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Posted by edisonfordwinterestates On August 3rd

71 Responses

  1. Jen Says:

    Hi. I love this idea! Do you happen to know where the rocks came from? They are the perfect color and size and smoothness!!! Also, did guests use a SKINNY Sharpie to write their messages? Or a regular size sharpie?
    Thank you! 🙂

    Posted on November 22nd, 2011 at 1:45 pm

  2. Courtney Shaw Says:

    Hi Jen!

    The rocks are from Home Depot and the sharpies were regular sharpies, not the fine tip. Although, either would probably work! If you can’t find the light gray colored rocks, you can always use a silver or gold paint pen on any color rock! 🙂

    Best wishes for a successful wedding!

    Courtney Shaw
    Fabulously Chic Events

    Posted on November 23rd, 2011 at 2:42 pm

  3. Diana Says:

    I love this idea.. did you write a note next to it with anything special? Did you still have a guest book?

    Posted on December 3rd, 2011 at 12:08 am

  4. edisonfordwinterestates Says:

    There was a card next to the stones that read:
    The Edisons decided to make a “walk of fame” at the estate in Fort Myers, Florida, which they shared with Henry Ford’s family. The Edisons called it their “Friendship Walk”. Visitors to Edison’s home often brought stones etched with their names and the date they visited to add to the “friendship walk”.

    We ask that you create a similar stone. Write your name and a short message for us to cherish forever.

    You can see the whole wedding at http://www.historicfloridawedding.com/2011/08/03/green-nature-themed-wedding-laura-nate-outdoor-florida-weddings/

    Posted on December 3rd, 2011 at 11:26 am

  5. ann decker Says:

    Where can I purchase the rocks? My daughter graduates in may as a nurse practioner and we are having a party, thought it would be fun to have each guest give her a word of advice or encouragement then she could place it in her office

    Posted on December 12th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

  6. edisonfordwinterestates Says:

    Hi Ann,

    See the comment above from Courtney Shaw on where to purchase these stones.

    Posted on December 13th, 2011 at 9:43 am

  7. Rebecca Says:

    I’m getting married on June 16, 2012 in San Diego and this is what we’re doing instead of an “old school” guestbook! Plus, the rocks in the vase are great conversation starters 🙂

    Posted on January 9th, 2012 at 11:02 pm

  8. Teresa Harrison Says:

    We used the clear glass rocks and had the guests make a wish for us on the stone during the ceremony and place it in the basket/vase at the end of the ceremony. We have a vase full of their wishes in our bedroom with the ribbons from my bouquet. Still nice to remember the people and time.

    Posted on January 16th, 2012 at 2:20 pm

  9. Aime Hoffman Says:

    My daughter is getting married June 2, 2012 to a great guy. He and his family own/operate a landscaping company known for using rocks and boulders in their designs. This is a great idea I can’t wait to use.

    Posted on January 17th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

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    Posted on January 18th, 2012 at 12:58 pm

  11. Paul Says:

    This is a great idea.
    If in the surrounding area of Louisville, KY we have many colors and types of stone at our store: Crane Landscaping, The Stone Store.
    Go online:www.cranelandscaping.com for info.
    Plan on doing this for our children’s weddings one day!

    Posted on January 21st, 2012 at 4:40 pm

  12. Laura Veilleux Says:

    Wow, I can’t believe I didn’t know this was up here. This is from our wedding and now we have the vase in our home 🙂 My husband got the rocks from lowes and we just used regular sharpies. I love reading the little notes from everyone and remembering our special day!

    Posted on January 26th, 2012 at 11:27 pm

  13. edisonfordwinterestates Says:

    It’s a huge hit, Laura! It’s all over pinterest, too. Just do a search on pinterest for “guestbook” & it will probably come up.

    Posted on January 27th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

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  15. Courtney Shaw Says:

    Sorry, Jane told me Home Depot. I’m sure you can get them at both place though! 🙂

    Posted on January 29th, 2012 at 11:23 pm

  16. Stephanie Says:

    This is a great idea. My sister in law found this idea on-line, so we are going to use the idea for a bridal shower. My husbands cousin is getting married and our side of the family is throwing the shower for his fiancé. the groom likes to fish and hunt so we thought it would go great in their house. The bride had a similar idea for her other shower, she will use the pieces from their jenga game that they love to play.

    Posted on February 10th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

  17. cindymrose Says:

    I love the idea, it will be great for my son and fiance when they have a beach wedding but might even try writing on the shells.:)

    Posted on February 25th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

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  19. Valerie Says:

    I love this idea ! I was thinking about using this for a birthday party idea for my Mom. She has a huge interest in rocks and I think she would love this idea too !

    Posted on April 3rd, 2012 at 10:38 pm

  20. Katie Says:

    We’re planning on using this idea for a friends bridal shower. Did anyone use a cute description to the guests as to what the rocks are for?

    Posted on April 6th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

  21. edisonfordwinterestates Says:

    Hi Katie,

    There was this description pictured here: http://www.historicfloridawedding.com/2011/08/03/green-nature-themed-wedding-laura-nate-outdoor-florida-weddings/picture22/
    It’s a little hard to make out, but it looks like it says,
    The Edisons decided to make a “walk of fame” at the estate in Fort Myers, Florida, which they shared with Henry Ford’s family. The Edisons called it their “Friendship Walk”. Visitors to Edison’s home often brought stones etched with their names and the date they visited to add to the “friendship walk”.

    We ask that you create a similar stone. Write your name and a short message for us to cherish forever.

    You can see the whole wedding at http://www.historicfloridawedding.com/2011/08/03/green-nature-themed-wedding-laura-nate-outdoor-florida-weddings/

    Posted on April 10th, 2012 at 11:00 am

  22. Jennifer DuPont Says:

    Where did you get the vase? How many rocks did it hold?

    Posted on April 28th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

  23. Lins Says:

    We did this at our wedding. We collected the stones from the local beach in Maine. The not nexted to it read something like “marriage starts with a strong foundation. Please add a stone of advice to help them build on” Loved it! We got creative poems, advice and sayings. We keep the stones in sea grass baskets in our living room

    Posted on April 30th, 2012 at 11:36 pm

  24. Amy Says:

    This is a great idea. We are getting married next to a river in Texas and I think I will collect rocks from that river when I am down there this summer. Awesome Idea.

    Posted on May 15th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

  25. Alyce Says:

    Hmmmmmm…I’m seeing a great way to send thank you notes to someone we know and love who is retiring and currently re-doing his back yard!!

    Posted on May 28th, 2012 at 11:26 am

  26. Kelly Says:

    I am using it for a bridal shower and calling it “Rock solid Advice” and having them write advice on them! we are excited about it!

    Posted on June 3rd, 2012 at 12:08 am

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  28. Ashley Says:

    Love this idea. I think I will have a sign that says something like ‘Our Guests Rock’ and ask guests to sign and/or provide some “Rock Solid Advice” as Kelly suggested.

    Posted on June 5th, 2012 at 4:23 pm

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  30. Nicole Says:

    Does anyone know where to get the vase? I love this idea!

    Posted on June 8th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

  31. JoAnn Says:

    This is a very cool idea! My son is graduating next year and thinking of doing this “rock” solid advice as he begins his new journey. Any ideas for a good container to put the rocks in for son graduating?

    Posted on June 12th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

  32. edisonfordwinterestates Says:

    You could glue them into a shadow box frame or add them to a coffee table “zen garden”. You can find neat containers at garden shops and craft stores also.

    Posted on June 13th, 2012 at 10:47 am

  33. vicki mcreynolds stewart Says:

    Hey , daughter did something like this at her wedding , everybody played with the stones the whole time …. Some walked off with them…. We laughed about the whole thing… She still displays them though has been two years.

    Posted on June 15th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

  34. Clare Says:

    I love this idea but I’d probably want to use them for my garden, is there anything that you need to do to prevent them from fading with the sun light or anything. I’ve read on some websites that when you write with sharpie on certain things like ceramic items you need to bake them in the oven, do you need to do that with these as well?

    Posted on June 27th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

  35. stacy Says:

    I love this idea!!!!!! We are using this for my brothers wedding

    Posted on June 27th, 2012 at 7:29 pm

  36. Kristen Says:

    I went to lowes today to pick up these stones, but had no luck in finding them. I guess it’s off to home depot tomorrow. Any other suggestions?

    Posted on June 28th, 2012 at 8:09 pm

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  38. Mary ann Says:

    Love the idea of messages on rocks! I think I will have my grandchildren write their names and date them could also write favorite color,food,etc and date them..endless possibilities! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Mary Ann

    Posted on July 2nd, 2012 at 8:59 pm

  39. Paula McGee Says:

    Going to use this next year in our church’s banquet for graduating seniors.

    Posted on July 7th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

  40. Kathy Says:

    We did this for our wedding July 6th. It was perfect! I bought the rocks at Lowes and the bag was ripped, so we only paid $2! We used sharpies with 2 sides, fine and regular, and some guests even drew pictures! Our guests wrote the most beautiful, funny, and loving messages. thank you!!

    Posted on July 9th, 2012 at 10:52 am

  41. Sarah Says:

    I’m trying to find stones for my mothers wedding and I am having a hard time. I looked at Home Depot they didn’t have any, so can anyone tell me what type of rock to use or the name of the rocks… Please and Thank You!

    Posted on July 9th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

  42. Ashley Says:

    I just bought a couple of big bags from a nearby landscape supply company. They have a wide variety of colors and styles usually. Mine are large river rocks. Best of luck!

    Posted on July 10th, 2012 at 4:56 pm

  43. Kathy Says:

    Sarah, I got mine at Home Depot in ther garden section. I bought a huge bag and had to go through them to find the smoothest rocks. I didnt see a bag of all smooth rocks at any store. Or maybe you could ask a landscaper. Good Luck!

    Posted on July 10th, 2012 at 8:40 pm

  44. Sarah Dailey Says:

    What did u put the rocks in before they go in the glass jar (after the guests sign the rocks) a basket? We have approximately 200 or so guests and don’t know what to do with them so it looks nice still

    Posted on July 10th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

  45. Lynn Schmaker Says:

    I’m giving a abridal shower and want to reverse this….Instead of having guest write down advice…how about writing them out ahead of time and have the bride draw a rock out of the vase to read the saying during a bridal shower (when they open gifts). I was looking for advice funny and serious to write on the rocks….like “always kiss each other goodnight” etc….any ideas ??

    Posted on July 14th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

  46. Heather Says:

    Is there a link for these rocks? Those rocks are perfect size and everything. I searched the sites and can’t find them.

    Posted on July 24th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

  47. Kathy Says:

    Sarah, we had ours on the table as part of the decorations…candles in all different sized, flowers and the rocks…we had 8 foot long tables, not rounds, but I think both would work. then after the guests ate, we gave out the sharpies. Ours was an outdoor casual wedding so it looked beatiful. The guest wrote ont he rocks and left them on the table, we collected them after everyone left. @ Heather, I got mine at Lowes, they are garden rocks. $4.00 a bag…50 lb bag!! I had to sort through them to get nice ones that were smooth enough to write on, and then I hosed thme down so they didnt have any dust on them. Courtney’s are very similar to each other, but mine were different sizes…I put them in a glass vase just like she did and they look amazing!

    Posted on July 28th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

  48. Jamie Winkle Says:

    This sounds perfect for my daughter’s wedding in March, 12. I’m thinking “Building our house on the ROCK, please give advice to help us.

    Posted on August 16th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

  49. angie Says:

    Looooooove this ideal….I am getting married July 20,2013…and I also will be using this ideal

    Posted on September 9th, 2012 at 11:55 am

  50. Azur Creations Says:

    This is a most wonderfull idea. I live at the sea and have a studio full of wonderfull things. This is something I am going to implement in my studio and workshops. Maybe in the main display area for visitors to leave their pebbles of rememberance.
    Thank-you for your creativity.

    Posted on September 11th, 2012 at 3:24 pm

  51. niki Says:

    It would probably be a bit pricier than Lowes or Home Depot, but you could probably find rocks like these at a craft store like Michaels and they would probably be more uniform and smooth/flat. I plan on doing this for my wedding next year since I have collected rocks since I was a little kid.

    Posted on September 19th, 2012 at 12:19 am

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  54. Sheryl Says:

    Would be cool to use black rocks and metallic gold or silver sharpies to write on them also.

    Posted on November 5th, 2012 at 9:13 pm

  55. kris Says:

    I bought rocks from michaels, they are cheap but a little smooth and I was afraid the sharpie messages might rub off – testing now and so far so good.

    Posted on November 14th, 2012 at 1:32 pm

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  60. Yvette Says:

    Love this idea! Where can I find a glass vase big enough to hold these rocks. We have 165 guests. Thanks!!!

    Posted on May 2nd, 2013 at 5:30 pm

  61. edisonfordwinterestates Says:

    Hi Yvette,

    You could pick up a good sized vase at most craft stores like Joann’s, Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. You might even find that your florist will rent one out to you. Remember that 165 does not equal 165 stones as many families will use one stone for the entire family.

    Tori Weatherford
    Edison Ford Event Coordinator

    Posted on May 3rd, 2013 at 9:29 am

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  63. Abigail Says:

    Edison and Ford Winter Estates is beautiful!

    Posted on May 27th, 2013 at 8:30 am

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  66. edisonfordwinterestates Says:

    Thanks for including us in your blog post!

    Posted on July 8th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

  67. Robbyn Says:

    I’ve found these “pebbles” at The Home Depot but my question is – do I get small or large? I’m wondering what size I need to get. Help!

    Posted on July 31st, 2013 at 3:40 pm

  68. edisonfordwinterestates Says:

    The ones in the picture are about the size of a cookie, if that’s any help…

    Posted on July 31st, 2013 at 3:54 pm

  69. James Brown Says:

    Hiya, Could I download your photograph and use that on my website?

    Posted on September 11th, 2013 at 11:11 am

  70. edisonfordwinterestates Says:

    Sure, please credit the photographer as Luminaire Foto and link back to our blog. Thank you!

    Posted on September 11th, 2013 at 2:01 pm

  71. Patti Says:

    Do you know exactly what bag of rocks was used?


    Was it this bag?

    Posted on September 18th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

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