Ditch the photo guest book and ask your artistic guests to draw self-portraits #Reception Advice#guestbook#steal-this-idea January 25 2013 | Guest post by Lily We were initially going to make a photo book as our guestbook, but didn't have enough time to create one. So we went into an art store and came across a photography-themed journal filled with illustrations of cameras, photo-taking paraphernalia, and blank "frames." It gave us the idea to ask our guests to draw self-portraits. We allowed lots of space for our guests (many of them artists) to fill it in with their artwork and signatures and colored Sharpies added to the fun. Plenty of guests did ignore the self-portrait request, but we were truly surprised, touched, and tickled by those who obliged. Even shaky stick figures and primitive smiley faces brought tears to our eyes as we read through the entries. Obviously, any journal, scrapbook, or even book can be used, but you'll want thicker pages if you're using Sharpies to avoid bleed-through. Also, be sure to put up a sign asking guests to draw a self-portrait! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Lily http://wildaboutyouphotography.com PREVIOUS Rainbow shoes for a full-spectrum wedding day NEXT Why you should elope and/or party down with Seattle wedding photographer Jenny GG Show/Hide comments [ 2 ] Great idea! We 're doing something very similar. Instead of a guest book we're bringing loose paper and a ton of assorted arts and crafts supplies (glitter glue! pom poms! etc.) and encouraging guests to go crazy. We put up a little instruction sheet with tips and ideas. I think using loose paper means people will be able to spend a lot more time on their page. Reply We had a watercolor table set up in lieu of a guestbook. Except we forgot to put up the sign explaining it. Put up a sign! (Also, test out your materials. Our watercolors were total crap.) I still wish our idea had worked. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.