15 Ways to Use Animal Print Throughout Your Wedding
If you're looking for an unexpected way to have a little fun with your wedding décor, we encourage you to consider animal prints. While the rest of your big-day color palette may consist of solid shades, bringing a playful pattern into the mix is an easy way to increase the visual interest of your entire space while also customizing your event's look. Although you may feel like you're taking a risk by displaying bold textiles, you'll be surprised by just how subtle animal prints can be. And if you're not big on subtle? Then you'll be pleased to know that these colorful prints can energize your décor, too.
In larger applications animal prints can certainly make a daring statement, so it's important to approach this trend in a way that complements (not overpowers!) the rest of your wedding's design. Animal print can be a great source of texture. Snakeskin, for example, can add dimension to any surface, making it more alluring. Fur iterations can soften or bring a cozy feel to your party's overall vibe. You can also look to animal print to give your ceremony or reception a pop of color. An orange-hued cattle rug will warm a reception space while a multicolored cheetah print pillow turns your lounge into a must-see section of the party.
You can also use animal print to enhance your wedding aesthetic. If you're hosting a farm or ranch celebration with a rustic vibe, work in a natural element that speaks to your country locale like a cowhide rug. Or tie your wedding's safari theme into unexpected big-day elements like your bouquet by decorating it with a more exotic pattern. Here, the bride used a zebra wrap to give her arrangement by Eden Floral a touch of wild flair.
Whatever your style, we encourage you to pay attention to the following animal print wedding ideas—they'll inspire your own bold details, guaranteed.
Cheetah Maid of Honor
Keep your bridesmaids warm during your winter celebration by dressing them in chic fur (or faux fur!) coats. If you wish to highlight your maid of honor with this look, make sure she is the only one in cheetah print.
Decorating your big-day aisle with vintage rugs and cowhides, like Bluebird Productions did here, is an eclectic way to connote your bohemian wedding theme.
If you're hosting a ranch-inspired event, have your ring bearer carry a cowhide pillow as a nod to your theme.
Re-imagine your reception's lounge with soft textiles, like animal print. Here, Shaw Events and Sue Gallo Designs placed blue pillows and a cow rug under a canopy covered in red-and-yellow blooms and greenery. The dark animal print added to the setup's bold color palette while making for a comfortable place for guests to get cozy.
Use locally-sourced animal prints to celebrate your wedding's outdoor setting. Elizabeth Kelleher of In Any Event did just that by using a deer hide rug as the focal point of this mountainside wedding's lounge.
Looking for an eye-catching stationery element that references your upcoming safari wedding? You can't go wrong with zebra print envelope liners, as exemplified by these Bliss and Bone iterations.
We love how these hide pouches' color and texture gave this rustic stationery suite by Amber Moon Design a country feel.
Easton Events paired a cow print ottoman with a traditional sofa to create a rustic-meets-classic vibe at this cocktail party. If you'd like to replicate this look, use soft hues and natural finishes (like animal print!) to tie these two aesthetics together.
Emulate Forrest and J's cocktail lounge by combining several seemingly contrasting pieces, including modern woven seating, Aztec textiles, a gold coffee table, and a cowhide rug. The artful juxtaposition of animal print against wicker and metal made for a striking display.
Place branded cowhide rugs around your reception to work your monogram into your farm wedding décor.
Animal Rugs on the Beach
This oceanside wedding, curated by Crosby + Jon Design, featured pillows and cow rugs as seating. The setup exemplifies how animal print can work in a contrasting locale (you wouldn't expect to see cow hide on the beach!) for an unexpected, statement-making display.