Post # 1
As I have posted in other various threads, my FI and I have thrown a twist in the typical guestbook. We bought an unfinished cedar chest, and are going to use the inside of the lid as our guestbook. I am tapped out on creative ideas, and can’t seem to come up with anything cute to guide guests to sign the lid. I need help!
The lid is going to be located close to the entry on an easel. I plan to put the sign in a picture frame on a table beside the easel, with markers for signing. Any ideas would be welcome!
Post # 3
do you have a picture of the chest? Is there a purpose for this later? Would it be right to call it a hope chest perhaps?
Post # 4
It is a hope chest, but most people don’t know what I am talking about when I call it that. LOL
I am going to store keepsakes from the wedding in it, along with any other keepsakes that we gather throughout our life together. I don’t have a pic, but it is just a plain chest.
Post # 5
The easiest thing to do is get your wedding party to start it off – as soon as people see it they will know what to do and follow suit!
Just make sure that lots of pens/markers are available!
Post # 6
I’d put a cute little note in the frame next to it saying something like…
“In lieu of a guest book, we ask that you sign this (the lid to our ‘Hope Chest’) so that we may incorporate your love and kind words into our lives” (ok, so I am certainly not a wordsmith plus I have a head cold, but something explain what it is and why they are signing it would be good). 🙂
Cute idea by the way 🙂
Post # 7
How about: “Please take the time to write a note or sign your name on the lid of our hope chest so that we might be reminded of your presence on this special day.”
Post # 8
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
Oh my goodness I LOVE that idea!
I don’t have any advice on the wording for a sign, but I just wanted to let you know I think the idea is absolutely amazing!
Post # 9
Thanks for all the help!
amanda.lynn: I kind of surprised myself when I came up with the idea, but FI loved it. Everyone in my family has a hope chest, and we knew we would get one, but now we have a way to tie it in to the day we become a family.
Post # 10
What an awesome idea! I love it – kudos!
Post # 11
You may also want to specify the inside lid as where you would like people to sign… so people don’t think they can write all over it (I was getting the impression that you only wanted the inside signed, but if I’m wrong just disregard)
Post # 12
What a great idea! I think a cute sign that explain things works great. And if you have the bridal party start things off, people will get the idea.
Post # 13
I think that’s a great idea! I think a simple sign would suffice.
Post # 14
- Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu
It might also help to have someone nearby to help point people in the right direction (just until people figure it out). I went to a wedding where they did something similar (except they had everyone sign a picture frame), and if there hadn’t been someone pointing out “go there and sign the frame”, then a lot of people would’ve missed it. It’s surprising how many people can fail to read even the most obvious of signs..:P
But yeah, way cute idea! It’ll make for an awesome keepsake!