When we think bold, jewel-toned weddings fit for a king and queen, the peacock palette is one of the first that come to mind. In some cultures peacock feathers signify loyalty, integrity and vision. Historically, they were reserved exclusively for royalty. Today, shades of turquoise, plum and gray come together in a modern version of the color palette, and are still fit for the most regal of couples.
Palette Inspired by the Peacock
Timeless, the peacock feather as a design element is downright stunning. There are so many ways to incorporate it into your attire, like dressing your ladies in turquoise bridesmaid dresses and your men in gray suits or classic black tuxes with plum vests. Or, choose solid linens for your guest tables in one or more of the theme colors and have your florist add touches of turquoise and plum to otherwise pure white centerpieces and bouquets.
Go completely over the top if the urge strikes you, adding accents from the palette in every corner of your ceremony or reception. In attire, we particularly love when we see that tiny bit of striking blue in the form of to-die-for turquoise heels peeking out from under the pristine layers of a bridal gown.
Jewel-toned dangly earrings and even bridal makeup can be coordinated to match your peacock theme. Men, we didn’t leave you out! Boutonnieres with real peacock feathers are a striking touch (pro tip – ask your florist to size them just right; oversize boutonnieres look really silly and one size does not fit all!). You can also find vests and debonair peacock-pattern ties to finish off his look.
The Glam Approach
If you’re going big, spare no opportunity to embrace the look. Start with your linens, being careful to choose the ones that contrast with your bridesmaid gowns – you don’t want to lose those turquoise bridesmaid dresses against the tables, so contrast with shades of plum or gray instead.
Now the fun – you can use real, life-size peacock plumes in towering vases as your centerpieces and set them off with live flowers and sparkly crystals and jewels. Or, choose a lower cluster of blooms in shades of plum and turquoise – there are even gray options in live flowers and certain varieties of greenery. Add professional lighting to create the perfect tone on your walls and dance floor.
Rustic Peacock Chic
If you think that a peacock themed wedding is reserved for dramatic, luxurious hotel ballrooms, you couldn’t be more wrong. Meet Rustic Peacock Chic – yes, it’s a thing! Replace massive jewel-dripping centerpieces with simple painted mason jars, and formal engraved invitations with a more casual, distressed version and you have the perfect outdoor decor for a farm or barn setting. Of course, we definitely don’t want you to leave your guests out of the fun. They can leave you best wishes on a peacock variation of the traditional guest book (with a feather pen!) or strike a pose sporting masquerade-like feather masks in your photo booth.
Such a sweet theme deserves an even sweeter ending. The things that bakers can do to make jaw-dropping cakes and cupcakes these days are seriously amazing. Sweeping “trains” of feather cupcakes look way to good to eat. Color coordinated candy displays send off guests in style.
Special thank you to our guest blogger Wendy Dessler!
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