Burlap, Baskets and Bottles

Rustic Picnic Wedding, Part 2

We scanned Pinterest and other wedding websites for weeks, trying to determine what our bride did and did NOT like.  With so many beautiful pictures and innovative ideas, it was pretty overwhelming at first.  She quickly narrowed it down to a casual picnic theme.  Tule and crystal were out, baskets and bottles were in!  And that’s when the fun started.  I scoured thrift stores, Craigslist, garage sales, friend’s cast-offs, even the side of the road for rustic treasures.  My boys developed an eagle eye for pretty-colored discarded beer bottles in ditches.  Friends contributed fabrics, laces, bottles, and vases.  And my weekly treks to our local Salvation Army Family Store on 50% off day always yielded some unique find.

Wrought Iron Lantern wedding table setting with burlap runner, rattan chargers, and teal satin tablecloths

The bride wanted casual, and her mother wanted a little more formality.  So we compromised by using sparkling stemware and classic china beside rattan chargers and rustic burlap.

Miniature White Carnations in a Wrought Iron wedding centerpiece on burlap


Collecting enough elements for identical table centerpieces can be costly.  We solved this problem by choosing complimentary elements with a unifying theme: wrought iron and sparkling glass.

wrought iron lantern rustic wedding centerpiece with miniature white carnations and burlap

And we compromised again on the flowers, choosing the delicate elegance of the miniature carnations over the billowing fullness of baby’s breath.

Rustic fabric scrap wedding reception napkin tied with hemp and adorned with fresh rosemary

I was given a large bolt of crisp, minty-green cotton fabric.  The splash of color from the napkins we cut  was the perfect addition.  And the addition of freshly picked rosemary filled the air with its pungent aroma.

Miniature white carnations in glass votive jars for a rustic burlap picnic wedding

The marriage of casual textures with the  glint of glass, stemware, china, and satin was a grand success!