This unique and thoughtful drop top guest book is an alternative, exciting and warm way to involve guests at any event. It’s also a great way to record and remember the special day for a lifetime. Guests will enjoy signing and dropping the hearts through the slit at the top, and the owner will enjoy cherishing this drop box guest book for a lifetime as it hangs on the wall.
It’s great for weddings, birthdays, baby showers, fundraisers, or any event to be documented and has sentimental value.
The item pictured is 11″x 14″ with a 1.25″ inch frame. EACH FRAME CAN HOLD A DIFFERENT AMOUNT OF HEARTS. There are 3 different sizes of hearts, and you should choose yours depending on what your are going for. There are 1.5″ hearts, 1.75″ hearts and 2″ hearts. Just that quarter of an inch difference changes the amount which can be written on the hearts dramatically (see picture). The larger size of hearts, the less the frame will be able to hold of that size. The center heart standard size is 3″, but this may grow slightly with the much larger frames to keep the “look.”
In my opinion…(refer to picture to see example hearts sizes with text):
- The 1.5″ hearts are a good size for just a name or two, but not much more. Maybe a name with a smiley or a one or two word blurb, or a very small drawing.
- The 1.75″ hearts hold more text. A great size for multiple names (often the choice of signing by couples). Also a name with a longer blurb and/or small drawing.
- The 2″ hearts have quite a bit of room and are great for allowing guests to leave a message.
Keep in mind, typically not all guests will sign the guest book, and couples tend to sign one piece as a pair. It’s nearly impossible to know for sure how many pieces will be signed, but we’ve found it’s usually in the range of 50-75% of the guest number. If you plan to have 150 guests at your wedding, unless you make a point that each guest should sign a piece individually, you should expect less than 150 signed pieces. In this case, we would suggest 1.75″ or 2″ hearts with a frame which will hold 100-125 pieces. For something like a kid’s birthday, we suggest getting the smaller or medium sized hearts (1.5″ or 1.75″) and close to around exactly how many guests you plan to have. Each kid will want to sign his own. Again, these are just suggestions, it’s impossible to know for sure how many pieces will be signed.
The frame sizes, and approximate amount of each heart size that frame will hold are as follows:
|Frame Size||1.5″ Hearts||1.75″ Hearts||2″ Hearts|
|8″ x 10″||~40||~30||~20|
|11″ x 14″||~75||~65||~40|
|14″ x 16″||~120||~100||~70|
|16″ x 20″||~170||~140||~100|
|18″ x 24″||~225||~185||~130|
Be Sure to Include:
**The size of hearts you want. If you do not include this, you will get 1.75″ hearts. The approximate number of hearts each size frame holds is pretty accurate, however the hearts can rest atop each other in ways which leave more or less gaps or “dead space.” So you may receive a few more or less hearts. If it is important you get at least the amount noted, just put this in your notes and we will be sure you receive at least that number **
**What you want engraved. In the case of the main item pictured this would be “Rebecca & Devin July 7, 2018” We break out the names and the date in two separate center aligned lines. You may also choose something like “Mr. & Mrs. Avery 7-10-16” (We typically do this style in 3 lines of text as it looks and fits best) or “Jenny’s Bridal Shower August 5th 2016” Whatever you choose, W can engrave it and I will design it to look as best as possible. Anything in parenthesis will be considered an icon or symbol, for instance if you want a heart engraved between two names, you’d write “Jen (heart) Elliot” **
**The font you prefer. There are 8 separate fonts you can choose from which correspond to a letter and are seen in one of the images. Just check mark the box for which font you want. If you don’t clarify any font, we will choose them for you. If you have your own font in mind which you want to use, and it is free to download, just select “Other” font and include the link to where it can be downloaded in the order notes text box which can be found on the checkout page. Google fonts has a large selection of free to download fonts (fonts.google.com). **
**The background color will be natural brown (hardboard) unless you choose a colored background and put this in the notes. There is no extra charge for a colored background.
**We include a blank piece of wood in every order for you to test pens on. We’ve found nearly any pen works for writing on them. We suggest just a regular bic pen. We used to suggest fine tip markers, but a couple customers in the past have said they’ve gotten some slight bleeding with them, although I’ve never experienced it myself. Test different pens out and find out which will work best for you; We have made a video on pen selection, which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNXAyoOca0g
***We will include the instruction sign for no extra charge (the pictured item says leaves but yours will say hearts) if you photograph and share the this guest book (preferably in use at your event) on facebook or instagram, @havolydesigns. You’ll need to tag our facebook page in the post, or post it directly on our page, http://www.facebook.com/havolydesigns Selecting “Yes, I’ll Share You” is you making an agreement you will do this. You must first like the facebook page and let us know in the notes section what name you liked the page with (if it’s different from the name you ordered on here with). We really appreciate you helping out this small business by doing this.
If you want the signed pieces or the engraved piece to be a different shape (ie. circles, stars, rounded corner rectangles, etc.) just shoot us a message. We’ve made many different shapes in the past, with great outcomes.
It really also really helps this small business when you share a picture of your items on the facebook page or on instagram, and it is greatly appreciated. So please, SHARE IT! 🙂 You can also find coupons on the facebook page, so I suggest liking it. 🙂
The center engraved heart on the 11″ x 14″, 14″ x 16″ and 16″x 20″ is approximately 3 inches tall and wide. It is a bit smaller on the 8″ x 10″ frame to keep the overall “look” of the guest book.
The interior pieces are made of quality 1/4 inch thick maple ply wood. The front cover is glass. The heart piece with the names on it has been finished with a dark brown finish.
We also make a tree drop box guest book. It has a tree trunk as the custom engraved piece and maple leaves which the guests sign. Don’t be afraid to ask for a different style or shape for the leaves.
We also make puzzle guest books which are a big hit. They come in both the heart and tree shapes, as well as in a variety of sizes.
Please look at the perfect reviews we have received for this and all items we sell on the Etsy shop.
~This item typically ships within 2-5 business days from the order date~
It ships by USPS priority and typically takes 2-3 days from the ship date to arrive anywhere in the lower 48 states. Tracking info will be emailed to you once the item is shipped so you can track the package. If you’re in a time crunch and need it quicker than that, don’t hesitate to contact us by filling out the contact form or by directly emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Our goal is to please. 🙂
Below is a video showing how I make these step by step.