Blog Star: Oh So Beautiful Paper

Brides Behind the Scenes, Wedding Style & Decor

Courtesy of Jenna Cole

Blogger and paper-lover extraordinaire Nole Garey ( shares her top 10 tips for making the most of this crafty material on your big day.

1) Send your tiniest guests down the aisle carrying pinwheels. Another charming option: A "Here Comes the Bride" banner.

2) Fly your flags. Place vases of custom Mexican-paper pennants at each table. After the party, guests can wave them to send off you and your hubster.


Photo by Diane Fields/BRIDES

3) Deck the party with paper garlands. String them from the ceiling. Or hang pomanders from chairs. Use bright colors for a mod feel, or pretty pastels for a more romantic vibe.

4) Spice up the bar. Decorate drinks with striped paper straws, and adhere tiny paper triangles printed with your wedding date to the stirrers. Go a step further: Monogram napkins and put out a bowl of matching matchbooks.

5) Scatter paper rosettes on tables. Display a vase full of large colored-paper flowers as an alternative to a floral centerpiece.

6) Make kraft-paper table runners. The classic brown lends a rustic look to your celebration, but the affordable stuff also comes in (almost!) every color.

7) Hire a silhouette artist to create portraits. Have silos made of you and your man, and hang the pics above your guest-book table. Extra room in your budget? Commission reception portraits of your guests.

8) Create an art installation. Hire a calligrapher to write a beloved poem or song lyrics on posterboard. Frame it and put it over the altar or at the venue's entrance.

9) Invest in a custom marriage certificate. After the wedding, ask your stationer to create a replica that coordinates with your invites, then frame it. It will jazz up the plain paperwork, and it's a great keepsake with which to remember the day.

10) Fold origami cranes. Use printed paper to create these good-luck charms. Legend says a thousand mini-birds will bring you a thousand years of happiness. Don't have much craft time? Make enough to string across the ceiling. (Kiddie-table alert: Leave spare paper, so they can try to make their own!)

—Nole Garey, Oh So Beautiful Paper

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