Post # 1
I’m at that stage in planning where the big things are taken care of (venue, photographer, catering, DJ, etc) and it is too far away to start on the little things. Of course, being me I’m ignoring that last bit and am thinking about invitations and guest book (can I just mention how much I hate the whole design process of invitations, seriously I finally realized why they get paid for what they do!). Now, getting back on track, we’re having a Christmas time wedding and inspired by the pintest guest book quilt idea, (where each guest is asked to send in a quilt piece and a quilt is made from it) I came up with something else.
I was wondering what you bees thought of having something similar but with Christmas tree ornaments. I feel that it would be super cute to be able to have the ornaments we would use each year and have them be signed by our closest and dearest so we actually see them and keep them close to us always at that time of year (our friends and family live all over the world so it’s hard to see them often).
Also, if you like the idea, should I provide them or should I ask the guests to bring one of their favorites in lieu of a gift?
Post # 3
I’d supply them. As a guest I’s be somewhat likely to walk out of the house and forget to bring it at the last minute.
Post # 4
@minipenguin: I think it’s a cool idea!
I would provide them, so that you don’t end up with a ton if mismatched ones that you would never want to use on the same tree. Also, it means you’ll still get gifts 😉
Post # 5
I think this is a cute idea, but if your guests are like my family, no one would remember to bring them. Maybe you could have a bowl of ornaments for people to sign?
Post # 6
@lil_possum: I like that idea. Get those cheap ball ornaments and have people sign them
Post # 7
Do it, BUT provide the ornaments for the them to sign at the wedding. It’s just less hassle, and that way you have ones that match and go together.
Love the idea though! Alternative guest books are great.
Post # 8
i think it’s a great idea. i would definitely supply them so that they are all the same and it would be something that you will be hanging on your tree.
Post # 9
@lil_possum: I think this is the better way to go about it.
Also – consider your guests. I know a lot of my guest list is Jewish, and some people are Christian (who do not celebrate Christmas with a tree/santa/ornaments). I’m not sure what your situation is, but I know some of my guests would not like it too much.
Post # 10
@minipenguin: I like the idea (especially for a winter wedding). I agree with those who said you should provide them, though. I think your guests will enjoy and appreciate a more creative type of guestbook like this … Not to mention the fact that you’ll actually look at/use it every year when you put up your Christmas decorations!
Post # 11
You have to think of the possibility that they don’t send it back that they forget about bringing the ornament with them. You might want to think foolproof ideas where there is as little as possible work that you require from guests. For me it was like pulling teeth getting RSVPs from the guests. And I’ve asked around I’m not the alone. that’s just reality.
Do you really think a signed ornament means a whole lot to you. Something tells me you have loads of other good ideas. Keep going, I would give this one a miss. Its like you decorate a xmas tree with your own ornaments except this one has signatures. For the effort required, the visual impact is very little. It would cost you something to mail ornaments out, no?
Post # 12
If I were a guest there would be a high possibility of forgetting them! Good point.
Yes! They should definitely match, and be neutral so that they’re relatively timeless. I’m sure someone on my guest list would bring a Homer Simpson santa clause and yeah, no lol
@Laurenplusalex: Definitely providing them, thanks for the suggestions!
@jasonkatie2014: That is a very valid point, most of my guest list is catholic, baptist or agnostic, there are some jewish couple as well. I would hate for any of them to be insulted or feek left out by it though, they are all close family and friends. Do you think maybe having clear glass ornaments and asking them to write advice for the bride and groom on a little scroll to put on the inside would be better? I have a particular image in mind but can’t find it just yet. Or is it the entire idea of Christmas that’s offensive? Maybe this will make it even worse (sorry if it seems ignorant) but what about having little Stars of David as well in the same bowl in case they would rather sign those?
Post # 13
Ignore my post! I just reread and I didn’t know it was a guestbook idea! Then that’s different. I thought you were just wanting a xmas tree decorated with signatures for nothing. Ok just ignore me, sorry!
Post # 14
@minipenguin: I love this idea! All of my Xmas tree ornaments are random sentimental peices picked up over the years. I would buy the ornaments and have them out at the “guest book” table. Provide some gold silver red and green Sharpies to sign with. I doubt anyone would be offened by the Christmas element any more than a vegitarian would be that you are serving meat.
It may be in your benefit to have the ornaments to sign as well as a more tradition book in case for whatever reason someone doesn’t want to sign an ornament.
Post # 15
@minipenguin: I don’t think Christmas would be offensive (sorry if that totally came out wrong!!!) especially since you have a december wedding! I would maybe make sure I had a bunch of snowflake ornaments in there, or snowmen ornaments to give them options if they don’t want to do something “christmas-y”. I think, if Christmas is something super important to you guys – you should do it (Its YOUR wedding after all!) so I think adding a variety to the ornament options would be considerate!
If it were me- I’d do it with all different sized snowflake ornaments. I love my tree (FI and I were raised Catholic) to be simple and uniform, imagine a gorgeous green tree with beautiful white snowflakes all over! Love it!
Post # 16
@PetalFace: That is true, however RSVP here is usually over the phone or online, the mail system isn’t too effective (ahem, everything get’s lost lol). If I go this route I would provide them for sure now and have them signed at the reception. Not sure yet what I’ll do since it’s far away but I will keep brainstorming though! Thanks for the suggestion 🙂
@angelinthesnowxo: That’s what I thought! Christmas is my FI’s favorite holiday and I know how much he hates spending it away from his family and most of his friends so he would definitely appreciate it. I would like to have some clear ones that I can have little words of wisdom put into them written by each guest/couple and signed on the outside to make it more creative/personal. If I do a book I would never ever look at it.