Some thoughts on guest books and other details

There are many customs and details that you can get caught up in when planning a wedding. Details are important, of course, and sometimes it’s those little details that can make your wedding very special. But don’t be afraid to toss out the things that are stressing you.

For example: the guest book. Are you thinking about having one? It may seem out-of-date, but a guest book is something you might treasure forever. It’s a way to remember who attended your wedding. Its fun to read the messages they shared with you on this important day. It’s a keepsake as well as a list of everyone who attended. It could come in handy for thank you notes! And signing the book is a great icebreaker for your guests as well.

LIsa Rhinehart creates beautiful guest books from the couple's engagement photo shoot.

There are many great new twists on this old tradition. There are stones to sign and place in a wish jar, a picture frame matt to sign, the tree imagine with signatures on the leaves, quilt pieces to be sewn together later. I’ve seen rustic benches to be signed and slices of trees to sign are being used to capture names and messages from guests. And my friend Lisa Rhinehart creates beautiful guests books from the couple’s engagement shoot. But don’t feel you must come up with the coolest guest book ever!

If you are the crafty DIY type – this is a place to really express that. A framed message standing on a tri-pod is an easy way to draw attention to your guest book. Allow plenty of room for writing and supply lots of pens. I know it seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how many times I’ve seen a guest book with too little room to write.

Sometimes the best guest book is just that – a book! And if you are a book lover, a romantic or have an old-fashioned side to you, a gorgeous notebook is something that never goes out of style. Some day you may want to take down that framed wedding photo with everyone’s signatures someday, but the book can always remain on your shelf.

So – do you really need a guest book? No, not really. And if you having a photobooth you certainly will have a ‘record’ of your guests in that way.

When you go to a wedding, do you enjoy signing the guest book? If the answer is no, then maybe you shouldn’t have one at your own wedding. The cards you get from your guests are also a record of who attended complete with their wishes, so a book could be redundant.

But it is an old, lovely tradition, and completely optional!

Other details you may or may not want in your wedding include: a cake topper, aisle runner (please don’t use one outdoors), boutonnières for casual weddings, wearing a veil, Wagner’s Bridal Chorus, and programs. However you might really love to have any or all of these things! Trust yourself and choose the details that make sense for you.


Do you love books? Then a guest book is perfect for you.

As usual – thank you Lisa Rhinehart for the wonderful photographs

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