(Closed) Guest signatures on photo matte

posted 10 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Newbee

Speaking of photo matte guest books- what has been your experience with this? What size is best? Did you put a picture in it or wait and put one in after the wedding? Any suggestions on where to buy the frame/matte? 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

i’m always afraid that people will spell something wrong, scratch something out, etc…is there any way to fix that after the fact?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Pottery Barn and Target both sell these frames, though at different price points. I have always seen the couple put their engagement photo inside during the wedding, then replace it with a wedding photo later.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

We’re planning on doing this at our wedding! Thanks for the tip! I wouldn’t have thought about people writing all the way to the edge. As far as were to get one. We had a beautiful barn wood frame that we love so we just had a custom mat cut at Michaels. It’ll be 16×20 with a picture opening that’ll be 5×7, lots and lots of room! The basic white custom mat was only $20! SCORE!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I’m also curious what photo you would use to be framed.  I’m inclined to want a wedding photo, but that’s impossible since the photos of the wedding won’t be available yet.  Are you using an engagement photo in the frame?  Do you switch the photo out later?  Suggestions please!

Post # 8
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Wannabee

16 x 20 mat with an 8 x 10 opening is best, plenty of room for signatures and looks good. If you want a bigger photo, you can go with 16x 20 with 11×14 opening.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Do you think it would be overkill to have this and also have well wishes cards? They are practically the same thing, but I like both ideas.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

Crackhead, I personally think having two things for guests to sign is too much, go with your first instinct. We custom-designed a 16×20 frame at Michael’s, matched one matt to one of our wedding colors (sage green) using an ivory overlay matt for guests to sign. Picture size was a 5×7 e-pic and was offset in the upper left of the frame – leaving more continuous open space to sign. Once we select a wedding picture, all we do is bring the frame and new pic to Michael’s and they’ll switch out the pics and insert the glass.

Make sure you use archival-type pens to sign the matt with; any office supply or craft store will have them for a few bucks a pop.

Final word of advice, custom framing jobs take at least one month – leave yourself a full two months for cushion so you are not panicing 72 hours before your wedding thinking you will not have your frame.

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