I’m not ashamed to admit I have a problem with paper. In fact, I’m obsessed with it. What a fabulous medium to work with. It’s just so versatile, comes in a range of colours, textures and finishes, and is wonderful to sculpt and mould into something beautiful for your wedding day décor.

Having recently worked on a wedding that featured origami cranes (each individually handcrafted from gorgeously patterned origami paper), I felt it only right to share the love for paper wedding styling…

Cut It Out

Laser cut wedding stationery is a popular choice. Whilst it’s not the most cost-effective as design costs go, it creates a stunning impact with its delicate, lace-like appearance. Introduce this style with your place cards, which will become a lovely memento of your day.

Hummingbird Laser Cut Place Card

Light Up

Jazz up the ordinary candle with a paper lantern or two. They come in a range of shapes, sizes and colours, and look gorgeous lined up the aisle or the drive way leading to your wedding venue. Make sure each candle is well sheltered within a jam jar and it’ll be perfectly safe.

Coloured Paper Lanterns

You can also cover festoon lighting with paper globe lanterns, giving a splash of colour to any marquee or venue ceiling.

Paper Chains

I absolutely love these customised paper chains that will look really cute strung up across the ceiling at your reception. You can even use the individual cuffs as napkin rings too!

Customised Paper Chains


Bring the focus of interest down to your tables with some carefully chosen wallpaper as a table runner. This is a great idea if you’re having a banquet layout with long rows of tables, but can also work as individual place mats. Shop around and find something that matches your colour scheme perfectly.

Table with Wallpaper Runner


These beautiful little butterflies make a beautiful addition to table styling when loosely scattered, or as a feature strung up in garlands.

Butterfly Confetti

Pay attention to what you’re holding your confetti in on the day and craft paper confetti cones from wrapping paper. I love the idea of using up old sheet music for this.

Sheet Music Confetti Cones

Coming Up Roses

Alternative bridal bouquets are the order of the day, and if you’re looking for something a little different, consider a paper bouquet — it won’t wilt so keeps forever! Etsy has a great range which are worth a look, including buttonholes.

Paper Wedding Bouquets

Origami Amor

Japanese legend has it that a thousand paper cranes given to the bride and groom on their wedding day grants them a thousand years of happiness and prosperity. It might be too much to take on in the literal sense, but these gorgeous paper structures make very thoughtful gifts for your guests, and you can use them in any number of ways. For example, how about using a selection of sizes to decorate your wedding cake, or hang them from trees in mobiles?

Origami Crane Chandelier

Guest post by Tiffany Grant-Riley of Curate and Display

Images from…

Hummingbird Place Card: Cutture

Lanterns: Armstrong Ward

Paper Chains: Ormolou

Wallpaper Table Runner: Martha Stewart Weddings

3D Butterfly Confetti: Love Those Prints

Paper Confetti Cones: Wedding Ideas Australia

Paper Bouquets: Fowler Studios

Origami Crane Chandelier: Elizabeth Anne Designs