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I plan on making my own guestbook pages to use… I truly don’t see the point in a traditional “sign here” type of guest book. However, instead of just using the original hand written cards, I am thinking of scanning them and including them in our photo book. I am making my own photo book on mixbook or shutterfly. I would do a mix of pictures/”guestbook” cards all in one place. I feel i would be more likely to look at it more often. Is it tacky to use scanned images or should I use the original hand written cards and just leave room to incorporate them into the picture book when I make it?
Post # 3
@muzikfreek13: I’m not quiet sure exactly what you mean about the written cards. I have a few friends that did make a guestbook through shutterfly and it was really cute. They just had a picture of them in the middle of each page had a different theme on each to make it more decorative. It was really cute and very simple.
Post # 4
I do not know if you will be able to get the quality you are going to want my scanning hand written images into the photo soft wear. The best way to find out is have different people write with different pens then scan them to see if they will show up . I personally would not want to risk it. Maybe have you guest sign cards then take pictures you like and make a collage.
Post # 5
If you use the scanned guest book idea make sure you keep the original cards. You may want to keep them to physically go through in the future. I would probably do a few select ones in the photo book (especially if you’re doing something where you want guests to leave advice/well wishes). Then I would make a little box or maybe even a pocket for in the back of the book to keep the cards in.
Post # 6
Just an idea from left field… Your table numbers can be smaller books that the guests at that table sign… Table one you open and read on you first anniversary table 2 second etc. This is what we are doing since I like you don’t feel the traditional book is for me…
Post # 7
@LaTortuga: Oooh that’s a cute idea! If I didn’t have a guest book already I would have snatched that up…
Post # 8
I didn’t even think about the quality of the image when scanning them. Thanks for the advice… I would most def. keep the cards to look at later, but just thought that combining the picutres and the “guestbook” in one place would be more practical. Thnaks!!!
My ceremony location doesn’t allow open flames so a unity candle is out of the question… and everyone is doing a sand ceremony now, so I kinda don’t want to do that. Instead we are doing a “love letter” ceremony where we write letters to each other before the wedding but don’t share with the SO. We put them in a box and lock it shut to open in X years… I was also thinking about having guests fill out cards that include predictions or words of advice etc. we would include them into our “time capsule” and read them on our specific day.
Is it too much for our guests to fill out?
Post # 9
I found that guests are pretty lazy as far as filling things out, unless they are “that type.” I had a guestbook I made on mixbook and it was lots of pictures of us through our relationship, some pages were the traditional “sign here” pages and others were “advice for the happy couple” type things or “three keys to a happy marriage” that type of thing…I got a whole lot more signatures and only a handful of anything else. That stuff tends to work better at showers.
Also just wanted to say, we did the love letter “time capsule” and it was sooo much fun! What we decided to do was make it an annual thing, so on our first anniversary we will write a new letter for Year 2 and then read our original letters and keep it going. 🙂
Also, I agree that scanned images could get very pixelated or grainy.
Post # 10
@AmeliaBedelia: I love that you made it an annual thing! Did you open your time capsule on your 1 year? Or did you do it later? I’ve also read where it is supposed to be opend on 5 years (or when ever) unless the marriage is a disaster. How did you incorporte it into your ceremony (wording)? did you include any other items? I was thinking about having our parents/grandparents write letters to us as well and have them place the letters in our box during the ceremony to kinda have that connection to the past and their participation in our ceremony. 🙂
Post # 11
@muzikfreek13:Well we haven’t quite gotten to a year (just at 3 months post-marriage now) but the plan is to do it every year. We’re going to write the *new* letter prior to reading the past one, so they sound different each time. We’re going to leave them all in there and we can go back and read every one each year if we want…Like in 10 years we’ll have 10 letters to reflect on. 🙂
We got a cute letter-sized box and decorated it (it’s now in our dining room). Our preacher loved the idea and all we really did was have him explain why we were putting folded letters into the box. Just something along the lines of “Amelia and S. have decided to write eachother letters to remind them of their feelings for one another and their love. They will write a new letter each year of their marriage to be opened on their anniversary.” <– Or something like that, that isn’t verbatim.
The parents/grandparents idea is cute! We didn’t do anything like that because we both only have 1 living grandparent each and our parents are all divorced. I’m sure you could incorporate something like that into your idea though!