Post # 1
I don’t want to have the usual guestbook. So I plan to order blank board books (like kid books) and decorate the covers, numbering each. There will be 8 pages for the table to write well wishes to us, doodle or whatever. The inside page will instruct them what to do.
The books will cost less than $30 and then I will place them in a custom case for future display in our home. I have plenty of scrapbooking materials to decorate and large chipboard numbers.
I will have 18 tables and many of our guests are not the get up and dance type.
What do you think of this idea?
Post # 3
Its a cute idea as long as you don’t mind storing 18 books at your house and having to pull all of them out when you want to look at them again. It sounds a little inconvenient to me but would be cute at the wedding.. maybe you can take the pages and scrap book them all into one book after the wedding?
Post # 4
Are the instructions detailed? By which I mean a specific “draw a picture of a cartoon bunny” instead of a vague “give us some clever advice” – not everyone has their imagination hat on at a wedding, and you’re going to end up with a lot of empty pages if you give each guest their own page and don’t tell them exactly what to do with it.
I hate guest books and quirky “advice” cards or whatever else people use instead of guest books for exactly this reason. I feel put on the spot to pull out my rapier-like wit, and I just can’t perform under pressure. All I can ever think of is to sign my name, which makes me cringe because I know there’s NOBODY out there who wants my freaking autograph as their wedding gift. I once called my office from a friend’s wedding to have my coworkers help me brainstorm something clever to put on my advice card, because I couldn’t think of anything and I didn’t want to be a blank card in the stack.
It’s a cute idea, but I’d suggest at least doing half-and-half: four pages of blank or semi-blank space with vague instructions so those who don’t suffer from stage fright can do their thing, and four pages with a specific instructions that even I couldn’t screw up.
Post # 5
along the lines what deliciousappleblue said… i’d ensure you give your guests some sort of guidance. we had postcard size well wishing cards at our guests tables. with the hopes of getting advice and drawings from our guests to revisit over the years. on one side of the card though (not the side guests were to write on) we basically put instructions – here are some lines you can answer, or draw us a picture – so that the guests who couldn’t be on the spot witty, could just finish a sentence that was started on the front, on the back side, without having to come up with anything on their own. we did get a lot of great original notes and drawings… but we certainly got a few who just completed our inspiration sentences from the front.
Post # 6
one of my friends did a version of an “individual table guest book” and had a semi pre-designed scrap book page out at each table that people from the tables could just sign-or leave a message if they wanted and then they took the time to take a picture with each table. after she got the pictures back she replaced the “placeholders” on each page with the appropriate picture and ended up with a super cute scrap book as a guest book – since you don’t have much of a dancing crowd as you mentioned, you would probably have time to take pictures with each table. just a thought to combine your individual books into one big book – though if you think your guests are artsy and creative and you like the individual books – go for it! i bet it would be super unique and fun!
Post # 7
Great ideas ladies. I thinnk I forgot to mention that the books are small. I can choose from 5×5 or 8×8. I will have to think of individual scrapbook pages. Not sure what direction to do in though.
Post # 8
I think that 18 little books might be hard to keep track of especially if you’re having someone else collect them. I think it would be better if there was a way to put them together. Also you might want to rethink having them on the tables if people are eating. Most people are clean eaters, but with kids, and those few messy adults, expect food spills and stains.
Post # 9
It’s a cute idea, but I agree with many of the other posts. 18 little books is a lot to keep up with after the wedding. Are you really ever going to look at them again? Maybe just a single page for each person and you could put it all in a scrapbook later??