wedding cranes

While Lee and I were wandering around in the library last night I came across a wedding papercraft book that mentioned the Japanese Wedding tradition of having origami cranes at your wedding. I thought it was a lovely idea and Lee likes it as well, so we are going to fold lots of cranes for our wedding and use them to decorate the reception. Maybe hang them in the hall windows or outside on the railings or just on the tables. Here is some lovely paper I got a deal on from ebay:

craneorigamipaper (30k image)

And here is some info on the wedding custom:
Wedding Tradition of 1,000 Origami Cranes

Folding a crane takes time, patience and understanding. These same qualities are vital for a marriage to last. This is why the symbology of 1,000 hand-folded cranes decorating a wedding is so powerful. The ancient practice of a man and woman folding 1,000 cranes for their wedding is called sembazuru. The tradition itself is called Tsuru wa sennen. The time and energy put into the hand-folded cranes symbolized the patience and trust necessary to sustain a happy marriage. The crane is a majestic bird which mates for life and is extremely loyal to its partner. The bird is strong, graceful and beautiful. Because of the great importance of the crane, the Japanese people feel that a person who folds 1,000 cranes will be granted his or her greatest wish.

(probably will not be doing a full 1,000…but a bunch)


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