Trend Alert: Macramé Wedding Decor

Embrace trying the knot—like, literally

Updated 08/18/17

Photo by India Earl

For those of who don't know, macramé is a form of textile produced using "knotting," as opposed to methods like knitting or weaving. (How fitting for your wedding ceremony, right?!) This art technique dates back to 13th-century Arabic artists (yes, really!), but it's really known for its popularity in the '70s; think back to the days of lava lamps and shag carpet. And in 2017, we're more than happy to report, this groovy trend is officially back in style—wedding style, that is.

After consulting wedding Pinterest boards, real-wedding features, and our favorite Instagram accounts, we've seen macramé (brilliantly!) used in ceremony altars, hanging chandeliers, escort-card displays, and table settings. And that's not to mention the macramé imitations we've seen created in cake icing. Basically, macramé is the material of the moment. So how do you re-create this trend for your wedding day? First, start by envisioning your wedding style. If it's tropical, casual, or boho, this trend will most likely coordinate well with your other design elements. If it's black tie or glam, probably not so much. Next, think about where you want to display this look—whether it's behind you as you exchange vows or front and center at your reception. And finally, consider adding a little something extra to your decided display! Macramé is typically seen in a neutral cream color, so it's easy to add pops of color in the form of palm leaves, bright florals, or even natural wood. Oh, and we spoke too soon: The last and final step is to document your creative work on Instagram and tag #macrame and @brides so we can see what kind of genius you're up to!

Keep scrolling for seven inspo pics that'll get you started.

Photo by Brandon Kidd Photography

Create a statement backdrop that your guests can snap photos in front of! This macramé folding screen does the trick when accented with palm fronds and tropical flowers.

Photo by M2 Photography; Macramé by Maggpie Vintage Rentals; Flowers by Belovely

Embrace ivy-lined walls by hanging potted plants from macramé. We love that you can see the pink and orange flowers—and mini terra-cotta pots—peeking out from beneath the holes.

Photography by Chelsea Maras Photography; Coordination by Maude Gypsy; Macramé by From Agne; Flowers by French Bouquet

Put this trend front and center by designing your ceremony structure around it. This backdrop is particularly special thanks to the varying lengths of fabric. It's perfectly imperfect, don't ya think?!

Photo by Melissa Jill Photography; Planning by Imoni Events; Macramé by Elbowgrease Design

These fun hanging fixtures basically scream for a cool dining setup below. We're envisioning a low table, colorful pillow cushions, and loads and loads of candlelight.

Macramé seating chart

Photo by Cambria Harkey; Planning by Brilliant Event Planning; Rentals & Floral Design by Planner 1 Events

At this Cancun wedding, guests found their table assignments hung from cream-colored macramé, which was decorated with peach roses and deep-burgundy astilbes.

Photo by Ryan Horban

Can you tell this wedding was Woodstock themed? Yep, that's right. We're obsessed with this textured cake, plus check out that macramé hanging off its bottom tier!

Photo by India Earl

Embrace macramé's natural beauty by displaying an intricate work. This one is so pretty, you almost don't need the forest backdrop or bundle of roses in the top left corner.

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