Q: Do I need to have a guest book?
This is a great question that I get quite a bit. It’s similar to the wedding favor question in that the answer is similar, which is no.
Traditionally guest books gathered people’s names and addresses and were used so that the couple would know where to send a thank you note for the gift. However, since you have to know your guest’s addresses in order to send an invite, the point of a guestbook in that regard is useless.
Instead, couples use guest books as a way of having people wish you well, give you marriage advice and/or sign something that you keep for later. All of those are great ideas, but the question you have to ask yourself is “will I care about this later?”.
I usually suggest to my couples that they should only do a guest book if it is something they’ll actually look at and cherish down the road. The physical form the guest book takes needs to be something you will want to keep forever whether that be a framed photo, a photo book, a collection of notes, etc… If you don’t really care about it, don’t do it. Many guests will ignore the guest book either way and why force something upon someone if even you don’t actually care about it? You have to care, otherwise it’s pointless.
So, do you need a guest book? No, not if you don’t want one. And if you do, just make sure to pick one that you’ll love later on for years to come.
(Photo credit: Chrissy Lambert Photography)