Having a smash book table at our wedding shower?

posted 2 years ago in Paper
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Are the people in attendance crafty? I could see how someone who is not craft oriented would look at this, throw up their hands and go “Nope! Too much work.”

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Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

It really will depend on your guests. UK not crafty and I don’t like DIY so I’d probably skip it and do my best to pretend Ijust hadn’t   noticed it was there. Crafty people would probably think it’s fun though.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Depending on the women present, it could be a bit daunting and a bit of a downer at the shower to have everyone quietly crafting  rather than celebrating.

Consider sending them out the supplies and a page on which to smash with the invitation, then ask the guests to bring their completed page to the shower. Ask them to use a theme of “The bride and I…” or “Memories with ___”. You can provide a link so they can get some understanding of what smashbooking is.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would be very annoyed at forced crafting and would not participate.  Showers are bad enough!  Less games and crafts!  More alcohol!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I think this is fun. I love crafts and I’m really glad the people I am around do too. I’ve never heard of these before and think it would be an awesome thing to do. I’m going to look into one myself!!! 🙂 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I would love to it, personally.   

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

heatherdanyel:  I’ve seen this idea floating around and I’ve always loved it! From experience, I know that getting people to even sign their names on something is hard, so this is what I suggest: Enlist someone to be the Smash Book Person. Meaning, they will be the one to direct guests over to sign it, demonstrate if need by, make sure that guests are signing and participating. I did a finger print tree for a friend and hardly anyone wanted to do it, so I had to take it off the stand and walk around to the room with it basically forcing ink pads onto people’s fingers. I suggest someone be very friendly, but firm that everyone is to sign and participate. 

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would need to know more before I could answer you.

Would each place setting have a sheet of paper with supplies on the table? Or would everyone be crammed at one table or have to take turns? I think if there was a sheet of paper at each table, with glue/accessories/scrapbooking stuff on each table, it would totally be fine. Usually there is a little bit of wait time before everyone gets their and the games can begin so the early arrivers will have something to occupy them.

For my bridal shower, we had little hearts scattered on the tables, and then we gave our paper hearts to write wedding advice on. Well, a few of my girls got some glue sticks and started decorating the hearts, and before long, the whole group was! I guess it just depends on your group. Many of my girls are super crafty.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

I am so not into crafts, so I would personally give this a pass, but I know a lot of people love it! 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would never have someone walking around forcing your guests to do something like this. Leave it open as an option, but not mandatory. If someone forced me to do something like this at a shower I would be really annoyed bc arts and crafts are not something my non-creative brain handles very well. I would also feel bad bc my creation would look like shit, and I would spend the whole shower trying to come up with ideas. Also, please don’t ask people to bring a completed one to the shower with them.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I think it could make an excellent momento, although I  think you need to have an allocated time where everyone does it at once, like a game, rather than sitting in a corner

sure people may be abit shy at first but normally once everyone gets into it they love this sort of thing. Just make it fun and not too serious 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

That looks like the coolest thing I’ve ever seen! I am going to the craft store this weekend to start my own!! That totally doesn’t help with your question but I wanted you to know I think its a very cool idea.

Post # 15
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Busy bee

Honestly the organized activities are my least favorite part of the shower.  I want to eat, drink, socalize and I’ll sit there and watch you open presents because it’s relaxing and entertaining for me and requires no effort on my part.  I think a good guide is that anything organized should be entertaining and effortless on the part of your guests.

 

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