Post # 1
So, I know every bride has things she’s really enthusiastic about and therefore finds easy to choose, but for me the guestbook is just not one of those things. We’ve considered several things, but we’re struggling to pull the trigger.
My FH likes the “wishing tree,” but it’s outside the budget (we want to keep it under $100). I like the idea of buying a wood monogram from Etsy and letting our guests sign it, but FH isn’t as big of a fan. I’m also pretty artistic, so I’ve considered painting a canvas and letting people sign that. Our fall-back idea is the photo book.
Have any of you used a guestbook you were really enthused about?? And that was under $100? Feel free to include photos! 🙂
Post # 3
Garrrr why won’t my posts keep the spaces?? -_-
Post # 4
I haven’t made a final decision yet, but I am thinking of creating a photo guest book online. (Shutterfly is alwasy emailing big promotions, so it can probably be done pretty inexpensive.) I just think it would be a neat thing to have and I could actually use some of the engagment photos (which I otherwise have no idea what to do with). I am also thinking of the fingerprint tree thing (is that a wishing tree?), but I probably wont do that bc i want people to actually be able to write little notes instead of just their name.
Post # 5
The photobooth we are thinking of doing has an option of a book you can put the strips into and sign there.
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I can see your paragraphs – it’s a glitch where only the OP sees it all screwy.
i am dorkily excited about our guest book! We are really outdoorsy people, so we’re getting this tree grove print where guests sign the leaves. I think it’s like $50 on etsy, and the colors are customizable.
I’m on my phone now but can find the link if you want, lemme know.
Post # 7
That is SUPER cute actually! I’d like for them to be able to write messages to us, but I’d never thought of that!
Post # 8
FI and I are huge Disney lovers. . . Here’s our guest book:
The best guest book I’ve seen at a wedding to date was the fingerprint tree. It was the first I’ve seen at a wedding:
Etsy is probably your best bet since you’re on a budget. I’m sure you can find something you want on there!
Post # 9
We’re having an outdoor rustic country theme and FI’s mom and aunt are big time quilters so we are having guests write on a piece of fabric which we will have them make into a quilt. That is something we can pass on to generations and we can hang it on the wall in the guest room or actually use it etc. One idea I was toying with but decided against for the sake of control, was to have each guest send us a piece of fabric we would then turn all the pieces into a quilt. But I didn’t want to track down RSVP’s and fabric and wait that close to the date to get it together.
here’s a thread I started asking about options to do with the quilt book if you want to see:
Post # 10
We are doing 2 things, table number guestbooks (w/puzzle piece escort card covers) as well as wedding mad libs. My wedding isn’t until April, so we’ll see how it goes.
Post # 11
Just wanted to offer another idea. We had a “guest book sign”. I liked the idea because we can hang it in our house and can see all the people who shared our day with us 🙂
Post # 12
FI and I purchased a large wooden letter from Hobby Lobby, representing our last name! We are going to stain it and have it as our guest book so we can hang it in our home. I don’t like the idea of a photo book or something that I could not hang on the wall and see it daily. I really want to get good use out of our guestbook; otherwise, what is the point of having one? I don’t want a book just sitting around our house or it will never be looked at.
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@TwoStatesBride: Yeah I love it! So cute. The shop is http://www.etsy.com/shop/peachwik – they have a bunch of different prints.
I agree with you about wanting space for people to write notes, but I think I’ll turn everyone’s cards into a little keepsake book and be able to keep their messages that way.
Post # 14
We bought a large glass bottle with a cork in the top and had people write on paper, roll them up and tie them with some nive ribbon – like a message in a bottle. It is currently sat in our living room waiting for our first anniversary when we will smash it and read them all
Post # 15
I dont have a photo but our guestbook was a questionaire/timecapsule style (i guess youd call it that).
Basically what we did is bought a regualr old guestbook and worte everybodys name at the top of each page and assigned them 4 questions to answer… like “how do you know the bride and groom”, “give us some love advice” and “bride and groom are most likely to (blank) and least likely to (blank) once married”
This was awesome because we got some really thought out responses and some really funny ones… we have a dirty group of friends so if your friends are anything like ours… this type of guestbook would be for your eyes only LOL
Post # 16
I love to sew, so we’re doing a guest quilt. FMIL is helping to piece the squares using a number of fabrics I purchased in our wedding colors (original inspiration below):
We’re making the pictures a solid colored fabric so our guests will be able to sign either inside of the polaroid or on the white borders. When I sew it all together after the wedding, I plan to make a back like this to incorporate my SO’s love of music into the final product:
All told, the whole project will probably cost around $100 (taking into account the cost of fabric, batting, and thread).