Post # 1
My FH is half Japanese and when we first started dating we folded and strung 1000 paper cranes. As per tradition we want to display our Senbazuru at our wedding! I’m trying to come up with different ways to show it off without just hanging it in a corner somewhere and without it looking totally out of place at our beach wedding (I know it doesn’t really go with the decor but it’s important to us and Future Mother-In-Law as she only folded 500 cranes before she donated them to a hospital when she lived in Japan). I was thinking maybe using it as a backdrop for our table and spreading out the strands along the wall? Any other suggestions?
Post # 3
I like the idea of a backdrop. Or could you use them as escort cards or card holders somehow? I think it is great you are embracing the tradition!
Post # 4
I would definitely use it to adorn your escort card table or guest book table! This way it will be closely appreciated vs overlooked.
What colors are the cranes? I love that you’re using these! Not only is it a special tradition, but you guys created this together when you FIRST started dating? That’s makes it so much more special 🙂
Post # 5
They are all different colors and they are already strung together so I don’t want to take them apart – it only took less than a week to fold them all but MONTHS to string them (FH wanted to help with each strand but he works like crazy)!
Here are some pictures (sorry I’m not the best at posting here so hopefully they are not huge):
Here is a close up of some of the cranes and the beading inbetween:
Post # 6
Wow, those pictures are beautiful and so colorful. I can see it at a beach wedding perfectly. It reminds me of a coral reef. Since they are already strung, I like the idea of using them near your guest table. Are you going to do a photobooth? It could be the backdrop for that too. Do you have tent outside? Maybe it can be used to hang over the dance floor, high enough so no one is bumping into them though.
Post # 7
WOW! That took a lot of work… good job! It does kind of look little like a reef 🙂
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2010 - Kindred Oaks, Georgetown
I would hang them somehow so they can blow in the wind on the beach. That’d be gorgeous. Maybe behind your table or as a backdrop for wherever the ceremony is taking place.
Post # 9
Can you hang them like garlands across something? Is there anything that could hold them up?
What if you got a tall shepherds crook and two small ones? then put the tall one in the middle and the short ones on either side, and drape them between, putting the different strings at different levels? You could use this as a backdrop on the beach, then take them to the reception and maybe put them behind you at the table…??
Post # 10
i like the idea of them being up in front on 2 poles flanking you for the ceremony.. for some reason i think the wind will pick it up and have it trailing – which would create a great backdrop
Post # 11
Engineer Bride: I like the image your creating with the shepherd hooks.
I’m worried about actually taking them out on the beach in the wind. They are delicate and the strands are rather heavy for what they are. There are 50 cranes a strand plus some faux pearls and glass beads.
You can’t tell from the picture but all the strands are connected at the top and woven into a metal bead. The extra string I braided into two braids and the entire thing is hanging on a hanger right now so it can be removed from the hanger but the strands do not come apart.
We are renting a house for our reception so we can really do whatever we want as far as decorating goes. For the ceremony my dad got some bamboo from a guy at work and we are going to make an ‘arch’ out of that for out on the beach.