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Love it! Precious Pinwheels

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There’s something undeniably appealing about maps. (Martha Stewart herself is an avid collector.) They're a celebration of the places we've been to, or dream of visiting. And when fashioned into pinwheels, maps make an absolutely darling decoration for a destination wedding or a couple who loves to travel.

A standout in Connecticut photographer Betsy Ryan Hany’s shop, Elizabeth St., are her miniature paper pinwheels, made from vintage maps. Each set is $12 and comes with a dozen 3-inch-wide pinwheels on 6-inch sticks. What I love about this gem of a find is that they can be worked into so many different parts of your wedding. You could use them as drink stirrers or cupcake toppers, and even put them to use in more unique ways, like adding them to your bouquet and centerpieces, incorporating them into favors, or using them to mark the aisle. How about your send-off? Instead of asking guests to toss rice or blow bubbles, they can wave pinwheels to wish you well on your honeymoon and through the journeys of life.

Leave the bunch together to make a bright bouquet.

Inspired? We've got 25 great paper wedding decoration projects.

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