(Closed) Please look at my Adorama photo guestbook and help me!

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Sorry if this is hard to see (i’m really private so I dont want to show the actual), but these are my page layouts so you can get an idea of the amount of white space I left.   I have 180 guests, so I’m allowing 4ish signatures a page.  From what I’ve seen ppl write biiiiig, and I didnt want the signatures and notes to look crowdedd at all.

Post # 18
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@soonerbride:I agree, as a guest signing a photo guest book… i ALWAYS avoid writing on the actual picture.

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think you’ll need more space too.  Also, make sure you offer a black pen as well because some of the photos will need black ink to go over (if you want people to sign on the actual photos).  Otherwise, I think it looks FABULOUS!

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@qwerty1: Oh thats pretty cool then. Ya, if it is flat then I guess there are no worries! And I say go with the silver pen!

Post # 22
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Few thoughts…

1- black or white background– you need to get some sort of marker-type pen and test it on some other photo. Adorama uses real PHOTO paper, not printer paper. So I don’t think using normal type pens would work anyways… I would definitely order a few picture prints at the same time as your book so you can test out what types of pens show up and won’t smear off

2- I feel like you need more space for signing. Unless you don’t have very many guests. 

Post # 23
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I agree with everyone here. Go with white pages and you need lots more empty space. The guestbook really should less of a photo album with some empty space and more empty space with a few pictures.

I would also have a sign nearby with  helpful suggestions of what to write or you’ll get a page with a list of signatures. I think one of the bees did a recap showing what it looked like.

This is what I used as suggestions:

What should you write?

Anything you like, just keep in mind our future children will be seeing this! Draw a picture, give advice, be creative. Just make sure to sign your name(s) clearly.

 Here are some ideas:

  • * Draw a picture of the happy couple
  • * What would you like the newlyweds to remember about today?
  • * What’s the secret to a great marriage?
  • * What is one of your favorite memories of bride and/or groom?
  • * What special wishes or advice do you have?

Post # 25
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

OK–If you want them to just sign their name (as suggested in post 19) then Adormapix has guest book templates with lines that you can add pictures too.  You should create your book in that template.  Either way–I agree also that you need more empty space

If you want something different like a year book signing then give your guests directions, similar to this (as well as have an attendant explain to guests what you want.  AND have your wedding party sign it first so guest see it’s ok to write in the book)

Instead of a book stuck in a drawer

Courtnee and Eric thought they’d do more

Please write them a note, a wish or a greeting

On the plane to St Lucia it will make for good reading

Or if you prefer some advice would be nice

On how to stay married and keep up the spice

Post # 27
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Looks better, but by my count you’ll only have space for about 50 people.

You may also want to try Pigma pens as well as Sharpie. You’ll have to see which ones not only write best, but how fast they dry. You don’t want balck smuges on your pictures.

Post # 28
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think you should use a different template- use the Guest Book (Classic) and take out all the lines on blank pages.

Post # 29
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think it could use a bit more space also and still feels a bit more like a photobook than guest book, especially if you want little notes and not just a name.

Maybe try..

page 1/2 moving the picture up/or down so its not centered.  Combining the emtpy space on the top and bottom of the pic will feel more open. 
pg 2 – maybe cut out the right third of the picture (half the rock)?  You’ll still have the same effect in the over all pic, but less rock and a bunch more space.
pg 6 – put those two next to each other in one of the corners and shrink them just a tad
pg 12 – move the picture to the left side
pg 13/14 – love this layout!
pg 22 – shrink the picture – I dont really see this as a signable page with the picture this large and center
pg 26 – maybe take out one set of the pictures and just use either the horizontal or the vertical.  I think the pictures are similar enough that you dont need both on the same page.  then move to an edge.

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