from Etsy. If I had a regular guest book, I probably wouldn’t like it as much, but I love the “alternative” version. If there’s something you think you’d love, do it! If not, don’t worry about it.

For the record, I’ve seen soooo many different kinds, from coffee table books with pictures of the couple, to “trees” where you put your thumbprint on as a leaf, to little wooden hearts you can sign to put in a vase. You can really make it anything you want that will have meaning to you if you wanted to.

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I didn’t want a traditional guest book, but something we could hang in our home all the time. I ordered one of these family tree guest books on Etsy with the leaves in our wedding colors and I love looking at it! Definitely don’t regret it.

Post # 43
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

We did not have a guestbook but had a message tree instead. Ordered the cutouts/cards from ebay. They can write their messages on the cards and hang them on the tree. probably about 50% of our guests left messages. I think it’s more successful than a guestbook because you don’t have to wait for your turn in order to leave a message. Plus we added a prize incentive for those who left messages. 🙂

Post # 44
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I plan to have a wooden board for people to sign with our names and date on it that I will hang on our wall. So.. not a traditional book. We won’t be having  a huge wedding, so I don’t see but the first few pages of a traditional book getting signed. A friend of mine decided to have 3 bottles of wine for people to sign with paint pens instead of a book. They plan to open the bottles at their 5, 10, and 15 year anniversary. I thought that was a really neat idea. 

Post # 45
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

sabrina8candy :  my guest book made me feel connected to everyone who came and especially those I felt I didn’t have much time to chat to. So many messages of love and support. When Darling Husband and I sat on our bed and read it, it was one of the best moments for us as newlyweds. Guest books don’t need to be expensive and you just let the guests pass it around. 

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