If you’re looking to bring an earthy edge to your special day, look no further than rattan. The natural material, created from thin palm stems, is taking the wedding world by storm, and for good reason. “Interior design has a major influence on the events industry, so it’s safe to say this may just be the source of the event trend,” planner Lea Stafford says. “The freshness of the material and the familiarity makes it a popular and easy decision. The material is also versatile and lightweight as well as being a great addition for indoor and outdoor use.”
What Is Rattan?
Rattan is a long-stemmed, naturally-growing vine that’s often used in wicker furniture. While rattan refers to a type of material, wicker is a weaving technique that sometimes uses rattan.
From furniture to light fixtures, there are so many different ways to integrate the design element into your big day. You can have your guests perch on rattan chairs while witnessing your vow swap. Or, they can dine beneath hanging rattan lanterns that create a romantic ambiance at your reception. You can even upgrade your place settings with rattan chargers. Of course, showcasing the decoration on its own is enough to make a statement, but you can also pair it with greenery, string lights, dried palm leaves, and even disco balls, depending on your aesthetic.
Yes, rattan is ideal for bohemian weddings, but the decorative element’s versatility makes it a perfect accompaniment to any type of event, whether it’s a coastal bash, a countryside celebration, or a modern soirée. The natural substance lends itself well to spring and summer nuptials, but you can definitely feature the decoration during any season.
Beige and light brown are the classic colors couples usually choose for their rattan adornments, but you can certainly play around with different hues for an unexpected design. Consider choosing white for a clean look or black for a modern touch.
If you’re wondering which rattan accents are best for your event, Stafford suggests looking to your location for guidance. “Allow your setting and venue to drive the style and lead the direction of color, tone, weave, and weight of the rattan selected for your event,” she recommends.
The planner also advises sticking with authentic materials. She explains that not only do they look more aesthetically pleasing, but they also have a negligible impact on the environment. “Start by staying away from the synthetic stuff,” Stafford notes. “Natural rattan has a number of eco-friendly perks, from being biodegradable to holding a smaller carbon footprint.”
For more ideas and inspiration, below are 20 trendy ways to decorate your wedding with rattan accents.
Meet the Expert
Lea Stafford is a wedding planner and the owner of Lea Stafford Events based in Northern California. She’s also the founder of Ethos West Collective, which highlights black professionals in the wedding and event industry. She has 14 years of experience in the wedding space.