Family crests are a longstanding wedding tradition—the British monarchy proves that. Contemporary couples, however, are finding new ways to introduce a coat of arms into their big day. Instead of visually representing family traits and estates, these pairs are choosing looser interpretations of the classic symbol. The result? Crest-shaped wedding décor. Though these stately structures don't necessarily act as heirloom monograms, they add a dash of tradition—and a whole lot of pretty—to your celebration. Here, a few of our favorite crest-inspired accents, from ceremony backdrops and seating chart displays to mini cocktail menus.
The above ceremony backdrop, created by Philosophy Flowers, acted as a crest-shaped frame to two of the duo's venues' most impressive details: the lake and breathtaking Telluride mountains.
White Door Events' baroque-style crest signage, complete with the bride's new initial, dressed up the live entertainment's stage.