6 Reasons Why Guests Won't Sign the Guest Book and How to Fix Them

Your special day will likely be the biggest celebration of your life, a day filled with so much love, laughter, and cherished moments for not just you but also your guests too. One of the best ways you can capture these precious memories forever is by having a wedding guestbook. However, it can be extremely disheartening to realise that many of your guests have bypassed the opportunity to leave their messages and well-wishes, but why?

If you’re wondering whether it’s worth investing in a guest book, stick around as we’re going to uncover the most common reasons why guests may be hesitant to sign and provide some actionable solutions to ensure this doesn’t happen on your big day.

Lack of Visibility

One of the most common reasons why guests are unlikely to sign a guest book is that it might not be easily noticeable or accessible. Ensure that the book is displayed in a well-lit area where guests can easily see it and that it doesn’t get removed.

Think about placing it in an obvious space such as on a table at the entrance to the venue or right next to the gift table. Use an instruction or welcome sign that matches the theme and colour scheme of your wedding to accompany your book. This will create clear guidelines and invite your guests to sign and leave their messages.

Tip: You could combine your guest book with your welcome sign and have your guests write their well wishes directly onto it.

Time Constraints

Weddings can be busy days, with everyone getting caught up in conversations, throwing shapes on the dance floor and enjoying the general celebratory atmosphere. This can lead to attendees simply forgetting to sign the guest book in the middle of all the excitement. 

Why not plan a specific time during your day when a designated person makes the rounds and encourages your guests to participate? If you make this a time when everyone is in the same space, such as before the speeches or after dinner, people are more likely to comply and be less distracted.

Unclear Instructions

Your guests might feel unsure about what to write or how to sign the guest book. Avoid using generic prompts and think about how you provide clear instructions or suggestions to inspire them. As an example, you could ask guests to share their favourite memory of the couple or offer some fun conversation starters. Adding a few sample messages can also help get the creative juices flowing.

Tip: keep your prompts simple, pick a handful of questions you’d enjoy reading the responses to.

Uninspiring Design

If your guest book lacks visual appeal, it might not attract the attention of your guests. Make sure to incorporate elements that reflect your wedding theme or personal style. Choose an elegant and visually appealing guest book with plenty of space for guests to write their messages comfortably. If you add decorative additions like ribbons and embellishments, this can make it more enticing.

Digital Alternatives

In the age of technology, some guests may prefer digital methods of communication over traditional guest books. Consider offering a digital guest book option alongside the traditional paper book, where guests can leave messages using tablets or a dedicated online platform. This way, you cater to various preferences and increase the chances of participation.

Tip: Leave a QR code to your dedicated online guest platform in the middle of each of the dinner tables with clear instructions on how guests can add their messages.

Shyness or Social Anxiety

Not everyone feels comfortable expressing themselves in writing or in public settings. To help overcome this, create a private area near the guest book where guests can have time to think about and write their messages without feeling self-conscious. Provide pens of various colours and encourage guests to be more creative with their messages, making it a much more fun and relaxed experience.

Lack of Personal Connection

Guests may be more inclined to sign the guest book if they feel a personal connection to the couple or the event. Consider including a short note or introduction at the beginning of the guest book, sharing your love story, or highlighting meaningful moments of your relationship. This personal touch can inspire guests to leave heartfelt messages.

Remember, while a wedding guest book is a beautiful memento, it's essential to focus on creating an atmosphere where guests feel compelled to participate and leave their mark. By addressing these common reasons and implementing practical solutions, you'll increase the chances of having a filled and meaningful guest book that you can cherish for years to come.

At Pemberly Fox, we specialise in enhancing your life events with our exquisite stationery. From save the dates to thank you cards, we’re here to elevate your special day, every step of the way. Allowing you to focus on other important details and alleviate some of the wedding planning stresses.


Written by Hannah Walters

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