Meaningful Ceremony Idea {Plant a Tree}

{all images by Jagger Photography}

While inspiration hunting for Bethany & Gabe’s June 2012 wedding, I came across such a sweet idea that I just had to share with all of you. Joaquin & Lizzie were married at the same location Bethany & Gabe will be tying the knot, so I scrolled through some of their gorgeous images by Jagger Photography to get a better feel for the space before I head up there for my site visit in the coming weeks. After ooh-ing and aah-ing through their pictures, I came across one that really inspired me and touched my heart. During their ceremony, they planted a tree.

And not only did they plant a tree, but they had each guest help them plant it by using a pretty little shovel and scooping a pile of dirt lovingly over the roots. Now, I don’t know these two, but the wheels in my head started turning to think about all the ways you could do this, and for what reasons.

To remember loved ones who could not be there, honor your special day with something that will grow, just like your marriage and new life together… so many ideas on how you can incorporate this. Maybe each guest receives seeds, or an evergreen branch so they can plant one of their own? I’ve seen that before as well, but it really brings forth the eco friendly thinking in a really special way. I absolutely love the concept, what do you think!

  • Diana says on October 18, 2011 Reply

    I love that you get to watch it grow each year and go back on your anniversary and take a photo with it as your marriage grows!! LOVE THIS! xoxoxo

  • Natalie {Bayside Bride} says on October 18, 2011 Reply

    I love this! Let their love grow! :)

  • Brittany Claridge says on October 18, 2011 Reply

    Love it! My husband and I were married a month ago and while we didn’t plant a tree during our ceremony we used them as decoration at our wedding and gave them to our parents as gifts to plant at their homes. We wanted them to symbolize leaving a piece of ourselves with each of them and the way in which they would continue to love and nurture us and watch us grow just as they had all our lives! Our parents and guests loved it!!!

  • Faith says on October 18, 2011 Reply

    wow, how brilliant! all the things i wish i could have done … hmm, might not be too late to plant a tree, hehe.

    lovely wedding pictures too!

  • Brancoprata says on October 18, 2011 Reply

    What a beautiful way to personalize your ceremony… making it yours… love it!!!

  • bethany says on October 18, 2011 Reply

    I saw this when I was stalking our location back before we even got engaged…it’s such a cute idea!!! Not to mention that their entire wedding was absolutely adorable. Love it!

  • Jessica T says on October 18, 2011 Reply

    What a great idea!

  • erin * sparkle + hay says on October 18, 2011 Reply

    what a GREAT idea!!!!! oh i’m so in love with this!

  • Aleah + Nick Valley says on October 18, 2011 Reply

    Love this - we actually had two small fir trees nearby our ceremony spot on the island as it’s a Norwegian tradition. We then planted them and they’re still alive and well!

  • Dancy says on October 18, 2011 Reply

    I really love this idea. My Dad suggested planting a tree when we buy the new house & then one for every kid we have. My parents did it with Lilac trees for their children & a fig tree when they bought the house. I think we’ll pick something less high-maintenance but I LOVE the idea.

  • Colleen {Soundtrack To I Do} says on October 18, 2011 Reply

    Such a sweet idea. Love it!

  • Rycrafty says on October 18, 2011 Reply

    Gorgeous! I actually just took a wedding planning course, and we did a group exercise of planning an imaginary couple’s wedding in 2 hours. My group had the eco-concious couple, and for favours we had them give out evergreen saplings (the very wee small baby ones. We had to explain that to everyone who thought we were handing out 4′ tall trees!) wrapped in burlap. They also doubled as escort cards. :)

  • Leah says on October 18, 2011 Reply

    This is such a unique, creative idea - thanks for sharing it! :)

  • Mrs. Pancakes says on October 18, 2011 Reply

    This is a wonderful idea…the pictures are awesome…I can do this during our 10th year anniversary!

  • Anna says on October 19, 2011 Reply

    i love this. the wedding i was in this weekend was centered around trees. they had 3 live trees; 2 that were used in the ceremony space & one that had the guest book table centered around it. so cool. they’re going to plant them at their house.

  • Kristine {In Love, Engaged} says on October 19, 2011 Reply

    Really, this is a great idea. I love the symbolism of it all and the fact that it can be a tangible reminder of your years together.

  • Rebekah says on October 19, 2011 Reply

    I love keepsake ideas like these! It’s so nice that, like the marriage, there’s yet another symbol you can see each day after the wedding itself. Very sweet.

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