I keep saying that life would be extremely boring if everyone had same racial background, same culture and same color. I see the beauty in our differences and I hope this post can help you see that too.
Today’s post (and a few others to come) would be highlighting ways people incorporate their culture into their weddings. For starters we would begin with Lynzey Uechi who just got hitched to her man only a few weeks ago! Congrats Lynzey! Lynzey used the 1000 paper cranes which was a homage to her husband’s Japanese culture.
Lynzey writes >>>
Legend suggests that if a person folds 1,000 cranes, an ancient crane will grant them one wish. For me, this wish was for a happy, healthy, and long marriage.
When I told my future sister-in-law that I was going to carry on the Japanese tradition, her response was very surprising. She told me that the meaning of folding 1,000 cranes has changed over the years and is now symbolic of showing the groom’s family what a patient woman the groom will be marrying. When I heard that, I was ready to throw away the paper. The last thing I am is patient.
But my husband is Japanese, and my children will be part Japanese, and it was important to me to have a nod to his culture in our wedding. So I sat down, and I folded. And I folded and I folded. When I thought I was done folding, I counted. 100, 900 to go. Folding 1000 cranes took me more than 100 hours. Stringing them took about 10. I must have folded closer to 1,100 with the ones I ended up throwing away and misplacing.
It was worth it though. It was hung behind us on the alter and the view was breath-taking. I could not have picked a more perfect backdrop for our beautiful I Dos on our perfect day in June.