Post # 2
dtwirler: That would be so upsetting. Talk about grandstanding. I would find an artist to paint something over top of her signature and all her prints- like the camouflage bad tattoos -something that would go with the theme of your wedding and the thumbprint tree.
Post # 1
I hope I posted this to the right forum…
So I had a fingerprint tree at my wedding. It was hand-drawn by a cousin of mine and looks amazing. I had my reheasal dinner guests sign it at the dinner, then everyone else did it on my wedding day. It went soooooo well! Until my aunt came along. I know she was not mistaken on what to do (we had a sign and she was one of the last to add her print), but she put eight prints right in the center. It is pretty much the only thing you notice and overwhelms anything else, including our own prints. One of them even went over the groom’s print. So does anyone have any ideas about how to remove or fix this?<br />
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Post # 4
I agree with Barely_Blush: – I doubt she was trying to wreck it. It’s pretty funny, and probably isn’t as noticeable to everyone else as you think!
Post # 3
dtwirler: Maybe because i’m a more light hearted person, I’ll keep it the way as it is for a good laugh. I’m sure she meant no harm and it’s kinda adorable that she didn’t know what do to.
When you look back years down the road, it can be a good reminder how funny it was. Don’t fix it 🙂
Post # 5
its honest, its life, its funny! I’d just go with it.
Post # 7
abbie017: Barely_Blush: I wish I could think this way. Like I said, she was one of the last to add a print, she knew exactly what she was doing. And about no one noticing, I had people asking me, “did you see what she did to your tree?” before I had even seen it myself. Almost everyone saw it and commented about it, and not in a good way. :/ I do think she probably thought she was being artistic or something.
Post # 9
dtwirler: I had a couple of similar things happen to my tree. My BIL drew it for me and I was really excited about it. Then we had some parents let their toddler run wild with tons of prints (fortunately they were near the bottom, and my mom noticed and stopped her eventualy). And then we had some guests decide that instead of leaving thumbprints they would sign them names in the pot part of the drawing (it is a bonsai tree, so it was in a little pot). We had a white background, so I painted over the kids prints in white, and covered the pot with blue. My dad thought I should leave it because it was funny, but all I could think of when I saw it was how rude these people were. Maybe they are just lacking in common sense, but it felt rude to me…
Post # 8
dtwirler: Trust me. Here, put it aside for a year or so. Take it out during your one year anniversary and look back. If you still feel the same way, then go ahead and fix it (like white paint over it?).
Don’t do it now, just in case when you look back, you wish you had kept it but can’t undo it. Sometimes it’s those precious memories that makes us smile.
Yeah, you can tell I’m a sentimental person lol
Post # 10
I would recommend getting a high-quality digital scan and finding/hiring someone who is skilled at photoshop to fix it. It shouldn’t cost too much as it’s a pretty easy fix. That way you can keep the original as-is (maybe it’ll be funny in a few years?) and have a “perfect” one to frame or display in your home.
Post # 11
I think she probably didn’t mean any harm… let it go and try to see it in a lighter way.
We had a map that our guests signed. There is one note/signature I cannot even read. There is another signed “The Willours” – NO ONE at the wedding has that name… everyone who has looked at it has said I’m not misreading it. So I assume it was some random person hanging around the venue. Does it ruin the map? No way! I kind of laugh at it, and it’s still happily displayed in our living room!
Post # 13
dtwirler: I think it’s funny. It makes it “real” combining the efforts of all your guests as opposed to just a pretty picture. Though I do think it was a little rude of her I think it’s nothing to be upset about.
“Here’s ours, here’s Mom’s, and here’s weirdo aunt Sally who is clearly off her rocker”
Post # 12
One of the risks that come with any sort of guest book or other artistic endeavour that is reliant upon “audience participation” is that the audience may participate in a way you hadn’t expected!
In this case, it isn’t as if she’s written or drawn something risque but merely that she hasn’t followed your instructions in the way you intended. She’s not ruined your tree and I’m willing to bet she didn’t intend to hurt your feelings. Also, it is a true reflection of what happened on your day.
If you want to edit her contribition out then it should be quite easy to paint over. You can then apply your own prints again. But I think it’d be rather a shame, to be honest, and sort of like re-writing history. Little bits of imperfection are fine and a true reflection of life, to be honest!
ETA: I do second what a pp has said about getting a very high res digital scan though. That way you can keep the original and easily get the scanned copy Photoshopped if you really can’t bear to display the evidence of your aunt’s “creativity”!
Post # 14
dtwirler: can you post a photo of the full picture for us?
Post # 15
Do you have a full view? I would be slightly annoyed since it seems that little piece was for your print along with your DH’s, but I don’t think it’s ruined either.