Wishing Tree

The idea of a wishing tree seems to have originated in the Netherlands . In recent times it has become an addition to many wedding celebrations , handfastings and naming ceremonies in other countries around the world

You can choose a suitable tree in the garden , if your ceremony is being held outside , or if inside , then either a branch from a tree , a living tree in a pot or an artificial tree can be used

It is up to you whether to leave the tree in its natural state , or to decorate it with ribbons and fairy lights

Cardboard tags , decorated if you wish, can then be left by the tree , for your guests to write on and hang on the tree

Ideally you should also leave a note to tell your guests what to do , as well as several pens for them to use

What your guests write is obviously up to them , but the tree is mainly an opportunity for them to wish you well , to give you a piece of advice , to share a memory or to congratulate you ; not forgetting to put their name on the tag , so you will know who it is from

After the ceremony , you can add the tags to your Book of Memories or your Album of the Day , to be cherished over time