Post # 1
Did you do one? How did it work? We’re planning on doing one, but my mother is concerned about a bottle neck happening with our guests as they enter the church. My thought was to have two people taking instant pics of each group/family. Then the group takes their pictures over to a table with another guestbook attendant who will stick their picture on a paper that they can all sign and/or write messages on it. We already had a custom book made, but rather than having each family write directly in the book we’ll have them do it on a seperate pieces of paper and then we can stick each piece in the book at a later date. It will take a little assembly on our part obviously, but I think it should relieve any tension on the big day. We’re expecting around 250 people. If you all did this at your wedding already do you have any advice on helping it run smoothly? I was also wondering if we should just have the guestbook be at the reception instead of the actual wedding. Thoughts? I’m open for suggestions. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.
Post # 3
We had a photo guestbook but it was a custom one that I made through Blurb – people actually did not see the guestbook table when they first came in so apparently my SIL helped direct people there during the reception and also passed around the book. Also, we had a day after brunch and our guestbook was out for anyone to sign that didnt get the chance. We definitely did not get everyones signature (disappointing) but it was only because the people who set up my reception put the guestbook in such a hidden spot
Post # 4
We had a photo guest book too, but we didn’t have instant pictures. We had a photographer taking the pictures, and ‘frames’ in the book for where the picture would go. The guests signed and wrote messages around the picture frames. We had it at the reception because of the time issue. Most of our guests took their pictures and signed in the half hour between cocktail hour and the reception starting, but some signed it later in the night to avoid the line. We only had 85 guests too. To avoid confusion, we had framed signs with instructions, and the photo booth photographer helped direct everyone too.
I think it’s a better idea to do at your reception, especially because guests will inevitably arrive late or ‘just in time’ for the ceremony, so it’s likely that many of them won’t sign it or your ceremony will have to start late because people haven’t taken their seats yet. Also people will be more relaxed at the reception with a little alcohol in them from cocktail hour and more likely to have cute or funny pictures which was my favorite part of the photo guest book. We had props too, so we had each couple do a normal picture and a crazy picture. The pictures are so funny with the props- there were definitely some great memories captured. Hopefully that helps!!
Post # 5
The guest book should be at the reception, with black and silver sharpie markers. 🙂
Post # 6
How about if you did the guest book during cocktail hour? That way you aren’t bottlenecking anything during the time-constrained part of the day. It could stay out during the reception, too, giving even more time!
Post # 7
I have been to two weddings that did this, I thought it was so cute and I loved it.
Post # 8
I made one on mixbook.com and I am super excited about it. it will be available all day to sign and look at!