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Simple wedding cake decorated with hessian, twine and flowers

This week on my Facebook page I shared details of a recently married TNWC bride who had some lovely hessian table runners to sell, and I think that’s what led to this week’s choice of wedding cake.  If you’re planning a rustic wedding, perhaps in a barn or on a farm, then using hessian and twine to decorate your wedding cake would be a natural choice.

With the addition of some pretty seasonal blooms, this cake shows that you can make rustic rather elegant and that it needn’t be complicated or over-fussy.

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Natural looking wedding tables covered with rustic hessian cloths

For me, creating a welcoming wedding reception table for your guests to dine at is an extremely important part of a wedding.  I love touches such as flickering candles, a sprinkling of fresh flowers, and soft fabrics.

If I was still planning my wedding, this image above would definitely have been added to my inspiration folder when it came to dressing our tables.  I love the natural hessian/linen cloth draped over the table, the collection of mason jars emitting their soft candlelight, and those jolly looking menus that along with the floral colour break up an otherwise quite neutral palette.

The way these tables have been decorated captures that rustic but elegant look that I wanted to achieve for my own wedding, and I hope you find some inspiration from it too.

Image: Ellie Grover via Green Wedding Shoes

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Hessian heart place name

I love this sweet idea for creating a heart from strips of hessian for your wedding reception place card.  I think all you would need to do is cut two lengths of hessian and make each one into a loop, glueing the ends together.  Then take your two loops and glue their ends together – if that makes sense!  Write your guests names on a slither of paper cut to look like a ribbon at each end and place it on top of your hessian heart.

You could also make these from brown paper, a bit like these ones that Charlotte made for her wedding that was recently featured on the blog.  It’s the same idea as the hessian, just with paper.

Handmade paper heart garland

Image: (1) Tanja Lippert Photography via Style Me Pretty; (2) Bohemian Weddings

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Ethereal summer wedding

I’m still hanging onto thoughts of summer despite the bitter chill in the air.  This wedding reminds me of all those things I love about summer and the kind of summer you dream of.

Ethereal summer wedding

This is the kind of wedding I’d like to go to – the tables are decorated in an understated way with the odd colourful flower adding bursts of cheeriness, but otherwise unfussy and beautiful.

Ethereal summer wedding

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I saw this beautiful cake a while ago on a feature Love My Dress did on eco-chic weddings.  It is a great example of how simple can be stunning – a very plain white tiered wedding cake, on a pretty porcelain cake stand, with bands of hessian and ribbons tied round and finished in a bow.

In the world of weddings you’d probably call the colour of those ribbons ‘nude’, but I like that they are slightly off-white so they don’t completely fade into the rest of the cake.  The way they have been tied in big bows is fun and romantic, whilst the hessian takes the edge off it being super elegant.

My only world of caution if you were to try something like this yourself, is that if you buy a roll of hessian and cut it into strips, the edges fray quite badly and lots of ‘bits’ come off it.  We did table runners at our wedding from hessian that I cut up, but I wasn’t too bothered about the fraying edges, however on a cake it might end up looking a bit messy.  I would see if you can find hessian already in the right thickness to avoid people eating straw-like strands of hessian with their icing.

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Today I have seen so many things that sparked ideas for an autumnal wedding that I felt the best way to share them was with an inspiration board.  If I was planning an autumn wedding I think I would be inspired by wool, hessian, pumpkins, and old-fashioned hues.


Decorating for an autumn wedding

I would decorate with lots of galvanised metal buckets and pewter jugs, filled with the last of the summer flowers in soft, warm colours.  Pumpkins, squashes and gourds can be found in your local farm shops and look wonderful just as they are.  I would use old woolen blankets on hay bales for seating or used like a tablecloth for a cake table.


Dressing for an autumn wedding

For me I would embrace the season, fitting the boys out in country tweed suits, knitted ties and buttonholes of wheat or seedheads.  Bridesmaids would be wrapped in chunky knit scarves and maybe even mittens to keep them warm.  Amongst all those soft colours I would try to bring in a pop of colour – like the gorgeous teal blue of that hat or a pretty bouquets of Dahlia flowers.

Are you having an autumn wedding – what’s inspired you?  If you were to dream up your perfect autumn wedding what would it be like?  Would you like to see more posts like this?

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