(Closed) Ruined Guest Book :(

posted 5 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@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
12003 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@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
12248 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
11272 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@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 # 9
2 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

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.

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