Use Your Guest Book in Unique Ways

There are so many details to remember when planning a wedding. From booking venues to planning the minute details of your reception, it is easy for something like the guest book to become an afterthought.  I’ve even heard many brides of recent suggest that the guest book is a complete waste of time…

One way to think about the guest book is to frame it in a completely different light. How can you use your guest book in a unique way, you ask? Consider the guest book as being a part of your repository of wedding day memories. Many guest books today are combined scrapbooks and photo albums.

Guest Book Standing Up Showing Features

At the Calligraphed Epistle, we create our wedding guest books specifically for couples who don’t want to spend a lot of time *creating* the book; and are, instead, looking for a unique album that is ready to fill. Our books are organized into 3 categories, providing space for all of your wedding day memorabilia:

  • Introduction/Opening Section
  • Guest Book Section
  • Scrapbook Section

Introduction/Opening Section: While each book is constructed uniquely, there are roughly 6-12 pages dedicated to the opening section of the books. They include an inside cover pocket, decorative photo pages, additional pockets for slipping in important mementos, featured calligraphy script pages, slip/in pages and decorative introductory section to be personalized with names and dates.

Guest Book Opening Section Examples

Guest Book Section: Guest book pages can be hand stamped, stained, left plain, or even embellished with gold/silver leaf onto natural and heavy weight paper. Edges can be deckled as well for a textured look.

Guest Book Section Collage

Memory Scrapbook Section: Can contain altered, embellished and/or stamped, stained pages. Fold out chalkboard pages, archival pages are also included to post additional larger photos. This section also provides a repository for wedding keepsakes; sprigs of dried flowers, ribbons, invitation, save the date, menus… The possibilities are endless.

Wedding Guest Book Scrapbook Ideas

Every couple has their own story to archive and indulges in a chosen reminiscence. Your wedding memories are worth remembering. Indulge in your memories…

Create an heirloom that preserves your story.

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Quote of the Day… The Archive of our Memory

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“Even if we have bad feelings about our past and it causes a sense of alienation, it belongs to our history. Its benchmarks are stored in the granary of our mind and crucial evaluations for the future cannot be made without consulting the archive of our memory.” ( “Not without the past”)
― Erik Pevernagie

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Your Wedding Guest Book Table Perfectly Styled in 5 Simple Steps

5 steps to the perfect wedding guest book table graphic

Are you hung up on the logistics of setting up a guest book table? If so, this is the post for you. In making just a handful of simple, yet strategic decisions, you will have a guest book station that people will WANT to visit!

5 steps to a simple wedding guest book table set up:

  1. Get Help! Some suggest having one of your attendants *work* the station. I disagree. Find a teenager–someone who would love to have the responsibility! Having a ‘manned’ guest book table will increase the visibility and likelihood your guests will sign your book.
  2. Location! Don’t hide the table. Put it somewhere obvious, in the natural traffic pattern of the reception. If people see it, they will be a lot more likely to sign it!
  3. Lighting + Space! If you want your guests to write thoughtful notes to you, be sure to make it comfortable by providing enough physical space. If you are using a small table and load it up with a bunch of wedding decor and flower arrangement, it will feel cluttered and will encourage a quick visit to the table. If you provide a chair, however, and a space for guests to really sit and reflect, chances are you will have deeper sentiments conveyed. Also think about lighting…if your reception hall is dark, how can you expect guests to even see to write? Consider placing the table in a well lit area or even add a lamp (on trend with your wedding theme). A well-lit and roomy guest book table will increase the likelihood of your guests not only visiting your station but also writing meaningful notes to you.
  4. Plenty of Pens! This seems obvious, right? Well, it isn’t. Think about how many times people walk off with pens! I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been at a wedding and there has only been one pen. At one table there was a line to sign rustic tags because there was only one pen–but enough room for 3 or 4 people to be using the space at one time. Another wedding there was actually no pen–I had to come back to my table and borrow one (because I didn’t carry my regular purse). Even if it seems ridiculous, supply the station with extras to alleviate any potential crisis with your guest book station!
  5. Keep It Simple Stupid! Just Say No to Micro-Managing! Are you familiar with the Einstein quote, “If you can’t explain it to a 6 year old, you don’t understand it yourself?” Just think about that for a minute… If you plan a guest book table with multiple moving parts and complex instructions, how likely are your guests to engage? Just remember: simple set up + simple directions = better results! Don’t overthink the guest book table.

If your goal is to try and get as many people to write you a meaningful sentiment on your wedding day, do everything you can to make them at ease with the process. A simple space, with enough room and lighting, well stocked with all of the accessories needed, will encourage your guests to share thoughts and memories–something you will delight in reminiscing over for decades to come!

Quote of the Day: Let us save what remains…

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Let us save what remains: not by vaults and locks which fence them from public eye and use in consigning them to the waste of time, but by such a multiplication of copies, as shall place them beyond the reach of accident. -Thomas Jefferson

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10 Things to Include at your Wedding Guest Book Table Station

Don’t have time to think about the details of your guest book table? Fear not…here is the Calligraphed Epistle’s 10 Items to Include at Your Wedding Guest Book Station list!

  1. Archival Pens – Micron are my favorite!
  2. Signage – Give your guests simple instructions.
  3. Lighting – Use a lamp or candles to light up the table.
  4. Space – Plenty of room to compose notes.
  5. Flowers – Decorate the space with a simple jar/vase of your wedding flowers.
  6. Pictures – Make the space personable. Include old pictures.
  7. Inviting – Include a chair or two…create a table that is welcoming and interesting!
  8. Linens – Use an old vintage linen to decorate the table.
  9. Interesting Guest Book – Be creative. Choose a meaningful book or alternative.
  10. Extra Supplies – Have extras on hand in case those pens run off!

10 things to include at your guest book table

 

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How to get your Wedding Guests to Sign the Guest Book!

There are always going to be guests who ‘just aren’t that into you’…get over it. But, these 6 tips will {at least} help you get a lot more people to sign your wedding guest book! Here’s how to make that happen.

one.

Don’t hide the guest book table in the obligatory dark corner. This seems obvious right? But, it isn’t… {You’d be surprised that most couples think that everyone is so thrilled to be at their wedding that they will flock to their guest book…no matter where it is. Well. Not so much.} Here’s what to do. Put it in a place that is obvious, that is well lit and is near a traffic pattern that makes sense. {Don’t put it in the middle of the buffet table…or dance floor.} The bottom line: if the guests can at least *see* the guest book table, you’ve won half the battle!

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Are you having a separate table at your reception for ‘cards’ or ‘gifts’? If so, think about combining them *or* {at least} putting them in close proximity. Doing so, encourages ‘participation’ in each of these steps… If someone makes the ‘trek’ to place a gift on the table, and the guest book table is *right* there, chances are that they will take a minute or two to also sign your book!

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Make the guest book interesting. If you plop down a $1.00 signature book from the dollar store on a table and expect each of your guests to be running like the bulls of Spain to sign it, you are fooling yourself. It’s an afterthought… If you are going through the motions with this and you don’t care, why should your guests care? If you want your guests to sign your book, MAKE IT INTERESTING. Pique their interest! Curiosity may have killed the cat but it will make your guests far more eager and interested in the process! Interest=Signage. Period.

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Find that *perfect* person to work the station. Maybe you have a perky Aunt Jane…you know the type, very personable, outgoing and knows *everyone*. Or, maybe you have a teenage niece who’s bringing a ‘friend’? Let them man the station…solicit signatures and the like. They can be rewarded with a special gift and/or acknowledgement at the end of the night! Regardless of who would be the perfect ‘attendant’ for your station, having someone who is bubbly, vibrant, always smiling and endearing will go a long way to increasing your signature rate!

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The formal announcement. Yep. Don’t shy away from this…especially if made during reception ‘down times’. It’s the perfect time for guests to do their ‘chores’. There’s no food, no dancing yet…make an announcement and help your guests during the wait times. Give them a little reminder of things they can do! Happy guests=Happy reception.

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When all else fails {and if you happen to be competing for some Guinness World Record Guest Book Signature Rate Title}, bribery is {absolutely} the answer! If your guest signs the book, they get *their* wedding party favor. Period. End of story. {But the wedding favor had better be good…and I mean…exceptional.}

recap.

So there you have it. 6 ways to increase your guest book signage. {relatively painless, really…}

  1. Location! Location! Location!
  2. Location addendum.
  3. Pique their interest.
  4. An awesome attendant.
  5. Announcement.
  6. Bribery.

Happy planning!