Sepia: noun

A reddish-brown color associated with monochrome photographs of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

A brown pigment prepared from a black fluid from cuttlefish used in monochrome drawings and in watercolors.

A drawing done with this pigment.

Burlap is the perfect addition to any rustic barn wedding. Burlap has a definite odor when you first purchase it so before using it on your big day you’ll want to get the smell out. Whatever you do, don’t put it in the washing machine – it will come out as a wrinkly wad (trust me on this). Instead, hang burlap outside in the sun or sprinkle baking soda on it to absorb the smell.

Using this material in your wedding is pretty hassle free – it’s all about using little touches of it here and there. Burlap ring bearer pillows are easy to make, or available on Etsy, as well as cute burlap garlands. Decorate your reception centerpieces with burlap flowers or wrap mason jars in burlap for a cute rustic vibe. Wrapping your bridal bouquet and the groom’s and groomsmen’s boutonnieres in burlap is another nice touch, and of course a cheap and wonderful DIY aisle runner can be easily made from burlap. For an indoor cottage wedding, loosely woven burlap chair bows always add a nice touch.


Almost all of the pictures in this board (except just one!) are from a real wedding featured on Green Wedding Shoes, photographed by Ashley Maxwell, and took place at Santa Margarita Ranch in California.

photo credits: reception sign, flowers, cake, table numbers, bride and groom mini clothes, balloon, heart confetti, honey, birds, shoes, here comes the bride sign, barn lollipops, dresses. 

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.


  1. Amazing! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this board!!!