Do we need a guest book for a bridal shower?

I am helping to host a bridal shower tomorrow and I need an answer quick!

First, it really is too large for it to be called a shower; it’s really a reception. Anyway about 75 people are expected, and someone has said we need a guest book. I asked what the purpose would be, and it was told that it is for guests to not only sign their names but their addresses; this would make it easier for the bride to write thank you notes.

Here is my argument…the bride is the one who gave us the guest invitation list complete with their addresses! In fact, she has a complete data base of information. To me the purchase of a guest book would be wasteful ($12 already purchased but can be returned) since it would be a one time use. Also, the bride has a place in her Bride’s Book for shower where each guest could sign in, if the bride so desired.

What do you think? I know it is a trivial thing but it’s the principle.



Donna, Wedding Queen, President; Top Wedding Sites

With a shower this large, the last thing I’d be worrying about is a $12 item.

Not that you can do anything with any of this information at this late date but, for all who visit in the future, showers should not be receptions. These parties are meant to be small with only those closest to the bride attending. Anything more just appears to be a gift grab.

Rebecca Black, Etiquette By Rebecca

I couldn’t agree more. This is not appropriate. I’m sorry you have to be involved.