(Closed) When do guests sign the guestbook?

posted 10 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
180 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We are having ours during cocktail hour because we are doing the poloroid album. We want it to be part of the party and a fun way to keep guests busy while we are taking pictures. Our program also has a Celtic tree astrology in it (as seen in Martha Stewart Weddings), so that activity will pass the time for people who come early to the ceremony.

Post # 4
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

We put ours out during the cocktail hour and then moved it in to the reception area.  Guests signed it throughout the night.

Post # 5
456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

From what I recall, most weddings I’ve been to had it where you could sign as you come in, and then moved it to the entrance of the reception in case you missed it. One couple had a traditional guestbook and the photo matte (how do you spell that?!), so they had just the book at the entrance to the ceremony, and both at the reception. I’m doing a wish bowl type thing and I’ll be setting it up in the entry area of the reception. It’s a big area, so no risk of a bottleneck. I’ll probably have a traditional book and do what I mentioned earlier as well. HTH!

Post # 6
1078 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

We’re having immediate family & the wedding party sign our photo guestbook at the Rehearsal Dinner.

Wedding guests will have a chance to sign it before the ceremony, or at the reception. We’ll have it set up at both, to ensure everyone has a chance to write something.

Post # 7
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We had it during the cocktail hour too. We had a table setup where someone was taking pictures of the guests and printing it our in the photo printer right away. These pix were then placed in our photo guestbook and the guests signed the book there.

We had a small wedding so everyone had a chance to sign before the reception started. Most of the other weddings I’ve been to usually keep the guestbook out there for anyone that missed it during cocktail hour.

Post # 8
26 posts
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’ve always seen people signing it when they come in, or when they leave, but in my wedding planning book, it has a section on ‘Wedding Traditions’, and here’s what it says about signing the Guest Book: Your Wedding guests are official witnesses to the covenant. By signing the guest book, they are saying, "I have witnessed the vows, and I will testify to the reality of this marriage." Because of this significance, the guest book should be signed after the wedding rather then before it. I hope this helped you!!

Post # 9
248 posts
Helper bee

We are having a photo booth so we’re doing a photo guest book. We have a scrapbook prepared where the photo strips will be glued (by a friend who volunteered for this job). Guests will be given a card at the scrapbook table on which they will sign and write their short message which will be glued next to their photo. For those opting not to go to the photo booth, similar cards will be on the tables to sign which will be collected up and glued into the scrapbook with no photo. So our guest book will be a work in progress throughout the reception. I know we’ll miss getting some signatures, but as a guest I’ve sometimes forgotten to sign a traditional book. And I hate the long lines that sometimes form at the door of the church or reception to sign the book.

Post # 10
1 posts
  • Wedding: January 2012

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Post # 11
1 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

At my daughter’s wedding we left the guestbook out and everyone signed it as they had time to. Worked well. By the way, like your website design! Pam http://pamhunterdesign.com

Post # 12
1962 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think most weddings I’ve been to just had the guest book close to the entrance of the reception venue.  People in my family tend to float over to the guest book throughout the night rather than swarming it on the way in or out. I’m not sure what I’m doing with mine yet. That will have to wait until I can go to the reception hall again and figure out my table arrangement.

I love the idea of starting the book at the cocktail hour and moving it to the reception for those who missed it.  That seems nice and relaxed.

Post # 13
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We did wish cards that were out for the entire cocktail hour and reception.  During dinner I had two bridesmaids for around to the tables and pass out some cards and pens and collect finished cards and put the pens back.  I don’t think we would’ve gotten many cards back had the bridesmaids not asked.

Post # 14
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I will probably just use scrapbook pages found online and set them at each person’s seat for them to fill out before dinner and then we are also having a photo booth.

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