With their long, graceful necks, silly spindly legs, and bubble gum hue, flamingos are among nature’s most unusual animals. We also happen to think they’re among the most adorable. Long synonymous with the beachy, sunny spirit of Florida, they also make for perfect party décor.
If you’re worried that flamingos’ pink feathers will make your celebration seem juvenile, think again. We’re sharing nine ways to use flamingos in your wedding that majorly up the fun factor of your ceremony and reception but in a chic and stylish way.
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These adorable sugar cookies will have your guests giggling—and snapping photos at their tables. Offer them on a dessert table, or wrap them up in clear cellophane as a favor that’s almost too cute too eat. (Find the recipe here.)
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Perhaps the most subtle way to work these whimsical birds into your wedding is by putting flamingo stir sticks out at the bar. Whether you’re celebrating by the beach or on a rustic ranch nowhere near the coastline, your guests will feel totally tropical. (Shop similar stir sticks at Amazon.)
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Treat your guests to a game of croquet on your reception venue’s lawn with an Instagram-worthy game set that’s anything but ordinary. (For a more subtle esthetic, go the route this California couple took and paint traditional flamingo lawn ornaments a pretty gold and use their legs as your targets.)
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Whether you have a bottomless budget or are trying to go totally DIY, this idea is too clever to turn down. Simply pick up a few flamingo lawn ornaments and some plastic rings for a festive, Florida-inspired game of ring toss.
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If you’re going the glam route and getting married or having your reception at a venue with a pool, you’ll have a whole new canvas to work with when it comes to fun props. This pink flamingo pool float and balloons are impossibly fun and festive, yet still chic and stylish. (Find the pool float here.)
An ordinary pink flamingo becomes extraordinarily adorable when crowned with a wreath of bright flowers. Place them on the lawn, at the start of or along the aisle, or just about anywhere else your guests are bound to lay eyes on them.
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Sometimes, words just aren’t necessary. Instead of a traditional chalk or wood sign, hang a heart around the neck of a golden flamingo to let your guests know that the celebration’s right this way.