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« on: June 30, 2005 08:47:38 PM »

Hi y'all. I'm getting married in March, and since I love the look of Mexican papel picado, and we want to make origami cranes for good luck, we've decided that maybe a paper theme is the way to go. (Uh..b/c what else do they have in common? Not much!)

 I've already read the paper flower thread below, and am thinking that might be a way to go.  We've been brainstorming a little, and we were thinking that we could make paper-bag luminaries for the guest book  table, and maybe a paper-chain with love quotes? But frankly, I know y'all could help us do better.

We're getting married in a funky art-space, so we don't need tons of decorations, and it certainly isn't going to be very formal. That said, I don't want it to look like an elementary school dance, either.

Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2005 10:14:14 PM »

Which paper flower thread did you read?  I think this would be beautiful for a wedding:
These could be used for any and all flowers in the wedding, from bouquets and boutineers (oh good grief, how is that spelled?) to any floral decorations you need.

The luminaries are a great idea.  They'd make beautiful all-around lighting for the event.  Or, if you aren't sure about having that many lit candles near that many bits of paper, opt for japanese or chinese lanterns with electric light for the rest of your lighting.

Obvious inclusions would be especially lovely invites, perhaps made with handmade paper. 

You could make your favors using scrapbooking techniques, perhaps including a pic of you (the couple).  Or (I've suggested this before) you could make molded paper with seeds in, and make ornaments out of them, as favors. 

If it's not formal, and IS arty, then perhaps start collecting nice new-in-package vintage paper tableclothes and napkins for your reception area. 

The candles could be made with the beeswax sheets.  They aren't paper, but they LOOK like it.  Cheesy

Finding a way to use pretty hand-made papers in your dress would be cool too.  I'm sure there's a way.  Even paper for the ties and accessories of the groom and his men would be cool.

Um, paper umbrellas in the drinks?  Ask your guests to save the labels off the toasting wine?  (You could go for a different bottle of wine for each table, and wind up with a whole collection of beautiful labels for a later decoupage project.  Maybe decorate a wooden winerack for your first anniversary?  Smiley

Consider using bakers parchment for food serving presentations.  Consider using paper decorations on your cake.
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2005 10:18:54 AM »

I once watched some craft show where they mod podged an asian newspaper onto a chest of drawers and it looked cool.

Maybe get ahold of some French newspapers since that language is romantic (I guess any language other than English would work, so that no one is distracted by what it actually says). You could use them for lots of stuff, like place mats, use them to fold some of the flowers out of... or you could even attach some of them end-to-end and mimic the look of flowing fabric hanging from the ceiling or walls.

Maybe get some brown butcher paper and have an artist friend do some classy nude sketches or drawings of wedding themed items like a dress to hang as artwork. You could also make your guet book out of handmade paper. There are some neat ideas over in the paper crafts section of this board.

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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2005 09:31:19 AM »

Thanks for the ideas! We were travelling all summer, so we haven't done much planning, but here's what we've come up with so far, in case it would be useful to anyone:

Decorations: we're using papel picado and cheesy but cute paper garlands. The hall is a folkart space as it is and doesn't need much decoration.

Tables: we're using origami cranes and paper hearts the way many people use rose petals- sprinkled around the centerpieces. We've made 160 cranes so far...840 to go! (we may end up having a 'come drink beer and fold cranes' party sometime in February if we don't get them done in time).

Guest Book Table: I haven't decided what we'll use for place cards, but we might do paper cocktail umbrellas with people's names on them. We're also making wedding cootie catchers and putting them in a big glass vase for people to take one as they come in.

And of course, we'll have a crafty table for people to decorate their guest book page!
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2005 10:21:57 AM »

Oh wow -- how fun!  I love the paper theme idea.  Good luck with the planning and folding!

We made origami invitations -- got really nice white and royal mulberry-type paper from Kim's Crane (http://www.kimscrane.com/) and also had translucent paper run thru the laser printer.  The mulberry paper has pearlish and metallic threads in it and was really pretty and subtle.  The square is 12" and folded down to 4.5" x 6.25" -- it fit perfectly into a translucent envelope (from marcospaper.com)

Be forewarned -- it took quite a while to make 150 invites, but they were well worth the time  Smiley

If there's any interest I'll post a folding tutorial.

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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2005 07:49:03 AM »

you could get some paper lanterns for lighting...they're pretty cheap online and come in a million colors. my wedding is, ummm, cheap-themed, so i bought a bunch from www.asianideas.com.
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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2005 09:12:02 AM »

Also, there's orientaltrading.com. They sell these little paper lanterns $9 a dozen:


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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2005 04:57:50 PM »

my wedding is, ummm, cheap-themed,

This made me laugh SO hard! Thank you for that share!

I'm thinking that using appropriately colored/patterned origami paper in place of the traditional tissue paper would be a great way to set off the theme as well.

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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2005 11:26:13 AM »

Hey there!

I just got married (its awesome!) and we had our friends over to make Papel Picado and it turned out perfect. Reds and pinks and purples.

Not many pictures online yet. Anyway, it was beautiful and crafty and fun!!!

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« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2005 11:32:07 AM »

We used both tissue paper flower garlands and papel picado at our wedding last year.

The flowers were super easy to make...just circles of tissue paper scrunched up at the end
of a pipe cleaner. Then we hot glued them to a rope to make it easier to hang.

You can see them in this thread at the edge of a couple of photos. If you're interested, I'll get
a better pic for you...we have them hanging around the doorway in our living room now.


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