Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Garden-Inspired-Butterfly-Theme Wedding, That's Us!

It took me awhile to commit to a theme.

Remember I mentioned we spent the first few weeks going over various ideas, but never came up with anything concrete that we could really use as a wedding theme? We thought about using our faith as a focus and realized that was a bit too broad. We thought about doing the cherry blossoms since our wedding is in April and we live near Washington, DC, but we know other people with this theme and it's not something we're passionate about.

We looked into having a candy theme, but it didn't seem appropriate with our historic manor venue. We really like the love birds theme, but both of us feel it's a little played out (no offense to other love bird couples out there)! And well, the list goes on and on.

I actually started to think we weren't going to have a theme.
I was pretty discouraged that we hadn't come up with anything concrete and couldn't come up with new ideas, no matter how hard I tried. Then it dawned on me to look at what we had decided on and what we already knew for sure was going to be a part of our big day. Advice: if you can't think of a theme, draw inspiration from other parts of your wedding that have been decided.

Our venue was the biggest thing. It was the one decision we had made and moved forward on... So we asked ourselves what's special about our venue? The garden ceremony. Definitely the garden.

Volia! We're having a Garden Wedding!! We've had this theme all along and we just never knew it! We picked the spring time of year, when gardens are in full bloom, and we picked a venue with a garden ceremony site! Not only that, but the one and only consistent thing (as in cherry blossoms, candy, love birds) I can stand is butterflies...

I kept running into butterfly inspiration, too.

I mentioned in my intro that I don't have a butterfly tattoo, but I do have a butterfly shower curtain, pillow case, and a huge collection of butterfly broaches. I've always loved butterflies and everyone who knows me, knows this. During our vacation when Mr. B proposed, we stayed in the "Butterfly Cottage." He knew that place would make my heart stop ... and it did!

So whether we knew it or not, we've been building up to a garden-inspired wedding. It's the only thing that makes sense with where we are right now and I must say I'm relieved to finally have a theme.

In honor of this new revelation, here is some garden/butterfly inspiration:

What's your theme?

How was your theme inspired?


kristininjapan said...

I love garden inspired weddings! You get the prettiest flowers out of them! And some pretty paper too! Ours is cherry-blossom-Japaneseish-but-not-trying-too-hard. Is that a theme?

Faith said...

that is such a great cake!

beautiful wedding!

NuFlaiir - Planning a Destination Wedding said...

Pretty!! Pretty!! Pretty!!

Love the details.


Sara said...

Beautiful! I love garden & outdoor weddings! Ours is going to be in the Fall so we are really highlighting the nature of the season.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!! I am so glad you did, because now I have found yours :-) Can't wait to see more

Erin*Sparkle&Hay said...

what a beautiful theme - i love a garden party/butterfly feel - will be so naturally pretty and slightly girly (but not too girly for the groom!) how fun!!!

dognbird said...

Great theme and beautiful inspiration!

D. Marie said...

You just stole my heart! I cant wait to see your wedding because I love butterflies...and I do have a butterfly tattoo!! We used butterflies in our centerpieces that i just posted on my other blog...check them out I think you will love them. I actually went with two themes...the butterflies and garden for the centerpieces and ocean/beach for our cake and cake table. It all came together so nice. Love the photos! Glad you realized your theme and that you love it! :) Happy Weekend!

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nicoliolihpf said...

I think butterfly-themed weddings turn out really beautifully. Butterflies are just so pretty! And there's so much you can do with them. Good choice!


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