Congratulations! You’ve found the right partner to spend the rest of your life with.
Of course, you want your wedding to reflect all those qualities you admire in each other and I’m flattered that you’re considering a wedding guestbook puzzle as part of the celebration.
But I’m going to guess you know a little less about puzzle making than you do about love, so let me bring you up to speed on what you’re looking at.
Whether you end up with a Bella Puzzle or a wedding guest book alternative made by somebody else, here are the things you ought to look for:
I can’t even see you as I write this, but I know you’re worried. Will you look good enough on your wedding day?
Want to know why? Because it’s your wedding day –– the day you and the person you love most in the whole entire world get to officially start your life together. That smile on your face? Nothing is more beautiful than that.
Years from now you’re going to look back at the pictures from your wedding and you will be stunned at just how amazing you look. Stunned. Trust me on this.
You’re also going to get out your guest book puzzle –– the one you’re going to ask me to make for you –– and you know what you’re going to say to yourself? You’re going to say, “Wow. I sure am glad I read that blog post about how to choose the right picture.”
The very blog post you’re reading now.
The reason why is because I’m about to tell you five things to remember when you’re choosing the photo you’re going to ask me to turn into that luxury keepsake –– the wedding guest book alternative that’s also a puzzle.
1. Make sure you’re in focus. Both of you. The photo you’re sending me is probably a lot smaller than the custom puzzle I’m going to make from it, so if you’re fuzzy in a 5 x 7, just imagine how fuzzy you’re going to be on a puzzle.
2. Subject matter. A simple, timeless, and classic photo is the way to go. With any luck, your photo guest book is going to be around in fifty years. Perhaps it will be in a frame on your wall. Select an image that will stand the test of time.
3. Make sure you’re not too big in the frame. Not because you’re not gorgeous –because you are – but because the bigger you are, the more likely your face is going to have to be cut in order to make a decent puzzle. I use tiny scroll saw blades to cut my puzzles, but even with the finest blade I can get, a cut is a cut. And a face is a face.
4. Make sure you’re not too small in the frame. And this one, yes, is because you’re gorgeous. I hand craft each and every guest book puzzle with superior materials so that 70 years from now, you’ll be able to get out the puzzle, put it together, and see just how gorgeous you are right now. You don’t want your grandkids to look at it and go, “Which one’s you, Grandma?”
5. Color. A black and white photo can make a stunning puzzle, but for sheer enjoyment’s sake, I recommend a color photo. A color photo puzzle is also easier to assemble.
Consider all these factors when choosing your image. You’ll have a guest book alternative you’ll be proud to display at your event and for many years to come.
That’s all there is to it.
You feel a lot better, don’t you? I knew you would.
About the photographers:
1. Engagement photo taken by Kate Headley Photography and used with client’s permission.
2. Engagement photo taken by Jamee Photography and used with client’s permission.
3. Engagement photo taken by Jenny Schartner and used with client’s permission.
Most of my clients plan to use their guest book puzzles at weddings, but there are many occasions for which a Bella Puzzle would make an interesting guest book alternative, activity, and heirloom.
Can you think of any other places to use this fun guest book alternative?
“How many pieces should I order for my wedding guest book puzzle?”
This is a question I hear almost every day.
Good news! You do not need to get a puzzle piece for every guest.
Customers who get the number wrong say:
Ugh! I should have listened to you! Now I have about thirty blank pieces. I’d have saved money if I followed your advice.
I should have ordered more pieces. What was I thinking?! People had to share puzzle pieces and some of them just didn’t bother to sign because they saw the puzzle pieces were all full.
Customers who get the number right say:
Thanks so much for your advice about the number of puzzle pieces. We had just enough with a couple blanks left over. I was so worried we’d be short, but it was perfect. I’d have spent a lot more on the puzzle if I’d just gone with my gut – thanks for talking me into getting the smaller number of pieces.
So, how do you figure out how many pieces to order? Easy!
1. Decide how many guests are attending.
2. Identify the range (low to high) of puzzle pieces you need, given the chart on this page. (This chart is on every Bella Puzzles product page, too. Scroll through the product photos to find it.)
3. Read and follow the recommendations in the right column of the chart. They'll help you decide if you should order near the low end or the high end of the estimate.
4. If in doubt, contact Bella Puzzles for clarification.
How do you set up and use a Bella Puzzle guest book alternative at a wedding or other special event?
There are good choices, and there are bad choices.
It all begins with how you display the puzzle.
1. Start with disassembled puzzle pieces spread on a table.
Shown here: PHOTO Puzzle.
2. Start with a puzzle assembled on a table.
Shown here: WOOD Puzzle.
3. Start with puzzle pieces in a decorative container.
Shown here: WOOD puzzle.
There are over a dozen styles of Bella Puzzles. View the entire collection here.
So those are the GOOD ways to set up your guest book puzzle. What are the bad ones?
4. Mail the puzzle pieces to your guests before the event Please don't do this!
5. Set a few puzzle pieces on each dinner table at the reception. Please don't do this either!
Please choose one of the three approved methods for setting up your puzzle guest book.
I hope these suggestions help. If you have any other ideas for ways to use a puzzle guest book at an event, I'd love to hear about it.
All my best,