Fingerprint tree screw-up

posted 3 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
45135 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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 # 4
12480 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
355 posts
Helper bee

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
9128 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

its honest, its life, its funny! I’d just go with it.

Post # 6
2980 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

Leave it. 

Post # 9
1437 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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…

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 3 months ago by  MsCarabiner.
Post # 8
355 posts
Helper bee

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
273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016 - Presidio Log Cabin

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
4050 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

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
2527 posts
Sugar bee

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
2481 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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”!


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Post # 14
2202 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

dtwirler:  can you post a photo of the full picture for us? 

Post # 15
4528 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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.

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