Collect years of sweet wishes from your guests with a Wish Tree #Reception Advice#Wedding Porn#steal-this-idea Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Jan 4 2008) Ariel findyourafterglow Yet another great concept for the "steal this idea!" vault, this one courtesy of Hope Meng, founder of Stich Lounge: Red envelopes are traditionally given by chinese people on days of celebration filled with money. instead, we asked that all guests at our wedding participate in our ceremony by writing their wishes for our marriage on a card and placing it in the red envelope. the bridespeople and groomspeople walked down the aisle with baskets and collected all the wishes from the guests, then placed it at the altar. we were then married surrounded by everyone's good wishes for our marriage. each envelope had a number written on it, from 1 to 60. We will open all envelopes labeled "1" on our first wedding anniversary, all envelopes labeled "50" on our 50th wedding anniversary, etc Lots more pictures from Hope's gorgeous wedding are over on Flickr! (Thanks to hopemeng for the photo!) Ariel Author of three editions of the Offbeat Bride book and the brand-new From Shitshow To Afterglow, Ariel Meadow Stallings acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives in Seattle with her son, and if she's not reading or writing books, chances are good that she's dancing or happy-crying. To follow her latest work, join join The Afterglow, for exclusive access to essays, videos, online courses, and more. PREVIOUS Take requests from your guests NEXT Brides are sick of white dresses Show/Hide comments [ 6 ] I've heard of wish trees before, but the way this couple did it is both beautiful and unique. Yes, this one will be tucked away in my "ideas that rock" folder. Reply I also saw this great lantern idea, that I posted at offbeat bride tribe. Check out: http://www.wishesinthesky.com/ Reply […] This postÂ on Offbeat Bride talks about an awesome way to incorporate the Chinese hong bao into an American wedding. Hong baoÂ are little red envelopes, which are filled with money andÂ given to children on New Year's, and to the bridal couple at weddings. Instead of asking for cash, though, this couple asked their guests to write a wish for the couple, and put it in the lucky red bags. […] Reply I hate myself because all I could think of was, this would be the saddest thing ever if one spouse died before they ran out of anniversaries. Reply Yeah, I thought that too 🙁 I tend to be an optimist, but my mind can't help but jump to worst case scenario. Reply Saw these at a wedding a few weeks ago, magical! http://www.lanternshop.co.uk Didn't make the kids cry like fireworks do either, even granny loved them. Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.