Post # 1
I do not like the idea of the traditional guest book. FI and I really want people to write a little something personal that will be fun to read years from now. I love the idea of the wishing tree, although my mother thinks its a little "out there" and would prefer to have people drop the completed cards in a basket or glass bowl. I love the idea of Mrs. Corn’s expression cards, and we have already ordered a cake decorated mostly with words and are having fun working on the word selection, so I think I will get cut card stock and print the words from our cake on one side of the cards.
My question is – what is a good size for the cards? The expressions cards actually seem a little small to me – I cut a few cards that size and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of room. I thought maybe a 4bar (about 3.5 x 5) would be easier to handle? We have a lot of fairly elderly relatives. Even A2 (5.4 x 5.5) – or would that be way too big?
Post # 3
We did what we called ‘wish cards’ like Mrs Onion’s. We used A2 cardstock but we folded them in half so that they looked smaller but still had plenty of room for the guests to write inside when they unfolded them. We used a stamp t opretty them up but you could easily use your words on the outside. I think Mrs Lemon had a wish tree like that.
My inspiration was this idea from Martha but we substituted the foldover for the envelopes.
Post # 4
What a great idea – thanks! I have some sample cardstock coming next week and will play with printing and folding it. Thanks for the link too – my mom will like to see the photo. Maybe the fact that Martha suggests it will give it some credibility with her – she still thinks its a little weird.
I just can’t figure out what I would do with a book where people just signed their names. Did you get a lot of guests to write on the cards? I know Mrs. Lemon did. I think my mom is afraid that people won’t…
Post # 5
Yes everyone did! We had about 40 cards, I think some people even wrote twice 🙂 But we only had 50 guests so maybe that’s why the success rate was so good.
I had a few friends who were in charge of the reception table write their’s early on in the day and put them into the bowl so people knew what to do. We also had instructions in a pic frame like the lemons. It really helped ease congestion too because several people could write at one time. Just have several pens handy. The table was also in an easily accessible spot throughout the night which may have helped. Trust me the guests will want to leave their wishes for you because they love you and they came there for you.
It’s such a treat reading each one in turn and savouring it. I haven’t read them all yet and read one everytime I need a pick-me-up. I’m on the lookout for a pretty album to put them into and I think I’ll stick them in with double sided tape. Otherwise I might just keep them in a pretty box and read them on anniversaries.
I loved this DIY project cos its one of the few that I get to keep for myself and treasure. I’m sure your mom will come around. goodluck!
Post # 6
we did a wish cards and a glass vase instead of a guest book. i purchased the flat 4 bar cards from paper-source and they were a great size for people to write a little something. not too big, not too small. i was initially worried that people wouldn’t write anything but they definitely did! and it was wondeful reading all of the cards after the wedding! what’s also nice with this compared to the guest book is that you can have several pens and card stacks that way more than one person can be writing at one time.
Post # 7
I liked the wish bowl idea, but in the end it’s probably just as well that we didn’t do it, because only about a third of our guests actually signed our guestbook! After all the work I did creating flourish-y frames for them to write messages in, too! Then again, maybe the sight of practically empty wish bowls would’ve spurred more people to write…