I’ve never understood guest books at weddings. I have nowhere to store the thing nor will I ever flip through it to look at the names. They’re just weird to me. My husband’s opinion was “We need a guest book? What for?” Exactly.
I still liked the idea of something for people to sign with well wishes. I’ve seen the plates, but I don’t want to serve food on a plate of signatures. I also don’t want to display the plate – why have a plate that is just a dust collector? A frame mat is also an idea that is being heavily marketed, but I feel like the picture would have to be a wedding picture. I realize this is going to sound odd, but I think displaying lots of wedding stuff in your home has a shelf life of either two years or one child. I didn’t want something so obviously screaming wedding on my wall in ten years.
What to do? What to do?
I decided to take into account where my husband and I were each from: Buffalo, NY and Philadelphia, PA. Both cities are on the water (Lake Erie and the Delaware River, respectively) so I decided to make a picture where one city was reflected in the water of the other.
Since the picture was going to have to be large enough to fit all the signatures, I needed high resolution photographs of each city’s skyline. I turned to this website: www.dreamstime.com. I was able to choose one photograph from several that were 300 dpi – excellent!
I put each picture into Adobe Photoshop because the program would retain the high resolution of the images. I first gray-scaled both images because I didn't want to worry about matching all the colors. I rotated the Buffalo photograph 90° and then copied it below the Philadelphia photograph.
From here, I had to find a way to blend the photographs together. This was by far the most complicated part because I wanted to blend them well. I’m not exactly stellar with Photoshop since I’m not a graphic designer, but I ended up using the stamp tool at the intersection of the photographs. I think it turned out pretty well.
After that, I sized the finished image to 18” x 12” and had it printed at Kinkos! We put a small sign at our reception explaining that the image was a fusion of our two cities and we’d be happy for everyone to sign it! It turned out great.
Now, if I would just buy a frame for it.