(Closed) Guestbook ideas on a budget?

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Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

You could do a signature photo mat. With 150 people it would need to be pretty big maybe 18X20?  

Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

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johnsontobe520 :  we did the ‘advice’ thing… didnt work at all, not one person did it and now we have a bunch of blank monogramed advice cards

some people picked them up and looked at them but then just walked away undecided

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Farm

I’m thinking about ordering one of these customizable trees for our guest to sign a leaf. They aren’t expensive. 

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

Our “guestbooks” are doubling as table numbers.  On each table, is going to be a little notebook that says “leave advice for [me] and [FH] to read on their [table number] year wedding anniversary”

 

this allows us to remember who sat at what table, they can give us memorable advice, is fairly inexpensive (we are using small plain moleskine notebooks that you can buy in packs of 3 for $10 for a total of approximately $60), and we will have something new to look at for the next 18 anniversaries!

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee

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johnsontobe520 :  since religion plays such an important part in yoru relationship…or so I’m reading it that way…I think you should go with the Bible idea. 

Post # 21
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Helper bee

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johnsontobe520 :  We’re printing off mad libs. I’ve found that it’s really hard to write something in a wedding guestbook on the spot, so we wanted to relieve some of that pressure and make it fun. And it’s a lot cheaper and fun to make yourself!

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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beverly579 :  We did that exact tree (with different colors).  It worked out really well, and we got everyone to sign it.  I think whenever you ask for advice or anything that requires more effort, a fair number of people skip it.  With the tree, people are just asked to sign their name.  We got like 99% of the people to sign.  (Just missed my Father-In-Law and BIL- who we are getting now, post wedding).

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I got a large letter “N” from Hobby Lobby and stained it myself. It’s been sitting on the fireplace for a few months now and I really like it as is so I’m going to find another nontraditional guest book! I was thinking of doing a globe people could sign with a sharpie and painting the words “Love makes the world go round” at the base.

Post # 24
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

We are doing a Polaroid for them to take selfies. 

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We did a large wooden board that we purchased from Etsy. If you get a canvas board instead of solid wood, it will be cheaper. I can’t imagine that we’d do much reading through a traditional book, but we plan to display this in our home (eventually; it’s currently at my parents’ house — downside is it’s large/hard to transport).

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

My husband and I really enjoy board games, so we bought a Jenga set and had people write on the blocks with sharpies. It’s pretty cheap and you get to use it! It’s fun to reread all the messages whenever we play. This is how we had it displayed (this was a mockup at my apartment beforehand. We had sharpies on the day!). Guests ended up stacking it on the table once they signed the blocks so it looked really cute! 

 

 

Post # 27
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We bought scratched records for a huge discount and had guests sign them. Later we’ll buy vinyl frames and hang them up. 

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Did you take engagement photos yet? I’m envisioning us taking a photo with a lot of blank space i.e. the sky with us down in a corner, getting it printed on a canvas (there are always Groupons for them) and having guests sign that. Something like this:

Post # 30
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

We did a fingerprint tree, where it’s just a leafless tree and people’s fingerprints make the leaves. 

I think the advice jar could work, but I’d do it in addition to a guest book, since some people might not want to leave advice. Also, I think the Bible is a nice idea given your faith (and the fact that it seems like all of your guests are religious), but what if many people have the same favorite verse? Maybe they could just write a nice note inside the cover instead?

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