(Closed) Guestbook or no guestbook. That is the question!

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Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I had the hardest time with this too. I finally decided to do a photo album guest book from AdoramaPix. You can see what I finally decided on here. It cost approximately $15.00, including shipping, because when I signed up with them, they sent me a $10.00 off coupon.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Depending on your wedding theme, I’ve seen all sorts of cool new ideas for guestbooks. I know my Maid/Matron of Honor is making a photo album guest book, so that people can sign all over the different pages and then we’ll insert wedding photos later.

One bee just posted an AWESOME fingerprint guestbook where the prints were the leaves on a big tree, I bet that would look great framed and hung someplace.

For a more outdoorsy or rustic idea, how about a ‘directions post’ with the locations all of your guests are coming from and the mileage to your wedding destination, and they can sign their specific location on that arrow. I think if you search the WB and just plain google, you can find some unique and inexpensive ideas that you can display, rather than just having a book stashed away some place.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

There are SO many cools things you can do with a guest book!!!

You can do a wishing tree or a postcard guest book. There are tons of ideas online. I actually wrote a blog post on this!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Guests put their thumb/finger print in the ink and then sign next to it. Those would be really cute with a grape vine and purple (and/or green) ink! Here is a link to the post I was thinking of, as well as a few of the ‘tree’ links, but that vine sounds adorable!

WB post

Etsy example

Canvas example

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We actually just decided on our guest book idea.  We got a bunch of vintage handkerchiefs and we’re going to have guests sign them with fabric markers.  Then we’re going to have a quilt made out of them after the wedding.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I totally understand! We wanted a guest book that was also a keepsake. So we made a guest book of our engagement photos and we are going to have our guests write messages to us in it. This way, we can always look at our engagement photos and the messages our guests have written so that we relive all the joy of the day. 

Here’s a pic I found on the internet:

We were going to make an album for our engagement photos anyways, so this is a great way to display them (we aren’t showing our pics until the wedding day) and get double use as a guest book!

By The Way – we ordered ours from Adoramapix (you can make a cover using a picture and it wraps all around, the pages lay flat and are pretty thick!). We love it and we can’t wait!

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

We’re having a DIY photobooth that will serve as our “guestbook”. I posted about it in a previous thread so dont mind the copy/paste and the parts of the post that don’t really pertain to the guestbook, I’m too lazy to edit it…

FI’s a big Mac (not the burger, the computer) guy so we’re going to run the photobooth application on our mac mini and set it up with an iSight camera and the LCD TV that we have in our bedroom (lived here for almost 3 years and its never been turned on!). The image will be projected on the TV and our guests will be able to control the camera with a remote. We will also give them an option to record a short video if they want to.

My Future Father-In-Law is super handy so he’s going to build us the actual photo-booth (think the rented ones only more personalized) and we’re going to have everything set up in there. We’re going to wallpaper the inside so the pictures have a cute background (I’m leaning towards a subtle damask pattern).

Instead of using a traditional guestbook, which I’m not a big fan of, we’re going to go the chalk board thought bubble route and have our guests write their “guestbook” entries on the thought bubbles and take pictures with them. We’re also going to get a bunch of props from etsy and the $ store for our guests to use for the photo-booth during the reception (cocktail hour will be strictly “guestbook”).

After our wedding we will upload all of our guests pictures to our wedding website and they will have the option to print or save them to their own computer. We’re also going to incorporate those pictures into our wedding day photo-book that I will make after we get our pro pics back.

We’re both really excited for this. We’ve never been to a wedding with a photo-booth (and we’ve been to alot of weddings) so I think our guests will really enjoy it.

ETA: I forgot to mention the best part! This whole thing is going to cost us roughly $100! We already have all of the electronics needed to do this. My Future Father-In-Law is building the photo-booth and even though we are of course going to offer to pay for the supplies, he won’t take our money. So in the end, we will end up having to just buy the props, accessories (I want to put a funky mirror on the outside so people can check themselves out before stepping in) and the wallpaper. SCORE!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I like the alternative idea of a “poster” guestbook. I’ve seen lots of ways that this can be done. 

The second one is a printable template from Martha Stewart. 

Alternately, you could also do what my sister did and do a photo frame guest book. It’s basically a picture frame where you can sign the mat around the picture. 

Like this: 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I once helped with a photo guest book at a wedding — I was the designated photographer.  Instead of using a polaroid, they used a digital camera (and then people could approve the pics).  People signed together below a photo insert, and then I snapped a shot of the group.  It had to be fairly simple–just finding an album with room for a “caption/signature” and then printing the digital pics. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Good question! We decided to go with AdoramaPix for a few reasons:

  • We wanted to be able to use our pictures as the cover (one for the front and one for the back) instead of a general solid color cover
  • We wanted to be able to print on the spine (so it feels like real book!)
  • We wanted high quality prints
  • We wanted lay flat pages, so that we could have panoramic pictures that go across both pages AND so that our guests can write across both pages if needed
  • We wanted a user-friendly editing format (internet based)

Adoramapix had all of this! Also, I read this article on photo books (grandparents tried out 10 different companies and write about the pros and cons) and we decided on Adoramapix based on it: http://www.digitalhomethoughts.com/news/show/97676/0/1/15
We are seriously so happy with our book! The only thing was that the cover is slightly pearlized and the picture that we picked for a cover is mostly beige (because of the sunset) so some of the colors don’t show as strongly. Still gorgeous though!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

totally get not wanting a book that you’ll never open up!  we didn’t want to go that route either…  we ended up have 3 “guestbook” options… each of which was very well received by guests!

*thumbprint tree.  Darling Husband drew the tree on a piece of posterboard and we framed it in an IKEA frame.  total cost with ink and handi-wipes was $15.

*wood slice for signatures.  we had guests sign in on a piece of wood.  total cost with sharpies was $12.

*well wishing cards.  we left these cards on the guests’ tables with instructions to draw or write something to us.  total cost with colored pencils was $8.  (we printed the cards at vistaprint.com as postcards.)

hanging the first two on our walls and having an album to look over the well wishes and drawings from guests has been a wonderful treat – all three for about $25!

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