Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Wedding Trend: The Fascination with Feathers

It might be the light and airy way they move in the slightest breeze, or perhaps the way they glam up any outfit or event – either way, feathers have found their way into mainstream design, fashion and décor.

There are plenty of ways the feather can be used throughout a wedding or event – but keep in mind, these quills work best when used sparingly!

Event Décor: When used as a centerpiece, the addition of feathers can create an atmosphere of Old Hollywood. Themed stationery such as a peacock Table Card are great for cosmopolitan evening soirees. Add plenty of sparkle to the table top and the pairing is perfect for a Winter Wonderland affair.

Ostrich tower centerpiece from Events Wholesale, wreath centerpiece feathers from ostrich.com, feather chandelier by Moss Events, wedding stationery by baron*cards.

Dress: Brides who love the idea of feathers can share their passion through fashion! There are contemporary and traditional options available, like these stunning dresses below from Coast and Jane Yeh. For cooler climate events, celebrate vintage couture with a bolero wrap from EnAvance.

Accessorize: There are a ton of fabulous feather finds for hairpieces nowadays. Do a search on Etsy for a unique, handmade design or visit a specialty (online) store like HeaddressDesigns.com. Even the most traditional or conservative bride can make a glamorous statement with a hairpiece adorned with a wispy feather detail. The look is memorable and beautiful.

Hairpiece by Mikey. Bouquet by Soulful Flowers San Francisco. Clutch by Angel Jackson, cuff by Karen Millen.

The feather can also be added to the bridal or bridesmaid bouquets. The organic nature of the feather can provide a complimentary texture that works incredibly well with many flower varieties.

Ladies can accessorize with feathered clutch as a fabulous finishing detail. An exquisite piece of jewelry can also transform the look of your bridal entourage. But again, it’s important not to overdo it with the feathers! Either do the bouquet, or the clutch or jewelry, but not all of the above. Otherwise, the bridal party could look like they really are birds of a feather flocking together!

Hairpiece by Headdress Designs, shoes by Manolo Blahnik, clutch by Christian Louboutin.

The beauty of the feather is how well it plays with others. It can serve as the primary theme for an event, but really adds flare when used as a secondary accent. White plumes can be paired with pearls and lace for a vintage look. Jewel-toned peacock quills look rich and sophisticated when paired with black or navy silk.

Feathers are a fabulous element that can be incorporated into any event very easily and affordably, too. With so many options out there, the feather trend still has momentum. Just remember: a little goes a long way!

- Lianne Tokey of baron*cards

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