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Butterfly Wedding Ideas and Tips

Updated on February 19, 2022
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Butterfly themed weddings are perfect for spring and summer events as well as outdoor weddings. But this theme can also be used at other times as well. Almost any color will work with your butterfly wedding.

The nice thing about using this theme for your wedding, is that it is so adaptable. It can be country chic or elegant and formal. How you use it is up to you!

Colors to consider for your theme would be pastel or bright colors, depending on your taste. Think about pinks, lavenders, blue and yellow or gold.

You can pick one color or use a rainbow of colors. It is your choice. However, in choosing colors, especially for bridesmaids, One color will often photograph better than a bunch of colors.

Flowers should be more of a Springtime or summer flower. Try to incorporate the flowers that a butterfly would naturally favor.

There are plenty of things that you can craft to make your wedding uniquely yours in every sense of the word. But if you are not crafty, there is enough products available to create a beautiful wedding without the fuss.

The butterfly itself has a lot of meaning and symbolism. In many cultures the butterfly means a new start. It also refers to a transition, a celebration and growth.

Getting Started With Your Butterfly Wedding Ceremony

Once you have decided your wedding budget, it is time to sort out the details. Your actual wedding ceremony can be in a religious facility, outdoors or in the same area where your reception plans to be.

If you are planning to use a religious house of worship, then your first step will be to contact the coordinator of the facility. You need to check to see if the facility is available and what rules there may be regarding the ceremony and the decor that you can use. Make sure that you understand the amenities and services that are available.

If you are considering a religious venue for your ceremony, you will want to find out what their policy is regarding the use of candles. This is important if you are planning to use a unity candle ceremony.

You can create a program for your ceremony on your computer with your butterfly theme. This is important in a religious venue or house of worship as some of your guests may not be familiar with the rituals and the traditions surrounding them.

In the case of an outdoor or reception area ceremony you will need to speak to the coordinator of the facility you are considering finding out what services are available.

So, your first step needs to be to coordinate availability and dates so that your ceremony and reception are booked and guaranteed before you start making other plans.

No matter where you decide to have your wedding ceremony, make sure that you understand all of the costs that are involved in each location. There may be extra fees for music, for the wedding officiant, for a soloist.

And as with any wedding, make sure that you book as far in advance as possible. There are going to be glitches along the way but having your ducks in a row will make your wedding planning a lot smoother.



Butterfly invitation kits make an easy and economical way to create your own personalized wedding invites. The kits come with everything you need. You just format the information and print them on your home printer
Butterfly invitation kits make an easy and economical way to create your own personalized wedding invites. The kits come with everything you need. You just format the information and print them on your home printer

Wedding Invitations-Butterfly Wedding

Your invitations always should give a hint of your theme to your invited guests. Include butterflies in the design, or include some butterfly confetti within the invite.

Of course you can order invitations that cost hundreds of dollars. However, I have found that these are usually not kept by anyone except the close family. If you do order invites save money by using single sheet invites. You can check with your local office supply store, they often have reasonable prices.

You can also get wedding invite kits from your local craft outlets. These kits come with everything you need. All you have to do is format your information and use your home printer to print them.

Order plain invitations with just the basic information. Take a small butterfly stamp and add your own design in a color close to the ones you have chosen. You can do the same thing with two punched butterflies glued together in the body of the butterfly

Add lace to your invitations. You can punch paper lace or add strips of lace to your invites to create a nostalgic look.

Another idea would be to use butterfly postage stamps on your envelopes

Butterfly Welcome Sign

Welcome Butterfly Garden Flag Vertical Double Sized, Love Heart Holiday Anniversary Wedding Yard Outdoor Decoration 12.5 x 18 Inch
Welcome Butterfly Garden Flag Vertical Double Sized, Love Heart Holiday Anniversary Wedding Yard Outdoor Decoration 12.5 x 18 Inch
This is the perfect welcome for your wedding guests. It can be placed outside of your wedding reception, in your outdoor ceremony location or outside of your religious ceremony location, Later, this welcome sign can be used in your new home. The price is right-under $10 and you will set the theme of your wedding on the arrival of your guests. You can use one or several of these.
 

Butterfly Release

Many farms specialize in providing butterflies specifically for special event releases. Search for one that can deliver to you, and make sure you check references and get a guarantee from the vendor you choose to go with.

A few tips if you choose to do this: Butterflies will only fly when the temperature is above 55 degrees and preferably sunny. If the weather is very cold or very hot, the butterflies may not take flight at your wedding. Naturally, this means that for night and candlelit weddings, butterflies will probably not leave their little box. However, if you are having your wedding on a warm sunlit Spring Day, the weather conditions are optimal for releasing butterflies and fulfilling your long for a dreamy outdoor wedding!

Butterfly releases can be a bit pricey. And there is always a chance that the butterflies may not arrive alive. Before you purchase, always check with the better business bureau to make sure that the vendor has not had complaints

Here is a list of possible butterfly release farms. Many of them also have unique butterfly wedding accessories also.

Butterfly Outdoor Wedding Programs

These wedding fans/ programs serve more than one purpose for your butterfly wedding. They are an easy DIY project from your computer.
These wedding fans/ programs serve more than one purpose for your butterfly wedding. They are an easy DIY project from your computer. | Source

Butterfly Wedding Ceremony Ideas

In some cases, the actual wedding ceremony is a structured ritual that is determined by the religious denomination. There may be other things that can be added as extras. So, you need to determine what is any changes can be made through your religious leader.

Instead of using flower arrangements at a religious venue, consider using green plants or bushes with butterflies on them. Butterfly bushes in bloom are another good idea. The nice thing about using natural plants is that they can be planted in a garden later and generally are more reasonably priced.

Ceremony Outdoors Or At A Wedding Venue

If you are having a less formal ceremony outside or at the actual wedding venue, then there are a few elements to take into consideration.:

  1. Decide on the ceremony order. What are the elements that you want to be part of your ceremony? Things like the entrance, the introductions, any readings or music, the wedding vows the first kiss and the recessional are all things to consider as you decide how it will come together.
  2. You will also need to think about chairs for your guests as well as indoor alternatives if there are changes in the weather.

An Ancient Legend About Butterflies

According to an American Indian Legend, if anyone desires a wish to come true, they must capture a butterfly,

and whisper their wish to it and then set the butterfly free. The butterfly takes the wish to the heavens and the Great Spirit grants the wish.

Bridal Bouquet

A simple butterfly bouquet made of Baby's Breath and butterflies gives a light touch to the bridal attire
A simple butterfly bouquet made of Baby's Breath and butterflies gives a light touch to the bridal attire | Source

Bridal Party Ideas

There are so many ways to add your butterfly theme to the wedding party, You can use just a few touches here and there or go to a more themed look for the entire bridal party

The Bride And Groom

You as the bride can make a statement by adding a fancy butterfly clip to a plain veil. If you are not wearing a veil, how about adding a formal butterfly clip to your hair?

If you family has any butterfly pins, you can add them as an addition to your bouquet. Sometimes you can find these at your local thrift store. Keep your eye open and search the internet if you want to add some bling to your bouquet.

There are also rhinestone butterfly clips that can be added to a plain pair of white shoes, These would be delightful as the peek out from below your dress.

Your Bridal Party

Your bride maids can help you carry out your theme and make a lovely statement. Pastel colors would certainly make a light statement. You can also add a butterfly clip to their hair. Have your florist add a butterfly or two to their bouquets

There are also bobby pins with butterflies that can be added to the hair arrangements on your attendents..

You can also find butterfly rhinestone pins to add over a wrap on your bridesmaid's flowers. These pins can double as your bridesmaids' gifts.

Speaking of gifts, why not give each mother a pretty butterfly pin to wear on their dress or add one to their wristlets or courage?

Add a bit of sweetness to your flower girl. Add some butterflies to her hair. You can purchase them in any craft store. Add them to a barrette or to a hair band. Instad of flowers, have her throw butterflies that you have punched your self. Take a plain basket and add some flowers to the rim. Add a butterfly or two to the rim arrangement.

Add a butterfly to the corsages for the mother of the bride and groom.

Instead o a veil, create your own butterfly head piece. Use a few butterflies as part of your hairstyle. You can chose to pin them in your hair or glue them on bobby pins or slides.
Instead o a veil, create your own butterfly head piece. Use a few butterflies as part of your hairstyle. You can chose to pin them in your hair or glue them on bobby pins or slides. | Source

Butterfly Themed Garter Set

Yikisdy Butterfly Wedding Garters White Bride Pearl Garter Bridal Lace Leg Band Bride Leg Accessory for Women and Girls (Pack of 2)
Yikisdy Butterfly Wedding Garters White Bride Pearl Garter Bridal Lace Leg Band Bride Leg Accessory for Women and Girls (Pack of 2)
Continue your butterfly themed bridal decor with this delightful garter set. One to keep and one to throw. It adds a whimsical, yet sophisticated touch to the proceedings at your reception.
 

Add Some Glam To Your Place Cards

You can add some clam to your place cards by adding glitter butterflies to them, Just cut out some butterflies and add some glue and cover with fine glitter,
You can add some clam to your place cards by adding glitter butterflies to them, Just cut out some butterflies and add some glue and cover with fine glitter, | Source

Use Butterfly Bushes As Centerpieces

These are beautiful plants especially in flower. The nice thing about using these plants is that they can be taken home afterwards and planted in a garden

Make Your Own Butterfly Centerpiece

It is not difficult to make your own DIY centerpieces for your butterfly wedding. These pieces are unique and will bring smiles on the faces of your guests. Add some flowers on the branches to create a spring look
It is not difficult to make your own DIY centerpieces for your butterfly wedding. These pieces are unique and will bring smiles on the faces of your guests. Add some flowers on the branches to create a spring look | Source

Butterfly Wedding Cake

Add butterflies in the colors of your choice rising on the layers of your cake
Add butterflies in the colors of your choice rising on the layers of your cake

Add a special touch to your wedding with butterfly postage stamps. You can these stamps at your local post office.

This butterfly wedding welcome board could be done in any color . It is a unique way to welcome your guests
This butterfly wedding welcome board could be done in any color . It is a unique way to welcome your guests | Source

A Butterfly Wedding Toast

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun

And find your shoulder to light on,

To bring you luck, happiness and riches

Today, tomorrow and beyond.

~Irish Blessing

Butterfly Wedding Decor

Want a really unique centerpiece? Find branches that are about the sake height. Secure them in a vase or flowerpot. Attach paper flowers and butterflies to the branches in your wedding colors.

If you are using tulle sashes, add a butterfly to the bow

You can add butterfly confetti to the tables. If you a butterfly paper punch or an electronic paper cutter, you can make them your self

DIY Butterfly Wall Hangings

Use butterfly wine charms on your wine or water glasses as your guest favors

Free Vintage Butterfly Clip Art

Free butterfly clip art can be used to create banners, straw decor, photo booth decor and a lot more.
Free butterfly clip art can be used to create banners, straw decor, photo booth decor and a lot more. | Source

Create Simple Butterfly Arrangements

Create your own butterfly flower arrangements with simple hydrangea and roses, You need some floral foam and containers. Silk flowers work well and can be made ahead of timr.
Create your own butterfly flower arrangements with simple hydrangea and roses, You need some floral foam and containers. Silk flowers work well and can be made ahead of timr. | Source
Make a lovely wreath for u=your wedding with a recycled bicycle rim.
Make a lovely wreath for u=your wedding with a recycled bicycle rim. | Source

More DIY Easy Butterfly Wedding Decor

Here are the most simple ideas that you can use to v=create your own butterfly wedding decor.

  • Butterfly centerpiece- Take a low flat vase. Attach a piece of florists foam to the vase. Arrange as many real branches in your vase. Cover the base with stones. Add punched or cut butterflies with light string. You could also put low artficiall votive lights in the base.
  • Use a butterfly shape as a place card. Make a butterfly shape on heavy card stock. It can be white or any color you wish.. Print or write the name of your guest on the shape. If you are using pastel card stock, write or print the name in gold, silver or any other metallic ink. Make a small slit if the place card. Attach the butterfly to a water glass or a champagne glass.
  • Make your own seating cards. White card stock with the name and table printed on it. Then add a printed or stamped butterfly to the top of the card. So simple and elegant.
  • Make a bubble wedding favor ! Take the standard wedding bubbles. Glue a printed or punched butterfly to the top of the bubble wand.
  • Butterfly Swizzle Stick- Cut or punch a butterfly out of heavy printed card stock . Make two slits in the butterfly and slide on the swizzle stick.
  • Make A Butterfly Wishes-Make a bunch of butterflies in white. Ask your guests as they come in to write a wish to the bride and groom. Have a basket to place the wishes in. Makes a lovely memory that the couple can enjoy for years.

Create Your Own Butterfly Confetti

You can create your own butterfly confetti to use at your reception, Use a craft punch or an electronic cutting machine to cut butterflies from colored copy paper. They can be used on your reception tables as decor or put into bags to sprinkle on the couple as they leave. You can use mixed colors or use one color on each table. Very budget friendly.

Use these potted orchids as a centerpiece and a favor at the same time
Use these potted orchids as a centerpiece and a favor at the same time | Source
A butterfly garland makes perfect sense as a background for your butterfly wedding. Punched from old books and stamped makes a vintage look. This is so easy to make and makes a lovely backdrop for your wedding ceremony or as a photo booth background
A butterfly garland makes perfect sense as a background for your butterfly wedding. Punched from old books and stamped makes a vintage look. This is so easy to make and makes a lovely backdrop for your wedding ceremony or as a photo booth background | Source

A butterfly sanctuary would be the perfect choice for your wedding ceremony

Butterfly Kisses-One of the most popular wedding songs

Other Butterfly Themed Wedding Music

  • Butterfly Waltz as a processional
  • Butterfly by Corrine Bailey Rae
  • Butterfly Fly Away

DIY Pompom Lanterns

Take a simple party lantern and add cut or punched butterflies. Terrific for an outdoor wedding
Take a simple party lantern and add cut or punched butterflies. Terrific for an outdoor wedding

Final Thought On Butterfly Weddings

No matter if you create it yourself, or use professionals to help you create the butterfly wedding theme, you simply cannot go wrong with this. There are so many options with this theme. You simply cannot make a mistake with your decor. This is a theme that is wide open to interpretation in all aspects. We wish you well on your journey.

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