Want to know a secret? One of the best things about your wedding will be your guests. They are the ones who will cheer on your first kiss as man and wife, compliment the cake, and tear up the dance floor. Guests also have a lot of opinions, advice, and humor that they love to share. Seriously, give your guests a pen and a blank space to write and you will be blown away by what they come up with. An easy way to give your guests a way to share their thoughts and wishes is a guest book (obviously). We used a picture book that allowed people to have more space to write. The best little gem we found in our book was written by one of Hubs’ brothers. It said, “I was a better usher than Usher ever was.” That is gold.
Another really simple and cute way to get your guests in on the action is a wedding tree. People make these and ask their guests to write advice, favorite memories, wishes for the couple, date ideas, vacation spots, potential baby names (ok just kidding about the baby names), and so on. You get the idea. We used a tree but since we got married on NYE we had people share their New Years Resolutions. It was a simple activity our guests could do but it added a lot to our wedding. Plus, I loved getting to read all of the resolutions the next day!
These trees are SO easy to make. I am not a big fan of DIY projects for weddings because of the time and effort they take but this project is different. Here is a little run down on how to make one.
- Find some branches. You can purchase them at a craft store, find them outside, or grow your own tree if you have a green thumb. I, on the other hand, can’t keep a single plant alive in our home.
- Spray paint the branches and add some awesome details. Our venue took care of the branches for us and made them look so glamourous. Loved it.
- Make some tags for guests to write on. I found little gift tags at Hobby Lobby that already had a hole punched in them. All I had to do was add a little ribbon through the hole so that the tags could be hung. That is it. My DIY project took a total of 30 minutes, maybe 1 hour if you include going to pick up ribbon. You can go grab ribbon and be home in time to string up cards while you watch the Bachelorette. SO SIMPLE.
- Put it out at the wedding with a few pens and enjoy what your guests come up with!
Even if you are craft challenged, hate DIY projects, or don’t think you have any time, I promise this is something you can do! Guests will love it, it will look great, and you will have so much fun reading what your guests wrote. Embrace your guests, learn from them, laugh with them, and let them write some awesome things.
Give your guests the power of the pen!