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Picture shows three types of bunting; a fabric one made ot look like mini VW campervans, one made with pink and purple crocheted hearts with tassles and a selection of ideas for paper bunting shapes

Guest Blog - Wonderful Ways to use Bunting in Your Wedding

It's my second Guest Blog and I'm pleased to introduce you to the fabulous Re-fresh Re-style Wedding Design (link below) who are based near Peterborough and have an Etsy shop selling bespoke products using over 30 crafts. They have kindly given us a blog all about the fabulous venue decoration that is Bunting!
Bunting is one of the most versatile décor items that can be used in your wedding venue. It comes in various materials, and all sorts if sizes and shapes. We're going to look at some of the ways you can include it in your wedding.

1. Types of bunting

Paper Bunting - Looking for a last minute and quick décor item to fill a gap or area at your wedding, then use paper bunting. It can be made in almost any shape, using plain, patterned or themed paper, fanned or flat. These can be used for any style of wedding.

Embroidered and Fabric Bunting - This type of more complicated bunting can be created in various shapes, sizes and themes. Often double-sided with a plain fabric at the back and patterned on the front, with added detail, such as beads, buttons, sequins and charms. Embroidered bunting is used in both traditional and unconventional wedding styles.

Macramé Bunting - Macramé is becoming super popular again at the moment and is a craft using rope or twine with various knots to create one of the most beautiful types of bunting.

Wood Bunting - This is perfect for a Rustic or Woodland Wedding. Small log slices or mdf coasters with a hole drilled at the top to add the rope. To add extra effect, it can be personalised by burning in the wedding couples' names, date of marriage, etc. Or dip them in paint that matches your colour scheme.

Crochet Bunting - I love this type of bunting, from your standard triangle to flowers, using wool or the thinner crochet cotton. Crochet bunting in bold colours can be used in colourful festival weddings or using pastel colours, it will look gorgeous in a romantic wedding

Fabric only Bunting - this is one of the more common traditionally used, as it is quick to create and a variety of fabrics can be used, such as hessian/burlap or cottons and lace.

2. Shapes and Sizes

Most bunting is around 20 centimetres from top to tip, excluding tassles, which will make them longer up to 30/35cm. I think the most exciting part about bunting is that they can be created in almost any shape, using any of the above mediums and will suit any wedding style from traditional to unconventional.

Some examples of shapes and themes:

Tropical Weddings - Pineapple shape - can be created in Embroidery and Fabric; Paper; Wood

Romantic Vintage - Rose shape - can be created in Embroidery and Fabric; Paper; Wood, Crochet

Festival - Pom Poms and tassels - using brightly coloured wool and beads

Day of the Dead - Embroidered & Fabric; Wood

This is just a drop in the ocean of ideas for shapes and sizes.

3. Different areas that bunting can be hung and used.

Longer lengths can be used on the inside or outside of Marquees/Tipis, hung directly on the structure or in the area of grounds where the marquee or tipi is located, some materials work better than others for outdoor hanging. It can also be hung from the venue ceiling/roof or used to mark just the ceremony or venue entrance. It is sometimes used to decorate the top wedding breakfast table, the cake table and seating plan or even used as chair sashes.

4. Various ways to hang bunting

Bunting can be hung and used in a variety of wonderful ways:-

In a Marquee/Tipi/Venue, have a centre starting point and then hang to the various corners and sides of venue, circus style. Or it can be hung just around the sides. Or in a zig-zag style, going from side to side, creating the zig-zag. I recommend tying or pinning it in place to secure it.
On the wedding table it can be hung on the front edge only or around the front and two sides, with a draping effect. (NB I do this all the time with my wedding fair tables! YWF). On the cake table, using smaller bunting, drape it all around the edge of the cake table. For both of these I hold them in place using pins so that the drapes stay in place, but this needs a tablecloth - pin from behind the cloth so that the pin isn't visible.
For the seating plan, attach at the top of the board your seating plan is on, you'll want a small bunting size so that you can still seeing the names! Or you can attach the bunting at the top and bottom of the stand your seating plan is on.
For a garden or outdoor wedding, hang your bunting between the trees or from fencing.

Huge thanks to Nadia for her blog X

If you want to know more about Nadia and Refresh Restyle Wedding Designs, take a look at the link below. Pictures kindly supplied by Refresh Restyle Wedding Designs.