I’ve always wondered about guest books- as in, what is actually their purpose? When I was younger, I saw guest books in which guests would leave their names, addresses, and maybe a brief message. I thought then that the purpose was to collect the addresses for thank you notes later, but of course, if you know who RSVP’d to the wedding, you would know who came, and you’d have their addresses from the invitations. Later on it seemed that the purpose was just to record the names of the guests who came, and maybe receive a nice message from them. But don’t we know who comes from the invitation response? And don’t some guests inevitably miss the guest book or forget to sign? Even all this aside, will we really take out the book in the future to look through it? Brides.com is also asking this question in Aisle Say (click here to view).
Two cute spins on the tradition that make the idea of a guest book a little more fun and sensible to me are:
1) The books made from photo booth pics, where guests photograph themselves in the booth, then glue a copy into a book and sign next to it (but you have to rent a photo booth for this one)
2) At a wedding I recently went to, the couple put out a coffee table-style book of photos from Chicago. Guests turned to any page they wished and signed and left a message. THAT I would have fun flipping through- and it’s a beautiful book to view anyway! You could choose a book of photos from where you’re from, something representing a mutual interest, where you’re going on your honeymoon, etc.
Has anyone else considered whether or not to skip the guest book? Or found another creative way to do it? Has anyone done it the traditional way and been happy to have it?
P.S. check out the book in the photo or any other possibility at Amazon.com, which is the site I used for searching possibilities for my own wedding