Inspiring Paper

I’ve always had an affinity for paper. Writing on it, folding it, cutting it – there’s something about the texture of paper that is incredibly appealing and incredibly versatile. Although you can spend quite a bit on high end papers, it is generally an affordable material and as one that lends itself to a variety of applications and artistic treatments, paper is an excellent option for wedding decorations. Paper is a wedding staple, anchoring the heavyweight must-haves like invitations, programs, menus, and more, but increasingly it’s popping up in decorations at beautiful weddings in a variety of incarnations. Etsy seller Timeless Paper crafts beautiful paper placecards, enhancing their utility by transforming them into beautiful shapes, like lovebirds, autumn leaves, butterflies, and snowflakes.

Image Source: Timeless Paper

Image Source: Timeless Paper

Vellum is an incredible material for layering or using on its own. I incorporated vellum into our wedding to give a frosty, wintery glow as votive wraps, and as part of the programs and invitations. Many Etsy shops sell pre-punched vellum confetti. Tossing butterfly-shaped vellum confetti at the bride and groom would add an additional level of sophistication. I’ve also seen some adorable vellum envelopes holding favors.

Image Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

Image Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

Image Source: Prudence Octavia

Image Source: Prudence Octavia

Image Source: Martha Stewart

Image Source: Martha Stewart

Etsy seller Prudence Octavia listed these beautiful paper cut luminaries, utilizing paper’s varying opacity to enhance the stunning paper cuts. Martha Stewart offers a twist on the idea of cutting paper with this cute idea for a save-the-date announcement. Get creative – what shapes can you think of to cut paper into? Maybe your heart is set on a theme that’s not popular at the moment. It can be difficult to find accessories and craft supplies to coordinate with your them if you haven’t chosen butterflies, birds, or bells. Paper can be the way you carry your theme throughout your event.

Aaaand, since paper IS so versatile and inexpensive, you don’t have to save it for the biggest day of your life. I can’t wait to make some beautiful little place cards to perch on wine glasses at a future soiree and changing the look of your home decor by making paper wraps for your votive holders is easy. The only limit is your creativity!

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