Notes Borne On Branches
For couples wanting to bring a
little bit of nature into their ceremony, the Blessing Tree
is a novel option.
If a real tree is to be used, it is a sapling of no more than shoulder height.
Most couples however, use an "imitation tree", like Michael and Laura
did as shown above.
In mid ceremony, after the exchanges
of vows and rings, VIPs are invited to come up and affix a
'blessing' to the tree. Actually, it need not be a 'blessing,'
it could be poetry, a personal note, a religious passage, a
Having affixed their 'blessings'
to the tree, the VIPs embrace the bride and groom. Alternately,
the couple is the first to affix a "blessing" to
the tree which is typically their personally composed vows-
a great touch. The couple then proceeds to the giving of roses.
During the reception, every guest
has a card with its attached loop string at their place setting.
Throughout the evening, the guests will compose their own notes
to the couple and attach them to the tree. By the evenings'
end their will be dozens of these notes on the branches of
the tree, all of which will go into the wedding photo album
along side the photos of those who wrote them.
If a live tree is used, it is
planted after the honeymoon. As it matures it will shade them
and their new home, its changing colors marking the seasons
as well, and its beauty reminding them of the love and well
wishes of their guests once borne on its branches.
The majority of couples do not
use a real tree however. You only need an artsy-fartsy collection
of branches or branch-like structures to use for your "Blessing