What should I do about a guest book? Do I need one and where should I put it? Should I have a guestbook attendant?
Think of your guest book more as a keepsake for you to cherish than any formal register or process that needs to be built into your wedding day. You by no means have to have one, but it is a nice momento that you may love reminiscing over one day. This is often one of the last details selected, when your brain is just on total decision fatigue. Keep it simple and fun and don’t stress about every single guest signing it.
Where to place it?
A welcome table at either your ceremony or reception is a great and natural location to stage your guest book. If the entryway to your space is narrow and/or all of your guests will be arriving at one time (say, on a shuttle) then guest books can cause a line and delay guests getting to their seat for the ceremony. If so, choose an alternate location, such as a table near the cocktail hour when guest have more time. Also, if you choose a book or item where guests are encouraged to write something longer than their name (well wish, marriage advice, etc.) then place it at the cocktail hour or main reception hall where guests can stop by throughout the night and won't have to wait in line while your Aunt pens her novel in front of them.
What to use?
Think about how do you normally like to display your keepsakes and memories. Do you frame all of your concert tickets and hang them on your wall? Then you’d probably enjoy seeing your guest’s names displayed in your house a well. Have them sign an object unique to you or a framed print that you love. Are you a clean and minimal clutter type of person? Then a beautiful book that can be tucked away with your wedding album may be a better choice for you. Pick something you love - not something that feels trendy.
I will always and forever be a classic guest book person. Having signatures haphazardously scribbled everywhere and hanging on my wall would drive me bananas! Plus I LOVE reading guest books and old hotels or historic sites when I travel. Some of the Airbnb's I've stayed in recently have had them and I've poured over every single page of where people are from and the nuances of their handwriting. I'm a book girl. Know your style and do you.
Here are a few of my current favorites in the classic book department:
Guest Book Attendants:
To have one or not to have one? In my opinion, a guest book does not need an attendant. Place the book in an area that’s visible and your guests will know what to do with it. The guestbook is a lovely keepsake for you to look back on, not a required sign-in sheet. Those that would like to sign or leave you a well wish, will do so. Save any of your friends from the responsibility of chasing your guests down with a pen and let them enjoy their evening. If you truly want your book to be tended to, then consider a pre-teen guest old enough to stand by themselves and too adorable for any of your guests to turn down.
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