bright, decorative bird nests covered by glass bell jars

Long before anyone was putting "a bird on it" on Portlandia, bird details were popular at weddings. 

One of our favorite details in this trend is the use of decorative bird's nests in centerpieces and tablescapes.  Above, nests dotted with tiny flowers and faux robin's eggs look perfectly pretty under large glass bell jars. For more rustic weddings, you can use plainer nests (below, right) spread sporadically across a burlap table runner.

mossy bird nest to carry wedding rings
 Mason jar filled with baby's breath and bird nest as decoration

You can use the same type of nest to give to your ring bearer to carry the rings during his march down the aisle, either with birds (below) or just lined with plenty of mossy greenery (above, left).

bird's nest to carry wedding rings down aisle
wedding cake decorated with bird nests, birds, and greenery with purple flowers

We love the look of woodsy bird's nests on top of cakes. For a springtime wedding cake with lots of colors, use greenery and flowers in addition to your nests (above).  Go very green by decorating with moss (below, left), or just simple and stripped down with a gray nest on top (below, right).

wedding cake covered in moss and topped with bird's nest
gray bird nest cake topper on vanilla buttercream wedding cake
modern wedding invitation with simple design and two birds

Modern weddings can be for the birds, too. This green watercolor invite above features two tiny birdies to tell your guests all about your big event. Below, traditional and vintage weddings could be announced with a whimsical sketch.

wedding invitation featuring illustration of tree with birds and birdcages
hanging birdcage installation over garden wedding tablescape with topiary place cards

Birdcages are one of the most popular wedding details. For a garden event, use vertical space by creating a hanging installation of birdcages filled with ivy and flowers. Or scour thrift stores and estate sales to find mismatched vintage birdcages as your large centerpiece at each table (below).


You can also use birdcages to contain your centerpieces. For a more wild and woodsy vibe, bring the flowers out of the cage. For a ladylike tea party, keep bright blooms smaller and inside colored cages.

small metal birdcage enclosing mossy floral centerpiece
aqua birdcage enclosing bright floral arrangement at wedding reception

If you just want to use this trend in one place, find a great "statement" birdcage and use it on your welcome table or to hold cards from guests. This stunning antique copper cage is decorated with a few pink ranunculus.

large vintage birdcage with pink ranunculus for cards at wedding

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