Can anyone who has done this or will do this tell me about the logistics of setting this up?
At a wedding I recently attended, they had a small table set up (in as much space as you’d have for a ‘typical’ guest book) with the tree, ink pads, wet-naps and a small explanation in a pretty frame.
Did you leave it on the front table with ink pads? (what colors did you use?)
At this wedding, it was in the entryway to the tented reception. I plan on having mine near the escort cards. At this other wedding, the bride used her wedding colors (purple and gold) for the leaves. I will be using different shades of green to make it actually look like a tree (my colors are yellow and brown).
Did you provide a wet wipe so the guests could wipe their finger after stamping? yes! Definitely a must – you also need a small, clean wastebasket, even if it’s on the table. And be sure to bait it with a few used wet-naps so people understand what it’s for.
Did they find this to be a pain or did they think this was a great idea? did it get messy?
Everyone seemed to have a great time – their tree was full afterward and looked beautiful. They only had 75 guests.
One more question too… did you have different color inks for who the person was related to?
There were no signs indicating such a thing, and we will not be dividing it like that at our wedding, either. I think the tree more represents a merging of the families, rather than division. It would make it easier to find your friends that way, though…
I also have a question, would like idea work if the guest number was 60?
At the 75-guest wedding I attended, rather than using a large tree, they super-imposed one of their e-pic in the middle, so that there were only branches near the edges of the page. It would also be possible to use a smaller tree… 16×20 is recommended for 100-150 guests, so maybe something like an 8×10 or 11×15 would work best for your wedding size.
Hope this helps! I love tree guest ‘books’ – once we decided we were going to get married under a tree, I knew we would use this!