I love the idea of an alternative to a guest book you will never look at again and this wedding wishing tree is a great alternative. I used to own a Bridal Store called The Wedding Knot near the historic Marietta Square in Georgia. For 5 years I helped brides, grooms, bridesmaids, and families have the wedding of their dreams. I was only 25 years old and it was a huge learning and growing experience for me.
I always loved when brides would say to me, “I want a bridesmaid dress they will wear again!” I would smile and watch them as they would pick a dress they really liked but were not sure it was something their bridesmaids would like. I would smile, and with every bit of honesty say, “Listen, this is your wedding it does not matter if they like what you pick, they most likely won’t wear it again. Not to worry though they will get married one day as well and pick something you will not like so then you’ll be even.” They would laugh and go about planning the wedding.
When I was married I placed a basket with paper cards next to our favors and asked people to please write us a note of advice or well wishes. I brought them home and put them in a keepsake box. It is really fun to go back and read them. This is a new spin on that idea.
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First I took a plain ball jar and inside I placed the small battery operated silver lights into the jar (do this first so that they will be all over the jar. Then pour in 2 tubes of Diamond Vase Filler.
Make sure you push the battery box down into the diamond charm accents so that you don’t see the ugly batteries showing through.
Next I took some gold tulle ribbon and tied it around the jar. I also tied in some gathered pieces of tulle to make a rosette. To finish the tree I placed one of the ornate rhinestone pins in the middle of the tulle flower and then planted the lighted branch
down in the jar.
You just lay the cards out on the table with a pin. You can see in the background I took a plain photo box and embellished it with a scrapbook sticker and rhinestones on a roll
. Last I purchased a regular frame and took the comb off of this rhinestone flower. Then using my hot glue gun, I placed it right in the corner of the frame. The sign inside I made on Picmonkey
and it says Please take a card and leave a wish on the wishing tree for the happy couple.
Guests can then clip their wish to the tree and after the wedding is over you can put them all in the keepsake box along with any other cards you receive. You can change this craft up to make it more formal by using more branches and a more formal vase, you can also make it more casual with burlap and regular tree branches.