Please sign here. Careful now, make it legible!

Of all the wedding-day decisions that have come so easily, one pesky little element has me at a complete and utter loss. Guestbook, I’m lookin’ at you.

Who woulda thunk a guestbook could leave me so stumped? I mean, it should be simple, right? We just slap one of these bad boys on a table, and we’re done. Right?

Wrong. See, the thing is, I’m not super fond of the idea of a book people feel obligated to put their John Hancocks in that we’ll rarely ever open up and read. Which is why I was way excited when I begin reading about all the guestbook alternatives brides are now turning to. Like this scrapbook-style guestbook, where guests can take a Polaroid photo of themselves and jot down some thoughts.


I’ve also been seeing tons of Etsy guestbooks like this one, where guests put their thumb print on a canvas. For me, this is lacking in the text department, however. I want some words involved somehow! I am a writer, after all. I loves words!


Or, we could go with something a little unconventional. Like guests signing a large platter or the matte used in a photograph.


For me, these last two come closest to hitting the mark. I am heavily leaning toward the photo matte idea. I love the idea of having a picture of us hanging in our home, surrounded by the signatures of those we love.

Since I would hate for people to be super limited by what they could write (since something like this really does only leave room for a signature), I was thinking we could put out a journal or other writer-friendly book at the reception for people to write more long-winded musings in.



3 responses to “Please sign here. Careful now, make it legible!

  1. My wife and I have two photo matte wedding guestbooks. We had a destination wedding, so we have one for family and close friends who attended the ceremony and one for our at-home reception. Both are hanging up in our living room.

    I hope you enjoy whatever you decide upon.

  2. Oooh, thanks for the feedback! Good to know someone is putting their photo matte guestbooks to use!

  3. I love the idea of a scrapbook guestbook! I’m of the same opinion as you about the whole, why have everybody sign something and then throw it in a corner and never look at it again? (I just found my parents’ guestbook, and while it was very cool to look at all the family and friends’ signatures and see who came to what event, it hasn’t been looked at in I don’t know how many years)

    If you have a scrapbook guestbook, not only will you have a signature from your guests, but a piece of advice or a funny story or precious memory that they want you to always remember. PLUS, you’ll have a picture of every guest even if your photographer misses someone!

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