Post # 1
When I read about the 1000 origami cranes wedding trend I fell in love with it! I began folding right away. My Fiance and I love origami and we incorporate it into little gifts we give to each other so I thought it would be a really sweet reception decoration idea. We have only been folding for about 2 weeks now and have come up with over 400 cranes combined! (We obviously have a lot of downtime lol)
I know that there are many different ways to display origami cranes in a wedding. It can be hung off of trees, made into centerpieces, attached to cards, etc. I really want to hang our cranes in a curtain style, as a backdrop to the wedding cake. The only problem is I don’t know what to hang it off of!
My first idea was to look for an arch that I could put together in the venue. This is the arch that I had in mind because it’s wide enough to carry the 1000 cranes we made. (our crane size is much larger than the usual size) This arch is originally meant for balloons. I was thinking of only using this metal base to hold the cranes and hide the metal with ribbon or something. This arch is 9ft tall and 9ft wide so it would allow the cranes to be spread out all pretty. :] It’s also really affordable and fits our budget better than the simplist garden arch. It would take around 45 minutes to set up this up at the venue, not including the crane hanging part.
I showed this arch picture to my Fiance yesterday and he said it was tacky. ! He also said that it would probably topple over from the rows of cranes because they’re heavier than balloons. I read that the base is sturdy but his words made me second guess its strength.
Anyways, he suggested that we attach removable hooks to the ceiling of the venue, tie a strong string to both hooks and then attach the string to a wooden dowel or curtain rod. This is the closest example of his idea.
The only thing that worries me about this idea is that our cranes would be really close to each other horizontally in order to all fit onto a curtain rod/wooden dowel. We can probably still manage to spread out the cranes vertically with a few inches between each crane but I’m afraid of it looking cramped.
I wanted to know your honest opinion. Which of these two displays would be more beautiful for hanging origami? Have you ever heard of balloon arches toppling when decorated with nonballoon items? Has anyone ever tried to hang origami cranes through either of these methods? Which of the two do you think is more practical? I am really indecisive about the two now.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
I think the arch would be the prettiest option, but can’t speak to the structural integrity of it. Good luck!!
Post # 5
I love the look of the hanging pole. I have no experience with balloon arches though so I can’t really say which is more practical…
Post # 6
You should check with your venue because they may not let you attach even detachable hooks to the ceiling. If you go with the arch, you can screw it to some wood or MDF board to stablize it (and you’d want to cover the feet, of course).
Post # 7
wow, I didn’t know about this being a wedding tradition. 1000 origami cranes mean Hiroshima’s children to me. this is new! I’m going to look it up!
Post # 8
I say go with what you like 🙂
FYI the way they are strung together on the hanging pole is the traditional way to put together the 1000 paper cranes.
Post # 9
Thank you all so much for the advice!!! It’s really helpful for me to read through everyone’s perspectives. During my last venue visit I asked if it was possible to hang something off of the ceiling and the manager said that it would be perfectly fine. I am now leaning towards using the pole because it will be much easier and faster to set up than using the arch. I hope that one day once this project is all finished, I can post a picture on here. 🙂
Post # 10
Hi – I used 100 cranes at my wedding a couple of weeks ago and I thought that maybe you would like to see what we did with them.
I di heaps of looking around and seeing what others did before I figured out this for myself. See what you think.
They were hung in strings of four cranes and then attached to ropes which we hung on the beams of the roof. So the cranes hung along the tables in a kind of curtain.
Post # 11
That is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing that. 🙂
I decided to use a wooden rod like in my second picture. I will post it on here if it all works out.
Post # 12
I am SO thankful for the site! Just logged in and already have gotten my questions answered for my origami wedding!
You all are awesome! And the arch would be amazing. I also saw something on another site I’ll have to find a picture and post!
Keep foldin! I’m up to 300. Need to enlist my fiance…but alas, he’s no folder
Post # 13
You can do it!!!!
Want to hear something funny about those cranes? While I was folding them, I called my fiance (he’s in a different state then me) and told him how many I made each day. He would always one up me and say “Oh, you did 30? well I did 50 today!!!” and it kept going like that until I got to 500. I told him to mail me the hundreds of cranes that he folded so I could put them all together. I guess I put him on the spot because he finally told the truth and told me he only folded 10 or so! It made me laugh so hard because he is the origami guru in this relationship! The origami theme was largely because of him lol.. The funniness wore off in a few days when it dawned on me that I would have to do the other 500. >___>
I finally finished my 1000 cranes, and they’re all strung up and sitting in my bedroom waiting for the wedding. I’ll never forget how much time and effort went into them. 🙂
Post # 14
@Zalea17: THAT IS FUNNY! I would die. My bridesmaids are all excited about the cranes and are insisting that they should fold some to help. They are planning some folding party/contest. I figured if people I love help and get me to 1000 I can’t complain.
I have mine stored in tubs. I’m not sure I’ll want to string them up until it’s closer to the wedding and I have more. But then again, I’m not sure how I’ll plan on storing 1000 in plastic tubs :S
Are you hanging the 1000? Or will you have some in other places? Looking at my venue this weekend I don’t think I’ll need ALL thousand hanging behind us when we marry. May have some near the patio entrance hanging but we’ll see.