Post # 1
i am in the process of figuring out table decorations for my reception. i was going to use the rectangle tables at the venue for the gift table and guest book table, but they are eight feet long. thats seems so big for a gift table much less a guest book table. would it be ok to combine the gift and guest book on one table? or does that seem too much as a gift grabby thing? any suggestions would be great.
sorry about spelling, this is on my phone..
Post # 3
I don’t see how combining the guest book and gift table is “gift grabby” – by the time the guests arrive and sign the guest book, they’ve either bought you a gift or they haven’t. They’re not going to see the gifts and say, “Oh! Oh, no! I must rush to the store and buy and wrap a gift!”
Unless you think they’d take it as a reminder, i.e. “if you didn’t get us a gift, you should have, and you’d better send us one soon!” I don’t think anyone would take it that way. At least, not any more so than a separate (but equally visible) gift table.
One potential advantage to this arrangement: if you have a guest book attendant, they can also keep an eye on the gifts and the card box for you. Those do sometimes get stolen at weddings, unfortunately. I know some Bees feel that asking somebody to be “guest book attendant” is passe’ or a crappy job, but if they’re also watching over the gifts, it’s actually a smart and useful position to have someone fill.
Post # 4
I was curious about this myself when doing my diagram, thanks for posting this!
Post # 5
I actually prefer this…… I think I might have to write to my planner, lol.
It’s a good way to streamline things, drop off your gift, then “sign in.” It’s always obnoxious when you get to the “sign in” table first and you’re still awkwardly carrying a gift. I like to have some room to put my stuff down and get myself together before I begin writing.
Post # 6
You can also place a centerpiece or other decor on the gft table that ties in with your decor. It wll take up some space initially. If the table starts to filll up, someone can remove the arrangement -tuck it under the table (don’t forget about it later) or move it elsewhere.