wedding origami – keeping Japan close to our heartsWednesday, January 22, 2014
I met my husband just a few weeks before moving to Japan, and we literally had an old-fashioned paper and pen affair for the first year of our relationship. (If you’d like to know more read my post yes moments - a year of letters.) And so from the very beginning Japan held a soft spot in our hearts.
When it came to planning our wedding it was a no-brainer to have a Japanese influenced wedding theme. I wanted the Japanese touches to be simple and elegant, rather than over the top cheesy, so settled on some simple Japanese origami for our table settings and to decorate the garden where we said our vows. I made the origami from washi paper that matched our wedding colours.
The first hint our guests had of our Japanese theme was through our handmade save the date video, and then our homemade wedding invitations – made of the same washi paper.
In fact, this time last year I was busy folding dozens or wedding origami cranes (no time for blogging) for the garden...
To carry the theme throughout our wedding day I next folded origami hearts to host our guest’s name cards for the table settings. These I found slightly more tricky, and took a bit of trial and error to get the pattern and size just right.
One final touch – Japanese heart-shaped sugar cookies as our wedding favours. To be honest I've always thought wedding favours are a bit over-rated and a unnecessary wedding expense. We weren't planning on even having wedding favours until I spotted these cookies in a Japanese store while on holiday in Hong Kong. They matched our theme perfectly, and were very reasonably priced.
So that’s how we had a little touch of Japan, in New Zealand, on our wedding day.