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Bird details: A fresh look

You don’t need me to tell you that birds are a dominant trend in weddings right now – they’re all over the place, from lovebird cake toppers to bird’s nest ring holders, not to mention the ever-present bird cages. And it’s no wonder – birds (like butterflies, so popular a few years ago) are a pretty, whimsical motif for any style of wedding, from modern to shabby chic to vintage. I never get sick of seeing them, and anyway, since it’s your wedding, you get to include whatever you like (trendy or not). But if you feel like too many couples have been there, done that (as one of my engaged friends recently commented), here are five ways you might rework the bird trend a little to make it your own.

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1. Concentrate on subtle details…
The classiest weddings don’t get too themey, but choose a select few details to tie their concept together. I love little touches like these feather boutonnieres and bird matchboxes.
Matches via Luna and Chloe Weddings; boutonniere photo by Jonda Spurbeck via Postcards and Pretties

Bird details: A fresh look | SouthBound Bride

Remember Ankia & Philip’s gorgeous wedding? One of my favourite details was their feather ‘confetti’ – so romantic!

Bird details: A fresh look | SouthBound Bride

And don’t you love this adorably classy escort card table (also featured in our vintage birds inspiration board)?
Photos by Henry Shoots via Style Me Pretty

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2. …Or take it to extremes.
You could find these bird cages in any pet shop, but strung up with lights they really make a statement. Love it!
Bird cage lights via Dog n’ Bird

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Nothing subtle about these cakes either, but aren’t they wonderful?
Guinea fowl cake by Duet Weddings via Once Wed; bird pattern cake by Jo Tyler via Santa Barbara Chic

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3. Sick of bird cages? Try bird houses.
I just love how bird houses were used as part of the table décor at this beautiful wedding, and how many other uses brides are finding for them. Go on the hunt for some of your own (or get your guy to finally put his school woodwork classes to use!) and they’re sure to be a pretty feature that you can also use in your garden afterwards.
Photos: top left and right by Caroline Ghetes via Style Me Pretty; bottom left by Millie Holloman Photography via Style Me Pretty; bottom right by Morgan Gallo Events, Jade McCully Photography and Emma J Designs via Elizabeth Anne Designs

Bird details: A fresh look | SouthBound Bride

4. Focus on a specific type of bird.
This couple used owls as part of their wedding style – aren’t they just too cute? There are lots of other birds that would make great motifs – peacocks are already popular, but with South Africa’s abundant bird life, you could really get creative with this one!
Photos by Whitney Lee via Southern Weddings

Bird details: A fresh look | SouthBound Bride

5. Try something different.
We all know that if birds do it, bees do it (although educated fleas may be a bridge too far), and so it’s no surprise that bee motifs are starting to appear. Just look at this stunning inspiration board from Postcards & Pretties. Or you could go for something equally pretty and summery, like dragonflies or ladybirds. Moving away from nature, summer emblems like bicycles and hot air balloons are other ideas. Or why not go back to the originals but mix it up a little? A few small touches of birds, bees and butterflies would add up to a lovely summery garden feel – but as always, less is more, so don’t overdo it!

7 Comments
  1. “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird” – for some reason these little animals are so cute and romantic. I’m loving all the “love birds” cake toppers I’ve been seeing lately! And of course, I’m a huge fan of feathers :)

    July 21, 2010
    • capclassique #

      Me too! So romantic!

      July 21, 2010
  2. We incorporated birds into our wedding last year and loved them. I’m glad to see this trend maturing rather than getting too played out. This is a fantastic round up coupled with great ideas and advice.

    July 21, 2010
    • capclassique #

      Thanks Christie! I like the way you put that – “maturing”. That’s it exactly!

      July 21, 2010
  3. that dress in the second set of photos is so beautiful!!!!

    July 21, 2010
    • capclassique #

      I know, I love it too! It was literally built on her, layer by layer (and named for her too). So pretty.

      July 21, 2010

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