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Burlap Wedding Details


Burlap Wedding Details | SouthBound Bride
Burlap wedding via Magnolia Rouge

Ah, burlap. How I do love thee! Maybe it’s the farm sacks connotation or the rough texturing or the colour, but nothing says rustic like burlap (or hessian to some readers). And nothing says rustic chic like burlap contrasted with lace or pretty crockery, or a chandelier. It shouldn’t work, because they’re so different, but it just SO DOES.

I am pretty much burlap crazy, and I’ve been wanting to do a roundup for ages. I knew the moment had come when I saw this fabulous wedding, where they went as far as to have burlap ties for the groom and his guys. Cute, right? But burlap pretty much makes everything cute. Tables, bouquets, bunting! If you’re planning a farm or country-style wedding, it’s definitely something to consider. In fact, I’d say it’s a bit of a must have for rustic brides. For best results in an elegant setting, utilise its potential for contrast or as a tactile or unexpected element. Here are some of my favourite ideas…

Cover your tables in burlap
This is where I’m seeing the most burlap and it works brilliantly. Not only does it immediately make your tables rustic, but it makes for  relatively cheap tablecloths. You can also have burlap mats or table runners if you don’t want to go the whole hog. My favourite is the printed runner for that extra farm-like touch which you can customise with your names, etc.

Burlap Wedding Details | SouthBound Bride
Sources (clockwise from top left): burlap overlay with lavender accents; printed burlap mat; full burlap tablecloth; burlap runner with cross-stitch table number; printed burlap table runner

Use burlap to wrap your bouquet
Again with the contrast. Burlap not only makes a useful and durable but also chic wrap for bouquets. Jewellery or lace increase the contrast between utilitarian and dainty.

Burlap Wedding Details | SouthBound Bride
Sources (clockwise from top left): bouquet with horseshoe pin; bouquet with lace and cameo pin; bouquet with lace and fabric flower

Incorporate burlap into your decor
Don’t limit yourself to tablecloths and bouquets. Burlap adds a pretty twist to the rest of your decor too (just be sure not to overdo it!).

Burlap Wedding Details | SouthBound Bride
Sources (clockwise from top left): burlap pot plant table numbers; burlap-wrapped mason jar; burlap light swagging; burlap curtains; burlap and herb seat adornments; easy burlap wreath

Use burlap for signs and bunting
Can anyone say un-freakin’-dorable? I love burlap bunting, and that is all there is to it. Hang it as part of your decor, drape it along a dessert table, or simply string it out between you and your husband in the couple shoot.

Burlap Wedding Details | SouthBound Bride
Sources (clockwise from top left): Sweets with burlap bunting in background; heart bunting; Just Married ruffled sign; LOVE bunting; Just Married flags

Get creative
Burlap can also be incorporated as part of other wedding details – favours, bridal party attire, ring pillows, etc. What fun new uses can you come up with?

Burlap Wedding Details | SouthBound Bride
Sources (clockwise from top left): Burlap favour bags with rustic heart detail; burlap sweet favours; burlap hair piece; burlap ring pillow; DIY burlap favour bags; burlap and wheat boutonniere

  1. Love those bouquets wrapped with the burlap, makes for a lovely contrast against the lace and more feminine details like the horseshoe pin. Would love to just get a bunch of flowers presented like that!

    January 26, 2011
  2. what cute button boutonnieres! adorable!

    January 26, 2011
  3. These images are just stunning! I love burlap-there’s no better way to give an event that perfect touch of rustic charm!

    January 26, 2011
  4. oh burlap, how i love thee :)

    January 27, 2011
  5. I LOVE this post. Burlap makes my world go round.

    January 27, 2011
  6. Oh I adore burlap!! Love it really. Gaby ~ this is such an amazing roundup of burlap details!! Love them all ;-))))


    January 27, 2011
  7. love every single bit of this burlap goodness!

    February 1, 2011
  8. Hello, my name is Kate and I’m a long time burlap lover :-) Yep love it in every shape and form… that bunting is especially cute!! Great roundup!

    February 3, 2011
  9. Roger Dunning #

    The Burlap looks great but i am having real trouble finding it in a width big enough to cover a table as you have. Does anyone know anywhere I can find a 3 metre width?

    February 19, 2011
    • capclassique #

      Hi Roger – General consensus seems to be that you’re best off buying the material and having them made – you’ll get exactly what you need and it probably won’t be too dear. Good luck!

      March 6, 2011
  10. jeanette #

    where can the cameo design on the bouquet be purchased? thanks

    August 16, 2011
    • capclassique #

      Hi Jeanette
      I’m not sure where you can find this exact pin, but you should easily be able to pick up a cameo from eBay or from a local antique shop/market. Or you may be able to find one at a costume jewellery shop? Consider using a favourite brooch froma family member as an alternative, even without the cameo, it can look absolutely lovely! Good luck, let us know how you get on!

      August 16, 2011
  11. Roger #

    After a very successful wedding I now have 4 round and a number of long table clothes which i had made in Burlap/Hessian.

    If anyone would be interested in buying these I will be putting them up for sale as soon as I have got myself organised.

    August 17, 2011
  12. where did you get the burlap TIE!?!?!? i can’t find one anywhere

    August 20, 2011
    • capclassique #

      Hi Mackenzie – the tie in this wedding was handmade by a friend of the bride. Should be relatively cheap and easy to DIY if you know someone who sews!

      September 6, 2011
    • Kim #

      October 6, 2011
  13. Bridget #


    I am desparately searching for a stockist of Burlap in Cape Town. The bride wants to do Burlap runners with lace edging.

    If anyone can help please let me know

    October 11, 2011

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