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

posted 10 years ago in Decor
Post # 47
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yep. I am definitely doing this one. A lot of the designers on Etsy say to use the Memento Dew Drop Inks since they dry fast and won’t smudge as easily.

I too never thought about the wet naps and a trash bin. Would anyone be willing to share how they wrote their directions? I saw one Bee did a poem (fantastic), but I am curious if other Bee’s did something different.

Oh, and the suggestion about having the wedding party thumb first is a great idea. Social proof at its best!

Post # 49
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

A little FYI, Michael’s now carries the fingerprint tree.

It is kind of small (11×14 and can hold around 70-90 fingerprints), but if you pair it with a larger frame (we opted for 16×20 w/out matte or 11×14 w/matte), it will look really nice. 

The fingerprint tree was around $7.00 and the frame was 1/2 price at $25.00. Once the fingerprints are in place, we may decided on a different color matte.

 

Post # 50
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We did!  We had all the “important” must have people sign it during the rehersal dinner.  This way it was partially filled out and we made sure the most important were on it.  I think it was even more well recieved at the wedding because there were already about 30 prints on it and noone had to be the 1st to sign it. My husband painted the tree and we had everyone thumb print and then sign by their thumb.  We now have it hanging above our bed.  I love it!!!

Post # 51
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Ours turned out awesome, but one thing that was kind of weird was that several couples only put the thumbprint of the man. For example, my grandparents just put my grandfather’s thumbprint and signed both of their names! If I could do it again, I would have a friend monitoring it to make sure everyone 100% understood it. We did have a little sign explaining the concept, but I guess that wasn’t enough.

Also, we made sure to have wipes there for people to wash their fingers off so they didn’t have to walk around with colored thumbs all night! 🙂

 

Post # 52
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

heres ours, i think the majority of ppl thought it was cute and was on board with signing it, we put babywipes nearby but theres always going to be some ppl who dont want to get ink on their finger.  i also got annoyed when i saw the thumbprints on the bottom too but what are ya gonna do? at least they signed it 🙂

Post # 53
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Ms. Library:  Great idea! So helpful, thank you for posting! Washable with wipes and a trash can, so cool.

 

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@Ambrocked:  “Leaf” your thumbprint on a branch, then sign your name below, so in the years to come we know who helped our marriage grow!” <— this is so adorable!!! love <3 I wonder if there would be room for small notes.

Post # 54
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@als87:  That’s pretty though it looks more natural. Like leafs falling onto the ground. 🙂

Post # 55
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Newbee

What kind of material did you use for the tree, if you or a friend/family member made it for you? Canvas type material? These all look so great!

Post # 56
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I went to a wedding that had one and there was a spot reserved for the bride and groom (a swing hanging from the tree where the bride and grooms prints would go) and the people manning it didn’t pay attention and someone put their finger print there. The bride was SOOOO upset. but other than that it was really cute!! I loved the idea of it

Post # 57
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Helper bee

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als87:  ADORABLE haha gotta love dads

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