(Closed) Guest Book Alternatives… do people (guests) really do them?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I can’t speak for how successful it is as my wedding hasn’t happened yet. But we plan on doing the same thing. The twist is, we’re going to be greeting our guests as they come in to the reception so we’ll have a quick chat with them and then ask them to please sign the guestbook. We’re hoping that doing it that way will catch anyone who wouldn’t normally catch onto the alternative guestbook idea. 
So my suggestion is, maybe have someone keeping an eye on the guestbook and gently remind people where it is and to wander over at some point? I don’t know if you have anyone you’d like to do that.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2015

of all the weddings we photograph – certainly some of the “alternatives” have been very nice but I still see people getting most excited about the photo guest books. People actually go back and look at them – plus you still have the kind words and notes…

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Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

We’re doing the photo guest book.  Its the only thing I can actually see us looking at years from now.  

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Instead of a guest book we are doing a picture frame mat.  After the ceremony our photographer will get group photo shot of everyone who came to our wedding and then at the reception everyone will have a chance to sign the photo mat that will frame the picture.  If your photographer does this make sure he has a ladder or there is some way you can get some height to be able to fit everyone in.  I have to get a mat cut because the ones that come precut have too small an opening for such a large picture.  I thought this was better than a book that I would shove in the back of some closest:)

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

We’ve chosen to do a guest signature platter with our initials and wedding date.  We’re asking that our guests sign it as they enter the reception venue.  Afterwards, we’re going to put it in the oven to “bake” in order to seal the names (the pen is a special type of pen).  We’ll hang it in the kitchen and enjoy it for years to come!  Smile

Here’s a pic:

Post # 9
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Busy bee

One of my friends used those little note style guest books from Hallmark at her wedding last year.  If  you haven’t seen them they were prebound books sold in a set of about 8 or 10.  I don’t think they worked as nicely as you might think.  The books were definitely not completed… just a page or two.  Most husbands have the wife sign, so that makes the number of signatures limited.  I think that the fishbowl of notes might work a little better… MAYBE.  I do think that even just looking at the list of names will someday be a memory!  I know that my mom’s is for her.  It’s a part of her scrapbook but just is the guests’ names.  That being said, I was the host of a bridal shower that used a blessing book to write good wishes and special memories for the bride and groom in a book.  The guests wrote in it throughout the shower, and we presented it to the bride at the end of the shower.  It was big enough that she was able to take it along to her other showers, and so got a very similar keepsake of the guests that are most likely to write special notes to you!  It would be easy enough to have your extra special guy guests like your fathers, grandfathers, uncles, etc… to sign it as well at prewedding festivities like the rehearsal dinner.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

My Boyfriend or Best Friend both are in l-o-v-e with Ansel Adam’s photography, so what we’re planning on doing is getting one of those coffee table books of his work and have people sign next to a picture that they like.  Plus it’ll go along with our woodsy/adventure/rustic theme.

What is something that you and your Fiance do together or something that defines you as a couple?  Maybe try to find something that goes along with that for people to sign.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My friend had a less traditional guestbook and with the logistics of the set-up of her reception, the guestbook was in an obvious place.  So, as dinner was coming to an end, before everyone got up to dance, her younger cousins walked around to the tables with the guest book pages and markers in the hands and handed out pages.  If people took the page then, they filled it out & walked it back to the table (which they were directed to) or if they wanted to do it later, her cousins just told them where to go.

Another friend had a guestbook where you filled out postcards for them.  It was very close to the escort card table & in the entryway for everyone to go to the bathroom.  It looked like she had a decent amount filled out, I think due to location.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Also a friend did a polaroid guestbook and again, had people walking around taking pictures with the polaroid and encouraging guests to go and fill out the book.  I think nominating a few younger cousins with the task of the guestbook might be the best way to go. 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We are doing a DIY Photobooth with our mac and the photobooth program. This way not only do our guests get favors that remind them specifically of their fun at the wedding with our date and logo as well as funny/cute pictures of them (without tying up the photographers all night). Not only will it print out the photo strip for our guests but it will automatically save the files to our computer so that we have copies of all the photo-strips ourselves and then we will be sending out the photos after the wedding to make a photo-guestbook. We are including a chalk-board as a prop so that guests can write messages to us if they want. 

I feel like this is our most fun and economical option, we not only knock out the favors, and guest book all in one, but we get to provide entertainment and memories for those who aren’t particularly interested in dancing. This is one of my favorite ideas so far. What do you all think?

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@superstarkid— i am curious about your plan to DIY a photobooth. I also have a mac but how do you set it up to automatically save and print? i would love to hear more, sounds like a great idea and a great way to avoid the expensive photobooth fees.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

we are using a  big plate as a guest book. i hope people sign it!!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We’re doing a guest quilt. I’m cutting squares and we’ll leave them on a table with fabric markers. Then, I’ll turn them into a quilt after the wedding 🙂 I’m very sentimental and I love the idea of displaying the quilt on the back of the couch or something so our loved ones’ words are always right there out in the open. And actually, I just did this for one of my nursing instructors and all of the students in my nursing class made a square, so it sort of served as my test run, hehe.

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