Post # 1
In Hawaii, most of the weddings I’ve been to have a reception table with 2-3 people who take your gift/card, give you the table number you’re sitting at and have you sign a guestbook.
Now that I’m planning my wedding, I see escort cards and seating charts – does this mean that you don’t have a person at the registration table?
If there are no people at the front checking people in, do people just put their card in your box? What about gifts?
Post # 3
a check in table makes me think of high school reunions lol. i prefer either of the other two options.
Post # 4
We didn’t have anyone “checking people in” and I have never seen or heard of this before. Who would do this? Would you assign a friend to check people in? Anyway, we did escort cards with people name and table number and they seated themselves. During cocktail hour we had a gift table set up where people could leave their presents and there was a birdcage for people to put their cards in.
Post # 5
I do not like weddings that have had check-in people. I’ve most often seen this when the guest list is 400+ and it just seems so dry to me (and kind of like going to vote, where they turn page after page to try to find your name).
Usually there is a table for gifts and once one gift is on it – everyone puts their gifts with the others. If you have a DOC or another type of coordinator, they can direct people. Also – for cards – if you have a box, basket, or birdcage – you can put a little sign “Cards” on it and that should take care of it.
Post # 6
My sister will have two hostesses checking in guests at the wedding. She has limited space and wants to make sure that the guests who actually rsvp-ed have a seat.
I have been to a wedding once where so many extra people just showed up at the reception and sat down, they had to clear the reception area, reset the tables…and let people in according to the guestlist. There were a lot of people dressed to the nines that were turned away b/c they didn’t RSVP and assumed they could just show up.
Post # 7
We’ll be doing escort cards. There will be a gift table and a card box where guests can deposit their gifts.
Post # 8
We are having a seating chart and my guestbook & gift table attendants will also have a paper copy of the seating arrangements to help our guests out if needed.
Post # 9
Moose – usually it’s a friend or family members. Part of the reason I think we do this is that they can also watch the cards/gifts so they don’t walk away (you never know).
I think I might really need to have someone at the table because our ceremony is outdoors and while the area will be stanchioned off with security people around, I’d feel safer with someone there.
Post # 10
We are doing a seating chart and will have a card box on the table where the guests walk on. The box is actually locked and people can only put cards in. I have asked my cousin to keep an eye on it and when everyone is seated for dinner he is going to put it upstairs in his room.