I harbor hardly any regrets about my wedding last April, and the few grievances I have are so minor I rarely bring them up for fear of irritating couples with more serious complaints. But there is one thing worth sharing with you brides-to-be, so you can hopefully avoid the same scenario: Our guest book is signed by about a third of our guests. (Of course, we didn't realize this until we opened it up on the airplane back to NYC the following day, to swap suitcases before jetting out on our honeymoon.)
We had chosen a beautiful coffee table book about New York, replete with historical sketches, and the people who wrote in it selected meaningful pages to pen their messages—just as we'd hoped. I only wish more people had seen it at the reception.
We strategically (or so we thought) placed it on a table outside the restroom, but we didn't have an attendant (I kept picturing that episode of Sex and the City where Miranda is thoroughly peeved at being given this mindless task). I suppose we could have passed it around the tables at dinner, but I was afraid it would get food or drink stains on it. So it just sat there and apparently went unnoticed by a number of our friends and family.
Do you have a plan for making sure your guest book gets signed? Or are you opting for a clever alternative to the traditional ledger in the hopes of attracting attention? If so, share your ideas here. As for me, while I can't go back and have ours signed by all those in attendance that day, I've come up with a pretty good solution (well, more like substitution): I plan to put it out at our 25-year anniversary party and invite guests to add to the existing entries. —Elaine Stuart, senior associate features/travel editor, Modern Bride