Weddings

Decorating the Guest Book Table

Draw attention to your guest book with fun and functional decorations

By Debby Mayne

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Keep your decorations consistent throughout your wedding and reception, including the guest book table. It's a good idea to have this table attended by someone special to smile and greet everyone. The only necessary items are a guest book and a pen, but adding other items offers warmth and personality. The guest book table is the first place your family and friends will stop, so it should set the mood of the ceremony or reception.

  • What You Need to Know
  • A guest book is a traditional element of a wedding reception, where guests can wish their best to the bridge and groom.
  • Establish a member of your wedding party to be near the table and assist guests when necessary.
  • Set the guest book table as close to the entrance as possible. Put it where guests must pass, but not in a place where flow is bottlenecked.

Step 1:

Cover the guest book table at the reception to match the other tables. This provides an overall cohesive visual effect. If you want to set it apart, add a lace, tulle or net overlay. String white lights around the table to attract attention.

Step 2:

Put a centerpiece on the guest book table. You may choose to go with a floral arrangement that complements the bridal or bridesmaids' bouquets. Other options are a ceramic figurine, a collection of candles or a small fountain decoration. If the couple is religious, you may also want to add a Bible open to the bride and groom's favorite scripture verse.

Step 3:

Put a single framed photo or collection of pictures on the guest book table for visual interest. These may include the engagement picture, family portraits, baby pictures of the bride and groom or a historical progression of their lives. A group of photos showing the process of getting ready for the wedding can be interesting and often humorous. These might include the bride trying on the gown, the couple taste-testing the cake, the bride and her mother selecting the flowers, etc. One idea that keeps with the wedding theme is to put pictures of each set of parents and grandparents on their wedding days -- this shows the tradition of strong marriages within the family.

Step 4:

Make the guest book table multipurpose. In addition to signing in or registering those in attendance, this can be the station for handing out favors. You may include a stack of programs for the wedding or reception for the attendant to hand to guests. This may be the best place for the card basket or box if the room is crowded.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • Don't clutter the table with too many unnecessary items, or it will be distracting and slow down the flow as people enter the room.
  • Have a few good working and perhaps specially designated pens on the table.
  • If you put the card basket or box on the guest book table, have an attendant stationed there at all times.

About the Author

Debby Mayne is a writer of numerous articles and a contributor to DexKnows.

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Determine your centerpiece approach and start ordering. You can't go wrong with traditional floral arrangements. Candles are another option that's easy on the budget -- just group and light them. Don't be afraid of fruit either. Lemons in a tall vase make a lovely accent to a spring or summer wedding.

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SWAGGING

A decorative element where fabric is draped to form a curve between two points. Often seen on the skirts of tables or as an effect to create the ceiling of a tent.

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