is this a disaster guest book idea?

posted 3 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I went to a wedding where they did this with a chalkboard. It worked fine, and the pictures were really fun, but they had difficulty getting everyone to do it. We had the same with our photobooth guest book–I’d say only 2/3 of our guests did it. It’s the risk you take, but I’d rather have a badass guest book from 2/3 of our guests than a list of signatures from everyone (and the way our wedding was set up, I’m not sure a regular guest book would have gotten everyone either).

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

And, additionally, you really have to have an attendant there for quite awhile, so you have to think about whether you’ve got someone. At the wedding I went to, it was the groom’s teenage sister and her friend, so they seemed quite happy to do it (it was also a smaller wedding).

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@sugarcube:  a good idea that my friends did at their wedding recently was similar to this. During cocktail hour someone went around to each couple/family etc with a small chalkboard and we all had to write a comment/well wishes on their and they took a photo of us with it. Then it just got wiped off for the next person to write on. Saves you having 40 odd pieces of poster board lying around after the wedding as well!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I’ve seen this done once, and I’m going to warn you of something that quite honestly should never have to be brought up with adults at a wedding… Depending how mature (or immature) your friends and family are, you may not want to give them the opportunity to draw something permanent for your guestbook. My cousin wound up with a guestbook filled with hideously drawn penises (and explicit instructions on what to do on the wedding night) from a few drunken college friends. I felt so badly for the bride and groom who were doing something a bit more creative than the norm, and the alcohol basically put a lot of the entries in poor taste. They didn’t see it coming because they thought those few friends would class it up at a formal event.

If those aren’t the sort of people you are inviting though, you shouldn’t have an issue and it’s a really cute idea!

Post # 8
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Busy bee

@sugarcube:  I like the idea, but agree with pps that it does take some time and depending on the level of intoxication you might get some crap 😛 

maybe do a compromise, have a regular guestbook with a free space on each page, where you’ll glue the picture of each couple? (that should be faster b/c it will be a lot faster to just take pictures of everyone without them having the pressure to be crative with the posterboard right away)

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

@sugarcube:  Yeah, they all drew on a whiteboard and then had a picture taken. If you get rid off all the crude things that should never have been present at a wedding, then it was really cute and looked great once it was all put together! I think the only reason why it took so long to do it was because the group of college buddies took forever. Otherwise, they called everyone up by table and it went pretty quickly – no problems at all!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@sugarcube:  It was available throughout dinner, so no one really waited, they just went over when there weren’t a lot of people. 

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would do this, but with a chalkboard or dry erase board instead. I would also probably do poloroids or something just in case [god forbid] something happened to the digi cam.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think it could be a really cute book. However, who are you going to put in charge of snapping the photos? Would it be one of your close friends or a family member? Just keep in mind this could take up two hours of the night, and severely impact that person’s ability to relax and enjoy the party. That would be my only worry!

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