Post # 1
Hi everyone! I’m looking for input and advice on an idea I’m considering. I’d like to avoid the traditional guest book because I think they’re a little boring. FH and I both really like postcards, especially vintage ones, so I was thinking about asking guests to write notes and advice on the back of postcards and leave them in a basket on their way out. After the wedding, I’m thinking I could display them in a collage with glass backing so that we could always turn it over to read the notes. Do you think that’s possible/frames like that exist?
My bigger question is how exactly to implement this at the reception. We are inviting 180 guests, and I obviously do not want 180 postcards to deal with, so I don’t want to put one at everyone’s plate. So I could either a) give one to each party, I guess in an envelope with their names on it, or b) just put out a few at each table, around the centerpiece, and let the guests figure it out.
Which do you think would be better? FH is also worried that people will think its weird to write advice on postcards, but I think we’d be fine if we just put a sheet of instructions at each table – although that might be a bit of a pain. We COULD also just leave postcards out at a table where the guestbook would be and ask people to write in them – that way they would be more likely to get into the basket/box for us to take, BUT people would be less likely to write in them.
What do you think??
Post # 3
My parents went to a wedding last summer where there were postcards for each couple/family at their place settings. Each table was assigned a month (there were 12 tables). The idea was that you were to write a message to the bride and groom, and someone was going to mail them during the specific month. My parents got November, so they wrote about getting together with family for Thanksgiving, and blah blah blah. I thought it was a neat idea b/c like you said, 180 postcards would get toally overwhelming. But if you just get a few each month, how awesome is that? If you have more than 12 tables, just extend it to two years, or more. And in terms of displaying it – I think I would probably compile them all into a book. Or maybe punch holes into the postcards and tie ribbons through the holes to make a book out of the postcards themselves. Or just throw them all into a nice bowl.
Post # 4
We are also not going the traditional guest book route :). I think leaving them on a table beside a box is fine, just as long as the instructions are clearly noticeable.
Post # 5
What are you doing instead??
If we just leave them on a table, how many do you think we should provide?
Post # 6
We used a regular ole coffee table book from barnes and noble. not everyone will sign your guest book, by the way. none of our bp were able to, and lots of people told my attendant they didn’t want to sign it! WTF! Oh well. =]
Post # 7
I think people would know what to do with them also – people know that they are supposed to sign something and if there is a stack on the table with instructions people will get the idea!
I would provide one per couple plus a couple extra – people will usually only sign once per couple unless there are couples where each individual in the party was close to you guys as a couple!!!!!
We are going the untraditional route either and are getting our guests to sign the matt of a picture we have framed – http://www.weddingbellaccessories.com/site/1417034/product/2001
Post # 8
I will have 2 cardboard pieces for people to sign… they will be going into my scrapbook that i will be making of our wedding/honeymoon/etc 🙂 a book of loooove lol!
Post # 9
I will be doing a traditional guest book and a wish tree. It will be a manzanita tree in a planter and there will be notecards with ribbon to hang on the tree.
Post # 10
We’re also not doing a traditional guest book. We’ve decided to do a “thumbprint” tree! Everyone leafs their thumbprint on a branch and signs their name under it! I love it! And it will go perfectly in our house ;]
Post # 11
We are doing a traditionaly guest book but what we are also doing is..
having a picture of us in a large frame….and having people sign around the picture..my fiance’s brother did this and they have it hanging in their living room now,…