Wedding Q&A – How to get your guests to write in your guest book

Here’s a common question I see in a lot of the Facebook wedding groups:

Are you having/had a wedding guest book? Do guests actually fill them in?

Most brides like the idea of having a wedding guest book but, at the same time, worry that their guests won’t fill it in.

Let’s face it, when you’ve also given them a bouncy castle, a chocolate fountain and an awesome wedding magician (that’s my one blatant plug per post) at your wedding, it’s easy to see why guest books often go unsigned.

Your wedding is too damn exciting for guests to stop and sign the guest book!

A wedding guest book filled with loving messages is a treasure.

Imagine how fabulous it’s going to be looking back and reminiscing about your big day with a decorative guest book, full of nice words and perfect prose.

(Your wedding guests may or may not be blessed with the ability to create prose worthy of Shakespeare. Ours weren’t. Even so, reading “Cracking boobs Alice!” may still put a smile on your face!)

If you’re worried that your guest book is going to be lonely at your wedding, you may be considering a more interesting and novel alternative, like little hearts your guests can write on and then post into a wooden frame.

That would work.

If you love the idea of having a traditional guestbook though, you need a different approach.

How to get your wedding guest book filled with tear jerking words you’ll love to read!

You need to come up with a way to make your guest book more compelling, so your guests take the time to fill it out before they get distracted by the free bar, giant Jenga and handsome wedding magic (damn, I’ve already done my one blatant plug per post)…er, I mean fabulous photo booth.

Before you take out a third mortgage to bribe your guests to sign your guestbook, wait.

Less drastic (and financially crippling) options are available.

First, think about where you’re going to put the guestbook.

You want to make it very clear and very obvious where your wedding book is (and that you want them to sign it).

Place it on a special table, with a big sign above it, right next to the entrance to your reception.

Somewhere your guests would have to be blind to miss it.

Write some persuasive words on the sign, showing your guests how important this is to you.

(Yes, “Oi! Since we’re paying for your fancy grub, the least you can do is write a few words in our guest book, you ungrateful bunch of hooligans!” counts)

If you think your wedding guests will need more convincing, scatter a few sweets on the table to lure them over.

Another idea is to give one of the younger guests the job of passing round the book during the quieter parts of your day.

If you think about it, this idea kills two birds with one stone.

Not only do you get more signatures and lovely words in your book, but you also keep one of the kids occupied during the more “lull” parts of your day, saving you the hassle of drugging their Fruit Shoot.

Double win!

Both of these ideas are based on a simple concept:

If you want your guests to do something, make it as easy as possible for them to do it.

If they have to walk over to fill out your guestbook or have to tear themselves away from something more appealing, it won’t get done.

Make it as easy as possible for them.

Put it right next to the entrance.

Bring it over to them.

Give them some examples of what to write about.

Make it as easy as possible.

If you want a traditional guest book, don’t be put off by brides who tell you that no one fills them out anymore.

You don’t have to go all modern.

You CAN make it work.

Just make it as easy as possible for your guests.


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