Wishing trees possibly originating in the Netherlands, have long been used within ceremonies as a way for guests and well wishers to leave messages for a couple of family during a wedding, often replacing a guest book..
The wishing tree can also be used within a unity ceremony.
For small weddings/ vow renewals, baby naming and Celebration of life ceremonies, this is a wonderful time to offer an inclusive and emotional role for your guests.
Each guest would be asked to write a short message prior to the ceremony, each then in turn would be invited to come forward and read their message before fastening it to the wish tree.
The wish tree can then be transferred to the reception hall with a supply of tags and pens so that all of the rest of the guests can continue to leave their good wishes.
Eventually all of these tags are collected and kept as a memento of the special day.
The wishing Tree Ceremony is worded and personalised for the couple and often includes a poem such as:
The Wedding Wish Tree Poem - Author unknown
Here stands our Wedding Wish Tree
Though it looks a little bare
But it would look so pretty
With the thoughts you want to share
So you've picked up the pen and written
A thought, a joke, a quote
Now tie it to the branches
And watch your wishes float
And when this day is over
We can’t wait to have a look
We will keep the little labels
In our Wedding Wish Tree Book
And in the years that follow
We’ll remember on this day
All your thoughts and words so kind
And in our hearts you’ll stay
There are some beautiful examples of trees available such as these in the North East & Cumbria areas for hire or purchase for your special day. For those of my clients not in The North East, others are available nationally. Or I can source these for you.
If you have any further queries don't hesitate to call or email me here.
All unity ceremonies are charged at £50 plus costs for keepsakes