Guestbook Guesswork

Hive, I thought I had my guestbook in the bag. You see, the week I got engaged, I pinned this:

Image from Fairytale Weddings via Mrs. Snow Cone

From there, it was basically smooth sailing.

Sure, I’ve thought that a lot of the other guestbook ideas have been really cute. Case and point: Mrs. Blue Whale’s Mad Libs, Mrs. Camel’s Instant Photo, Mrs. Mink’s poster, and many, many more. It’s just, none of these were very tempting to me.

A lot of bees have gone with one of the few other guestbooks that I truly adored: the thumbprint guestbook. (Sparky vetoed this one quickly. “Who wants to get ink on their hands in their formal clothes?” he asked. Clearly Sparky just isn’t as up on wedding trends as we all are”¦)

From Etsy seller SansLimit

But, overall, I’ve been really happy with my decision to have a photo guestbook. I mean, I love our engagement photos, and it gives us a chance to show them off to guests who may not have seen them AND make the album a special keepsake.

Then something happened. I stumbled onto something and thought, “Oh my goodness, that would be an AMAZING guestbook.” And just like that I was smitten.

You see, at my bridal shower, BM Apple Pie gave me an AWESOME map of Barcelona and had it framed for me. Sparky liked it so much that we started talking about where we could put it in our house to display it. We threw around the idea of getting a second map of a different city and hanging them above our bed.

Hiding behind the veggies

Apple Pie told us where she bought the print from (Mr. City Printing on Etsy). While perusing the shop to see what other maps we could get I saw this:

From Mr. City Printing

Now I can’t stop thinking about it. He puts that little heart wherever you tell him (say, over Sodo Park where we’re getting married), and then you have your own keepsake of that special day.

Except then I got to thinking—what if we had our guests sign in the white space? Then we wouldn’t just have a cool map of Seattle (which, don’t get me wrong, would be perfectly fine with me!), we would have a guestbook that we would actually display in our house!

So here’s where you come in—what do you think we should do? I already have the photo album printed with our engagement photos. Do I eat that cost and pick up this print? Or do I stay the course and use what I’ve already got?



Mrs. Campfire

Seattle, WA
Wedding Date:
September 2013
A Sunday Kind of Love: Dessert & Dancing
Classifieds: July 5, 2013

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:38 pm

    Love the poster! I’ve been stalking Etsy for similar guest book ideas and will totally check that shop out too.

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    pacnwbride 171 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:54 pm

    I love the seattle city poster but I don’t really like it for a guest book. It’s kind of a busy print and might look overwhelming if your guests were signing all around it in the white space. I think it would look awesome put together with other framed pics of your wedding though! I would still go with the book, that way your guests would have more space to write you a special note rather than just sign their names!

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    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:58 pm

    @Almost Mrs.P: My Barcelona print is amazing, so I can definitely say with certainty that he does awesome work.
    @pacNWbride: Good point!

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    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:11 pm

    I love love love the poster idea and you’d be able to have it displayed forever. . .whereas a photo book could potentially get lost on a shelf somewhere, you know?

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    wrestlerslove 163 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:14 pm

    I say other because I think this would look great with the other print displayed somewhere. But your guest book is an awesome idea and the perfect chance to show off your engagement pictures.

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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 2:21 pm

    @WrestlersLove: +1. Buy the print but don’t use it as a guest book.

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    pocketfox 677 posts, Busy bee @ 2:33 pm

    I voted other, and here’s why. Why not have both the print AND the photo guest book, if both are in budget? SO and I went to a wedding in November that had a traditional guest book for messages, a painting people would just sign AND a photo booth guest book. Nothing wrong with 2 things if you love both.

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    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:34 pm

    @Mrs. Palm Tree: That’s kind of why I love it!
    @WrestlersLove: @shaynapunim: I hadn’t thought of just buying the print to buy it. Isn’t it funny how we sometimes miss simple solutions?
    @pocketfox: I like your style!

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    alicatinthehat01 11 posts, Newbee @ 2:42 pm

    I feel like having people sign on the map could ruin the beautiful simplicity of it! Do you really want people’s signature all over the pretty art? I say if you get one, just leave it plain for you and your husband to enjoy! If you keep the photobook it will give people more room to write sweet messages or advice for you!

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:56 pm

    I love the print! But am not sure how it would look with signatures all over. Why don’t you buy it and make a photocopy to test the signature look on? That way, you won’t be sad if you don’t like the outcome?

    If not, I vote both, signatures on the print, messages on the photo book :)

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    bigwhitedress 68 posts, Worker bee @ 3:12 pm

    What if you buy a mat and have the guests sign the mat? That way you get the Seattle photo with the cool white background and then you have the mat with the signatures, your guests love surrounding the city you love.

    This also would allow you to change the photo down the road if you decided you wanted a wedding photo instead of the map.

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    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:09 pm

    @Mrs. Waterfall: @fer714: That’s a great idea!
    @alicatinthehat01: You’re right, that could be a problem!

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    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 821 posts, Busy bee @ 4:35 pm

    @fer714: that is a really great idea!

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    Miss Moxy 223 posts, Helper bee @ 4:46 pm

    Why can’t you do both? Get signatures for the poster and get messages from your guests in the book?!

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    beth batch, Guest @ 4:50 pm

    I love the idea but cant help thinking will there be room for all the signatures? Plus with dark signatures the map might just get lost , and next to the Barcelona print might look odd one with and one without, maybe because you and sparky love it so much, you could buy one with a heart over your wedding venue and gift it to him as your bride to groom gift? Sorry to put a downer on things just trying to give constructive criticism, on the other hand if you love the idea just go for it and have both! I am having two and my wedding! Then like you said you can display it instead of putting it away and getting it out once a year! P.s i hope this helps and sorry for the long comment!

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    fridaythe13bride 291 posts, Helper bee @ 5:24 pm

    I’m partial to the photo book because that’s what I’m doing! But the map would be lovely, too. It just comes down to having to buy another item. But you won’t go wrong either way!

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    ladyamalthea 1400 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:44 pm

    I’ve thought about the photo book idea, I had a coupon so I made one of our first year and it turned out great, but right now I’m torn between doing a photo book OR note cards to make a scrapbook with after the wedding.

    I think the map is great too though, and it seems to make you really happy! I think you definitely need to get it, whether you incorporate it into the wedding or no. :)

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    In the media 1565 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:58 pm

    The print. The photo book is totally a keepsake already. That print, witha heart over where you get married, signed by all your guests? That’s absolutely original and FREAKING ADORABLE!

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    Alissa, Guest @ 6:45 pm

    To quote the adorable girl from those TV commercials…why not both? Use the book for longer messages and for the keepsake-ness, and then have the guests just sign their names on the print to frame and hang.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:55 pm

    I love the print, then you can see it all the time and remember all the love you felt on your wedding day whenever you look at it!

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 9:50 pm

    I agree that the print is nice on its own, without any signatures. I’m not sure how many guests will be at your wedding, but it could get crowded and cluttered and diminish the look of the map. Maybe if it had a larger white space? Do you think the artist could do custom work like that? Otherwise, I’d use your original idea of the engagement photos book.

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    bludism 57 posts, Worker bee @ 10:05 pm

    If not, I vote both, signatures on the print, messages on the photo book

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    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:24 pm

    @fridaythe13bride: @ladyamalthea:
    @Alissa: @bludism: I really love them both!
    @In the media: Part of the reason I really like it!
    @Mrs. Camel: Good point!

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:37 am

    I think if you do decide to let your guests write on the print, get them to write in a different color, other than black. I’m thinking something like blue, and then from afar, it’ll just look like waves? or a background of some sort

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    mrsfun 43 posts, Newbee @ 6:35 am

    I voted “Other”: Use both!

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    scarlet_letter 369 posts, Helper bee @ 1:51 pm

    Omg how did I miss this post.

    I love the idea of getting the Seattle map matted, and having guests (*hop hop hop*)
    sign the mat.

    I cannot wait to see what you choose!

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