Post # 1
Hello bees! So I know that with all of the creativity swarming around the hive that some of you have come up with some very creative ideas for guest books!
For me, we decided to create a photo book from Shutterfly. It’s pictures of us in order of our relationship, starting with the very first photo that was ever taken of us. I left a lot of white space around the pictures and only put one picture per page. I will then have my guests sign all around it.
What do you all think of that? What creative ideas do you have?
Post # 3
I am using a guest signing platter that I bought at Michaels. It is basically a serving platter for food that your guests can sign at the reception. Then you cook it in the oven to seal it. I liked the idea because it is something we can use and we entertain a lot with our family and friends.
Post # 4
for our wedding we did a wishing tree.
since our wedding i have seen on etsy these beautful puzzle guestbooks. basically you pick a picture and its turned into a wooden puzzle and guests are asked to write you their wish on the blank side of the puzzle. the pieces are large and you can buy different configuration of pieces. definitely unique and pretty i think.
Post # 5
@Ms. Purple: I love the idea of puzzle guestbooks! They all seem to be rather expensive though…
Post # 6
We did a wishing tree too. Then I took the wishes and put them into a scrap book next to the pictures of that particular guest at our wedding. We had a photobooth so we had about 80% of our guests pics from that 🙂
Post # 7
We bought a whole bunch of vintage handkerchiefs and we’re going to have guests sign one each and then later on we’re going to make a big quilt or a few small quilts out of them.
Post # 8
@arclee: Definitely check out photo finishing places that are local to your area. i do agree that the ones on etsy are expensive. here in canada, we have a place called blacks photography (which is a chain) and they do puzzles, so there must be some place similar in the states.
Post # 9
We have a picture of two trees that are grown together that we are using throughout our day and on our invites. We are blowing this up to be about 3 feet by 2.5 feet and framing it. Then we are making leafs out of a few shades of green recycled paper and asking people to “Leaf us some words or wisdom, or well wishes.” They are going to stick them onto the tree. Hopefully our trees will be filled by the end of the night and we can hang it in our home to love always.
It isn’t made yet, but once I find frame or at least a piece of glass about the right size we will get working on it.
These are the trees [attachment=1604842,199971]
Post # 10
@Ms. Purple: I love those puzzles! They are much too expensive for me, but I LOVE them
Post # 11
@april30: We did a photobook, which I ordered from Snapfish, and I love it. It is one of my favorite keepsakes from our wedding. The book included pictures of us a couple, and also some pictures of us individually. I put one or two pictures on each page, and left some pages completely blank. I wasn’t sure how much space to leave, but we ended up with more blank spaces than filled spots. It’s fine though because the photo book is something you can always flip through and enjoy. I highly reccommend this idea!
We just used a normal black pen next to it, and it worked fine. We also put a sign that said “please sign our guestbook, anywhere will do!” in a picture frame next to the book so that people knew to sign it.
Post # 12
@LindaB: I’m glad that you enjoyed your photobook! I like the idea of putting a frame next to it with instructions. I am going to have 2 of my little cousins sit there to give them a role in the wedding as well. But it will be nice to add an instruction frame for once they leave. Thanks!
Post # 13
We are having a photobooth. So one copy of the pics they take will go into our photobooth and our guests will sign beside their photo.
Post # 14
We were going to do the photobook with our engagement photos in it, but now I’m leaning toward the guests signing wine bottles. Has anyone else done this? Can you share how you did it and whether you were happy with it? How many bottles do you need?
Post # 15
We’re doing a thumbprint tree. Got the idea from a seller on Etsy, but we’re going to DIY because it’s much cheaper. Basically just going to have a tree with no leaves and each person will put their thumbprint on as a leaf and write their name next to their print. We’ll have wipes there, of course, so people don’t walk around with inked hands all night! Here’s the inspiration pic:
Post # 16
@april30: We are also doing a photo guest book, so of course, I love your idea!
We decided to go this version of a guest book because (1) we are in love with our engagement photos (folks won’t get to see these until our wedding day!) (2) we wanted to memento of our guests words and wisdom that we can use as a keepsake. If these are two similar priorities that you have for your guest book, then you are on the right track!
We have already ordered and received our book from AdoramaPix. We love it! It’s a hard bound, picture wrapped book with lay flat pages. We loved that the cover is wrapped (not a sleeve) for which we used two of our favorite pictures for. We also go spine printing. The pages are thick (thicker than most photo books, I should say) and they lay flat. There is absolutely no gutter and we took advantage in making two-page spreads of a panoramic photo.
This is the review article that sold us on Adorama Pix (grand parents ordering from about 10 different companies to decide which was the best for their grandchild’s photo book): http://www.digitalhomethoughts.com/news/show/97676/0/1/15