If you want a romantic, fanciful theme for your wedding, you should consider the majesty and flair of a butterfly themed wedding. Here are a few ideas to get you started in the right direction:
Color of a Butterfly Wedding
The first decision to make when designing your butterfly wedding, is what kind of butterfly you are going to use as your inspiration. There are literally a rainbow of possibilities. Depending on the type of butterfly you decide to use, your wedding colors could range from pastels to a vibrant selection of colors. If you decide on one of the simpler butterflies, a monochromatic color scheme might be perfect as well. It’s totally up to you.
Butterfly Wedding Invitations & Stationery
Your wedding invitations are the first glimpse into your special day that your guests get. Why not let them know early that butterflies are your theme? Select an invitation printed with butterflies, wildflowers or a garden design. Kepp the paper light and choose a delicate typestyle.
Colorful Wedding Flowers
The floral arrangements for the ceremony, as well as the reception, should match the colors you’ve chosen. If you choose to go with a monochromatic butterfly theme, consider white flowers such as roses, sweet peas, lilies, gardenia, daisies and orchids. If your choice in butterflies is more of the multi-colored variety, consider using wildflowers. You can even get butterfly picks to put in your arrangements.
Traditional wedding attire is easily adapted to fit your butterfly theme. You can purchase a variety of butterfly appliques to sew onto everything from your dress and head piece to the bridesmaids’ dresses. The bride and bridemaids can all wear butterfly jewelry and have butterflies in their hair. The bridal garter can be accented with a butterfly as well. The groom and groomsmen can wear butterfly themed cufflinks or lapel pins.
Butterfly Themed Wedding Locations
Outdoor settings fit this theme best. A butterfly sanctuary would be perfect. If there isn’t one in your area, a botanical garden is the next best choice. If you would like to have the ceremony in your backyard garden, plan ahead by planting flowers and plants that attract butterflies, such as lilac, honeysuckle, phlox, impatiens, aster and some daisies. Remember, though, that the same plants that attract butterflies usually also attract bees. Butterfly attracting plants differ from region to region, so you will want to check with a local gardener or greenhouse for plants that will work in your area.
Butterfly Wedding Decorations
Purchasing balloons with butterflies already on them would be ideal to make balloon bouquet centerpieces. Create butterfly confetti from scrapbooking hole punchers to sprinkle on the reception tables. Use butterfly shaped place card holders. Decorate your place cards with butterfly stickers and glitter.
Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Flutter About
While the possibilities for butterfly themed wedding favors are limited only by your imagination, here are a few for inspiration:
- Purchase butterfly candy molds and make candy, or soaps if you’re industrious.
- Butterfly shaped cookies in small bags or boxes.
- Decorate favor boxes with butterfly stickers and fill them with chocolate treats or nuts.
- Use butterfly-shaped cookie cutters as napkin rings. For a more personal touch, you can write the bride and groom’s names and wedding date on the cookie cutters. Guests then keep the cookie cutter as a momento.
- Butterfly magnets personalized with your names and wedding date.
- Votive candles in tulle bags tied with butterfly patterned ribbon.
Creative Butterfly Theme Ideas
Instead of numbering the reception tables, consider naming them instead. Each table after a different butterfly. If you are getting married in a warmer month, you may be able to coordinate a live butterfly release. Make sure the temperature is higher than 60 degrees and that you get butterflies native to your area.