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10 Fabulous Feather Accents for Your Wedding Day

  |  By Nicole Keen

Feathers are whimsical, fun, and extremely versatile ⁠— you can wear them in your hair, amplify your decor, or carry them in your bouquet, and each choice is equally eye-catching. If you want to put on a show and give guests a real glimpse into your love affair, shoes are a creative way to go about it. Not only that, but you can pick a feather motif for your stationery, wedding cake, and more! Here are some of our favourite feather accents for your special celebration.


Feathers, head to foot

Shoes by B Brian Atwood

Tucked under a long dress, these sexy stilettos can be your little secret. Feathers lend a hint of luxury to any occasion, so why not your wedding? Paired with traditional elements, such as the rose gold wrap styling shown here, this fabulous footwear can step up your entire ensemble.


Boa Bouquets

Photo via Cloud Nine

If you're planning a dramatic soiree, dress up your reception space with tall vases filled with ostrich feathers. It lends an aura of Great Gatsby-era luxury to the occasion, and we're sure the man himself would be pushing for an invite. Bejewelled with pearls, diamonds, and lush blossoms woven in, this is a scene straight out of a fairytale.


Feathers instead of flowers

Bouquet by Eeek Designs

Any bridesmaid would be thrilled to carry this bright and beautiful bouquet made entirely of feathers! This is a fantastic way to incorporate colour into your ceremony and gives the entire occasion a touch of whimsy and fun. Colours make all the difference here; pastels give the ceremony a more pure, delicate aesthetic, while darker hues provide a rich, glamorous effect worthy of the spotlight.


Bird-like boutonnière

Boutonnière by Eeek Designs

Even your groom can wear feathers! We love this cute and quirky boutonnière. This subtle touch brings feathers to the forefront of your big day, and it's even more enchanting when you both match. Flowers and feathers can be interchangeable if you do it the right way, and this is a fitting example of that.


Fascinate your friends and family

Fascinator by Headmistress

Top your chignon with a high-fashion feather fascinator. Classic and traditional, these hats haven't reached their heyday just yet; they're coming back bigger and better than ever for your special day. This bold bride wasn't afraid to think outside the box when she transformed her wedding colours into an elaborate fascinator that coordinates perfectly with her gown. Alternatively, select a bold, bright shade to bring a pop of colour with you down the aisle.


Feathered décolletage

Photo courtesy Carlo Mendoza. Necklace by Sarah Houston

Want to dress up a strapless gown? This bold statement necklace should do the trick! Ideal for the more daring and avant-garde bride, let this necklace do all the talking as you slide toward your groom. A standout piece like this one always makes an impact, and against a backdrop of pure, riveting white, even more so.


Pretty enough to eat

Cake by J'Adore Cakes Co

Sugar feathers are a gorgeous addition to a fashionable black and white wedding cake. They're a fabulous addition to any cake if done the right way, which is why we recommend trying them out on your own. Whether you've selected a rainbow concoction or a traditional four-tiered variety, feathers add drama to any wedding cake.


Light and airy appreciation

Thank-you cards by Paper Source

Express your gratitude with these sweet and simple letterpress note cards. If you've already held a reception filled with feathers, then these are an excellent way to bring the message home. Either way, however, they're a charming way to express gratitude to your guests. Toss in feather bookmarks, stickers, or other small trinkets to drive the message home even further; your guests will be thanking you!


Emu-free earrings

Earrings by Thomas Sabo

You'll enjoy these fun and flirty feather earrings on your wedding day and beyond. They're a piece of fashion you can don long after the ceremony. Rare but wonderful, and those are the perfect words to describe this stylish pair. Equally stunning with a wedding dress or worn-in jeans, these are a memorable way to ring in your big day.


Mix flowers and feathers

Photo courtesy Kay English Photography. Bouquet by Viburnum Designs

Flowers and peacock feathers make for a stunning and exotic bridal bouquet. It gives your stroll down the aisle a touch of the unexpected, yet it's so gorgeous we can't look away. Pairing bright blossoms with vibrant feathers is one way to make your bridal bouquet stand out.

This article was originally published on Jan 09, 2012

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