Post # 1
I would love some advice from those of you who have had a wedding thumbprint guestbook at your reception! Instead of the traditional guestbook, we decided to order a thumbprint guestbook – a canvas with a design on it that guests would then make a “mark” on instead of signing (e.g., using a stamp pad to make a thumbprint). The one we ordered was not cheap (it ended up costing me about $70) and that won’t include the frame it will need to be in to stay flat for the reception.
Basically, I am worried that reception guests will not take it seriously despite a card next to it with instructions. We would like to hang it on the wall in our home after the reception, but I am afraid that people will simply not follow the directions and that it will turn out looking mismatched or that people will write messages on it (not the point). We just want people to make a thumbprint somewhere on the canvas (haven’t decided if we want them to sign their names or not).
We are having a smaller wedding with mostly family, and don’t want to ask anyone to have to hang out and “guard ” the guestbook for the entirety of the reception.
Any advice? Did this turn out well for you? Did everyone actually sign yours? Am I worrying WAY too much about this? Any tips to make it successful?
If it helps, here’s the one we ordered but with no balloon strings (the thumbprints would be stars): https://www.etsy.com/listing/112188363/moon-balloon-couple-the-original
Post # 2
I have been a guest at two weddings that did the thumb print book and I hate to break it to you, but at BOTH weddings at least one of the guests did not follow the directions. One of the couples had done the tree (and the prints were to be the leaves) and the other had a cartoon done of the bride and groom holding a big balloon (the prints were supposed to colour in the balloon).
For both of them there were a few guests who put their prints completely off where they were supposed to be, so there were thumbprints floating randomly in the sky. I think one of them had someone put a cluster of 5 prints and make a turkey or something weird too.
The guestbook idea is really cute but I think to make sure it works out you might have to assign someone (an Aunt maybe?) to stand next to it and explain it to people. A lot of people might miss or completely disregard a sign. The other option would be to have your wedding party get it started, so it will be obvious when the first few guests attempt it.
Hope this helps.
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA
We did this at our wedding and we didn’t have a problem. Everyone followed the directions. It turned out pretty cute. We also had a typical guestbook just in case the fingerprint tree turned into a fiasco.
Post # 4
I’ve only been to one wedding that had one. I just signed it, near the tree. The only time I’ve ever given someone my fingerprints was when I worked at a bank. I’m one of those people who don’t want my fingerprints floating around out there.
Post # 5
I think the turkey idea is cute. A wild turkey flying in to roost on a tree.
Post # 6
Definitely do it! (My Fiance won’t let me, i’m jealous) My cousin did this at her wedding. It was on its own table, right when you walked in so one one would miss it. They had a tree and turned out beautifully!
Post # 7
A friend of mine did this and it turned out well for her.
However, as a guest, I don’t like sticking my fingers in ink when wearing a nice dress.