Post # 1
i’m DIYing “guestbooks”. initially we loved the tree thumbprint. then we fell in love with the notecards thing. now we love the wood slice signature plaque. (and have also considered including stamped postcards, one addressed to us, in the OOT bags for guests to write us a note and mail to us.)
is this overkill?? the only one that would require any real amount of time are the notecards, to fill out. the other 2 seem pretty quick and painless. my FH loves the idea of having all 3, and we’re all about savoring the memories, but i don’t want to seem over the top about it. (we’re also having a fauxtobooth and supplying cards with our photowebsite info for guests to upload their digital photos too, after the wedding.)
Post # 3
I think that the postcard in the OOT bad is really cute, and then have one AT the wedding. Pick the one you like THE MOSTEST for that lol
Post # 4
I would really just go for one. I always have a hard time figuring out what to say for these types of things, so if I was a guest, I’d probably only sign one. I think it would be better to have one type of guestbook that everyone signs rather than several where only some guests sign each one.
Post # 5
I think that one is enough to be honest. Once you start giving people options then you won’t have everyone using just one medium. You might get 10 thumbprints but 20 postcards and only 3 signatures on the wood plaque. Also think about your guestlist. If you have a lot of kids around then you may not want the thumbprint one for example, because they’ll get ink all over their hands, etc. That’s just IMO.
Post # 6
I love all of those ideas, but yes, I think using them all is overkill. As a guest, I think I would only want to sign my name so many times. Can you narrow it down to your favorite one or two of these?
Post # 7
I like the idea of picking ONE that people can write something (postcard!) and one that is more of a showpiece (thumbprint!)
Post # 8
I think if you have more than one, people are way less likely to USE more than one. So you might end up with a tree with way too few leaves, or the tree section that only includes signatures from some of your guests. Those are my two favorite ideas, the ones that are showpieces. As a guest I always have a hard time thinking what to write on notecards, and realistically they will get tucked away on a shelf somewhere. Besides, guests will write well-wishes on the cards they send with gifts, so you’ll get some of that anyway!
Post # 9
I agree that 1 guest book signed with everyone’s message will be better than a few with only a few messages. That said I love the wood slice! It is so cute!!
Post # 10
I was recently at a wedding where they had 2. One was a photo matte and the other was the traditional guestbook (where there are 50 pages of lines but only the first page is used for anything, then stuffed in a closet for 50 yrs). The majority of guests chose to sign the photomatte instead.
Post # 11
We did two because we couldn’t decide. One was a Quaker Marriage Certificate and the other was a photo mat from our photographer. It worked great because we had signatures on the certificate and people wrote messages on the mat. We now have both hanging up in our house.
Post # 12
I really don’t enjoy signing the guest book. I’ve already said what I want to put in writing on the card with the present, so it feels exceedingly redundant. So I can’t imagine enjoying signing more than one thing.
Post # 13
I personally would probably be WAY annoyed by the third one – probably skip it – or I would assume it’s a ‘pick one or the other [or the other]’ thing.
If you’re sentimental, I’d be worried that none of the three would end up with all (or even majority) of your guests signatures.
Post # 14
Just pick one. I like the wood plaque the best.
Post # 15
Well, I’m not a guestbook fan (we’re doing zero!) but I say it’s your wedding so do whatever you want. If I went to a wedding and I knew the couple wanted all these things, I would do them. I mean, they’re hosting me for 5+ hours, I can take 5 minutes to put a thumbprint and write a note…
Post # 16
hmmm… what about this scenario??
have the thumbprint tree and wood slice at the guestbook table… both are pretty quick “acitivites” – a signature here, a thumbprint here – and you’re done.
then have the notecards and colored pencils at the dinner tables. that way if guests wanted to draw or write anything senitmental or funny they could do it from their seat, without the pressure of a line building up behind them??
thoughts on that alternative??
ps-the notecards have prompts, such as – “you know you’re in love when…”, “we wish you…”, “once upon a time..” – does that make a difference??