We're seeing coats of arms everywhere, from ceremony backdrops to seating chart displays.
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Family crests are a longstanding wedding tradition-the British monarchy proves that. Contemporary couples, however, are finding new ways to introduce a coat of arms into their big day. Instead of visually representing family traits and estates, these pairs are choosing looser interpretations of the classic symbol. The result? Crest-shaped wedding décor. Though these stately structures don't necessarily act as heirloom monograms, they add a dash of tradition-and a whole lot of pretty-to your celebration. Here, a few of our favorite crest-inspired accents, from ceremony backdrops and seating chart displays to mini cocktail menus.

Leafy Backdrop

The above ceremony backdrop, created by Philosophy Flowers, acted as a crest-shaped frame to two of the duo's venues' most impressive details: the lake and breathtaking Telluride mountains.

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Seating Chart

Peanut Press brought this coat of arms seating chart display to life. Each crest represented a distinct table and was complete with guests' names. The calligraphed board, designed by Spreading Lovely, was flanked with rose, greenery, and pampas grass arrangements by Michelle Lywood.

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Signature Cocktail Menu

This creative crest might not have outlined the couple's legacy, but it did reveal something just as personal-their signature wedding cocktail. The mini menus, which simultaneously acted as a bar coaster, were crafted by Signora e Mare.

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Reception Sign

White Door Events' baroque-style crest signage, complete with the bride's new initial, dressed up the live entertainment's stage.

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Wooden Backdrop

This wooden backdrop, designed by Nib and Pixel, made by Post-Studio Projects, and adorned with florals by Bramble & Bee, made a double appearance during this fête: first, at the ceremony (it acted as the couple's altar backdrop!) and again during the outdoor reception.


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