Origami & Paper Wedding Decorations

 Origami & Paper Wedding Decorations

I’m a bit late to the party but Happy New Year all you beautiful bride and grooms to be! I’ve just emerged from a 9 month baby bubble but it’s brilliant to be back in the saddle at SMP Weddings working with the amazing Sophie and of course all our lovely clients who constantly surprise me with their creativity, imagination and style.

Kusudama Origami reportage photography sussex


I’ve been catching up with all the gorgeous weddings I missed while wiping bums and being deprived of sleep and one of the first that caught my eye was Claire and Oli’s Austrian themed reception, but particularly the beautiful origami kusudama flowers made from maps that decorated their tables. The couple are globe-trotting mappers by trade so naturally featured maps in their big day. The bride’s mother spent months folding the delicate flowers and creating heart garlands to stunning effect. It turns out the kusudama flower is one of the easiest to make yourself and you can personalise them so beautifully using anything from family photographs, newsprint, your favourite novels, sheet music, poetry or of course any of the beautiful origami sheets out there. Check out the masterclass below…

Kusudama Flower Tutorial

We’ve also seen origami and paper cropping up as favours and centrepieces and well as striking wall decorations. In Japanese tradition 1000 paper cranes symbolise honour and loyalty as well as bringing good luck to the bride and groom and many couples use them to stunning effect. Origami also makes beautiful favours, name card holders or simply scattered paper stars on table tops for an understated stylish twist.


Unique and original brides are also turning to paper to create their own bouquets and buttonholes, huge multi-coloured flower balls of intricate blooms make a huge statement while a couple of beautiful stems breathe understated elegance. Of course you can keep these beautiful creations forever and display them as the works of art they truly are. Personally I’m a huge fan of these buttonholes made from DC Comics for a touch of geek chic too.


Naturally Instagram and Pinterest are an endless source of inspiration, and you can find someone to do the hard work for you on Not On The High Street and Etsy but for the time-rich paper decorations are a beautiful, creative way to personalise your wedding.

Check out our Pinterest Board here SMP Weddings Origami Pinterest for lots more ideas and more images from the gorgeous weddings Sophie has photographed.

Kate xx

Kate is the studio manager at SMP Weddings, the home of reportage wedding photography and photojournalism in Sussex creating highly atmospheric images which burst with personality and emotion. 


Some Kind Words

  • Jen and Dave

    Jen and Dave

    “Hi Sophie, We absolutely love them, we have had a proper look at all the photos and oh my, they are so great! I might just look at them if I need a pick me up over the next year or so! You totally relive the day. What a wonderful way to have the day documented in your beautiful pictures! So many! So very, very exciting! Thank you for providing us with so many. They are absolutely treasured memories you have captured and so many fantastic and meaningful moments”.