The crane is a traditional Japanese symbol of happiness and good fortune, a perfect fit for weddings! I made over 1,000 mini origami cranes and strung them up in groups of 50 which were then tied to a hanging mobile, placed directly above our top table. I placed strings of the remaining cranes around the room.
To keep to the origami theme from the very beginning, I made detailed origami dahlias and hearts that were then fixed onto beautiful wedding cards designed and made by my mother.
Our florist decorated our tables with beautiful dahlias that we put into pink glass bottles, on top of gold table runners. We decided to name all tables after an origami piece – dahlia, butterly, fan, crane, lotus, rose, heart and different types and styles of these origami were scattered around each table.
I had a lot of fun making 75 origami kawasaki roses for every guest to take away and these were placed next to table name cards. I used extra thick washi paper so that the quality and feel of these roses was particularly special.
The most time consuming piece to make was our hanging origami mobile. Although I can now almost make an origami crane with my eyes closed, the most difficult part was threading each single crane (and at least 2-4 beads per crane!) onto very thin thread. I was so happy with the final result and would love to tailor make more of these for weddings and smaller versions as children’s mobiles in the future.
For cakes we had a macaron tower with matcha, yuzu and strawberry flavoured macarons that were decorated with cranes as well as beautiful cupcakes decorated with flowers (made by my grandmother!).
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Photograph Credit: Photography by Bea