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How to Choose a Wedding Guest Book Attendant

It's an important, but often overlooked job.

By Kimberly Ripley

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The wedding-guest-book attendant circulates the guest book, ensuring that all of the guests have the opportunity to sign it. The attendant typically visits from table to table at the wedding reception, chatting with guests and politely asking whether they have signed the book. Choosing an attendant for the guest book isn't quite as simple as placing a task with a face. There is a little bit of work involved and a particular kind of person is needed to perform the task proficiently.

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  • Consider the age and the responsibility factor of your wedding-guest-book attendant. Some teens are ready for the job but others aren't.
Picking a Guest Book Attendant

Step 1:

Determine if you want your wedding-guest book to be stationary or circulated. The duty of the guest-book attendant is to see that all of the guests sign the book. This task may be performed either by standing near a podium or table where the guest book is displayed, or by carrying the book around during the reception. Often the guest book attendant will accept wedding gifts from guests as well, and arrange them on a table that is adjacent to one where the guest book is displayed.

Step 2:

Consider who among your friends and family is outgoing and personable, and not afraid to approach strangers and ask them to sign the wedding-guest book. Your shy cousin isn't a likely candidate for the role, nor is your 7-year-old niece. The wedding-guest book attendant isn't considered a member of the wedding party, but it is a role of importance.

Step 3:

Accept the fact that the person you ask to be your wedding-guest-book attendant may feel slighted that he or she wasn't asked to be a bridesmaid or a groomsman. On the other hand, the person may instead be honored to have been asked to perform this important duty on the day of your wedding. Factor these considerations into your choice. It may help avoid hurt feelings.

Step 4:

Do ask your prospective guest-book attendant well ahead of time so he or she can make necessary arrangements to be there. Even though the task isn't as high-profile as that of a wedding attendant, it is still a necessary duty and one that would be sorely missed if not performed at the reception.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • Think of all the friends or family members who might feel left out if they are not included in your wedding.
  • Select an attendant who is not shy about prompting your guests to sign.
  • Give your attendant his/her gift before the wedding because it's easy to forget afterward.

About the Author

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and contributor to DexKnows.

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