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Most couples are opting out of the traditional wedding guestbook for obvious reasons (what do you really do with a book of everyone’s name and/or addresses other than send out thank you cards).

So, what is the new trend?  A guestbook photobook of your engagement photos.  Guests sign on a blank page of a book filled with images of you and your fiance.

BUT, when I saw this idea last week, I thought this was a fantastic idea!

Image courtesy of Jonas Peterson via Earth Friendly Weddings

It’s a “Wedding Tree.”  Have each of your guests place their thumbprint somewhere on the tree.  Then, the happy couple can have it framed and put it in their home.  The “Wedding Tree” is a great memento and a great guestbook alternative.  It would probably work best with a smaller wedding, but if you have a hefty guest list, you could do a few different trees and have a collection of artwork for your house.  It’s fun and different, and just plain awesome.


  1. What an awesome idea! Something that would actually be fun to look at years down the road!

  2. love it just loooove it!

  3. landlockedbride
    8:58 am on December 22nd, 2009

    @Sarah Isn’t it such a good idea?

    @Llama I’m thinking about doing it myself! Or at the very least suggesting someone else to do it!

  4. Miss Lamb from Weddingbee is doing this! I can’t wait to see how hers turns out!

  5. landlockedbride
    10:22 am on December 22nd, 2009

    @Lisa I didn’t realize that! I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for how it worked out!

  6. Vanessa
    10:30 am on December 22nd, 2009

    This is an awesome idea… I love it. And I think its something that would actually look really nice framed and hung somewhere! Thanks for sharing this!

  7. That is sooooo cute, I love it!

  8. This is such a cool idea and would look gorgeous hanging up in the house!

  9. I have loved this idea since I saw it. The only reason we’re not doing it, I am worried about ink everywhere. On my dress, on peoples clothes.

    But that tree is so divine, and would look wonderful hanging in your house for years after the wedding.

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