Newbie April 2020 Ontario

Guest Book - what's the point?

Siobhan, on 16/August/2019 at 11:31 Posted in Wedding reception
Hi brides,
I was wondering if anyone has gone without a guest book?
I was thinking about not having one as I really don't know what we would do with it after the wedding.
Anyone else felt this way?


  • Ashley
    Devoted August 2020 Ontario
    Ashley ·

    We are not doing this. im having one of our engagement pictures and im going to have everyone sign the picture so we can hang it above our couch!

  • Siobhan
    Newbie April 2020 Ontario
    Siobhan ·
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    Thank you! This is what I was thinking too. I just want people to get into the party!

  • Kelly
    Expert September 2019 Manitoba
    Kelly ·

    We have scrapped the guestbook.

    We're going to do something cool with all the cards we get instead and turn it into a guestbook of sorts.

    We were actually just at a wedding last weekend and stood in line for 20 minutes going into the reception, just waiting for people to sign the guestbook. We don't want that. Dump your card in the box, and grab a drink!

  • Brianne
    Beginner August 2020 Ontario
    Brianne ·
    Hi Siobhan,

    I totally agree! Guestbooks are a thing of the past. We are doing something creative with ours (thanks Pinterest!) where our seating chart doubles as a guestbook. As people arrive and check their table number, they can take a selfie with our instant-print camera, then swap their name out on the seating chart for their selfie. That way, we will end up with some cool photos of our guests, and they get to have fun using the camera and writing a little note on the photo

    I think if you feel like you have to have one, try to do something fun and different. Otherwise, skip it! No one will really miss it in the end.

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  • Sondra
    Frequent user August 2021 Ontario
    Sondra ·

    We are going with a globe that says "I was meant to travel the world with you" and having our guests sign it with metallic markers so it can double as home decor and a guestbook.

    I don't have any clue on what to do with an actual guest book. I think it's really up to you if you feel like it's something you will want later in life or not. I'm extremely nostalgic so I know I will want something, and my FH and I are avid travellers so a globe works for us.

    Follow your gut!

  • Emily
    Devoted October 2020 Ontario
    Emily ·
    This was so helpful! I was thinking the same 😄
  • Bianca
    Featured August 2019 Ontario
    Bianca ·
    We skipped this completely and it seems like no one missed it. We kept our seating chart sign as a reminder of who was at our wedding ☺️
  • K
    Expert September 2018 British Columbia
    Kim ·

    We didn't want a guest book collecting dust on our shelves either, so we went with little wooden hearts that our guests signed and dropped into a frame. We then glued the hearts around a larger heart with our initials and wedding date in the frame. It's now hanging above our fireplace as a piece of art we can look at

  • Rebecca
    Frequent user November 2019 Quebec
    Rebecca ·

    I didn't want one until I saw the puzzle piece guestbook. We plan on doing it and framing it and put it on our wall.

  • Dawn
    Newbie June 2020 Saskatchewan
    Dawn ·
    Im doing a guest log. After its signed it will be a bench to take your shoes off we will see every day. Friends doing jenga tiles people sign.
  • Amelia
    Featured September 2020 Ontario
    Amelia ·

    I agree - we'd never look at just a book with just a bunch of writing in it. Since our venue has a winery we're going to get a shadow box with our names and date printed on the glass and have people sign corks and drop them in. Like everyone else's ideas, it'll be a decorative piece in our house.

  • Lisa
    Featured August 2019 Alberta
    Lisa ·

    We are having the guests sign a piece of our giant yard jenga - then we will lacquer the pieces so the signatures stay intact and we will be reminded of our day and the lovely people that were there each time we play.

  • Veronica
    Featured October 2020 Alberta
    Veronica Online ·

    Skipping the traditional book as well. Instead we are getting a canvas with a tree with leaves on it, the guests sign the leaves, and there are two little birds hanging from the tree. Which is super cute because his last name is "Bird". I know we will love to see this in hanging up in our home! But you could entirely skip this if you wanted to as well.

  • Becky
    Featured September 2019 Ontario
    Becky ·

    We did something we could hang in our house- they were our initals that we would hang in our room.

  • Casey
    Featured October 2019 Ontario
    Casey ·
    A physical book is becoming less common, many people like Kelsie said are doing things they can have in their house.
    We are doing a piece of live edge wood and having it personalized. Then we can hang it up after the wedding.
    Look into Pinterest if you kinda want to have one but not follow tradition. So many awesome options that can be used as a decoration in your house!
  • Allison
    Master October 2019 Ontario
    Allison ·

    We're doing what Kelsie is doing - I felt like a book with well wishes and signatures would just collect dust over the years. Whereas a photobooth we can look back and see our guests! It's still a book, but also a photo album of everyone who came out!

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