Post # 1
In my search for creating a unique guestbook, I’ve come up with an idea that my FI thinks I am crazy for even considering.
What I was thinking about doing was getting mini-canvases (2X2 or 2X4) that would be painted in the wedding colors and maybe stamped in the corners. Pens would be put out for guests to sign a canvas square. We would then take the canvases and either attach them to ribbon and hang them or place favorites in small spots around the house. We will probably have close to 160 guests and would have canvases for each couple.
Cute or crazy? Have you have any ideas of unique guestbooks that you are just trying to figure out how to make them happen?
Post # 3
Hey Ms. Peachy! I like where your head’s at, but I’m not sure it’s the best idea in the long-run in terms of hanging them around your house. They will gather dust quite easily, and might get damaged. Maybe you could punch holes in the squares and make them into a little book? Or do fabric squares in the wedding colors and have them sewn into a quilt? We’re having a photobooth, and the company keeps a copy of all the photos and makes it into a guest book for you. So that’s always an option too! I’ve also heard of people getting polaroid camera’s and leaving them next to the guetsbook so that guests can take photos and they can be added to the book later, which could be a more cost effective option.
But if you have your heart set on your original canvas plans, then i say "go for it". You only have one wedding!
Post # 4
Thanks Londonladybug. The alternative that we’ve been considering is a quilt, I’m just worried about it sitting in a box for years before anything is done (which is possible with this project too)
Post # 5
I think the quilt idea is better in the long run. Your house prolly won’t be decorated with your wedding colors, and it would look odd to have those squares hanging in a room that didn’t match. But I like the patchwork idea that you’re thinking.
Post # 6
What if you did your canvas squares, then glued the edges all together to make one massing piece of art? You could even mix in some of your wedding photos printed on canvas gallery wraps. I think it would be modern and cool.
Post # 7
I’m glad you like the quilt idea. Would you be able to quilt it yourself? Do you have any friends/family who quilt? Maybe you could do a post-honeymoon quilting party. You could plan it for when your photos/wedding video arrive and you can have friends come over to check out the photos/video and then make the quilt. That way you’d be motivated to get it done, and it would be a fun way to meet up with guests/bridesmaids and re-live all the good times from the wedding!
Post # 8
Honestly, I love both ideas. You could cover the canvas books (one of my friends did something really awesome where she made this frame so it was protected and looked like a really cool picture- the con was she had to take it out to look at it- but how often are you going to view your guest book?) I also think the quilt idea is super cool! Whatever you decide I’d like to see some pictures if you wouldn’t mind 🙂
Post # 9
I love the idea! I wonder if you did a large canvas instead. That way you wouldnt have tons of little paintings to hang. You could portion off the canvas into squares if you wanted. Perhaps something like this but in your wedding colors. You could add in colors that compliment them as well even if you dont use them throughout.
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay
I think it is a great idea too, actually!
You are right on with painting the canvases in certain colors. If your wedding colors coordinate wtih a room in your house, even better! You flush mount them all together for an incredible piece of art. The background colors will dictate the graphic & you could really do so many unique things with it.
I love it!
Post # 11
Thank you everyone for the feedback! I’m still thinking it over a bit. The other part that I forgot the mention is that I have 9 wedding colors, so mixing it up was definately something I was looking to do.
If I do the canvases, I may scale it down a bit and have 9 12×12 canvases that I could then hang in a pattern on the wall. Think tic-tac-toe board so that I can change the colors around depending on my mood!
For the quilt, my only challenge is that no one in my family quilts. My mom is a great seamstress and has offered to do it, but said that she might wait to do it until we get pregnant. Blackmail anyone?
However, I will say, anyone looking for a cute idea for placecards, these canvases that I was looking at would be AMAZING! I found them at http://www.jerrysartarama.com/discount-art-supplies/Canvas-and-Boards/Stretched-Canvas/Paramount-Artist-Stretched-Canvas/Paramount-Ultra-Mini-Canvases
Post # 12
Those placecards are too cute.
I actually really love the canvas idea too, but I would aim for larger canvases and put them together as an installation piece in your house. You are soo creative!
Post # 13
I personally like the idea of the canvas idea, I think its a cute idea! Althought I would somehow attach them together and hang them. Thanks for the idea Ms. Peachy!
Post # 14
I think the 9 – 12×12 canvasses or the one big canvass are your best bets. I wouldn’t do anything smaller than 12×12 as things will just be such a hassle to set up and put it somewhere in your house.
Post # 15
Thanks to all of the bees for your help! Ultimately, we ended up with a quilt for our guestbook.
Here it is! Cannot wait to display it next weekend at our wedding!
Post # 16
The quilt is lovely. Have a great wedding! I am sure your guest will love the quilt and its display!