When I first saw the fingerprint-tree guestbook idea, I fell in love. It’s more than perfect, it’s sweet, it’s simple, it’s different (for local standards), and it can have that autumn vibe I’m so in love with.
At the beginning of our engagement I could have sworn we were going to have a fingerprint guestbook. I looked at Etsy shops (as much as I’m scared of Etsy prices), I looked at local printers to see how easy it’ll be to print it locally, I even asked around for designers who could draw one for me. I eventually set the idea aside as something I’d worry about closer to the wedding.
When “closer to the wedding” came I started realizing the snags in the fingerprint guestbook idea: We expect to have over 260 guests; that’ll make a huge tree and might end up in a big mess, and I fear some guests will think it fun to just play with it and mess it up (genuine concern, people). At the same time I fear our guests will not pay attention to the guestbook and we’ll end up with a nearly empty tree.
I also considered a signed photo frame like Mrs. Wizard’s idea:
Mrs. Wizard’s photo frame guestbook
That idea’s still floating in my head, but I do have some concerns about it: We’ll need a frame that can fit nearly 200 signatures, and I fear people will mess it up. A few weeks ago I was looking at my niece’s quinceanera guestbook. It was a simple “sign the line” guestbook, but people started filling it with messages, taking more than three lines—some people even took one entire page just to write “Happy birthday,” so I fear people taking this kind of liberties with our guestbook (whatever it ends up being) and, well, ruining it.
A solution to the problem of people messing it up was a wish tree:
Wishing tree guestbook via My DIY Wedding Day / Photo by Sara Remington/Anna Kuperberg Photography
It has the benefit of individual cards that can be discarded if inappropriate; the big question came when I started wondering what would I do with them. How could I display them? Because, believe me, if I keep them as cards I’ll put them in a box and forget about them. We need a guestbook that could be somehow displayed in our home.
We don’t have enough space for a bench:
Guestbook bench by Mrs. Sand Dollar
And as cute as signed corks or rocks sound, they’ll end up stored and forgotten just as the best wishes cards would.
Wishing stone guestbook by Mrs. Cola
Do I really want a guestbook? Not really—it’s one of those things I could have or not and won’t make a great difference, but I love the idea of a wedding keepsake that can be displayed in our home.
What kind of guestbook did you have/are you having? How do you display it? Has anyone decided to forgo a guestbook? Did you regret it?