Brides who used a picture frame/signatures on the mat as a guest book….

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

weddedbliss2014:  I think having it flat on the table would work best. It’s much easier to sign that way. I recently went to a baby shower that had one of these for all of us to sign and it was a hassle trying to sign it until someone just took the matting out of the frame placed it on a tray and we all passed it around.

I did a poster guest book and just had it laying flat on a table with a sign for it and pens for people to sign.

 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

weddedbliss2014:  We had 3 separate frames with 3 different prints.  We put the prints in the mats and the mats in the frames.  Without the glass.  This worked perfectly.  We had an easel and displayed one of them while the other 2 were being signed on a table. Our attendant rotated them around so they were being signed evenly, while still allowing the guests to see the 3-print set.  

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

donna_saur:  Keeping them in the frame glassless allows for all the writing to be seen when you put it in the frame.

Sometimes when you have just the artwork or just the matte people will sign all the way to the edge so when you put it in the frame the writing get’s cut off. So just something to think about 🙂

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Norton Country Club

 

Lalavla:  I second this! Having done this for several military retirements, I can tell you that it’s sometimes best to keep the mat in the frame- entire signatures and well wishes sometimes get covered by the frame later! It’s such a shame when you lose sweet messages. 

We haven’t had our wedding yet, but we are having frame mats instead of a guest book too.  I’ll have the two framed mats (without glass) on the table.  We found some cheap placeholder art in our wedding colors (a giant “&” and “All you need is love” in blue and silver).  We’ll have a small table easel holding a framed sign that says, “Leave advice and well wishes for the new Mr & Mrs”.  I’ve also purchased a set of matching fine tipped Sharpie markers so that everything will be signed in black… I may be a little obsessive on that.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

wvlefty:  Make sure you put please sign the matte as some people might see the place holder art and thin that’s what you want signed!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Lalavla:  that’s what we did!  Matted in the frame with no glass!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Norton Country Club

 

Lalavla:  Good point!  We’ve asked FSIL to keep an eye on them and try to spread out the signatures evenly between the two, so she should stop that! lol

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

we kept the matting in teh frame and removed the glass and just had it flat on a table. I kept the frame on because I didn’t want signatures too close to the endge and be cut off by the frame.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We had a poster and wanted people to sign the print itself, but it kept curling up from being stored in the mailing tube so we actually had it in the mat and frame laying flat on the table.  I put the glass behind the mat and poster so that everything would be tight and it worked fine!  We had a note on it saying to sign the poster not the mat, but you might want to have a note with the opposite just so people know what to do.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

It may be a little late but we decided to go ahead and frame ours and use an easel as a display. It worked out great!

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