Is passing the Guest Book Tacky?

posted 2 years ago in Traditions
  • poll:
    Try something new: Pass it on! : (3 votes)
    18 %
    Leave it where it lies : (14 votes)
    82 %
    I have a better idea (please comment your idea) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
    3646 posts
    Sugar bee

    Since half the guests arrived before we got there (15 minutes before the start), we didn’t have chance to put the guest book out, for my daughter’s bridal shower. We then had to pass it around. Of the 80 women there I’d say less than half signed it, because there was no one to walk around and monitor if everyone signed it, or not.

    I’d also be worrried about food and beverage spills.

    Post # 3
    2915 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

    I would be worried about spills and such, too. Just put it near the entrance where people are going in and out of the venue so it is easily seen.

    Post # 4
    864 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    Danni331:  eh, i understand the reason you want to pass it around but here’s why i’d skip it. one, you’re assuming that people will continue to pass it along. chances are after it goes through a few different hands, someone will look around, decide that there’s no one to hand off to, and set it down in a chair. who knows when it’ll be picked up again? and then the person that does pick it up is probably just going to move it to a table or something, where you’ll be back to square one.

    two, for some reason i would just feel weird about this as a guest. it’s not like it’s tacky or a breach of etiquette or something, it’s not. it’s just like…weird? haha. 

    i would have a guest book attendant; maybe a nice aunt or family friend who wants to be involved who can direct guests as they arrive to please sign the guest book.

    Post # 5
    2792 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I don’t like it.  It reminds me too much of signing in for college classes or work meetings.  People will likely miss your guest book no mater what you do.  If you pass it around, it might skip a table, or someone may be in the bathroom when it gets to them.   Not to mention PPs comments about spills.  I would just make sure it is somewhere where it is prominent where people pass it coming in and going out. 

    Post # 6
    716 posts
    Busy bee

    I think passing the guest book is aggressive.  I may not want to sign at the particular moment that it reaches me.  Your guests will be in your photos, no need to overly manage the guestbook other than to keep it in plain sight.

    Post # 7
    8677 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I don’t think that would go over too well. For me, it seems a little high school/college-y. In my theatre classes, we used to pass around production posters for people to sign as keepsakes to the crew, and this would have the same academic vibe to it.<br /><br />Put it somewhere prominant by the front door. If people want to sign, they will. If they don’t, they won’t, and you need to come to terms with that.

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