Why I'm making my wedding flowers out of the Constitution #Favors & Flowers#africa#paper flowers#south africa September 19 | Guest post by Warriorprincess We talked about paper wedding flowers recently, but now let's talk about the actual paper you could use to make them. Thanks to Rageflower for uploading her paper flowers to our Flickr pool. I came up with a wedding flower idea that excited me quite a bit. I decided that some of my paper wedding flowers will be made out of old copies of the current Constitution of South Africa. The more I thought about it, the more excited I got. The reason is, I love the Constitution. I don't love it just because I'm a South African lawyer and we're supposed to like laws — I love it because of the freedom it represents. Our Constitution was ushered in in 1996, and it symbolised the destruction of Apartheid, a system of government which saw the people of South Africa separated by of the colour of their skin. Non-white South Africans were treated horrendously, and got worse education, jobs, and healthcare than white South Africans. It was a system of institutionalised racism, where people of different races couldn't even live in the same areas, get married, or even go to the same beach. It caused 50 years of untold heartache, pain, and fear, and will undoubtedly cause many more. The Constitution was promulgated and for the first time in South Africa, it was a human right that no one could be discriminated against on the basis of their race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. Finally all the people of this beautiful country were equal before the law. This laid the foundation for marriage equality in South Africa. We were one of the first five countries in the world to legalize gay marriage. I'm so immensely proud of South Africa for that. The Constitution reminds me that 30 years ago, I might not have been able to invite my non-white friends to my wedding. Maybe 30 years ago, I wouldn't have had non-white friends. It reminds me of the strength of South Africans who fought to change the law. Related Post Charlie & Quinten's barefoot faux-forest indoor picnic wedding Tons of handmade pillows, hay bales, leaves, and picnic blankets -- it must be an outdoor wedding, right? Nope! But it may as well be.... Read more It also reminds me of my future husband. I had seen him around law school but had never spoken to him. A few hours after we wrote our final Constitutional Law exam, I saw him at our local fruit and vegetable store. Our first ever conversation was about the Bill of Rights of South Africa, and the right to adequate housing. I think it is only fitting I get married holding the Constitution in one hand, and hand of my future husband in the other. We love this idea too. How did you YOU decide what to make your paper flowers from? Get your daily dose of Offbeat AWESOME Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Warriorprincess I am a lawyer who loves comics, Terry Pratchett novels, dancing at indie parties, and dipping stuff in glitter. I am deeply passionate about South Africa, and have a desire to see social justice upheld in my beautiful home country. http://tribe.offbeatbride.com/members/warriorprincess PREVIOUS It should be obvious why I love these custom-painted Little Mermaid shoes NEXT Raina & Michelle's elegant Disney + Star Wars wedding Show/Hide comments [ 9 ] What a beautiful way to honour so many things in something so beautiful! And it'll make a lovely keepsake too I'm guessing. 3 agree Reply Your idea is lovely! 🙂 We just got married the other week, and my wife (!!!) and I carried bouquets made out of each other's childhood favourite books. Reply How beautiful! I also carried handmade paper flowers, and I chose the book that has one of my favorite married couples (Cordelia's Honor, by Lois McMaster Bujold) and used the pages where they met, fell in love, and married. 2 agree Reply OMG OMG OMG OMG THAT IS THE MOST AMAZING PERFECT GLORIOUS IDEA EVER, I HOPE YOU DON'T MIND ME STEALING IT. Cordelia's Honor shreds my heart into itty bitty pieces every time I read it. ;~; Reply This is such an awesome story. One of my good friend's father wrote a book about his experience growing up in Apartheid South Africa and it just horrified me. Our paper flowers are made from dictionary pages and sheet music as we're both lexophiles and music geeks. We courted over games of Scrabble and playing music together! Reply Anyone know where I can get custom paper flowers made for my wedding? Reply Mega cool and cute. Reply What a brilliant idea. As a fellow South African, I share your love of what our Constitution represents. I'm proud to say we have one of the best Constitutions in the world, especially when it comes to love and to non-discrimination. So you rock on with your bad, paper-flower-making self! Reply So beautiful. I love South Africa's national anthem too. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. 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