incorporate pretty butterflies in your wedding scheme

As a symbol of new life, transformation and (in Japanese culture) marital bliss, we can see why butterfly themed weddings are popular around the world. It’s easy to include pretty butterfly-inspired details in your day, from fluttering centrepieces to miniature flower girl wings, butterfly symbols can be customised to suit the style and colour scheme of your wedding.

Fluttering butterfly wedding inspiration

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Butterfly Beauty: The Bride & Bridesmaids

Take inspiration from the light and airy qualities of butterflies by choosing a soft chiffon dress that feels floaty and effortless. Dresses with frilly edges, iridescent features and delicate eyelash lace around the bust-line will fit into your delicate and feminine butterfly wedding theme. To really customise your dress ask a seamstress to sew a secret butterfly design into the inner lining of your gown – a secret personal touch that will remind you of your wedding theme in years to come.

Asked a flower girl to be part of your wedding party? Treat her to a pair of pretty wings to wear with a girly pastel dress and ask your florist to make a floral wand wrapped with ribbon streamers to complete her butterfly-inspired look. For your older bridesmaids choose floor-length dresses with lace or mesh back detail to mirror a butterfly’s wings and accessorize their dresses with iridescent clutch bags to carry all those on the day essentials.

style ideas for a butterfly wedding theme

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Flutter By: Flowers, Invitations and Reception Decor

We love soft and delicate peonies and hydrangeas and think they suit the butterfly theme perfectly. Bunch a group of powder blue hydrangeas together in a hand tied bouquet and give your flower girl a single bloom to carry. Wrap your bouquet with a tulle bow or decorate with cascading ribbons that will dance in the wind just like your favourite butterflies.

Your invitations introduce the theme of your wedding to your guests so it’s important to work with a designer or printer that understands your ideas clearly. Embossing a small butterfly icon on the corner of your invites is a simple way to continue the theme. Alternatively choose luxury invitations that include a window panel or folded envelope cover covered with metallic, pastel or bright butterflies.

Make your table decorations stand out with butterfly props mounted on wire and inserted into traditional flower arrangements. Alternatively add a sense of movement to your venue décor with coloured ribbons tied onto ceremony chairs and chiffon fabric draped across tables and backdrops.

Feeling crafty? Gather together some coloured tissue paper and make butterfly-shaped decorations to hang from the ceiling of your venue. Ask bridesmaids and friends for some crafty help to bring your pretty wedding theme to life.

Written by Ann Russell

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