Your guests will be filled with well wishes for you on your wedding day. Give them a way to express their love, and maybe even share some advice, by setting up a wedding wishing tree. From the sentimental to the practical, guests can write notes of congratulations, offer tips and tricks for a lasting marriage or simply let you know they share in your happiness. The best part? You get to read and cherish the personal sentiments of friends and family for years to come.
Things You'll Need
- 2 to 3 large, bare tree branches
- White spray paint
- Large vase, basket or pot
- Floral oasis
- Hot glue
- Wide ribbon
- Colored stones or glass marbles
- Blank business cards
- Hole punch
- Thin ribbon
- Colored pencils
- Pencil holder
Cover the tree branches with several coats of white spray paint until no brown shows through. Let dry between coats and at least 24 hours before potting.
Place several blocks of floral oasis in the bottom of your pot, basket or vase. Secure oasis to the bottom of your container with hot glue for a sturdy hold. Decorate your container using fabric or wide ribbon as desired.
Secure the stems of your tree branches into the oasis by firmly pressing them in until they touch the bottom of your container. Use more hot glue if necessary for a sturdier hold. Fill the container around the tree base with colored stones or glass marbles.
Punch a hole in the corner of blank business cards to create wishing cards, and tie a loop of thin ribbon through each.
Display the cards in a decorative basket along with an assortment of colored pencils in a pencil holder, and place them near the wishing tree. Have your wedding attendants instruct guests to write a wish for you and your new groom and hang it on the tree.
Tips & Warnings
- Purchase precut business cards by the sheet at office supply stores. Before punching them out, consider printing your monogram, names or wedding date on the top.
- For added aesthetic appeal, hang silk flowers or butterflies from the branches. The tree will look full and complete even before guests begin hanging wishes.
- After the wedding, gather all the wishes and preserve them in a photo album along with your wedding pictures.
- If your tree feels top heavy or like it may topple over, add more rocks to the base or choose a wider and/or taller container.
- The Complete Book of Wedding Crafts; Rockport Publishers; 2005