Post # 1
My Fiance and I are getting married this summer and are wrapping up our planning (small details like escort cards, guest book, timeline, etc.). Neither of us have attended a wedding before so we have been figuring it out as we go (lots of reading online!).
We love the idea of doing a guest book alternative- guests sign their name on a balloon of this print (https://www.etsy.com/listing/109865560/wedding-guest-book-alternative-print). We are having both our ceremony & reception at the same venue in different rooms.
I have two questions:
1) If we do the guest book alternative, do you think it’s acceptable to have a standard guest book as well? By only having the print, guests can only sign their name and don’t have the option to write a message. If we have both the print and the book, do you think it’s too much? Will the guests sign their name and leave a message or do one or the other? (I would love for everyone to sign the print and have the guest book there for those that want to write a message)
2) Do you have the guest book alternative (or both) at both the ceremony and reception for the guests to sign? Or just one?
I would appreciate your thoughts and experiences!
Post # 2
1. We had one guest book, a map, with plenty of room for people to sign messages. They did not. People chose to relay messages in the cards they gave. I used a small binder with page protectors, one per card and made a book from them. The largest cards fit perfectly. If you want a standard guest book you ould do that although many will just sign one or the other. I am guessing that people are not as used to the alternatives yet so they are not as sure what to do with them yet. You can have signage or a friend help give direction.
2. We just left it for cocktail hour, have not seen guest books during the reception
Post # 3
This is ours, due to the size it made the most sense to have it out at the reception. Everyone signed it, though we only had 36 guests so YMMV.
Our cocktail hour just had passed apps, no plates etc. I’d have been pretty sad if someone spilled something on it.
ETA: In my experience even people who do have traditional guest books don’t get many notes, most people just sign their names. If you specifically want notes you could set up a ‘station’ for that right next to the ‘guestbook’ print. Put out a few extra pens, note paper (small, and mini envelopes?), and a container to put them in (similar to a card box)
Post # 4
My Fiance cousin had us all stand in line at to get into her ceremony and sign the guestbook before the ceremony. People weren’t mad and it was nice since then she had almost all of the signatures! Hers was similar to yours. I don’t know if it was out during cocktail hour or anything else, since i didn’t look for it. She didn’t do anything else for her guestbook or anything. I agree with PP that peopel will mostly write their messages in the cards that they gift to you at the wedding.
Post # 5
Thanks for all the great feedback and tips! 🙂
I’ll definitely reconsider having the guestbook there as well. And great idea with making the cards into a book.
Post # 6
I found a frame guest book that I loved on etsy, but it was soooo expensive! I showed some friends of mine who are super crafty and they surpised me by making me one! We had all the guests sign a wood round and drop them into the slot on the top of the frame! We had it at the wedding and then my sister in law brought it to the reception for us for anyone who had missed signing! Its now hanging in our living room, I love it!
Post # 7
Your pictures are so cute! Thanks for sharing what you did! I appreciate your help 🙂
Post # 8
I’m having guests sign fabric squares I’ll make into a quilt later. This is particularly cool for us as my FH’S family lives over seas so I can bring fabric next time we visit to get their signatures as well.