Burlap is back… or perhaps it’s not back per say, but it is definitely in. The emergence of the meagre potato sack (kind of loses its glamour when you put it like that) has given stylists and couples a ‘new’ old texture to work with. The popularity of rustic, earthy, and less traditional wedding receptions has grown tremendously in the past year as we catch up to what our North American counterparts have been inspired by for years.

Whilst listening to Taylor Swift is about as country as I get, I must admit that I’m starting to like the way burlap is being used – light touches are gracing everything from tabletops to cakes to bouquet stems. I think therein lies the trick, it has to be a light-handed touch, otherwise its heaviness outbalances everything else. Unless you’re going the full country hog and completing your look with sunflowers, you only really want to have enough burlap to create a soft and pretty rustic appeal.

Pictured below are a number of ways to incorporate burlap (you may like to consider pairing burlap with lace, pearls, baby’s breath, lavender, or other dainty touches):

  • Bonbonniere – combine with jam jars or coffee beans
  • Bouquets & Boutonnieres
  • Cakes
  • Centrepieces – combine with jute twine
  • Chairs
  • Decor – combine with bunting or wine bottles
  • Invitations
  • Ring Pillows
  • Tablescapes

What are your thoughts on this trend?