Burlap & Bordeaux

A Luxury Event Planning, Design and Floristry Experience in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Beyond

Can You Have an Outdoor Fall Wedding?


As a bride, you want nothing more than to have a truly fantastic wedding – the kind that looks and feels so good that guests talk about it months, and even years after it has ended.  Of course, outdoor weddings are quite popular with brides and grooms who love being surrounded by the beauties of nature – but would such a wedding theme work during the fall?


Yes, you can totally have a fall outdoor wedding. The key lies in planning for good, as well as bad weather. Unfortunately, nobody can ever actually plan weather, regardless of the season outside – but what you can do is have a plan B in case it rains. A wedding tent or an indoor space, umbrellas for your guests, heaters, and other similar items can remove the risk of bad weather from your wedding day.

There are a lot of reasons to love the idea of a fall outdoor wedding. Just think of the spectacular landscapes everywhere – the colors, the romance, the beauty, the elegance! It will all look so absolutely stunning! Even more, you can use fall’s best items to decorate your wedding too – pumpkins, leaves, fruits, they can all become part of your wedding décor in a stunning way!

Moreover, a fall outdoor wedding is the perfect time to show off some trendy sleeves. Wedding gowns with 3/4 and full-length sleeves are really popular right now – and we can see why! They look so romantic and timeless that you simply cannot resist the option, especially if you’re a fall bride!

No matter what season you may choose for your Big Day, remember the most important element of it all: making it personal and unique. This is YOUR wedding, so you’re allowed to play by YOUR rules, especially when it comes to décor, timing, and so on. If you're excited to have your wedding this upcoming Fall, let us know - Burlap and Bordeaux would love to help make your dream wedding come true!

Creative Team
Photography: Teresa Marie Photography
Venue: Santa Barbara Women’s Club
Planning, design, Floristry, Calligraphy: Burlap & Bordeaux
Catering: Martino’s Catering
Rentals: Elegant Event Rental
Linens: Dream America Linen
Cake: Sugar Lab Bake Shop
Photobooth: Dolce Inc.
Lighting: Spark Creative Event


Wedding Invitation Etiquette Dos and Don'ts


Wedding etiquette can be a really confusing thing when so many things have changed and continue to change. We have a few Dos and Don'ts for the modern wedding invitation etiquette that you should definitely keep in mind if you want to make sure everyone at your wedding feels great. Read on and find out!

  • DO add dress code information on your wedding invitation, and offer your guests more information on what that means exactly on your wedding website. Some of them might be confused as to what a particular dress code means, so offering them extra information will help them wear something that doesn’t make them feel overdressed or underdressed. If you don’t have a wedding website, you can create an email group, a Facebook group, or anything else that will allow you to share tips with your wedding guests.

  • DON’T add registry information on your wedding invitation. This is still considered to be tacky, so it’s really important to make sure you avoid it. The best way to share your wedding registry information is through your Maid of Honor, bridesmaids, and mothers. You can also add this to your wedding website if you choose to have one.

  • DO add accommodation wedding venue localization information. Anything from maps to written directions and even GPS coordinates will definitely help your guests find their hotel and venue easier. Why not make the most out of what technology has to give and offer your guests the chance to get to your wedding in time?

  • DON’T forget to send the invitations as soon as you can. In general, it’s fine to send the invitations about 8 weeks before the Big Day. However, if you plan on having a destination wedding, it might be better for everyone if you sent the invitations sooner than that. Also, in this case, a Save the Date card is almost mandatory, as it will give guests plenty of time to plan their trip and everything associated with it (vacation days, transportation, and so on).

Wedding rules may have changed a lot in the past couple of decades – but some are here to stay, not because of tradition, but because they help everyone feel good. Keep these etiquette rules in mind and your guests will absolutely love you for it! 


Elegant Reception Dinner with Pretty Plum Details at Betty Spaghetti


We're ready to share our 2nd part of this beautiful and elegant wedding of Mandi and Jeff. Today we bring you all the pretty plum details from their reception dinner at Betty Spaghetti. Another big thank you to Allie Lindsey Photography for capturing the great day!


Each table was dressed to the t' with vintage glassware and chargers from Otis and Pearl and pretty chiffon runner from Dreams America Linens. The sweetheart table was a little something different but just as beautiful with its own velvet linen. We finished off each place setting with a napkin tie fold in a pretty blush tone. Florals all around were created by yours truly, Burlap and Bordeaux. We flooded the rest of the tables with candles that gave off the most romantic glow.

What's a wedding without some sweets? We created a long table of sweets that included not only cake from The Cakestand Cakery, but donuts, cookies, and even macarons from Roni Sugar CreationsSugar Lab Bake Shop and Custom Cupcakes by Sarah! There was truly a little something for everyone!

Creative Team
Photography: Allie Lindsey Photography
Venue: Autocamp,  Betty Spaghetti
Planning, Design, and Floristry: Burlap and Bordeaux
Style & Rentals: My Lovely Events and Vintage Rentals
Tabletop rentals: Otis and Pearl
Linens: Dreams America Linens
Cake: The Cakestand Cakery
Specialty Desserts: Roni Sugar Creations
Macarons: Sugar Lab Bake Shop 
Donuts: Custom Cupcakes by Sarah