Wedding Note Cards

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Dennis and Toni's Wedding Guest Cards

A tip for those who are planning their weddings.

We didn’t have a guestbook during our wedding. Instead, my sisters placed pens and notecards on each of the guests’ tables during the reception. Each notecard is the size of a calling card with different borders for a fun feel. Our host (my best friend) encouraged the guests to write us notes. My sisters would then collect the cards in a basket. During the course of the reception, my best friend would pick out a card and read it to us. It made the celebration more intimate.

Why did I go for note cards? Guestbooks usually just have the guest’s name, his/her address and a quick note. Then there was the hassle of having to pass it around. I didn’t want to trouble my sisters with monitoring where the guestbook was. I also wanted to have a personal connection with the guests. I couldn’t chat with each one of them lengthily during the wedding so personal notecards were the way to go.

From my then 8-year-old cousin Maxine

I keep the cards in a box near my wedding albums. I have fun reading through the cards once in awhile. The one above is one of my favorites, written by my kid cousin Maxine. Some notes make me cry, like the touching note written by my grandmother and my late grandfather. Some make me laugh, like the caricatures drawn by our colleagues. Some make me reflect, like the pieces of advice shared by longtime married couples. But all of them make me smile. All of them connect us more intimately to each one who celebrated our special day with us. And even if more than two years have passed since that special day, all of the little notes continue to touch our hearts. :)

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  1. Sidney
    August 31, 2005 at 10:29 am (17 years ago)

    Yes, those are things to cherish forever !

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  2. jey
    August 31, 2005 at 11:04 am (17 years ago)

    what i’ve been keeping all these years are the letters/notes/missives i received from friends in high school… those happy weekend or i’m so bored with physics thing… they’re for keeps.:)

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  3. paz
    August 31, 2005 at 11:10 am (17 years ago)

    toni, that’s a great idea!

    to all brides-to be out there, pls. take note! literally!

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  4. Toni
    August 31, 2005 at 11:27 am (17 years ago)

    Sidney : Yes! They are well-kept!

    jey : Isn’t it fun re-reading those notes? :) Takes you down memory lane!

    paz : Thanks! I highly recommend this to brides-to-be!

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  5. Junnie
    August 31, 2005 at 11:59 am (17 years ago)

    sayang, kasal na ako….but that’s a neat idea, people will have enough time to think through what to write…and not be pressured that they have to pass the guest book after just a few secs with them…

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  6. jeanny
    August 31, 2005 at 12:01 pm (17 years ago)

    That’s a great idea ha. Imagine, you can have those messages that are for keeps.

    Ako rin I like reading old notes. It bring back memories 😀

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  7. JO
    August 31, 2005 at 12:25 pm (17 years ago)

    such a treasure! i wished i had done the same thing. siguro on our 25th anniversary na lang?

    my guestbook was torn apart even before our wedding dinner ended… tapos nadumihan pa… :-(

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  8. Toni
    August 31, 2005 at 12:43 pm (17 years ago)

    Junnie : Exactly!!! Some of the note cards nga were sobrang puno with words. Parang back to back, single-spaced, font 6. Hehe.

    jeanny : For keeps talaga! :)

    Jo: Yeah why not? On your 25th anniversary! Or even the next birthday party!

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  9. watson
    August 31, 2005 at 12:46 pm (17 years ago)

    Uy, that’s a nifty idea! Mas personal nga. I think I’ll do the same for Jo-Lo’s baptism. Thanks for the idea!

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  10. Toni
    August 31, 2005 at 12:47 pm (17 years ago)

    watson: Yeah that would be great for your little one’s christening celebration. Enjoy!!

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  11. jojo
    August 31, 2005 at 1:55 pm (17 years ago)

    we placed note cards on the tables during the wedding too. but now i realised we should have placed pens too. konti lang kasi nagsulat :(

    sa debut na lang ni Princess 😀

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  12. Toni
    August 31, 2005 at 2:09 pm (17 years ago)

    jojo: Ok yan! Planning ahead! 😉

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  13. anicee
    August 31, 2005 at 3:39 pm (17 years ago)

    what a neat idea.. it can also be used for other significant events / parties like debuts. It sure gives the party a unique, personal touch.

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  14. Toni
    August 31, 2005 at 3:51 pm (17 years ago)

    anicee: Yup. It puts a personal touch to any occasion!

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  15. Bingle Laoagan
    August 31, 2005 at 4:01 pm (17 years ago)

    Dear Toni,
    this is a great idea. I have 2 friends who are planning for their weddings and I just had to give your tip to them. They love the idea!

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  16. Toni
    August 31, 2005 at 4:31 pm (17 years ago)

    bingle: Very cool! I hope they enjoy reading their notes as much as I did!

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  17. tanya
    August 31, 2005 at 10:08 pm (17 years ago)

    wow.. that is i very good idea! i wouldn’t mind doing that too…

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  18. xtine
    September 1, 2005 at 1:25 am (17 years ago)

    hi Toni,

    Just so you know, I love collecting memorabilias especially those simple notes from special people. You’re wedding would probably one of your best and fondest memory and I’m envy of you because my wedding wasn’t that nicer and prepared because my whole family wasn’t able to attend my wedding here in the US, only few friends of my husband came but I had the chance to keep some notes and cards from them. It’s very strange but I’m happy!

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  19. cathy
    September 1, 2005 at 6:51 am (17 years ago)

    hi toni,

    that is such a neat idea! i’ll remember that when i get married.

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  20. eye
    September 1, 2005 at 2:52 pm (17 years ago)

    ang cute naman, may mga nag-drawing pa :) i love how the cards had different borders & feel in them. ang sarap nga balik-balikan…

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  21. anj
    September 1, 2005 at 4:04 pm (17 years ago)

    oo nga! i remember those cards. it was a good idea. 😉 interesting to look back to.

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  22. bea
    September 1, 2005 at 4:14 pm (17 years ago)

    grabe. mababaw ang luha ko. naiyak na ako… ang sweet naman. thanks for the tip! it IS definitely more efficient than a guest book! :)

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  23. petite
    September 1, 2005 at 4:33 pm (17 years ago)

    oh what a terrific, sweet, simply brilliant idea! i wish we’d thought about that for our wedding! :-)

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  24. chinita_jill
    September 1, 2005 at 11:31 pm (17 years ago)

    what a wonderful creative idea!!

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  25. kat
    September 2, 2005 at 8:53 am (17 years ago)

    what a great and unique idea~

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  26. dexie
    September 2, 2005 at 9:25 am (17 years ago)

    great idea. i might have to do that for our vow renewal. thanks toni :)

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  27. Toni
    September 2, 2005 at 10:38 am (17 years ago)

    tanya : I recommend this idea!

    xtine : It’s not strange at all! :)

    cathy : Okeedokee!

    eye : Yeah may mga art directors sa kasal namin, aliw nga may caricatures pa hehehe.

    anj : I have fun reading the notes to Dennis and we share a good laugh or cry over them.

    bea : O here’s a Kleenex. 😉 And yes, it’s so much more efficient and personal than a guestbook!

    petite : You can do it on your anniversary party or even a birthday!

    chinita_jill : And a very intimate one too!

    kat : Maybe you can do it for your little one’s christening? :)

    dexie : That would be a great idea!

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  28. Kay
    May 19, 2006 at 12:34 pm (17 years ago)

    hi! i hope you wouldn’t mind that the ideas I get from your site, I’m putting up on my blog … its the only way I can “remember” the fabulous ideas that I read here … I do give credit to you and a link to your fab blog …

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