Looking for a symbol to build your wedding theme around? The fleur-de-lis is perfect; in fact, fleur-de-lis themed weddings are the hottest new trend for 2011. Symbol of French royalty, with connotations of nobility, devotion and purity, the fleur-de-lis is a simple signwhich can be woven through your entire wedding décor to create a beautifully coherent theme.
As the fleur signifies sophistication and elegance, a black and white theme is particularly appropriate for this symbol. A classy monochrome palette works well in any setting, but can be adapted beautifully for an outdoor ceremony with a reception in a grand banquet hall. The fleur-de-lis can be incorporated into the decorations, as in the giant floral design shown in the pavilion below. Use fabrics that mimic French toile de Jouy for the table runners, napkins and chair covers, with their elaborate vine-like patterns. Finally, treat the ladies to compact favors bearing the same elegant fleur-de-lis design.
The fleur-de-lis is fantastically versatile, which means you can adapt it to whatever your existing color scheme is. Though traditionally seen in black or gold, the fleur also looks uber-elegant in silver, which contrasts nicely with paler shades like aqua and mint. Use the fleur symbol to add interest to the napkins, place cards, invitations and wedding favors. You can even have it iced on the wedding cake, or subtly embroidered onto your dress. The combination of silver fleur designs and aqua with green décor will make your fleur-de-lis theme wedding a surefire hit!
Aside from the fleur symbol and the toile de Jouy prints, France is also famous for perfume, and bountiful lavender fields. Use lavender in conjunction with the fleur-de-lis to create a truly authentic theme with a color palette of softest lilac and green. Lavendar looks (and smells!) gorgeous in bouquets, large floral arrangements and centerpieces. You can even serve your guests homemade lavender lemonade! And to send them home in style, present each one with a delicately etched glass tealight holder set with a silver fleur-de-lis charm – elegant and regal, just like your fleur-de-lis wedding!