Your wedding day is a day like no other. Your very own fairytale and celebration of love. From the beautiful flowers and gorgeous bride, to the heart-warming toasts and fun moves on the dancefloor, it is a day you will never forget.
At GP and Son, we know the level of planning and attention to detail it takes to pull off the perfect day. Between finding a caterer, choosing the best color palette, formulating the guest list and picking out the perfect venue, it can be easy to overlook or become overwhelmed by the little things when wedding planning. Don’t stress—we're about to walk you through two not-to-be-missed planning details: the wedding guest book and the gift table.
Wedding Guest Book Tips
An age-old tradition, the wedding guest book gives guests an opportunity to leave a little love for the bride and groom.
What better way to relive your special day than reflect on the well-wishes of your guests? This lovely keepsake is something you will treasure forever as you reread the heartfelt personal messages from your loved ones.
Guest Book Placement
Of course, having a guest book is pointless if guests can’t actually find it and sign it. Your guests will be more likely to leave you a thoughtful message if the book is placed in an area that is directly in their line of sight upon entry, instead of tucked into a faraway corner. Make sure to place the guest book table in a spot that is centrally located.
The ideal location is close to the entrance or exit of the ceremony space. This will give guests something to do while they wait for the ceremony to begin. After the ceremony, it can be moved to its own table with a dedicated sign in the reception area so that it can be accessed by guests who were unable to sign it initially.
Guest Book Signing
How you choose to direct the actual signing of the guest book will depend on your wedding’s size. In smaller, more intimate settings, it is best to display the guest book on a table leaving guests to sign it at their own leisure during the reception.
For larger celebrations, you might leave the book out until halfway through the reception, before recruiting someone to take it around to the dining tables in the reception hall to give guests who have yet to sign it an opportunity to do so.
Gift Table Placement
Equally as important as the wedding guest book is the gift table. Give your guests a welcoming place to put their tokens of appreciation following our tips.
Gift Table Decor
Is your wedding a grand affair or an intimate gathering? Are you going for rustic charm, grand fairytale love story or beachy chic? Your style of gift table décor will depend on the overall aesthetic of your wedding.
Traditionally, gift table basics consist of a table draped with linen, a “thank you!” sign and a place for greeting cards. This of course can be elevated with some beautiful flowers and photos of the lovely couple.
If you’d like to get creative, find interesting things guests can place their cards in. An old treasure chest? A sleek glass box? A mini mailbox labeled Mr. & Mrs.? Thanks to the world of Pinterest, the possibilities are endless!
Add some extra fun to the table so even guests who’ve already sent you a gift can stop by. This could be anything from a date-night idea jar to your favorite candies to a sweet take-home gift.
Gift Table Placement
Whether you go for the simple and understated, or the elaborate and eye-grabbing, make sure to put your gift table in a place that is easy to find. In most cases, the table is placed close to the reception hall entrance. Close enough to be easily spotted but far enough not to interrupt the flow of foot traffic and become an easy target for theft.