(Closed) guest book vs. something else to sign

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We’re doing vintage postcards for guests to write wishes and they are putting in a vintage chest that my mom gave me.

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’m an amateur quilter, so we’re doing a guest quilt.  I’m cutting squares of fabric for guests to sign and write notes on, and after the wedding, i’ll intersperse them with blank squares to build a quilt top.  I’m just doing a small, hanging-sized quilt, not one for the bed, but I’m hoping it will be something nice to display publicly…a little easier to have “out” than a book book.

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think @noritake did this– a gorgeous photo book that her guests could sign.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am doing the engraveable guest book.  I figure it will be a nice way to not only display a wedding picture, but also capture all of the folks who came to celebrate our day.  It looks really good and we got our names and date on it also.

Post # 21
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve taken some ideas from the Bee and I think we’re going to have 4×6 postcards where people can write their words of advice for a happy marriage on it, and then we’ll put them into a photo album to look at whenever we want.

Post # 22
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m doing a manzanita branch wish tree with maple leaf-shaped tags (fall theme) for people to write their well-wishes on. I’m hoping guests will be as excited about it as I am!

Post # 23
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We’re taking the very first novel my Fiance and I wrote (fantasy romance) that would require a complete rewrite to be published publicly, publishing it at Lulu (privately, of course) and having our guest sign it.  It’ll be tradebook-size NOT paperback size with plenty of blank pages for people to sign on.  

The artwork was done by me and we (read *I*) listed all the novels we’ve both written (completed, obviously) like most novels have.

Not everyone can do this, obviously, but it’s perfect for us.  We wanted something that we won’t toss into a box and store away and this way, we have a novel we wrote together that’s personal and we can read later (bad writing and all).  Who knows, maybe our daughter (or son) will pick it up at some point, read the signatures and well-wishes and then read the novel her/his mom and dad wrote all those years ago. 

 

I’ve also seen people doing something similiar by buying a travel photo book of their favorite city/country/state/place/etc and having guests sign that.  They can then put it on their coffee table (or whereever) later for people to look at.  

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We’re having a traditional guest book outside the ceremony, but at the reception we’re also using the post card idea.  We found sets of 100 postcards on amazon in DC Comics and Pixar themes.  They’re perfect to represent the both of us.  So people are being instructed to share their wisdom, draw a little pic, etc. then put it in our card box.  Later I plan to store them in a photo box to go through down the road.

Post # 25
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m going the photobook route.  I didn’t want just a blank book, or the traditional red cloth that most asians use.  We didnt do engagement pictures and figured no one would want to look at a 25 page book of us in random poses, so I made my photobook as a story of our relationship so hopefully the sarcastic comments and story wil make it somewhat entertaining.

Post # 26
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@MsPanda: I LOVE the wood bench idea!! That would be so sweet to have out in the garden…

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

We went the guestbook tree route and I LOVE IT!!!  I have looked at it several times since the wedding and am looking forward to hanging it in our new house.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

For those looking at the photo book idea (guests signing on pictures), check out Mrs. Hippo’s recap on it!  She seemed pretty disappointed. 

We’re doing the cute pages that they fillin with different things, predictions, traveling from, etc.

FI’s cousin did a REALLY cute thing (that I wish I’d thought of!) she had river rocks and sharpies for guests to sign.  It was SO cute.  We piled them in a glass vase afterward.

Post # 29
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

My main thing was that I wanted something I would want to keep in my house. I made a photobook out of different pictures from throughout our relationship, which was nice b/c I hadn’t printed any pictures before that.

Post # 30
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We ordered one of these with our last name.  I had wanted one anyway – and the found this seller who does them with room to sign and decided that’s what we’d use.

For my first wedding I had these cute Hawaiian shirt shaped notepads and made up a little sign to have people write us notes and drop them in a vase.  It was SUCHHH a disappointment.  A lot of people didn’t do it at all, we got a ton from one very drunk friend and in general no one paid attention.

If you’re doing anything other than a ‘standard’ sign your name type of book, try and get an outgoing friend to ‘man’ it and encourage people to sign.  If you don’t mind them doing so, have your coordinator be the first one to sign it before the guests even get there so they have an example to go by.

I’ve coordinated a LOT of weddings and it’s always a bummer when people don’t do the guestbook.  Having someone man it, having your DJ or band make an annoucement to do it, and having it out at your post wedding brunch if you do one are helpful in capturing everyone’s signature and well wishes 🙂

Post # 31
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Busy bee

We actually did not have a guest book and no one noticed or even asked. In hindsight, it was a good cost saver. However, I would have orderd a large wooden inital (24″ tall) of our last name and had every one sign that. Then we could have hung it on the wall. I saw a pic of one literally days before our wedding and could not justify paying the extra rush charges. If I had only saw it sooner. 🙁

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