Post # 1
I’m having a very small wedding (20 people – 5 of which are children) at a Catholic church, and after the wedding we’re going to have dinner at a restaurant. The restaurant will section off a part of their dining room for us. But that’s it — ceremony and then dinner at a restaurant in the dining room.
My mom wants me to have a guest book to give my brother something to do (guest book attendant) because he was feeling left out, so I said that was fine. However, I am totally clueless as to where I should put it.
There are a couple of tables as you enter the church, but I’ve never been to a wedding and I don’t know if you’re supposed to have them sign the guest book before the ceremony. It doesn’t seem like you would.
But if we have it at the restaurant, I’m afraid there won’t be much room and it will just be really awkward.
(I was hoping to have a Polaroid guest book, but that’s probably out if they’ll be signing it at the dinner — not enough space.)
Post # 3
All church weddings I’ve been to have had the guest book right at the entrance and everyone signs it before entering for the ceremony, so that idea should work fine!
Post # 4
jenter – Oh, okay. Thanks! I thought they were typically at the reception.
Would anybody know if a Polaroid guest book would be appropriate for a Catholic church? I’m not Catholic, but I go with my FI every Sunday, and I know they are more formal and traditional than the protestant churches I’ve been to, so I don’t know if they’d have an issue with flashes going off all over the place.
Post # 5
Generally speaking, most guest books are signed before the wedding.
Here’s how we did ours: We had a table for our guest book as guests walked into the church (before they entered the sanctuary for the ceremony) – kinda in the lobby area. Guests all signed it BEFORE the ceremony. Although, we left it out for anyone who didn’t get to sign it before to get to sign it after.
We also wanted to have ours at the reception as well, for any guests who were not able to make the ceremony or were not able to sign it at the ceremony. At the reception, we put it on a small table at the entrance of the hall.
We also decorated both tables. Here is a picture of ours, in case you are looking for ideas… maybe this will help. : )
Post # 6
Sorry, didn’t see your post before I posted that…
I don’t THINK Catholic churches would have a problem with you using the flash. It may be safe to check… but I don’t see a problem with it.
Post # 7
Stacia2242 – Thanks! That definitely helps.