The Giving Tree

“And the tree was happy”



One of my favorite books of all time is Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree. It is a heartfelt story that has inspired me all my life.

As we began planning our day, I racked my brain trying to find some way to incorporate this touching story into our celebration.

And then I saw it!



Yes, Mr. Ostrich and I are one of the many wedding duos who are all about the fingerprint tree! And why not? For us, this wedding tree represents the cherished few whose love and friendship has helped us grow and flourish over the years. They are our Giving Tree…and we are lucky to have them in our lives.



We found some awesome Etsy shops that create these sweet guest book alternatives, but they are a bit pricey for a budget bee. So we’ll do a bit more window shopping and tree drawing (it would be fantastic if i could actually put my art school education to use!) and see where we end up. :) Stay tuned!

My fellow thoughtful bees, what unique guest book ideas are you dreaming up for your wedding? You all have such inspiring ideas!


Mrs. Ostrich

San Francisco/Hawaii
Wedding Date:
April 2011
Dear Past Miss Seahorse,
Snuggle Up!
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    Missbliss 877 posts, Busy bee @ 6:35 pm

    I love this idea… but does it make me a neatnik to think… I wouldn’t want an inky thumb? How does this work? I’m sure that there is a plan in place to make sure the ink stays on that paper and not on the hands of the guests…which would end up on my clothing!

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    Liz Waiter, Guest @ 8:13 pm

    This is great! Thank you so much for posting this. I love this book as well. I was racking my brain what to do for my guest book because I dont want a portfolio. Thanks, thanks, thanks!!

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    hyphensmith 233 posts, Helper bee @ 8:36 pm

    Some good friends of mine did this at their wedding and it was beautiful! I wish I thought of it first!!!

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    tweds 448 posts, Helper bee @ 9:05 pm

    I did one of these for our wedding guest book and I love the way it looks on our wall!!

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 9:36 pm

    I would think you could sketch the tree yourself if you have some artistic skill :)

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    staceysmith 23 posts, Newbee @ 9:46 pm

    You can get the giving tree invites by an etsy seller :)

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    glasses 2749 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:48 pm

    This trend always looks so beautiful in the photos I see of it <3

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    sand dollar 1334 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:08 pm

    So sweet, I love this choice of guestbook

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    Little Red Bride » Blog Archive » Link Time This Week, Guest @ 11:21 am

    […] Guestbooks Trend – The Fingerprint Tree via […]

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    BoulderBride 3 posts, Wannabee @ 1:46 pm

    Wow I love this! What other ways are you going to incorporate the book?

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    PnkBlossom 71 posts, Worker bee @ 6:10 pm

    I’m planning on doing this too. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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    tetleytee, Guest @ 11:05 pm

    There’s also this fabulous STD using the tree: :)

    It’s so cute!

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    TheFutureMcBride 4485 posts, Honey bee @ 9:25 am

    I love the thumbprint trees! We had everyone write their favorite memory of us on cards and we’ll put them in a book. They’re so much fun to read.

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    tocarat 324 posts, Helper bee @ 11:23 am

    This is a perfect way to incorporate the Giving Tree! We are doing a rock guest book…we have collected a couple hundred river rocks from the area that we got engaged and where we are also getting married. Guests will write thier names on the rocks and then we will display them in a big big hurricane jar in our home. Or possibly place them in our garden. I love non-traditional guest book ideas!

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 2:00 pm

    Ohhh, can’t wait to see how it turns out!

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:49 pm

    I love those trees!

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    hulahoop 69 posts, Worker bee @ 2:08 pm

    Has anyone seen one of these in person at a wedding? I love this idea, but am worried about the practical implication of guests walking around with inky fingers..

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    Miss OBG, Guest @ 11:30 pm

    I would imagine you could have a little basket with alcohol wipes or moist towelettes or something to let the guests clean their fingers immediately after stamping. I’ve also heard this works better with index fingers than thumbs. I think it’s beautiful though – good luck!

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    cnd0020 85 posts, Worker bee @ 1:07 am

    Definitely stealing the thumbprint tree idea. I like how you could make it work for any season, too.

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    guess26grl 133 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:59 am

    Really cute!! I have never seen this before. My girlfriends and I came up with an idea last year for our friend’s bridal shower to give her a bottle of wine for each big event in her married life (eg. to drink after your first fight, to drink at your first christmas, apple cider for when you find out you’re having your first baby). So I came up with my own twist to the idea of having a bottle to drink at each major wedding anniversary. I will have 5 bottles displayed for our friends and family to sign in gold & silver pens and we will drink these bottles and read the notes for years to come at our 1st, 5th, 15th, 25th, 35th wedding anniversaries. I’m so excited to see my guests reaction to the idea!

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    Love Notes | Weddingbee, Guest @ 10:00 am

    […] we opted to go with something a little more creative…didn’t require our guests to obsess over the perfect prose…and was a much cuter […]

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    Kelly, Guest @ 11:58 am

    Maybe try this?

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    Just Like Heaven: Party On | Weddingbee, Guest @ 8:30 am

    […] beloved Ostrich fingerprint tree by Bleu de Toi, with easy peasy directions and ink pads […]

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