WEDDING GUEST BOOKS
The guest book is a wedding detail that should feel special, personalized and creative.
DO YOU NEED TO HAVE A WEDDING GUEST BOOK?
The answer is no—but you might want one anyway.
Brides and grooms are encouraged to skip any wedding traditions that they feel aren’t representative of who they are as a couple. While we’re all for you saying goodbye to the bouquet and garter toss if you feel so inclined, there’s one smaller detail many couples are skipping that has us scratching our heads: the guest book. Its purpose is for attendees to leave you loving messages and bits of advice for a happy marriage, but some couples feel that talking to guests and being congratulated by them at the wedding is enough. Like anything else related to the wedding, choosing to have or not to have a guest book is entirely up to you, but you should consider both sides before doing away with this memento entirely.
WHY YOU MIGHT WANT ONE…
First and foremost, a wedding guest book is entirely about sentiment-it’s where grandparents sign with a loving message to the newlyweds and where your college buddies make reference to an inside joke that’s still funny. Like a photo, your guest book gathers a record of everyone at your wedding in one place. On your fifth or tenth anniversary, after you’ve had a kid or two, you’ll pull out the book and see the names of some beloved family members who’ve passed on and friends who’ve moved away. Knowing they were all together under one roof will be a happy memory that jumps out at you on every page.