Will I regret not having a guest book?

posted 1 year ago in Ceremony
Post # 46
867 posts
Busy bee

sabrina8candy :  We had one and only like 5 guests signed it. I’m not sure if we didn’t have it in an obvious enough location or if we should’ve had a cheesy little sign next to it? I mean, we bought a decently priced one of Etsy (and the seller messed up the date, despite me correcting it on the proofs) so we ended up getting it for free. You can get an inexpensive one and see how it goes. I feel like today’s generations aren’t as in-the-know about guest books or something. I preferred keeping all of our wedding cards in a special box. 

Post # 47
712 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

I’m not sure about the whole guest book thing not everyone signs it and I couldn’t imagine ever looking at it. Are you having a photo booth and could use pic from it instead?

Post # 48
472 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

We did a paint canvas instead – but we had a casual wedding so this might not be appropriate for you. I love our canvas – it’s full of colour, people painted pictures and wrote their names. we have it up on the wall now – I really love loking at it. 

Post # 49
381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding:  

We will have a guestbook with our engagement shoots because it’s complimentary from our photographer, and I like the idea because we’ll only have 40-50 selected guests so each one is important to us. If someone has 200 guests I can’t imagine you’d reread 200 comments!

Post # 50
928 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Our wedding was literary themed, so I bought a big, hardcover dictionary to use for our guestbook. Guests were encouraged to sign their names and/or write a message by a word they associate with us.

I’m really glad I went that route because the messages are sweet to have and a dictionary is something I’ll actually use. I also like that it’s out on my shelf, whereas a guestbook would be buried somewhere in my closet. 

Post # 51
1452 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

 we had a guestbook, haven’t looked at it once. I don’t think anyone would regret not having it.

Post # 52
733 posts
Busy bee

We had a frame with an engagement photo of us and space for guests to sign around it. I enjoy it and look forward to hanging it. I feel like I’ll appreciate it more so years and years from now than I do in this moment. As people in my life have passed on I’ve realized how important these sentimental things become.

One of my cousins wrote a really funny message, including an expletive or two, in a prominent part of the frame in big writing. We laughed so hard when we saw it and showed it to him the next day. He said, “Oh man, I knew I should have signed that earlier in the evening.” That alone was worth having a guest book for me!

Post # 53
470 posts
Helper bee

I didn’t have one and haven’t the slightest regret. (I DID have my brother film testimonials from various guests ,which was way more fun!) 

Post # 54
902 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We just asked people to sign the matting surrounding a picture of us (typical, I know) and I’m perfectly happy with our choice to forego the guest book.  People wrote cute/silly sentiments, or they just signed it.  It hangs on our wall and I love looking at it, occasionally I’ll stop to re-read the messages too.  For me it was a lot more useful than a book I’m unlikely to pull out and have to store.

I would suggest something like this as an alternative!

Post # 55
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I used shutterfly to make our guestbook using our engagement photos with white space on most pages for people to sign.  I’ve gone through it a few times to look through the pictures and read the funny and sweet things people wrote.  I think it was worth it.

Post # 56
359 posts
Helper bee

My husband made ours out of pallet wood – stained and sealed and I painted it with our initials and wedding date.

It’s beautiful, but I regret having it at our wedding. I now wish it was left untouched and just for us – some people chose to write & draw inappropriate things on it and I can’t get the marker off without ruining the finish of the wood.

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