An Unexpected Wedding Décor Trend: Antlers

Updated 11/03/14

Jessica Loren

Now, you may not be dreaming of an antler- or deer-themed wedding, but bear with us for a second. We're seeing a lot of rustic celebrations incorporating this motif — think: custom monograms with antlers, wood boutonnieres shaped like a stag, doe and buck cake toppers. If you can easily round up a few antique antlers, you can feature them in your reception décor (they add an unexpected sculptural element to your tablescape!), but of course, you don't have to use real ones — faux antlers are a great alternative.

Not convinced? Check out these eight ideas that we think are perfect for a fall wedding in the woods.

Ceremony Program (above): Ask your stationer to create a custom monogram combining a pair of antlers and your initials.

Boutonnieres: The groom and his groomsmen at this wedding sported clever deer-shaped boutonnieres laser-cut from wood. You can find similar pins on Etsy.

Photo: Elisa Bricker

Bridal Bouquet: This rustic bouquet is perfect for a woodsy wedding and features white peonies, white ranunculuses, silver brunia, berries, evergreen sprigs, magnolia leaves, pheasant feathers, and antlers all tied together with silver ribbon, lace, and twine.

Ceremony Altar: A table decorated with antlers enlivened this couple's open-air ceremony in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Photo: Tec Petaja

Escort Cards: Paper-antler escort cards are a clever way to pay homage to a woodsy wedding setting.

Reception Centerpiece: Adding antlers to your tablescape is an unexpected way to add a sculptural element to your décor.

Cake Toppers: A golden doe and buck are a fanciful way to top off your wedding cake.

Wedding Cake: To really reinforce your wedding's woodland theme, ask your baker to decorate your cake with a stag's head cut from fondant.

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