Ideas for a Butterfly-Themed Wedding

Amy Hoover
Releasing butterflies at a themed wedding should be avoided. Instead, celebrate your love of butterflies by using the tips below.

Having a butterfly wedding theme will make your ceremony and reception truly memorable and unique.

Butterfly Wedding Theme: Attire

A butterfly wedding is perfect for spring or summer. To keep your bridal party looking fresh and springy, keep the looks light and colorful. If you are having your wedding based on all kinds of butterflies, choose pastel or bright colors for the bridesmaid dresses. Should you prefer a certain kind of butterfly over others (like a Monarch), then choose colors based on that (shades of orange and black).

Accent colors on bridal gowns are becoming trendy. Choose one with light sparkles or a sash or ribbon to complement the wedding colors. Tiaras with rhinestone butterflies are a beautiful touch to a bridal hairstyle. Jewelry for the bride and bridesmaids easily incorporates a butterfly theme:

  • Pendant necklace
  • Hair clips
  • Charm bracelets
  • Stud earrings or dangles with butterflies

The flower girl dress offers the most options for incorporating a butterfly theme. You may find some little girls' dresses that have butterflies embroidered on them, or choose a simple white dress and place wings on your girls' backs.

Men's clothing should match the bridal party colors as well. Informal wedding attire might include a tie that features butterflies. More formal wedding attire could do traditional tuxes, but have a small cloth butterfly pinned into the boutonniere.

Ceremony Decorations

Butterfly invitation

Have the butterfly theme worked into your ceremony decorations and accessories. Have invitations and programs printed that incorporate butterflies on the front cover. Use a unity candle that has butterflies incorporated into the large middle pillar.Fabric butterflies can be wired into virtually any floral arrangement, including:

  • Pew decorations
  • Candelabra arrangements
  • Altar swags
  • Bridal and/or bridesmaid bouquets

Butterfly Releases

A popular trend of releasing butterflies at weddings may sound like a good idea. You may have the photo of your beautiful send-off pictured in your head already. However, wildlife experts caution against such practices. Transported butterflies may arrive dead or sick. They can also lose their way when migrating south from the area to which they are shipped. Importing a non-native species to an area can cause environmental problems for native species. The North American Butterfly Association recommends using rose petals as an alternative.

Butterflies at the Reception

Incorporating your butterfly wedding theme into the reception is relatively easy to do. They can easily be worked into the cake, centerpieces, and favors.

Butterfly Wedding Cakes

Using a wedding cake topper that has butterflies in it is an easy way to put butterflies on your wedding cake. You could also have your decorator make gum paste or royal icing butterflies and affix them to your cake, or purchase pre-made butterfly decorations and put them on your cake. Place sticks with butterflies on the top into cupcake wedding cakes.

Butterfly Centerpieces

Butterfly decorations on wedding cake

Make wedding reception centerpieces unique by having butterflies placed in them. Candles with faux butterflies in the wax can make a great addition. Floral arrangements can always be livened up by placing wire butterflies in them. Make a more unique centerpiece by having a butterfly net hang from the ceilings down over the tables (be sure to check with your reception site for rules regarding ceiling hangings). Have fake butterflies affixed to the sides of the netting and "hanging" in the center of the net using a wire.

Butterfly Favors

Have favors that relate to your butterfly wedding theme to complete the overall look of your wedding. You may want to give out seeds for flowers that attract butterflies. Or hand out bookmarker favors with butterflies on the top. Other ideas include:

  • Candle holders
  • Filled butterfly boxes

Other Butterfly Wedding Accessories

You can work in a butterfly theme to virtually anywhere in your wedding. The following accessories done with butterfly accents will add the special details to complete your theme:

Make shaped place cards or mats for your wedding rehearsal dinner and use butterfly thank-you notes to keep the butterfly wedding theme throughout all of your wedding festivities.

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Ideas for a Butterfly-Themed Wedding