Post # 1
My husband and I got married this past weekend. I loved seeing canvas prints with guest signatures on it and finally found a great deal and got one of our engagement prints printed up. We used Metallic Sharpies in bronze and set it up at the wedding. Looking at it as we left it, it was beautiful. Unfortunately, when pickedup by my mom the next day the ink was gone, left a faint green.
I attempted to trace but it’s been difficult and almost impossible. After watching me cry numerous times, my husband wants to send out something with the thank you cards to get out guestbook back. Perhaps a puzzle piece or scrapbook page (with postage to get back). I was wondering if anyone had had this happen to them and what they did to have a guestbook.
Post # 3
Oh no! I’m so sorry, hon. We did a photo guestbook with metallic sharpies (dollar store ones), and I didn’t think to check the markers beforehand–apparently they were really hard to write with? Lots of the writing in our book is hard to read because of it. :
As far as your ink fading, I’m almost positive it’s because of the coating on the canvas. We had one of our pictures printed on a canvas and it’s pretty shiny and probably not meant to be written on.
You could always do what we did for our tables–I bought a couple of books of 6×6 scrapbook paper and printed fun questions on them for our guests to answer. I would say that we maybe got back about half of them, though; we went through them the next morning and so many were left blank and lots of the ones filled out only had one person’s writing on them–kind of disappointing. I don’t know that you’ll have even the same luck if people have to send those back to you.
Post # 4
@MrsLambert2013: How disappointing! I’m so sorry this happened to you!
As a guest, I would certainly sign and send back a puzzle piece. If I were you, I’d order two puzzles – send one of the puzzle’s pieces to guests, and keep one in tact, in case you dont get all of the pieces back. On the one you keep back, you can write each guest’s name on the corresponding piece you send out, in case you need to chase anyone down (if RSVPs are any indication, there will probably be some chasing!) And if you chase and don’t get a response, you can use the pieces from the puzzle you kept to fill in the gaps.
Good luck! 🙂
Post # 5
@MrsLambert2013: So sorry this happened to you! (i’m also glad you shared because this is something I considered doing and now I’ll think twice/test it first).
If I was a guest I would absolutely send back a new guest book entry if the couple asked. I love the puzzle idea but ditto the previous poster – get 2 puzzles just in case and put the names or numbers on the back so you know who you’re looking for if pieces don’t come back!
Post # 6
We didn’t find out until we got home–our guestbook turned out to be one of those name/addresses books instead of a “write a message” books!
We already had everyone’s name and addresses, so we wound up throwing ours out. It was so disappointing!
I would just trace over the existing messages.
Post # 7
@MrsLambert2013: oh, no. this is not good. you can fix this though.
maybe you should wait a few days and let this shock soak in and then attempt to trace the messages again. if you do it now, you will be too upset and it will be shakey. just stay calm and only do a few names a day so that your hand does not get tired.
Post # 8
We’ve tried to trace a couple but it just does not look the same 🙁 I was thinking now of sending paper leaves in the mail and having those to send back. Since the puzzles are just so expensive! We’ve also got intouch with our photographer to see if she had an pictures of it written on, maybe we’ll get it re printed.
So everone thinks sending something out will not be tacky?
Thanks for all our kind words!
Post # 9
Absolutely not tacky at all! I think most people would be touched to help out. You probably won’t get a few back but the majority should come back without issue.