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Published on February 16th, 2010 | by Staggered


What The **** Do You Write In The Wedding Guestbook?

When the madness of the wedding has subsided, and the happy couple arrive home from the honeymoon, they’ll probably choose to overlook the stifling sunburn and the equally stifling bank statements to glance at the guestbook.

As they open the pages of the exquisite book that was carefully passed around at the wedding, expecting to find poetic best wishes for their new lives together they might not be all that thrilled to find that instead there’s the picture you did of a crudely drawn todger and a drunken scrawl of: “GIVE HER ONE FROM ME, NICE ONE M8″.

We at Staggered sympathise though, the fear of the blank white page, the pressure of suddenly distilling a lifetime of friendship into a pithy sentence or two can be enough to put even the greatest writer off his pen strokes.

To help out we’ve put together a few pointers on what to write when someone hands you the guestbook.

Go For The Sincere…

Let’s be honest, sincerity is easy. You just think, “what genuine sentiment can I express that I would never say to my friend in person?” Then you write that down. Sincerity also has a bonus – as the guestbook gets passed around all the single ladies are going to be wondering who the guest is that wrote such beautiful words, little realising that you’re emotionally dead inside.

  • Try and recall a specific event or conversation or ‘moment’ of your own from the wedding, it’ll show you were paying attention and help the bride and groom remember their day in more detail. However, try not to saunter around the reception taking culinary notes and scoring the cheesecake out of ten in preparation.
  • Pay particular attention to the bride, her dress, her skills at planning the wedding, then pitch it at whatever seems the right side of creepy.
  • Lie. You may think that your mate has just made the biggest mistake of his life but that doesn’t mean that you can’t write, “I hope to find someone who makes me as happy as you have. Best wishes for your life together.”
  • Ensure you pen your little appraisal sober. Otherwise, at best your handwriting will be completely illegible, at worst you’ll think it’s the actual hotel’s guestbook and use this treasured space to attempt to get a rude barman fired.


You may have got in trouble for using other people’s words at school, but in the world of the guestbook, dropping a quote or two can be instant joy. And best of all the other guests will think that you’re the sort of A Grade fellow who can quote clever stuff on demand, they’ll never know you had it written on a cue card. Here’s some of our favourites.

  • “I love being married. It’s so great to find one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” – Rita Rudner
  • “To laugh often and love much… to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to give one’s self… this is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “A happy marriage has in it all the pleasures of friendships, all the enjoyment of sense and reason – and indeed all the sweets of life.” – Joseph Addison
  • “Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy, you must have somebody to divide it with.” – Mark Twain
  • “Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.” – Matt Groening

Still Stuck?

Read what all the other guests have written beforehand and simply parrot a few of the phrases that everyone else has used. Try not to include things like, “You’re the most beautiful daughter a father could hope for”, or “You’ll always be my special little boy.”

Have you got any gems that you routinely use in these situations? Made any mistakes? Any worse than this one below? Share them with us on the forum! Or on the comments – whatever!



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17 Responses to What The **** Do You Write In The Wedding Guestbook?

  1. Nice post – SO many people do get stuck….and you can see this from my wedding guest book which is the flash animation on my homepage

    Our really good friends (3rd page in) started well, with ‘Dear Dave and Helen…We wish you….’ and then left it at that! (But we don’t mind, it makes me smile every time I see it)

    And if you flick through a little further you’ll see the more ‘interesting’ messages later in the evening when a few beers have been sunk… ‘I LOVE YOU AND ME AND MIKEY’ (eh?)

    But it is worth thinking about, so cheers for this!

  2. Leah says:

    Great article! Went to a wedding with my OH recently, had never met the couple until then but was roped into helping him write something in the guestbook – there was a page per entry, with about 6 different questions to answer – AND we had to draw pictures of the bride and groom!

  3. Awesome post! I’m really hoping that we don’t have any posts that are cringe-worthy at our wedding. Is it rude to print this post out and leave it next to the book? :P

  4. Emma says:

    We had our reception in the local Town Hall. The Mayor popped into the evening reception and wrote this in our book “get out of my house”. LOLZ

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