Wednesday, February 16, 2011

thumbprints, signatures, thoughts and well wishes

A long time ago, probably pre-engagement, I saw this lovely guestbook and thought it was the greatest idea ever.

But alas, we won't be having a photo booth - so throw that idea right out the window.

Luckily the Internet is chock full of unique ideas:



(source - probably more appropriate for a smaller wedding or bridal shower, but still so cute)

My personal favorite, though, is the thumbprint wedding tree - such a great piece to hang up and display after the wedding! And, of course, there are many different kinds to choose from.

Last week, I saw a twist on this idea that I thought was pretty cool. The bonus is that guests don't have to walk around the reception with green thumbs.

But....with something like this all we'll have at the end of the wedding are signatures. What if Grandma Patsy or Great Aunt Irene want to write a nice congratulations or share a piece of marriage wisdom? I'll fully admit that I'm a sentimental sap and love to read through old cards and notes. And the first thing out of the future mister's mouth when I showed him the thumbprint trees was something along the lines of - I don't like it because our guests can't write us any messages. Good thing I already had a plan!

I saw these books months ago in the pages of Martha Stewart Weddings and thought that by putting a different one on each of our tables it would be a great way to get our guests to mingle! The reception is a cocktail buffet, so there will be a mixture of 36 and 48 inch rounds and 30 inch hi boys. Personally, I would find it fun to hop around from table to table to write an answer in each book.

Initially, I was thinking of just purchasing some kraft paper moleskines to use as the different books, but mom and I found something better while browsing through the craft stores this weekend. I'll be sure to share once I get around to taking a photo!

What did you use as your guest book? Do you think having a thumbprint tree and books on the tables would be asking too much of our guests?


  1. wow those are great ideas!

    we bought a little notebook from anthropologie and used that :)

  2. I think the thumbprint tree and books on the tables would be so much fun! We did a photo mat guest book and also gave our guests crossword puzzles about us to complete during dinner. It was fun and entertaining for them!

  3. I had a thumbprint guest book tree. I am so glad I did! I love it!

  4. I LOVE that 2nd picture with the little envelopes in a book, how cute!

    I really like your ideas...I too have been really wondering what to do about our guest book. I'd really like to do something different than a book from shutterfly of our engagement pictures...not that I don't love that idea, I just want something different.

    I would like to have a wishing tree...but I don't want to count on that solely as my guest book...I'm going to think about those mini envelopes in that 2nd picture!

  5. Just stumbled across this - my HTB and I had already decided to have a Thumbprint tree, in fact we're ordering the 4th tree you have in your post!

    Like you, I also felt like we would be missing out on messages although I loved the idea of being able to frame the tree and keep it somewhere visible in our house afterward. So, we're having a "telegram tree"!

    My mum was commenting not long ago how no one does telegrams at weddings anymore...well due to time constraints it's difficult to read out telegrams these days, but we are going to have little tags on all the tables for our guests to right messages on and will have a tree near our guest book for guests to hang the tags on...will be posting pics and inspiration on my blog at a later date.

    I love the idea of the little books though, will love to see how they turn out if you use them...

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