I don't know if this belongs here, but it seemed like the best place. Is it necessary to have a guest book? I don't know what the heck we would do with it afterwards, we don't want to do the picture frame thing because we wouldn't hang it up, and I'm not sure we want to have a platter or anything either. Will guests think its weird if we just skip it?
Re: Guest Book
What FI and I are doing is a borrowed idea from his friend. Polaroid makes a small, portable printer that you can connect a camera to using USB. The printer is about $30, the picture paper has a sticky back and runs about $10 for 30 sheets, and then since the pictures are stickers, you can get whatever book you want to put the pictures in. Then have the guests write a little something to you.
Pros: more fun than the traditional guestbook, not too expensive.
Cons: Might be technologically challenging for people. We are trying to mitigate this by writing up clear, detailed instructions for the guests, and we will be assigning someone as the go-to person if people have questions or problems with the process.
I've also seen guest books that are more inventive and fun than just putting your name and address in. Look around at a bunch of different places. I'm sure you can find something you might like, or you could forego the guest book altogether, but it might confuse your guests. They will be expecting to sign one.
We are getting one of our engagement photos blown up and then professionally matted and framed. We will have our guests sign the matte and add a little note to us.
Then it will hang on our wall rather than get thrown in a drawn and never read!