This began as a Japanese tradition, but brides all over the world have fallen in love with both the beauty of using 1,000 paper cranes in their wedding day decor and the meaning behind it. Cranes are considered mystical and holy creatures in Japan, and they are said to live 1,000 years. That is how the number of cranes was decided, one for each year of the crane's long life.
According to Japanese legend, anyone who folds 1,000 paper cranes will be granted a wish by the gods for their patience and dedication to the process. Other stories say that it will gain you happiness and good luck for eternity. The tradition was adopted into weddings as a wish for a long, harmonious, and happy marriage.
Originally, the task of folding the cranes was assigned to the bride's father so the wish for many years of married bliss came to the couple from him. Later on, it became the responsibility of the bride, and often today it is a labor of love for the wedding couple to create together. It's a wonderful exercise for developing the patience, commitment, and communication needed for a successful marriage, plus it can be special time together for the two of you.
You may choose to make paper cranes from paper that matches your wedding colors, but you can also make a rainbow of cranes strung together, each of which represents something different.
- Dark Red - Inner beauty and inner strength
- Red - Endless love
- Pink - Happiness, tenderness, and friendship
- Yellow - Overflowing creativity
- Green - Long health
- Blue - Unwavering loyalty
- Purple - Deepened spirituality and elegance
- White - Innocence and purity of heart
- Ivory - Tradition
- Brown - Grounded and down to earth
- Orange - Enthusiasm and energy
- Gold - Eternal love and loyalty
- Black - Strength, power, and stability
1,000 origami paper cranes turns out to be a LOT of cranes. There are plenty of different ways that you can incorporate them into your wedding decor, so none of your hard work will go to waste. Here are 10 wonderful ways that we have seen them used.
- Hang the paper cranes on strings that stretch from ceiling to floor as a ceremony backdrop.
- Hang them from the trees at an outdoor wedding. They also look breathtaking hanging down from the gazebo at our scenic wedding venue near Knoxville.
- Put them in your bridal bouquet, or make an entire bouquet out of just paper cranes.
- Use them as boutonnieres for the men.
- Paper cranes can hold place cards and be used as escort cards.
- They can be incorporated into the table centerpieces.
- Hang them from the ceiling over the dance floor.
- Put them at every guest's place setting as a favor.
- Place them on top of the wedding cake.
- Have your photographer take a photo with your wedding rings around two of the cranes' necks.
If this is a tradition that you may want to use in your own wedding at our rustic wedding venue near Knoxville, you will want to begin folding your cranes as early in the planning stages as possible. Today, it is also acceptable to let family and friends help you make them. When they arrive at your Country Jewell wedding, they will feel like they had a part in adding a special touch to this very special day.
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