(Closed) guest book alternatives

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

you could do a wish tree and provide cards for people to hang, at the end of the wedding you could collect the cards and put them together scrapbook style!

We used a polaroid guestbook:

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Surprisingly, we didn’t store it away… it sits on our bookshelf and we actually look at it on occasion!  Especially when we have guests, they like to flip through it and read/look at the pictures.  I think because there are pictures, it has a lot of appeal as something that you will look through time and again.

GL!

Post # 4
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Worker bee

We used postacards for our RSVPs so we carried that over to our guestbook. The postcards are being mailed to use a few at a time over the first year of our marriage. It is so exciting when they come in the mail and we get to read what advice, wishes, etc. people had for us. That way we don’t read them all in one sitting.

I plan on placing a few of our favorites in a memory box I am working on.

 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We are borrowing from the Quaker wedding certificate tradition and having all of our guest sign as "witnesses" to a wedding contract of our vows.  We will then frame this and hang it in our bedroom as a reminder of our love and commitment on our wedding day.

 I have also been to weddings where we wrote on fabric squares that became quilts or wall hangings (in bedrooms or living rooms) or where we signed platters (either pottery that was later glazed or engraving on a silver platter) that were later displayed in kitchens/ breakfast areas (often the center of a home).  

 One idea we saw and decided not to go with is having a canvas painted with your wedding colors (squares, stripes, whatever) and then having guests write messages and sign it.  It can then be framed and hung in your new home as a reminder of all the warm wishes.

I hope these ideas help, but I also like the photo mat idea. 

Post # 6
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Newbee

I also wanted to have something that could be displayed instead of stored away and had people sign the matting around frames that we were using for our wedding photos. I see their signatures every day and it reminds me of their presence on my special day. I have also seen the more unique guest sign-in vase and sign-in platter before. The vase is definitely reusable in a practical way while the platter is more for display. There is a discount code available for 30% off at this wedding retailer right now (code: LAUNCH).  http://www.kismetgiftshop.com/wedding-ceremony/guest-books-sets/signature-vase.html

 

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I was going to do the mat thing too but then I saw the wedding bee posts about memory quilts and now I have my heart set on a quilt even though I don’t know how to quilt!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

We are doing a short blurb book from blurb.com.  We want something personalized that we will want to look at again instead of something that will be put in a box and forgotten.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

We are doing a "guest book" painting. I have a canvas with a picture drawn in pencil. Then made a grid over the canvas and each guest can paint their square. I bought paint pens from michaels ( on sale right now) to make it less messy.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

My mom owns a mat cutter, and I wanted to do the photo mat, so with the help of one of my bridesmaids we cut a mat to be used for signatures. We did an opening in the middle for an 8×10 photo and one on each side for 5×7’s. For the wedding we had three of our engagement pictures in it and now we have it hanging in our living room with three of our wedding photos. After the wedding was over and we were back from our honeymoon I used one of the specials at Michaels to have it framed (yay for 50% off!!!). I love having it hanging in our living room where I can read all the wonderful things that were written and laugh at the hilarious ones 🙂

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Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Is there something that you and your fiance are really into?  The favorite I saw was a couple that met rowing.  They had two oars that guests signed on the blade and then they displayed them in their home.  It was supercool, and I’ve been racking my brain for something like that to represent us.  I’ll let you know if I think of something!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

were doing a photo booth, and were asking everyone to put at least one picture they took in our scrapbook (guest book) and leave a cool message.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

I, like you, hate the idea of a traditional guestbook.  Have you ever seen one when you visited a friend’s house??  They’re like folklore, talked about but never seen.  I saw an idea for a HUGE wine bottle with metallic pens to sign it.  Then on your first anniversary you can have a party, enjoy the wine, and revel in the good wishes.  Since neither myself nor the Mr. like wine or alcohol very much, we probably won’t do that. 

I LOVE the idea with the postcards!  I might mix that with the Blurb book so that I have a picture of the guests, their postcard, and then I’ll have their addresses too!  Then I’d have a guestbook/coffee table book and I’d look at it more often. 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We’re doing a digital guestbook.  I’m going to have two friends at the entrance to the reception, and each of them will have a camera, they will take a digital photo of the guests as they arrive, and have them fill out a postcard with thier massage on it.  After the wedding I’ll either type in or scan the messages, and alternate message with photo, and load it on to a digital picture frame, that way it is always out, but not just collecting dust, and can be a conversation piece for years to come!!

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