Butterflies are usually described as ethereal, graceful, joyful creatures, but they are so much more than that. As found in a 2021 study by researchers at Lund University, they are also extremely clever at escaping from their prey and ‘staying alive’. They have a highly effective ‘cap’ technique that forces air out, resulting in a backward jet that propels them forward!
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Whether you are attracted to the delicateness, power, or vivid hues of butterflies, if you have an upcoming wedding, there are so many ways to include their stunning symbolism in your special day.
Poetry, Literature, Art (and fashion!)
Butterflies have a rich symbology in poetry, literature, and art, and many of their most powerful meanings are very much in tune to a special union such as a wedding. Butterflies often symbolize transformation, which is also used to describe the uplifting effect that love can bring.
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They are associated with rebirth and resurrection—something that may be specifically pertinent to you if you feel that you have finally found the love of your life after more than one unfruitful relationship. Across all cultures, butterflies also signify hope—and surely couples fervently desire that their wedding is simply the first day of eternity together.
If you are a professional artist or drawing is your hobby, why not print these illustrations on the fabric of your wedding gown or suit, or do so for your bridesmaids’ dresses? If you need a bit of inspiration, check out Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress. When she said ‘I do’ to Brad Pitt, she wore a dress filled with drawings by her children.
These can be printed by your wedding designer in key areas of your dresses. Top fashion influencer, Chiara Ferragni, also opted for printed drawings and embroideries of the places and symbols that meant something to her and her groom, Fedez. The skirt of her gown additionally contained lyrics from Fedez’ rap songs.
Brides, grooms, and guests alike can wear their finest butterfly-inspired jewelry. For an idea of how beautiful this type of design can be, check out the Frida collection by high-end Spanish jewelry firm Suarez, or the more affordable designs by Tous Jewelers.
Butterfly jewelry designs contain stones like topazes, pink sapphires, and tsavorites, making for vivid and happy pieces. Make sure there are live butterflies at your reception as well. If you are into the micro wedding trend, you may currently be organizing a wedding in your backyard.
Doing so is a magnificent way to cut the costs of venue hire. It also enables you to identify more family members, including children. Delight them with live butterflies by planting a butterfly-friendly garden. Allow your grass to grow a little longer, grow a wide range of native flowers, avoid toxic fertilizers, and make water readily available to these beautiful creatures.
If you have an artist in the family who is happy to create a special decorative artwork and backdrop for your guests’ wedding photos, ask them to paint an extra-large canvas that is filled with images of butterflies, flowers, and grass. This will make a perfect setting for guests’ Instagram shots. The images they take can be shared with friends and family, who will undoubtedly be moved by the delicate grace that butterflies inspire.
Butterflies have held a plethora of meanings in poetry, literature, and art. They are usually associated with grace, freedom, and hope. However, they could have a very particular meaning that you can harness at your wedding. From printed dresses and suits to jewelry and even artwork, you can never have too many of these stunning, ethereal beings in your celebrations and your photographs.