beasts of the southern wild (reader request)

Beasts of the Southern Wild wedding

This Beasts of the Southern Wild wedding inspiration board was created for Aubrey and Sam who are getting married in Portland! Aubrey’s sister and maid of honor, Adrian, sent me her color palette (below) and said: “I’m planning my sister’s wedding and she fell absolutely in love with Beasts of the Southern Wild last year. We’re best friends and after she went to all the meetings with potential wedding planners nothing panned out, so she stopped by my house one night with a basket of cupcakes and a note that said ‘You’ve got the job!”

This is the type of reader request that really warms my heart. My brother and I are best friends so I totally love sibling stories! For a Beasts of the Southern Wild themed wedding it’s important to capture the whimsy, fantasy, out-door environment, and incorporate some of the details from the movie that made it so unique then wrap it all into a vintage shabby vibe.

One thing about the movie that is really striking is how the characters made use of things and the haphazard construction of their homes. Look for vintage-shabby details to include in your wedding decor like the hanging lamps in this inspiration board and the place setting (which I adore because the blue detailing mimics water!). Include memorable elements from the movie like Hushpuppy’s rain boots, sparklers for a cake topper, and use spray painted animal place cards to remind everyone of the Aurochs!

wedding color palette Congrats to Aubrey & Sam and thank you Adrian for requesting this inspiration board for your sister! Looking for more movie themed weddings? See them all here & brides-to-be: don’t forget that you can request your own inspiration board.


photo credits: gold spray painted animal escort cards from 100 Layer Cake, photographed by Edyta Szyszlo // place setting via Style Me Pretty, photographed by Jen Huang // chair via Once Wed, floral design by Kathleen Deery Design, photographed by Jose Villa // bride via Wedding Chicks, photographed by Elizabeth Messina // shabby lamp decor via Ceci Style Magazine, photographed by Jose Villa // cupcake sparkler via Marlein Overakker, photographed by Paul Barbera  // rainboots with flowers via Style Me Pretty, photographed by Jessamyn Harris.

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.


  1. This is so gorgeous! I still haven’t seen Beasts of the Southern Wild yet, but thanks to this board, I’ve just moved it to the top of my must-see movie list.

  2. I’m a loser. I had NO CLUE that was a movie. P.S. love the little gold animals.

  3. Be still my heart! Thank you so much 🙂 Aubrey and I can’t stop smiling, it’s flawless all around.

  4. Have been meaning to see that film! Sounds great, and if it’s as pretty as this board I’ll be happy : )

  5. Pretty! I especially love the escort card animals!

  6. How fab to use rain boots as a bouquet holder?! Of course – you have such gorgeous taste!

  7. Perhaps Beasts of The Southern Wild hasn’t reached the UK yet? Or I’m just a bit late but now, after seeing this creative board, I really want to see the movie!