Monday, September 8, 2008

In Lieu of a Guestbook

I would venture to say I've been relatively traditional about our wedding planning, the elements of the ceremony and so on and so forth. However, I haven't been able to sell myself on the idea of a traditional guestbook. 

In theory, I like the idea of the photo mat that guests sign (surrounding a nice photograph of the wedding couple) but haven't been able to envision that for us. I fear a true guestbook or a signed photograph would lay in the attic, collecting dust. 

During my guestbook alternative investigations, I thought about having a platter our friends could sign—and I came across this online vendor: Say Anything Ceramics. If it was possible, I wanted to utilize the fabulous "logo" that our friend Greg created for the invitations and other wedding collateral. Say Anything allowed for custom art as well as pre-existing designs offered on their site—but had pricing that I felt could be beat.

After further thinking, I realized we could utilize a local vendor. I called up That Pottery Place in downtown Decatur and asked them if they could handle a job like the wedding platter we had in mind. Edith was delighted to speak with us and asked that we meet her the following day after breakfast to discuss. 

We picked out a large, rectangular platter (I cannot recall the dimensions at the moment) that could fit the number of signatures we needed. Edith told us that the ceramic pen she had in mind was so "user friendly" that we could bake the platter at home after it was signed.  Custom ceramics for dummies, right? Later, we e-mailed her the art as well as the glaze colors we preferred. Customer service was great throughout; not to mention it's nice to support a local business and get great pricing.

Voila! Edith just e-mailed me pictures of the platter, which I can pick up on Wednesday (along with two black ceramic pins). Thanks!

That Pottery Place
412 Church Street
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 371-4557


Kate said...

Very cool!!!

moeko said...

wow - you are so creative. i absolutely love the idea!! i totally agree that a guest book would just get stored for eternity, haha.

Anonymous said...

That is very cool! And I love that afterward you can bake it in your own oven to set the signatures!

K_Streams_Her_C said...

Thanks Heather!