(Closed) two guestbook attendants?

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We had 2 guest book attendants!  I had the same reasoning – I thought it would make it less boring.  I also had them be flower pinners and hand out bubbles. 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

How long do you expect them to handle the guestbook — and is it just a book for people to sign their names and stuff, or is it actually something that requires supervision??  If I were a friend/guest I would be bummed if I had to monitor something during the whole wedding instead of socialize and party.  If it’s just for like before the ceremony or reception gets underway or something that’s not the entire reception, then I think two would be fine (you’re right, they could keep each other company).

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I agree with Elysion – are you talking 15-30 minutes (sure!) or the whole reception (hell no!!) ? If it’s only a few minutes, then yeah I think having 2 friends would definitely be the way to go. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

I’m not trying to be snarky at all and I hope it doesn’t come out that way.  Here goes….

Why does anyone really need a guest book attendant?  If you set them up right by the door of the church people will sign it and walk in.  My nephew and his wife did that and everyone signed.  Someone moved it to the doors leading into the reception for anyone who missed it at the church.  

Again, not being snarky, but why does anyone need someone to “man the gift table”?  I really am curious about this.  Is this customary in your family or social circle?  I’ve only seen that at a wedding I attended 30+ years ago.  At all the other weddings I have attended people just walk in and put the gift on the table or the card in the box.

Yeah – I’m not a fan of the job for adults but our family has used it to include nieces/nephews/cousins who are younger and get a kick out of that stuff.  Give those little girls a corsage and they’ll stand there all night if you ask them!

Post # 9
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8579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Yeah.. we aren’t really having one.

I don’t really see the need?

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I don’t understand why a guestbook needs an attendant, let alone two.  People know what to do with the guestbook.  I guess having two guest book attendants gives them someone to talk to…

They would probably say yes and do it because they are your friends, but I do not think they would be excited about it.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Whitney818:  If they’re both outgoing and social, I think they would be great attendants! They’ll get more people to sign it than usually would!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

b-list jobs are terrible, IMO. don’t think there needs to be an attendant at all. Let ur friends enjoy the wedding.

No matter how social you are, no one likes going up to strangers to say “Have you singed the guestbook yet?” 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

I’ve never seen ONE guest book attendent, let alone two at any wedding I’ve ever attended. Most people walk right by it anyway, as they’re anxious to get to the reception itself. Even having it right next to the escort cards doesn’t help much. Some will sign and some won’t so I wouldn’t worry about it.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

@Whitney818:  Before the ceremony and a little bit into the reception isn’t that big a deal then!  2 would be fine, again it would be nice that they can keep each other company.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

@elysion:  But WHY are they even necessary?

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

@hermom:  Personally I don’t think it’s necessary and I won’t be having one.  However, the OP mentioned that her mother only had half her guests sign her guestbook and that it was disappointing.  Sounds like it’s important to her and she wants to try and ensure more guests participate, which is valid.

 

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