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Thoughtful Tree

Photography: Maura McEvoy

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings


Let guests' well-wishes take flight on paper doves. These birds are traditional symbols of love, happiness, and harmony.


  • Bare branches

  • Large, sturdy vessel

  • Stones or gravel

  • Wire

  • Nests, available from craft stores

  • Dove cards

  • Dish

  • Pencils


  1. Anchor bare branches (these are manzanita) in a large, sturdy vessel filled with stones or gravel.

  2. Use wire to secure nests, available from craft stores, to branches.

  3. Set dove cards -- available precut -- in a dish.

  4. Place pencils alongside your tree with a sign asking guests to inscribe a card and to place it in a nest.

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