Post # 1
I recently went to a wedding where the couple did this, and another friend said she went to a wedding that had this to. It’s basically kind of a book with pictures of each guest, couple, or family attending the wedding with a blurb next to each picture. The blurb written by the couple usually states their relation to them or how they met, says some nice/interesting things about the guest or gives a funny story about their relationship, etc.
Has anyone else seen this? It’s a lot of work by the couple to write and find the pictures but, as a guest, I found it unexpectedly uselful, especially at this big wedding I attended. It worked kind of like Facebook where I was able to know about, and recognize, the family members before I met them (the book was in my hotel room when I arrived for the wedding). I also ended up looking at the book to look up people I had just met, to remember who I had spoken to at lunch, etc. And in conversation some guests would refer to it as well.
Has anyone done this or been to a wedding that has done this? Do you know what it’s called? I’ve been trying to research others’ examples of this or read any articles about it but I’ve seen ZERO written about this on wedding sites.
Post # 3
Never heard of it but it’s sounds really interesting. It seems like it would be a lot of work and not necessary at all but a nice little touch! Kind of a waste though, what do you do with all the books after?
Post # 4
@Birdee106: Haha I was wondering the same thing! I can’t imagine hanging onto this book of people with facts about them but at the same time I would feel bad throwing it away!
Cute idea but it seems like a LOT of unnecessary work.
Post # 5
My FBIL and his wife did this for their destination wedding, but there were less than 25 people there. It was nice because everyone actually interacted with each other because there were so few people, and they made it funny so it was cute. But I wouldn’t do it myself for a large wedding.
Post # 6
@mandika: Cute idea, sounds like ton of work.
Post # 7
fun! my fh is a photog so we are going to put together some books to leave out…..we want to try and include a picture of each huest but that migjt be hard bc of parents friends.
we are only making up one copy of each though so we will keep it
Post # 8
I saw on an episode of Four Weddings that the couple did something like that but only for the people at their table. It was set up like a constellation and she drew lines between the stars (representing the people) which then had a short point about what they might have in common. I truthfully don’t remember if anyone looked at them or commented, but that’s not the point of the show anyway. lol
Post # 9
Some of my brides have used this idea. I believe it’s referred to as a “Memory Lane” guest book.
I have had brides do it 2 ways –
1. In the invitation they print a note on the response card asking each guest to bring a small picture of themselves to the ceremony. At the ceremony when they sign in thy attach their picture and a small comment. It’s then displayed at the reception for other guests to view.
2. On the response card they ask the guest to send a small picture of themselves or them with the bride/and it groom back with the response card. The bride/groom will then put the album together ahead of time and write ther own comment next to each guests photo.
Hope this helps.
Sandy @ CartesAmour.com
Post # 10
that sounds expensive, labor-intensive and wasteful. Sorry to be a wet blanket, but I can’t think of anything I dig about this idea. I have a messageboard linked to my wedding website where people can virtually hang out and it barely gets used. If that’s any indication of how people would treat a book that it took me months to make, no thanks.
Post # 11
Never heard of this. It sounds awesome.
Post # 12
I don’t know the name of it, but I think it sounds like an awesome idea! Especially for a small party. It’s no more wasteful than an invitation and save the date, which can all be done electronically now, LOL. You could also do an e-book, but I think it looses a little bit of it’s charm.
Labor intensive… maybe, but I love projects like these so it’s really up to whether you would get joy out of it or now . I am having around 30 guests to keep it intimate, so I can do things like this and have fun with it. Thanks for sharing!
Post # 13
thank you everyone for your opinions and thoughts! and @cartesamour – thanks for the name! and i have not heard of those two methods, very interesting.
to be honest, yes it is work by the couple but it was very personable and touching — a lot of the guests really did like it! it was mentioned throughout the wedding events. We even kept our book! my fiance, who isn’t a ‘wedding’ person even read it at night before and after the reception. it was fun to look for our picture and what they wrote about us too. it wasn’t bulky or anything – very simple, two-sided pages, probably put together at kinkos. but I am now considering doing this on a page or two on my wedding website, and entries will probably be by family/couple. that way the guests get to know about each other a little bit – since many people will not know each other – and i think it will make the gathering feel even more intimate and everyone less like strangers.