(Closed) Guest books

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
872 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Is weird to say both? 

I am going to do it at both locations. 

This is how I invision it: Guests walk in, right there will be a table to sign the guestbook and a basket of bubbles (kind of like a bribe to get them to sign) then they will walk to their chairs and read the ceremony programs hanging on the back. Reception: A friend will pick up the table (it is very light) and walk it down to the reception which is 20 steps away and set it down at the entrance of the recepetion where people are once again encouraged by a second wedding favor to sign the guestbook. Giving myself time: Once the ceremony is done there will be a cupcake hour so my friend can move and set up the guestbook table within that hour time frame so by the time the reception starts the table will be ready to recieve guests! 

However if you want guests to quickly sit down then I would say skip it for the reception. There was a blog written a few months back about even needing a guestbook anymore so if you do indeed want to have a guestbook make sure that it is in an area that encourages people to stop and sign it. You can even get creative and make it not a typical book. For instance since I have such a small wedding I am using my second pair of bridal shoes as the guestbook, I’ll be making a sign so people know what to do. 

Good luck!

Post # 4
3697 posts
Sugar bee

Yeah, I will also be doing both. We have a few guests who can only make the ceremony, and there may be a handful who will miss the ceremony but be able to make the reception (we have a midday ceremony, a long “Catholic gap” and an evening reception), so we’ll have the guestbook set out at both sites.

Post # 5
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

ok so we are doing a lil something different.

we happen to find a plain white guest book for $3 at walmart.. so i added our ribbon to it and get a fancy feather pen.. THAT is going to the ceremony

at the reception..we will have a small station, that will have fabric sqaures with a lil poem about leaving us a message on the square so we can make a quilt out of it one day.

and then next to it will be a thumb print tree- but not the reg kind.since we are doing a xmas theme i painted a charlie brown tree on canvas.

this way we get everyones name on something!

Post # 6
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I will be doing both places. I don’t know that I have ever been to a wedding where it was not at both locations. But maybe that is just a midwest thing.

Post # 7
1827 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

this is interesting. i’ve never been to a wedding where it was at the ceremony!

Post # 8
633 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I did both; It was at the ceremony and then moved to the reception so everyone got a chance to sign it. I also had a 2nd ‘guestbook’ though and had reception guests ‘autograph’ a record sleeve that we bought (and had signed) by Little Big Town the night we got engaged.

Post # 9
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Just the reception (although it might be both if I decide to just have the ceremony in the exact same place as the ceremony.)

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