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?

Campfire guestbook

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Mrs. Campfire

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

  3. campfire Bee
    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!

  4. panda Bee
    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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