(Closed) Help me with guestbook ideas??

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: pictures or wooden letter?
    Polaroid--more fun, and I'm sure people would go to the trouble to participate as much as you hope : (1 votes)
    17 %
    Wood letter-- you can always display it, and it's likely more guests will sign it since it's easy! : (5 votes)
    83 %
  • Post # 5
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    i think the polaroid idea is fun, but sounds like it’s more costly? Do you have to get a special book for it though?

    The giant letter could make a great piece to put in your home though. I’m sure most guestbooks get forgotten on a bookshelf most of the time.

    Post # 6
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    There is a similar discussion going on in another post about using a door as a guestbook.

    I would never use something in my home that had signatures all over it, so it’s a “no” for me. I think it is a romantic idea, but when was the last time you saw anything like this actually being used?

    If I were to do this, I would have guests sign on the back so I could display the letter, but not have the messy signatures visible.

    Post # 9
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @MrsDrRose612:  If you want to do the Polaroid idea, you could ask the guests to take the pics, sign the back, and/or write a short note, and either place them in some kind of container, or just leave them out on the table for everyone to enjoy during the wedding.

    You could designate a close friend or family member to gather everything up and you can do the book sometime later after the wedding.

    Instead of gluing the pics into the book, you could glue little envelopes into the book, then slide the pics into the envelope so you can read the backs in later years.

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    @MrsDrRose612:  I think you can definitely make it work by decorating the table in a way that gives the guests a clear idea of what to do. You could also give one of your friends or bridesmaids the task of guiding people to the table, and possibly troubleshooting if needed

    Post # 12
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @MrsDrRose612:  I like the wooden letter. I just don’t see you actually displaying something covered with signatures in a few years time. If they sign on the back, you get the best of both worlds- a display piece that you can use anywhere, and a collection of signatures from the people who attended your wedding.

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2002

    i was like you – and had originally fallen in love with taking polaroids. i wanted to string them along a clothesline for others to see and to add some decor as guests came in. then make a book myself after the wedding. but last night FI and i were talking about it. and we were also talking about the film for a polaroid camera… would someone have to be there the entire time to replace the film? so many questions started to stress me out.

    i do love that wooden letter idea tho!

    Post # 15
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    Helper bee

    Go to Smilebooks.com

    You could collect photos of you and your fiance, scan and upload and add a photo and humourous line or story about the photo.  The photo and story could be on the left side of the page and the signature page to the right.  In other words, you have a custom photo book of your memories and beautiful places you’ve shared that tells your story.  The book can be a coffee table book for you and all the lovely good wishes from your friends and family.  Do set up on a table with the wooden letters and leave a special pen and a small sign that says, “The Bride and Groom are In … Please sign in …”  Get a hard-covered classic book and for about $40 with 26 pages (add about 12 photos, and make sure they are 300 dpi) you have something to cherish forever.

    This is a great DIY project you both could do on your day off for a few hours.

    Good luck!

     

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