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Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Wish Tree – A Guest Book Alternative

Filed under: Guest Books,Wedding Articles,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:00 am

Here is a new take on the time-honored tradition of guest books.

wishtreeCreate a “wish tree” for your guests to leave best wishes, relationship advice, little thoughts and tidbits. Not only are the cards great for scrapbooking memories, but the tree is dazzling in any reception area.

The Wish Tree is a Dutch wedding custom where guests are given a piece of paper, either shaped like a leaf or made of card stock. Your guests will love the interaction of writing, then pinning or tying their personal wish to the limbs of your wish tree.

Make sure you have someone designated at the tale to give your guests directions and use special lighting on the wish tree for a more dramatic effect. Remember to have your disc jockey or MC make several announcements during the reception so the guests will know what to do.

These cute custom cards really reflect the couples’ personality! The days of one pen, one book and one long line are over. By placing the cards and pens all the way around this circular table, traffic flows like a dream! Do this at the reception, not as the guests enter. Provide pegs, clips or pins so your guests can attach their wishes.

Some couples opt for a “wish bowl.” Same basic idea, but guests write their wishes for love and life on little slips of paper and place them into a crystal or decorative glass bowl or vase.

Copyright © 2010 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 455 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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    Comment by cute makeup ideas — Monday, November 12, 2012 @ 12:39 pm | Reply

  2. This is a great idea for a Guest Book alternative! Thanks for sharing!


    Comment by weddingftw — Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 1:39 pm | Reply

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