(Closed) guestbook – “fun” or “takes too long to fill out”?

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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412 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I like it. That way they are putting way more info down and you really get to enjoy what they decide to write. The people who dont want to do dont have to, ya know?!

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I think it would be fun. Maybe have the pages stacked loose and have extra pens, if you have a lot of guests, so the guests can take them to their table to fill them out and then return them. After they are done, you can put them in the book.

We are doing wedding advice cards. I got the idea from another bee, but I can’t remember who. After the guests fill them out, they will deposit them in our card box, and then I will build a guest book later. Here is a picture of what we are doing. I don’t have a picture of the card box we will use, but it looks like a book. I just have to decorate it.

 

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Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Our “guestbook” cards are being placed on the guests’ tables with a jar of colored pencils at each.  This way, while they are waiting for their table to be called to buffet or after dinner they can take their time filling them out (or drawing us pictures) then put them in the cardbox.  We are also having “guestbook table” items – a thumbprint tree and a wood slice for signatures.

Post # 6
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Honey bee

While I appreciate the sentiment, I personally would not want to spend time at the reception filling that out when you can be mingling with other guests you may not see often or eating dinner, etc. Most people only want to sign their name and move on, and others refuse to sign anything, no matter how simple.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

I think that this idea would be okay for a shower event that the women could sit an pass the book around.  We did a blessing book that turned out really well.  But I did something similar at a wedding that was a little long.  If you think about a bridal shower, there is always time that the guests spend waiting and watching the bride unwrap the gifts, but at the wedding… you are ready for the party!  I think a quick… wish for happiness would be more fun!

Post # 9
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136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We wanted to order those same exact pages but decided against it.  I really felt like most couples or families would only complete one (not one per person) and I didn’t think most people would actually complete all parts.  I wouldn’t want a book of partially completed pages or only a few pages.  However, I did think of having pretty pencil holders and colored pencils at each table so guests could complete it at the table.  

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My first reaction is this would take too long and I wouldn’t bother. But, if the pages were loose on the tables I bet people would fill them out before or after dinner.

Post # 11
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962 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

abbyful – some have mentioned simplifying too…  this is what we did.  we figured give the less creative types all the ideas they’d need to get going and give blank space for the more creative types to go crazy.  We kept it to a small space (a postcard) so that even if someone wrote a one-liner, it wouldn’t look like we had a bunch of blank pages in our book.

So here we have the front with the ideas, then below is the back that will actually be the portion used in the guestbook album.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I think it’s fun, but I agree with the others above to have loose sheets, so more than one person can work on them at a time. Otherwise, too long to fill out!

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