Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tradition Thursday: 1000 Paper Cranes

Frog Prince Paperie

According to an ancient Japanese legend, if someone folds one thousand origami cranes, they will be granted a wish by a crane.

The crane tradition has been part of many Japanese weddings and is becoming popular in modern American weddings as well. If a bride and groom fold the cranes together, it is said they will have a marriage filled with patience and trust. Collections of 1000 paper cranes, known as Senbazuru, are also often given as a wedding gift to wish the couple a thousand years of happiness.

One couple incorporated this by explaining the origin of the crane tradition in their wedding announcements. They included origami paper and instructions for making cranes and their guests sent them back for use in the wedding. The groom, an artist, then created this gorgeous crane installation for the reception.

If you're interested in incorporating the crane tradition in your wedding, origami paper is available in thousands of beautiful colors and patterns to work with your color palette. See this tutorial to learn how to make paper cranes.

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