Post # 1
I haven’t given it much thought but I’ve seen some of the lovely ideas that you have regarding wish trees and the like for guests to leave you with their best wishes and insights on marriage.
My question to you is what do you do with all of the little cards off the wish tree? Are you planning on doing something crafty with them or do they just sit in a box gathering dust?
For those of you doing the chinese signature cloth, what do you plan on doing with it?
Post # 3
My best friend had a fall-themed October wedding (in Upstate New York, where the fall foliage is gorgeous!). She set out die-cut pieces of paper shaped like autumn leaves, and a basket of gel pens. She asked guests to write wishes, thoughts, bits of advice, etc. on them.
She also did the disposable cameras at the tables.
After the wedding, she put the candid photos and the hand-written wishes into a scrapbook together. It’s a great keepsake. I plan to copy the idea when I get married!
Post # 4
I’m answering the "What are you doing" part of your post..
Our guestbook is a photobook I made with mpix, it is "yearbook" style so guests will sign the pages like they would in a highschool yearbook. (We are having an education themed wedding on a college campus)
We have a cardbox I bought on etsy for guests to put cards or whatever else they want in.
If I were to do something as creative as beekeebear’s idea, the little notes would sit and collect dust for at least a year, and it would take forever to get the cameras developed, and by the time I did I would forget who was in each photo! I needed something that would not require a lot of work after the wedding. I am working full time and in the middle of my master’s program, so time is very valuable to me.
Post # 5
I fell for the Poloroid guest book idea. (If you are interested, it’s difinitely more expensive than I thought it would be!) We have a camera and film and brought the actual guest book from a paper store. Guests will write their messages with white pens on the black sheets of paper and then stick on their Poloroid shot with double-sided tape. After that day, we will go through the book and add the photo corners to finish up the look of the book.
Post # 6
We took pieces of card stock and folded them in half. On the front was a starter question like "I first met the bride and/or groom…" and then guests wrote their answer on the inside. One the back it explaned that they would be taped into a guest book and asked that people not write in that area. We had them hung from clothes pins from a swag of twine. We got some wonderful well wishes and stories.
We did this partly because my bridesmaid had gotten us a beautiful guest book as a gift; however, when i got it it was a traditional guest book with lines and I knew I wanted to do something more untraditional. And the book was kind of small. So, we dispplayed the book during the reception and a month or so later, I took double stick tape (I should really take stock out in scotch for as much as I use that darn stuff) and taped the cards into the book. It’s really cute because you open the flap to see everyone’s comments. I also liked that it gave people a little privacy when the cards were pinned back up on the twine. Everyone wasn’t just walking by and looking at what you wrote.
Post # 7
I’m thinking of this for our guest tree:
Having guests write their wishes/advice on flat wooden craft birds (I’ll probably pre-paint them to speed the process up, but they can further embellish with the craft paint pens I’ll provide) and hang them on the wish tree. We will later use them as Christmas ornaments. My only problem is that I can’t seem to find any with holes pre-drilled in them.
Post # 8
I’m going to be making a 12×12 scrapbook with the final product, but I created a 10×5 document with a 4×6 frame for a photo (and in it, it says "Your photo will go here so make sure you get one taken!") and then lines for their name, how they know us and advice for us. We’ll have two people there taking photos of the people that we’ll later print out two copies of, one for us and one to send to them.