Courtesy of Jenna Cole
Blogger and paper-lover extraordinaire Nole Garey (ohsobeautifulpaper.com) 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.
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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