I am getting married in 10 months and have been on Pinterest, Facebook, event blogs, etc. and have seen many couples using burlap as their “theme”. I really love the natural look and the subtle texture it adds to the space. But, our wedding is almost a year away and I am afraid that the burlap trend may already be on it’s way out…what do you think? Should we jump on board with this even though it seems like it's the trendy thing to do? I don't want to regret my decor decisions.
- Nan, Denver, CO
Thanks for writing in. You bring up a very interesting conversation. First of all, you are falling prey to the less-than-lovely side of Pinterest, event blogs, and the plethora of information on the internet. While it's fantastic to be able to find a picture or inspiration for almost anything you can dream up, it is also possible to get discouraged by seeing so much of it. I would caution you to go easy on planning your wedding from Pinterest picks. Certainly play around for inspiration, but don't get bogged down by it. Keep your ahead above the water!
Now onto the question at hand. Yes, burlap has been very popular recently. And yes, it is highly likely that burlap will become the tulle of yesterday. However, tulle had a long and fabulous run as the reigning queen of 80's to early 2000's wedding decor. The reasons? It adds softness and texture and beauty to a space - it is also reasonably priced. The same is true for burlap. If you are hosting an outdoor or more rustic wedding (I assume you might be since you are writing to me from Colorado), I say go for it and use burlap. Honestly, there isn't a fabric that compares. But then, do be careful to not use some of the other elements we are seeing paired so often with burlap - step away from the burlap Pinterest boards! Think outside the box! You can mix and match and create a beautiful result. One you will be very pleased by.
However, I don't recommend using burlap just for the sake of it. It has it's place and it should stay there. No burlap in ballrooms, please!
Bottom line, use what you love in your decor plan and forget about the "trends." In fact, it might just be time for our friend Ms. Tulle to come out of hiding. Hmmmm - burlap and tulle?? Our wheels are spinning.