Peacock Feather Fans, the ultimate bouquet alternative

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I've featured lots of alternatives to the standard “clump of flowers” bouquet (check out all my non-floral bouquet posts) but this photo may feature the ultimate alternative: gorgeous feather fans.

Now, this may not be an option for the vegans & vegetarians in the house … but for a hot summer wedding, can you picture the loveliness of all these fans in motion? The fluttering of feathers and little breezes of air in the bridesmaids hair as they stand at the altar? Why, it's positively cinematic!

Comments on Peacock Feather Fans, the ultimate bouquet alternative

  1. Actually, even thought I am a vegan, we’re featuring peacock feathers at our wedding! Maybe I’m a hypocrite, but they are SO gorgeous, and I am under the impression that the peacocks are not killed to get their tail feathers…
    Anyway, the plan is to use peacock feathers in the bouquets in place of greenery/filler.
    So rather than in lieu of bouquets, we’ll be using peacock feathers to jazz ours up.
    I’m so excited about them. It’ll be a DIY kinda thing, and we’ll be sure to post pics.

    • My FH’s family raises peacocks and other exotic birds. No, typically they aren’t killed. peacocks like other birds naturally shed their feathers. Although, unless they are picked up in a timely manner they don’t stay nice and pretty. You may look into local farms/bird enthusiasts to see if there is someplace local that has peacocks. A lot of people that raise them will let you come pick up feathers that have fallen for free.

  2. I bought one of these fans in orange to use instead of a bouquet. I was really sad when it came and the orange was WAY different than the orange in my dress. They just looked wrong together. I think I’m going to try and use it somewhere in the reception instead because I really do think they are AWESOME!!!

  3. whatabout faux feathers for the veggies and vegans (i’m veggie, so no snark here). this are gorgeous.

  4. So beautiful! I am using this website that has AMAZING reproduction feather fans and jewelry for my August 09 wedding. (not sure if Ariel allows it in the comments)
    http://www.sapphireandsage.com/featherfans.html

    On a side note to the vegan/veg group. The plastics used to create faux feather and leather remain in land fills for literally hundreds of years and never breakdown. Think carefully before purchasing plastics as they are made from toxic chemicals and are more damaging to wildlife, fish, fragile ecosystems, etc. than many animal products. Research your sources carefully.

  5. All birds shed their feathers naturally, at least once a year, every year. So I’m pretty sure that no peacocks were harmed to get the feathers! They were probably just collected as they were dropped… If you had a bunch of peacocks, you wouldn’t want to kill them since they will grow new feathers each year!

  6. Emily is right, peacocks aren’t harmed for their feathers. At least everything I read about when I used them in my own wedding (after facing the wrath of someone who thought I was endorsing murder or something) said that they are actually treated quite well to get the best feathers possible. So, vegetarians can rest easy, none of the birdies get killed.

    Still haven’t found any information about the quality of life they have on the farms in general though, but I’m sure if that’s a concern there are farms one can look at in their own state, and there’s definitely sources for organic farms on the internet.

    • Unfortunatly, Most places do not treat them well and they DO NOT have a good quality of life, they have thier feathers PLUCKED out several times before they kill them because they are not useful anymore, it would be more humane to just kill them first, please dont be naive and HOPE they treated thier animal well, look it up, do research first.

      • People should check for local people who raise peacocks. My FH’s family raises exotic birds (it’s a love of his step dad’s) and he has a pair of peacocks. They are VERY finicky birds and most times they don’t handle people being close well so he keeps everyone (especially children) that the birds aren’t used to away from the pens. They do shed their feathers and so there is always really cool feathers (peacocks aren’t the only exotics he has) to be had. If people like feathers I suggest looking into who locally owns and keeps exotics because they will usually give you the feathers for free if they have nice ones laying around.

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