GrayCatVintage
Master October 2015

For those of you who are NOT doing rustic/burlap, what are you doing?

GrayCatVintage, on March 7, 2014 at 12:27 PM Posted in Community Conversations 1 74
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It seems like a lot of brides HATE the rustic/barn/lace/burlap/mason jar thing. This is however very common around where I live because unless you have a wedding at the very high end country clubs, you are sort of stuck with barn venues (lots of cornfields, lots of barns). I am just curious what your theme is? Are you against the "theme" thing all together?

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  • Storm <3 Kosman
    Master August 2014
    Storm <3 Kosman ·
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    We are in the forest and keeping things simple. I've been collecting wine bottles and mismatched vases for flowers. We also have a bunch of simple white flame-less candles. That's it. It's a California hippie mountain wedding.

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  • CeCe
    Master May 2014
    CeCe ·
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    We're doing our theme "It takes Chemistry to grow old together" So we have rocking chairs, and nods to the fact that we're both Chemists throughout (beakers, molecules, and test tubes). I wanted it clean and modern even though it is an outdoor tented reception with a barn Smiley smile

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  • Koch Bride
    Master September 2014
    Koch Bride ·
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    We're getting married in a museum/historic building in downtown Philadelphia and I hate everything you don't like too. The rooms really speak for themselves and do not need a lot. We're doing candles in these black lantern things and going for a vintage feel.

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  • winnipegwriter
    Master September 2015
    winnipegwriter ·
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    Ours is Gothic, Phantom of the Opera-esque. Think candelabras, red roses, lots of black and red.

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  • OregonEmily
    Master August 2014
    OregonEmily ·
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    I tend to avoid the word "theme" when describing our wedding because I don't want to give the impression that everything revolves around one type of decor and I've got camo plastered everywhere. But our general style is woodland, natural. It's an outdoor wedding with little hints of woodland animals throughout.


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  • Gamecock Mrs.
    Master October 2014
    Gamecock Mrs. ·
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    Well, everything is inside.

    Our ceremony is in our state's statehouse - the House of Representatives Chamber. It's where we met and it's special to us.

    Our reception is at a "business club". Ballroom with the greatest views in the state.

    We don't have a "theme", but there will be an obvious nod to the University of South Carolina and its athletic traditions! (the song I walk down the aisle to, the colors, our entrance song, and the mascot appearance....Oh! and our centerpieces will have ticket stubs in them as well as mini footballs)

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  • M
    Master May 2014
    MizizAngi ·
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    I don't necessarily HATE it, I just think it's overdone. My BFF will be having a rustic-y feel but she will keep the burlap to a minimum. As long as it's not overdone, I think it's fine.

    My wedding has kind of morphed in to a beach theme, because we're getting married on a beach. I'll have wineglasses filled with sand and seashells as the centerpieces and "message in a bottle" guest book. Other than that and the salt water taffy, those are the only "beachy" touches I'm having.

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  • M
    Master May 2014
    MizizAngi ·
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    Storm, your California Hippie Mountain wedding sounds AMAZING. My aunties would fit right in!

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  • Finally Mrs. Crowell
    Super March 2015
    Finally Mrs. Crowell ·
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    FH works for the Golf Channel, and he really wanted to go the country club route, which is fine since it suits who we are and our lifestyle. But our theme is "preppy summer romance" ...I want lots of seersucker, greenery, and tulle. Fun and flirty without it being too serious.

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  • FutureMrsP
    Master October 2014
    FutureMrsP ·
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    We aren't having a "theme" per se - throughout the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception - there are touches of fall

    Our place cards are white mini pumpkins

    The aisle is going to be lined with large white pumpkins, lanterns and mums

    Inspiration for our centerpieces is - lanterns on a riser (to give some height) that matches the wedding colors with a small vase w/ a seasonal flower or two and the table number

    So our theme is based around touches of fall - but we are also going for simple at the same time

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  • Officially Mrs. B
    Super December 2014
    Officially Mrs. B ·
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    Ours is kind of a wintery birch tree theme... for now. I've got some wine bottles to use on the tables (to be painted, glittered, colored, etc.), and plan on using white birch wood, too.

    Edit - I guess technically not a "theme"... just the types of decor to go with our colors. Haha!

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  • Jessica
    Master July 2012
    Jessica ·
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    My wedding was out at a lodge in the foothills, so burlap/lace would have worked just fine. But honestly, I found it too bothersome to buy those things (to expensive compared to other options) or DIY them all (too time consuming for a non-crafter.) I ended up going sort of garden-party with my wedding.

    I bought satin table clothes from Linentablecloth.com in ivory and dusty rose. I did the dining tables with ivory table cloths and the special tables (cake, guestbook, etc) in dusty rose. We grew succulents for the centerpieces because I wanted greenery but didn't want to pay for over a dozen floral centerpieces.

    Ooh! Oops, I remember that we did have burlap table runners... the succulent pots were sitting on top of them. Does that invalidate my entire garden-party concept? (More like a guideline than a hard theme..)

    Plates and cups were all "nice" plastic from Smartyhadaparty.com, cuz this bride has no time/money to get individual mason jars for everyone, and then have to make little tags or put chalkboard paint on all of them.

    And we had lawn games, croquet, boccie ball, toss the bag, horse shoes, and someone pulled a soccer ball out of their car.

    I thought I achieved a casually elegant day in the mountains, without going too far into rustic/burlap/lace/mason jar world. I knew that my DIY skills and decoration budget (and willingness to haul a million things out to my venue!!!) wouldn't live up to the glossy perfectly captured Pinterest pictures, so I didn't aim for that.

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  • MrsOJ
    VIP May 2015
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    We are not really doing a "theme" more like a touch of bling and love throughout the wedding.

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  • GrayCatVintage
    Master October 2015
    GrayCatVintage ·
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    For the record, I do not think doing the rustic/burlap thing is bad at all - I think it is a great option for many couples. What I did NOT like was that the venue coordinators automatically assumed that would be "our theme" when we visited various places (barns and outdoor spaces).

    That is what told me that the rustic/burlap/mason jar was becoming way overdone. This was bolstered by the fact that many of these venues now have rentals on site - where you can pay extra to rent mason jars, burlap tablecloths, mismatched china, etc.

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  • rusticbride
    Master May 2014
    rusticbride ·
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    I am doing rustic/burlap/lace/pearls. It's "old South meets a modern Steel Magnolia's. " The key is I'm not over doing anything with the rustic details. Ya'll may have seen this type of theme but not done MY way Smiley winking

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  • PattyCakes
    Super June 2014
    PattyCakes ·
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    I guess if I had to name a theme it would be flower/garden with a vintage flare. Our ceremony is in is beautiful old white chapel and the reception is in this old tavern. They are on the same estate and surrounded by beautiful gardens, which will host the cocktail hour.

    We have bright colors and lots of fresh wild flowers.

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  • rusticbride
    Master May 2014
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    @CeCe, that SOUNDS AWESOME! It reminds me of Big Bang Theory.

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  • B
    Expert January 2009
    ben4514 ·
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    My aunt is decorating and requested I at least give her an idea. I have a Sleeping Beauty cake topper, and then almost everything else is rustic with birch trees and wildflowers so I called it 'enchanted forest'. From there she kind of ran wild with it. Our seating chart will be a scroll with an 'arrow' going through it. She's doing lots of grapevine accents with prisms and tiny candles hanging from them. There will be lots of twinkling lights everywhere... And a few minor Disney touches.

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  • FutureMrsMacEwan
    Devoted July 2014
    FutureMrsMacEwan ·
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    Well our colours are Black & Fuchsia, we are having some high vases with white feathers with fuchsia accent feathers, low vases with water beads and fuchsia lights, black and fuchsia lighted paper lanterns, and black chair covers with fuchsia bows. So I guess maybe darker with bright pops of colour, fun and classy?

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  • L
    VIP September 2014
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    We don't really have a theme, mostly going of our colors of purple, ivory, and light green. It's traditional/romantic I guess if you had to put a theme on it.

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