Trending Now: Butterfly-Inspired Wedding Décor
Looking for a symbolic way to represent your marriage throughout your wedding décor? Consider butterflies, which are known for metamorphosing—they speak to a bride or groom's transformation from individuals to life-long partners. The insects also represent magic, romance, and joy—themes and emotions that are particularly relevant on your wedding day.
Beyond their symbolic meaning, butterfly-inspired accents can elevate your ceremony or reception décor, too. Butterfly dishware can add a striking print to places settings, while escort cards made from paper bugs can dress up a seating chart. Whether you display preserved insects in between Lucite slabs to add color to a translucent sign or place butterfly-shaped hand fans on white folding chairs at your event, these delicate critters bring whimsy to anything they touch.
Butterflies can also make a major fashion statement when added to your (or your wedding party's!) ensemble. Just take this flower girl, for example. The 3D butterflies on her dress brought dimension to her look. If the groom wants to forgo a traditional boutonnière for something more unique, a butterfly pin is the perfect replacement. And for the bride? If you'd like to add a summery hue to your bridal outfit, do so by embroidering orange monarchs onto your veil.
Butterflies can also nod to your big-day venue. If you are hosting a garden wedding, place life-like ones sporadically throughout your event. Whether on a bar top, table runner, or cake, you'll give the illusion that these insects have landed all around your soirée. In need of more inspiration? You're in luck. Ahead, we've rounded up our favorite butterfly wedding ideas to inspire your own.
Make like this couple and complement your feminine tablescape with butterfly-printed dishware for a splash of on-theme color.
Host your soirée at a butterfly sanctuary, like this couple did, so the live bugs are a guaranteed part of your big day; they'll float around the room, delighting your guests.
3D Wedding Cake
This bride pinned her grandmother's butterfly broach to her bouquet wrap as her something old. An antique, like this one, can add vintage flair to any arrangement—and whimsy, too, if the vintage piece is shaped like this pretty bug.
Search for a wedding dress like this butterfly-embroidered Claire Pettibone ensemble if you're dreaming of a gown that nods to your garden locale.
Recreate Tessa Lyn Events' seating chart for a nature-inspired station that lends color to your outdoor event. These blush-and-yellow butterflies prettily popped against an all-white backdrop.
Whimsical Table Runner
Decorating your table runner with butterflies will give your setup a whimsical, outdoorsy feel, as evidenced by this tablescape.
Add a pop of color to your all-white bridal ensemble by embroidering butterflies onto your veil. Jemima Williams designed this accessory.
Copy this couple's hanging butterfly installation if you wish to soften an industrial-style venue. The feminine accent prettily contrasted this bar's masculine aesthetic.
Forgo a traditional boutonnière and decorate your suit with a butterfly pin for a fun accessory that speaks to your wedding's spring date.
Perched Place Cards
Direct guests to their reception chairs via an eye-catching butterfly escort card station. We suggest attaching paper iterations—Scheme Events created these—onto a grass backdrop for an earthy display.
Enhance your gift table's feminine aesthetic by placing preserved butterflies on your tablecloth and presents. Sterling Engagements used the insect to upgrade this pink station's romantic look.
Keep guests cool during your outdoor ceremony with butterfly fans. We love how these handmade iterations added a vibrant hue to white folding chairs.
Star Hansen Events created butterfly wall installations to symbolize this couple's transformation from fiancés to spouses. We suggest doing the same for a meaningful, nature-inspired décor moment.
Olive Willow Designs created framed insect escort cards to showcase this couple's shared love for entomology. Remake this seating chart with different butterfly types for an eye-catching décor element with lots of colors and patterns.