Wedding Inspirations from Wedding Invitations: Winged Specimen

butterfly wedding invitation

Time for our second installment of wedding inspirations from wedding invitations (you can see the first post here). Today I am inspired by the Winged Specimen Wedding Invitations designed by Laura Hankins from our lovely sponsor Minted. I love this invitation suite! The butterfly specimens give it a scientific touch added with a bit of vintage flair from the typefaces and ribbons. The pretty chevron print on the back of each invite gives the suite a playful modern element. So, a touch of science, vintage + chevron! Love the combo and it inspired me to create this…

science wedding ideas

Vintage plates and chairs give the table an overall vintage feel. A test tube centerpiece flanked by flasks and science bottles on each end bring in the science element. The table number with the butterfly name adds to that science touch. For florals, I used icelandic poppies, ferns, air plants and scabiosa pods. A chevron fabric table runner brings all the elements together. And let’s not forget the pretty paper butterflies along the back wall made from vintage paper.

science beakers with flowers

poppies and ferns

poppies and beakers

LOVE the test tube display for the middle of the table. Such a unique + fun way to display flowers. I stained the wooden stand to give it an older look.

science beakers with flowers

butterflies on the wall

I think the paper butterfly wall is such a sweet and easy-to-create touch. I cut out butterflies in 3 different sizes with vintage scrapbook paper and then taped them to the back wall. I think this would be a great idea for a ceremony backdrop or behind a dessert table. So whimsical + fun! Butterflies also represent change and a new beginning – what a perfect symbol for the start of your marriage!

vintage paper butterflies

bouquet with origami butterflies

I created some butterflies with origami (using this handy video to create them). I love the idea of incorporating them into your bouquet or putting them on sticks for younger wedding guests to wave at you as you walk down the aisle.

butterflies on a stick

chevron wedding table runner

science wedding invitations

Hopefully this shows you that inspiration really can come from anywhere – and if you find an invite you love – that just might be a perfect design inspiration if you are stuck for an idea. :) Be sure to check out more invitations from Minted and see if there is one that inspires you.

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  1. Such gorgeous details here. I’m loving the tiny little viles as the centerpiece and all of the butterfly paper. Just stunning!

  2. What a wonderful result of inspiration! But you brought so much more to the table (literally)…love the test tube centerpiece and the unusual flowers, plus those sweet vintage paper butterflies (both origami and not)!

  3. As I write this, I have at least 3 of the origami butterflies on my desk…and countless more downstairs. My fiance and I both have a sort of fascination with butterflies and other insects and have been trying to come up with ways to bring that into our wedding (I can’t even tell you how disappointed I was that the local butterfly house, while available for events, did not have a space inside suitable for our ceremony.) I adore the test tube centerpieces and will have to see about recreating that, too. Thank you!

  4. so playful and pretty! can i ask the source for the fabric of the table runner? it’s so graphic and punchy next to the earthiness of all the details: i’d love to use that fabric for some of my own designs!

  5. Thanks everyone!

    Molly – the fabric was bought online here:

    Cathryn- I bought the test tubes and flasks here if you are looking for something similar:

  6. oh I love the theme! This makes me want to go home and pair some dainty flowers with my creepy air plants – I’ve been needing some inspiration for my air plants and this is perfect!

  7. I like how the chevron looks industrial instead of trendy. I like!

  8. Hilljo- 3 days!!!! Happy almost wedding day!!! I hope your day is amazing!! Thanks for being such a loyal reader and commenter. :)

  9. cool test tubes made into a vase! ;)

  10. I want those cool butterfly origamis! Imagine what they’d look like with colorful craft paper— they’d be perfect for children’s events too!

  11. LOVE the test tubes!!! This is great. Love Minted’s invites and the fact that they work with designers too – yay!!


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