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How to get your wedding guests to sign your guestbook

How to get your wedding guests to sign your guestbook

After all the time and effort you spend in selecting the perfect guestbook, the next hurdle is ensuring your wedding guests actually sign it!

Today we are going to cover off 5 sure-fire ways to have your guests lining up to jot down their well wishes and messages of luck.

The tips and tricks we are going to share can be adapted for getting guests to sign a guestbook at any sort of special event too - like a birthday party or wedding anniversary.

Give your guestbook pride of place

Make sure your wedding guestbook doesn't get tucked in the back corner. Have it set up on a table right at the entrance. Ask a trusted guest to move the guestbook to a more central point later in the wedding reception, when the center of the party moves closer to the bar and dance floor, and away from the front door.

Set up a matching guestbook sign

Frame or prop up a matching sign to request your wedding guests sign the guestbook. Seems simple, but it works! If you have a instax camera or something similar you'd like guests to use, mention this on your sign too.

Make it as easy as possible for guests

Ensure there's a stash of pretty pens, and include tape, embellishments or gluesticks for adding instax/polaroid photos onto the guestbook pages.

Tip: Got gaps in your guestbook? Fill in any empty or spare pages with mementos from your wedding day: A copy of your wedding invitation. The menu. Paper copies of speeches.

Offer a bribe or memento

Make your guestbook signing spot inviting. You can't go wrong with a bowl of lollies sitting on the guestbook table - slow your wedding guest's partying down long enough to notice there's another activity to partake in! If you have a polaroid camera, encourage guests to take a photo for you, and a photo for them.

Rope in your bridal party

If you have some extroverted type-A bridesmaids, ask them to take the guestbook right to the guests! Your MC can also direct guests to sign the book or give them warning that the bridesmaids will be around with the guestbook.

Taking your guestbook and pens around the tables during the wedding reception is a very effective strategy. A little light peer pressure might be the ticket to getting your reticent friends and family to share their messages of congratulations.

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