(Closed) Fingerprint tree guest books – were they well received at your wedding?

posted 7 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I would love to know about this too!!

We’re worried that guests won’t want to ink their fingers up.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have been to a couple weddings with this and I never participate because I hate having stuff on my hands and I’d feel silly walking around with a colored thumb/finger all night and into the next day. I haven’t noticed at these weddings how many other people participated so I can’t speak to that.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Can you use washable ink for these?  I use the washable stuff all the time in my classroom, and clean up is a breeze!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Our fingerprint tree was super popular!  We put wet wipes next to it with a little trash can, and almost everyone participated.  We love it.  It’s hanging in our living room.  I put out three different colors of green and let people choose.  I’m pretty sure I used Color Box and since you aren’t leaving the ink on your finger very long, it comes right off.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

@Ms. Library: I love that tree! Did you draw it yourself or get it from somewhere?

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@shimmerofheaven: I don’t remember the specific brand, but they were the kind you can find at Walmart in big boxes.  I think we ended up going through one box.  The first basket you can see is where I put the wipes.  The second basket was our little trash basket.  I dressed them up with some ribbon to make it look better.

@mannellal:  I found a picture I liked on Google and had my sister paint it for us.  She added our initials to the tree trunk too! 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Mine was well received and signed by all guests although not all guests used their fingerprint even though we provided baby wipes.  A few obviously didn’t want to get it on their finger because a very small amount of prints are clearly the stamp pad.  I think it adds to the painting though.  Hubby and I love it.  After we got back from the honeymoon we spent some time looking at it and all the sigs.  And now it’s displayed in our home.  I still received compliments on it later from guests.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

One recommendation I do have is to have your bridal party take part in it before the wedding.  It gives people the idea of what to do!  It worked out fabulously with our wedding, and no one was confused! 

We also had a traditional guestbook because my mom was convinced that no one over 40 would want to do the tree, and NO ONE but my mom and our photographer signed the book!  Everyone did the tree!  The two signatures from my mom and the photographer were just repeats from the tree!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@shimmerofheaven: To be honest, probably not 😛 it seems like too much of a production to me just to sign a darn guestbook, not to mention that I still hate having “stuff” on my hands, including the wet/stickiness from baby wipes or whatnot. Don’t let my opinion grind you down though, I’m just one person!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i love these too! we want to do one since we’re having a tree/bird theme to our wedding. i hope lots of people will participate! where did people get theirs? i’ve seen lots of beautiful ones on etsy

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We are also considering the tree guest book, but we were wondering if people would actually take the time out to sign it and/or if they would be bothered by the ink.

There are TONS of them on Etsy and I found this one that already has leaves on it. We might consider this too, but I personally like the idea of having everyone’s fingerprint because it seems more personal to me.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/68726198/wedding-signature-guest-book-alternative

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