Post # 1
We’re trying to think of guestbook alternatives, and I have an idea that’s not quite coming together. Any help would be appreciated!
Since many of our guests will be traveling, I thought it would look cool if they posted on a map where they came from. I know we could put a map print on foamboard and use push pins to put up tags that people write their names on, but is there a better way to do this? What I love about the wedding tree guestbook is that you have a keepsake to frame after the wedding – I can’t see us framing something with pins sticking out. Is there some other way to have people interact with a map? I also think it’d be fun if there were other flags people added if they feel like it – where they met their SO, best vacation, place they most want to go, etc. That way, we might have more flags on the whole world rather than concentrated in the US. Would it make sense to do some type of overlay (not sure what – tracing paper?) that people would just write on? Maybe they stamp the map and write on a separate sheet what that location means to them?
Here is a picture of an antique looking map to show what I’m thinking:
Post # 3
Anybody? Feel free to tell me the idea’s silly 🙂
Post # 4
are they traveling from all over the world??
i think you could still frame something like that with pushpins in a shadow box….but then your talking about a small map though…..
i will keep brainstorming…lol 🙂
ETA: i think the more flags you put the more complex it will have to be, possibly??maybe you could simplify it and do a ‘sign your state’ map? maybe in a jig-saw puzzle fashion?? might look cool put together…
Post # 5
I think that is a great idea. Rather than pushpins, you could have some sort of sticker or label that the guest use – and that would make it easier to frame the map.
Post # 6
- Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna
You could have your guests sign their names where they are from?
Post # 7
You could take your key from the tree idea and do fingerprints or you could just have people sign their name in the place they are from.
I’m not sure logistacally how that will work unless everyone you know is literally from completely different places. You’re bound to have tons of marks in a couple areas. Maybe you can say–where you’re from or your favorite vacation exploration. Just to add some more variety.
It’s a great idea though, my FI and I both really like maps as well but we already have so many up throughout the house that another would look crazy 🙂 We’re doing the tree idea.
Post # 8
I appreciate the responses! My only concern with signing names is that many people will be from Chicagoland, so I think there may not be enough room. And, no, we don’t have people coming from all over the world, just the US, so maybe I should condense the map (although I love the world map).
Now, I’m thinking maybe I have small strips of paper printed with different prompts with room for names – “are arriving from” “had best vacation ever here” “have always wanted to go” or something like that. Then they could just pin them up and hopefully there would be world coverage.
Maybe I should let the frame it afterwards idea go and just have it be something we remember in pictures.
Post # 9
You can frame it with a double or extra thick mat to allow room for pin heads. I’m sure it’s completely doable.
I like the idea of having different prompts with room for names. That’s a lot of fun, and people will naturally try to make it more even.
Post # 10
I found a map that lights up! But a little more pricey than I was thinking:
I don’t think names are possible on this though. Has anyone ever seen something like this in action?
Post # 11
I like this idea from Ms. Giraffe!
Post # 12
We are going to have a photobooth/guest book AND a map with push pins – white for us, red for bridal party, black for guests (red/black are our colors). We have people coming from all over the world, so we will be using the world map. The foamcore/spray adheasive works geat (I’ve tested).
I’m no help when it comes to other ideas, but something I’ve bene struggling with (and you may be, too) is what to title it (somethign that will stay when we frame it later – not just a sign we put in front). I was trying to think of something creative, but alas, nothing has come to mind…I had hoped for something better than “Traveling from….for the Wedding of….” Any ideas?
Post # 13
@bRooklynRocks: Ooo, yes, I remember that post from when the pictures weren’t showing, and I meant to go back to it and see how it turned out. Thanks!
Post # 14
I saw earlier today a thumbprint tree, I had not seen this before i thought it was so cute, you could maybe have them do intials with the print? if you really wanted names
Post # 15
If you want to be able to frame it afterwards, you could use thumbtacks instead of push pins.
They will lay flat against the paper. You could use different colored thumbtacks for place of residence, best vacation, born here etc and have a key for the colors added on the border or lower corner of the map.
You can still use an antique looking map of the USA.
Post # 16
I am interested in doing something similar but we would use our map guestbook to track our travels. Our guests would sign in the ocean areas so that we can use push pins to pinpoint our “want to go” and “have gone” travel destinations. Of course to preserve the signatures and well wishes, I would laminate the poster and then place it on a large corkboard to place in our home.
Love this map below
I’m interested to see how yours turned out! 🙂