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Are you looking for a unique and interesting idea as a wedding guest book for your wedding reception and / or rehearsal dinner party? Then consider one of my personalized "Wooden Guest Book Puzzles"

What is a Guest Book Puzzle you ask?

A guest book puzzle is something isis a custom made 1/4 inch thick WOODEN jigsaw puzzle that is hand crafted piece by piece using your personal enlarged engagement photograph (Or any other photo, or photo collage you wish to use) or any romantic art print that you wish to use. The puzzle pieces of these very unique puzzles are rather large, averaging from 2 inches x 2 inches to maybe 4 inches x 4 inches in size (roughly the size of the palm of a hand). The wooden backside of each of the puzzle pieces are hand sanded to be practically as smooth as glass, so that each of your special guests have enough room to comfortably write a sentence or two, plus sign their names.

My guest book puzzles can have as few as 25 pieces or as many as 560 pieces. (see sizes and pricing below ). Your guests are very likely to have NEVER seen something like my ORIGINAL wooden puzzles before!

One side of the puzzle has a picture of your choice, and the other has everyone's personal comments.

An additional benefit is that people enjoy putting the picture together so much, that they are talking and mingling. My wedding Guest Book puzzle in many ways also assists as an Ice Breaker Exercise too!

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Here is an example of a GREAT photo collage.
This one was 20"x34" in size with 140 pieces
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Puzzles can be as large as
24" x 36" in size!

After you return from your honeymoon, you can take your assembled guest book puzzle to be professionally framed with a clear, removable backing (Plexiglass works well.), so that you can take it off the wall and view the many comments of your guests, at your leisure, as well as when you have gatherings for the holidays or other special family occasions. My puzzles are designed to out live anyone if cared for properly. By adding a removable backing to the frame, you can also take the puzzle out of the frame and solve it again and again over the years.

I have also made my guest book puzzles for... Formal Dinner Parties, Wedding Anniversary celebrations - especially 25th & 50th, Retirement parties, Graduations, First Communions & Confirmations, Bar-Mitzvahs and Bat-Mitzvahs, College and High School Reunions, even large gatherings of close friends.

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Black and White or Color images... are just fine.

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My puzzles are made from the finest quality 5-ply Finland Birch wood, and are finely hand cut with blades as thin as hair. These puzzles are designed to last for many generations, making them a true "Family Heirloom"! Your Great Grand Children will be able to enjoy them!

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Guest Book Puzzle Pieces
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This is what the back of the puzzle pieces look like.
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to see these signed pieces at near actual size.

Note the ruler at bottom of this image for size perspective.

The pieces on the left came from a 16"x20" puzzle with 75 pieces. As you vary the physical size of your puzzle, and the total piece count, your puzzle pieces may vary is size from the example shown to the left.

Writing on the back of the puzzle pieces does require the use of a special pen that dries instantly, and does not bleed into the fine wood grain. The pen has available colors of Black, Red or Blue, at a cost of $3.00 each. I recommend one per each 25-30 guests.

A jigsaw puzzle is very much like a persons life. From the day you are born to the day that you die, your life can be captured by a picture puzzle. As you grow from the age of one day old, more and more pieces of your puzzle's picture, start to fall into place piece by piece, creating a seemingly never ending picture of who and what you are.

Your family, relatives, friends, parishioners, co-workers, as well as your hobbies, favorite TV shows, foods, cloths, travels and the many, many other unique interests that you have, all make up the tiny pieces of who you have become. As more pieces are continuously added to your life's picture, you will gradually change and evolve.

When two people care for each other enough to merge their lives to become one, they are also (whether they know it or not) merging their personal picture puzzles together, as each of their lives, past, present and future, now becomes part of the others. The symbolism of this is actually quite amazing when you think that not only are your two lives being directly impacted, but in one way or another, either big or small, the individual pieces that comprise your personal puzzles will feel the changes of your union as well. Those pieces being the people who know each of you, will eventually know each other through your marriage. Meeting one another at your wedding and holiday gatherings as well as, baptisms, birthdays, or at those annual Super bowl Sunday parties.

It is based on this premise that I make my symbolic and unique wooden jigsaw puzzles designed specifically for the purpose of a guest book. The guest book puzzle pieces are large in size, and while the one side of the piece contains an image that you select for your puzzle, the backside of each puzzle piece will eventually contain the signature and a sentence or two from each of your closest friends and family members who attend your wedding reception or rehearsal dinner before the big event. These puzzles are a symbolic gesture that shows each of your guests just how important they have been in your lives, nourishing each of you into who you are on your wedding day and who you will become in the future. They will truly be a part of your life's puzzle.

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Recent Customer Emails...

Hi Mark! I just wanted to say thank you so much for the work you did on our wedding guest book puzzle. I'm sure you do so many that it's tough to keep track - ours was the rush order with my husband stuffing cake into my face. The guest book was such a hit at our reception. Every guest loved the unique idea. I'm passing on your Web site to wedding planner friends. The quality of the puzzle went beyond my limited expectations, and I loved the packaging it arrived in as well. I knew it would look great, but I didn't know how great until I opened the box.

Thank you also for expediting the process. You helped me have one less thing to worry about. We'll be back for more of your puzzles. Keep up the great work!

Take care,
Lyndsey S********
Long Beach, CA

Hello Mark,

Carmen and I just got married on October 20th (Sweetest Day). You made a puzzle out of our engagement photo and it was a big hit at our wedding. Our nieces (ages 6 and 8) job was to go to each of our guests table, and have them sign the back of a puzzle piece. This job made our nieces feel very important, and gave us a completed puzzle which will always have a lifetime of memories on the front and back of it. Thank you for helping make our small wedding very meaningful.

Carmen and Cary B******** - Evanston, IL

A view of the back of a signed puzzle.

Here is the reverse view of a puzzle that I made for a good friend on mine as a retirement gift. A party was thrown in his honor where 84 of the 85 pieces in the puzzle were signed by those in attendance. To see a larger view of this puzzle Click Here.
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How to use my Wedding Guest Book Puzzle at your reception...

Way #1) The ideal way to set up the puzzle at the reception is to have a separate table at least a little bigger than twice the size of your assembled puzzle set up with an attendant. The special pens, and the assembled puzzle are placed on the table one of two ways...

a) Image side up - which is nice to show your guests what the puzzle image you selected looks like during the reception.

b) Image side down, make a sense of intrigue, as people do not know what the puzzle image looks like, and adds a bit of a sense of urgency for everyone to sign their puzzle piece so that the completely signed puzzle can be flipped over to reveal the image that you selected for your one of a kind guest book puzzle.

You will also very likely receive quite a number of compliments from your guests, as it si very likely they have never seen a HAND CUT WOODEN Jigsaw Puzzle used as a guest book before.

As the reception begins, your guests will be instructed to take a piece (Usually from the edge of the puzzle, and work inward) and take a moment to write a couple well wishing words / sentences and sign their names, on the back side (Wood side - not image side). The then signed puzzle piece is placed adjacent to the unsigned puzzle, basically pealing pieces away from the unsigned puzzle, and reassembling the signed puzzle adjacently.

If you request any special shaped puzzle pieces such as two interlocking hearts, or two interlocking wedding bells for examples, these pieces should be signed by the bride and groom IN ADVANCE, so no one else writes on them..

Once everyone has signed the puzzle, you can once again see the completed image on the front, and if you wish to flip the puzzle over, you can then display what everyone wrote on the puzzle back. The easiest way to flip the puzzle would be to have two pieces of sturdy cardboard / foam core board handy, that are at least as large as the dimensions of the puzzle. Simply sandwich the puzzle in between the boards (like an Oreo cookie), quickly flip it over, and slide the puzzle off of the board, back onto the table, in the upside down position (or downside position, depending on which way you started displaying your puzzle).

At the end of the reception, the puzzle can be disassembled, and stored. If you wish to frame the puzzle when you return from your honeymoon, simply re-assemble the puzzle, and Saran wrap it to a piece of cardboard to be brought to a framer to be professionally framed. Request a clear backing, (1/16" or 1'8" thick plexiglass) so that the framed puzzle can be viewed front and back.

NOTE: This is the ideal way to use the puzzle at a reception, because you will have all of the pieces located in a small controlled area of your reception. No pieces will accidentally disappear. The puzzle pieces are "not" replaceable if some were to get lost.

Way #2) You can have your bridesmaids/groomsmen walk around during the reception with decorated wicker baskets containing puzzle pieces, and two to three pens each. They will invite people to take a puzzle piece, and write their well wishes and sign their name on a puzzle piece back, and return it to the basket. The Bridesmaids / Groomsmen that do this need to ensure that the collect ALL of the pieces that they handed out.

Once completed, you can either put the puzzle on a table so that guests can work on solving it, or store it away in a safe place. Not everyone is into dancing, or all that mobile, so giving some people an opportunity to see, read, and solve the pieces of your wedding guest book puzzle will be very enjoyable for them. More people might want to join in that you would otherwise be aware of.

Solving the puzzle BEFORE the reception concludes is also a great way to verify that all of the puzzle pieces we in fact collected, and accounted for. Uncle Bob or Aunt Mary will not have accidentally placed a piece in their pocket, because they wanted more time to think about what they are going to say, and then forget that they still have the piece, and travel home with it.


Some Example Guest Book Puzzle image choices.

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This small puzzle was used at the Wedding Rehearsal dinner party. Immediate friends and family signed the puzzle.

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NOTE: The fuzzy fog like glare on some of these photos is due to poor lighting angles in our workshop atht ehtime that the photos were taken.

Pricing and Sizing
of your custom made wooden
Guest book puzzle

Number of

Number of
puzzle Pieces

These puzzle pieces offer room enough for a few words up to a sentence and a signature.

Price for
of HAND cutting your
Guest Book Puzzle


piece puzzle

or less.

12" x 16"



piece puzzle

16" x 20"



piece puzzle

16" x 20"



piece puzzle

16" x 24"



piece puzzle

16" x 24"
up to
18" x 24"



piece puzzle

16" x 24"
up to
18" x 24"



piece puzzle

18" x 24"



piece puzzle

18" x 24"



piece puzzle

18" x 24"
up to
20" x 30"


Number of

Number of
puzzle Pieces

These puzzle pieces offer room enough for a few words up to a sentence and a signature.

Price for
of HAND cutting your
Guest Book Puzzle


piece puzzle

20" x 30"



piece puzzle

20" x '30"



piece puzzle

24" x 36"



piece puzzle

24" x 36"



piece puzzle

24" x 36"



piece puzzle

24" x 36"



piece puzzle

24" x 36"



piece puzzle

24" x 36"



piece puzzle

30" x 40"



piece puzzle

30" x 40"


Number of

Number of
puzzle Pieces

Usually representative of 70% of your total guest count as some people will sign as couples.

These puzzle pieces offer room enough for a few words up to a sentence and a signature.

Price for
of HAND cutting your
Guest Book Puzzle


piece puzzle

30" x 40"



piece puzzle

up to 35" x 47"



piece puzzle

up to 35" x 47"


-- Orders should be placed a MINIMUM of 14 calendar days ahead of the date of your occasion. When ever possible, we can accomodate rush orders filled within 2-4 business days. If you do need your order completed in a RUSH? Click Here! I WILL accommodate shorter notice RUSH orders when ever possible.

* Additional Feesthat "may, or may not", apply to your jigsaw puzzle order, include the following services.

1) Printing fees for printing DIGITAL IMAGES sent to me via e-mail, FTP, that need to be printed. The printing price is $10 per square foot of image area. For clients who wish to print their own image, they are welcome to do so, and then ship me their large photographic paper print.

In cases where the customer provides me with the image already printed in the appropriate size for the puzzle, on quality Ilford, Kodak, Fuji, or Epson photographic paper, there will obviously be no printing charge added to your order. If you do option to send me your image already printed, and if for any reason your image lifts off of the wood because the paper is splitting, you may not phone me to complain about it. It is your paper, not mine, and I assume ZERO responsibility for that potential defect.

2) Connecticut residents pay 6& state sales tax - All other US states are Tax Free - International orders are not taxed by the USA, however you are responsible for any and all import tariffs placed on your puzzle order from your own country's customs inspection officials. Contact your country's customs officials if this potential import tax is a concern to you.

3) Shipping charges are paid by the customer, My Standard shipping fee for NON rush orders is $20 for USA addresses. Your puzzles are shipped via Priority mail, and you are supplied a tracker code. Higher shipping fees apply to International order. Email me or call, and I will give you an estimate.

4) Do you need your puzzle order completed in a RUSH? If so, Click Here! - I WILL accommodate shorter notice RUSH orders when ever possible.

5) I have a special pen that I highly recommend you use to sign the wooden puzzle backs. They are available in BLACK & RED and cost $4.00 each. I suggest that you order at least ONE pen for every 20 guests. (If you have 100 people at your wedding, it would take forever for them to all share using just 1 pen, but by using 5 pens, ALL of your guests will be able to sign the puzzle in less then an hour, assuming the average person needed 3 minutes to think and then write what they would like to say.) This special pen is is a "pigment Ink" pen that is instant drying and non bleeding. It writes wonderfully on WOOD, and you can use it for years to come to write notes on the back of your family photographs or other keepsake type documents.

DO NOT try to write on my wooden puzzles with ball point, felt tip, or sharpie type makers.... they will make a terrible mess, and basically ruin your special puzzle.

On your wedding day, designate your bridesmaids and / or groomsmen to take a couple of 20 minute shifts to oversee the table where your guests will sign the back of each of your puzzle pieces during the reception cocktail hour. I recommend that you set your guest book puzzle on a table of its own near the entrance area. Make sure the table is at least twice the size of your puzzle. START with displaying the complete solved puzzle, picture size up... then as each of your guests removes a piece of the un-signed puzzle to sign it, you can neatly re-assemble the "signed" puzzle pieces next to the one you started with. After all your guests have signed a puzzle piece, you are left with a once again COMPLETE puzzle for all to admire. By using this approach, you will also be able to notice if any pieces have grown legs, and walked off with any of your guests.

I am also very sure that quite a number of your guests will find your unique guest book "puzzle" to be a highlight to the beginning of your wedding reception.

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50th Wedding Anniversary
Guest Book Puzzle.
16"x20" with about 75 pieces.

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A great fall foliage portrait although I did not photograph this puzzle after it was cut, this is a wonderful example of a great image.

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A symbolic lighthouse photograph was used in this wonderful 18" x 24"puzzle with about 80 pieces.

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One of the larger size puzzles, this puzzle actually has the date of the wedding cut into the puzzle (see above her watch) and their names cut into the puzzle above their heads. This puzzle was about 2 feet by 3 feet, and had well over 150 pieces in it.

Some comments I have received from customers who have ordered my Wedding Guest Book Puzzles™.

Hi Mark!

I received the wooden puzzle in time for my wedding. It made it safely to Hawaii, and everyone had a blast signing the back of the puzzle. I had to copy your business card; lots of people were asking for it at the wedding. It turned out better than I expected.

Thanks for being so prompt and accommodating, and for such a beautiful product!

Judy -

 Hi Mark,

Thanks for your wedding puzzle, it worked out wonderfully and many people told me what a great idea it was. Many people also admired your work and the detail of the cuts. The heart figure was great too, Sylvia and I signed that one together and put that piece in last after all the other pieces were assembled.

Thanks again for all that you have done. I'll will eventually put the wedding on my home page so that you can see it as well. cheers,

Robert - Alberta, Canada

"Hi Mark,

Well, Ralph loved his puzzle. He actually got a little emotional about it. About 60 people attended the reception and all were fascinated and very impressed with your puzzle craftsmanship. People kept sifting through the little pieces. I hope they are all still there! We checked the floor really well after the party to make sure that no pieces were on the floor. Ralph has promised to put it together soon and bring it in for all of us to see. Thanks again for doing such a wonderful job!

Sue B." - Tustin, California


I just wanted to thank you for my order. I ordered a puzzle to be done for my brother and now sister-in-law's wedding guest book. It was a complete surprise, and they loved it! The guests thought it was quite original, too.

Thanks for adding another special touch to an already wonderful wedding!

Sherry S


The puzzle was a HUGE hit! It arrived in the nick of time and was beautifully boxed and protected. Everyone has asked where we got it and I'm handing out your web address left and right! Thanks again for making our "Big Day" such a wonderful experience for all our guests!

Jeana and Marcus
San Diego, Ca.

Mark, ... (This was a Phone Call from a wedding reception hall pay phone!)

I just had to call you to tell you that I am at Karen S...'s wedding reception, and I am in tears over the puzzle you made form them. It is beautiful. What a powerful symbol it represents for their wedding day. It is also the must unique thing I have seen at any wedding I have ever attended. I think I have been too at least 20 weddings in my life. You do beautiful work Mark. I am not just speaking for me, but for a lot of people here today. Thank you for making Karen's wedding an extra special day for me.


I want to THANK YOU for helping to make my in law's 50th anniversary a special event. The puzzle was waiting at the hotel when I arrived on Thursday afternoon.

We received MANY compliments on the idea itself. We had elected to not put it together but instead have everyone sign and my inlaws, who are avid puzzle people, put it together themselves. With all the stuff going on, I'm happy to note that none of the pieces got misplaced. Unfortunately though, a few of the elderly guests couldn't decipher visually the difference between front and back and we have 3 names on the front of the puzzle (including the minister who married them 50 years ago!). Dad says he'll simply forge their names on the back and repair the front.

My inlaws kept the cards you sent and I know of one person who is definitely going to place an order. Others were asking for information as well so hopefully this will generate even more business your way.

Again, thank you soooo much and I look forward to working with you on future needs!


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