1,000 Origami Cranes

Many American couples are now following the Japanese tradition of folding 1,000 origami cranes for their wedding ceremonies. In one story; I found that all the cranes must be folded by the same person within a one years’ time span. It is said, that person would be granted one wish upon completing the folding of 1,000 cranes. The crane is a holy creature in Japan and believed to live for 1,000 years, thus: being noble enough to grant the wish.

Another tradition, would be the father gifting the bride and groom 1,000 cranes as a wedding gift, wishing the couple 1,000 years of happiness.

Hand folding 1,000 cranes takes much time, patience, and understanding. These same qualities are vital for a marriage to last and thrive. This is why the tradition of hand folding 1,000 cranes to decorate a wedding is so powerful.

The practice of a couple or a group of people folding 1,000 cranes for a wedding is called sembazuru. For all the energy and time spent into the hand-folded cranes may very well symbolized the stamina and devotion necessary to sustain a happy marriage. A couple who could endure the long, time intensive folding process together, supporting each other, talking with each other for weeks while taking on a demanding mission would show their ability to maintain a long-term commitment to the relationship.

Not only would the folding of the cranes attest to the couples’ compatibility, but the cranes would become a visible testimony to their love. The cranes would be strung on garlands to drape along aisles or swag around doorways. The origami cranes would be used as place or escort cards and as favors. Cranes shaped in circles or heart shapes around the centerpieces or candles would be used for decoration. Swaging cranes on strings or garland could float in windows or lace table edges.

Recently, one of our wedding couples utilized the 1,000 cranes they hand folded and strung, as their wedding ceremony backdrop. Then in turn they used it as their photo backdrop, instead of a photo booth at the reception. Here, I’m so pleased to share the beautiful piece our couple created:

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