What Is A Wishing Tree
The wishing tree is a unique twist on the traditional wedding guestbook. Wishing trees are popular among wedding guests, and offer an interactive element that keeps guests engaged from the very start of your wedding. Place the wishing tree at the entrance of your ceremony or at your reception (or both!) and watch it fill up with kind words from your loved ones. Some guests will interpret “well wishes” as marriage advice, others as a funny memory, regardless, you are sure to walk away from your wedding with a wide variety of messages.
Our Wishing Tree
We created our wishing tree tablescape using a faux manzanita tree. We used a guest book pen and pieces of paper for guests to write on. We made a free printable (click here to download) that prompts guests to sign your wishing tree and placed that in a white picture frame. We used ribbon to tie the notes closed before placing them in the tree. We provided plain white paper for guests to record their wishes, but there are many ways to present this opportunity to your guests. The paper can be cut into many different shapes (for example, hearts or circles) and hung from ribbon in the tree, rather than wrapped in ribbon.
The Wishing Tree After A Wedding
Many people wonder what to do with the wishes once the wedding has concluded. We love the idea of dismantling the notes from the tree and putting them together in a shadowbox-like frame. Many brides build a scrapbook of guest’s well wishes and include other wedding memories – such as napkins and photos captured by guests. A time capsule is a fun way to revisit good times. Simply put your well wishes in a jar and open the jar with your spouse on your one year anniversary!
The Free Wishing Tree Printable
We wanted to share our look with you. Click here for a free printable sign that looks great with any wishing tree. Print the sign in landscape orientation on heavier card stock. This sign looks best when printed on an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper. For troubles with downloading or printing, please leave your comments below. Don’t forget to share the photos of your wishing tree setup!!!