Classic, sturdy and sometimes working class, denim is one of the most popular fabrics in the world. It’s used for everything from cowboy jeans to retro jackets to resort wear, so why not incorporate it into a wedding theme?
Available in a myriad of colors and washes, denim is a lot more versatile than it might seem. It can be used as a key, grounding element of your wedding’s theme or as a fun, funky touch to your decor.
Let these denim wedding ideas inspire you as you get ready for your big day.
Rustic & Country
There’s no doubt that denim rules in cowboy culture. Many country-themed weddings feature denim in some fashion or another. Of course, pulling off the perfect wedding theme means picking the perfect venue. If you’re going country or rustic, consider having your wedding in a field, barn or lodge. These settings all lend themselves to denim and countrified adornments.
When it comes to incorporating denim directly, the classic blue fabric is great for both dress and decor. Denim bridesmaid dresses are a perfect fit for the day. Some brides wear wedding dresses with denim accents, but you can also choose a sash or bow in a complementary shade of blue to fit the theme without adding the weight of denim to your dress. Consider making a wedding garter from denim and lace if you plan on participating in that tradition.
Flowers in denim are also a great addition to a country wedding. Bridal bouquets and centerpieces offer accessible ways to incorporate denim flowers into your wedding. Many retailers and crafters offer denim flowers, but you can also make them yourself. Mix different materials with your denim flowers and other denim decorations. You can combine denim with burlap and lace to create table and wall decor as well as table coverings. If you’re going to use burlap as a backdrop, choose several different blue fabrics to make your decorations more appealing.
Seating areas offer even more opportunities to incorporate your theme. Wine labels with sunflowers are a good fit for a country wedding. For outdoor seating or seating in open-air barns, cover hay bales in denim. Use lace tablecloths with denim placemats for a fun table. To add a little more elegance, choose menus with pretty lace accents. Add feminine touches to your country or rustic wedding so everyone can celebrate in glamour and comfort.
Relaxed & Upscale
One of the biggest draws of denim is that it appeals to so many different people. If you want to throw a hip, relaxed wedding where your grandma will be as comfortable as your urban farmer friends, incorporate denim with pretty colors and a bit of bling. You can pull off this theme at an indoor venue, but it really shines when you head to a garden, rooftop or open-air space where breeze and live flowers will make your wedding even more beautiful.
You can pair denim with cool, muted colors for a different take on the sometimes-rugged fabric. Think teals, pinks and violets with silver or pewter accents. If the bridal party plans to wear denim, splurge on high-quality selvedge denim that will look great on your wedding day and can be worn on other special occasions.
Tables provide the perfect way to incorporate denim into an upscale, airy theme. You can use denim as a table runner over a lighter fabric. You might also use denim placemats or incorporate the fabric in your centerpieces. If your wedding is going to be in the evening, definitely consider using solar-powered LED lights or small string lights with denim runners and bows. Simple muted teal place cards will provide a finishing touch for your tables and will bring everything together.
Rockabilly & Retro
When you think of denim and American pop culture, you can’t help but think of the greasers of the 1950s. If you want to throw a rockabilly or retro wedding, denim might just be the perfect theme. Your bridal party can wear denim or you can incorporate it into your decorations. You can make this theme work in any venue but a historic building is a particularly good choice.
Darker shades of denim are perfect for a rockabilly wedding. Hang denim panels on walls and decorate them with records, photos or flash art from a tattoo parlor. Create a denim backdrop accented with hanging strings of gold stars and let your guests take old-fashion, carnival-style photos. You might also use a denim runner for your cake table and choose a blue that complements denim for your cake itself.
You can evoke the feel of denim without using the fabric itself too. Using bandanas in place settings is a great way to achieve a cool retro look. Navy blue organza will work well with denim but adds a lighter feel to decor. If you want to add bright splashes of color, draw inspiration from American traditional tattoo designs. Both their subject matter and palette is perfect for a rockabilly wedding.
Denim Wedding Invitations
A myriad of denim wedding ideas can be found on the Internet but remember that your theme doesn’t stop with your wedding day itself. It’s also a good idea to incorporate major thematic elements into your save the date cards, invitations, RSVP cards and thank you cards.
In addition to speaking to your theme, denim wedding invitations will also let your guests know the type of affair that they can expect to attend.
You’ll find many different invitations with denim colors or textures. As you search for your invitations, make sure that the overall style, font and coloring speaks to your theme. Choose adornments that might be used in your wedding decor to really tie everything together. For instance, denim wedding invitations with a touch of bling are a perfect way to introduce both retro and upscale weddings. If you’re stuck on wording, consider getting inspired by Jazz Era writing.
request that you don your glad rags
for their ab-so-lute-ly beautiful union
Saturday, the eighth of June
two thousand and fifteen
at four o’clock in the afternoon
For those going rustic, lace and denim invitations, such as the one pictured to the left, offer a more formal but still country spin on the theme.
If your rustic wedding leans more towards a lodge-style affair, consider using an invitation with plaid, leather and wildlife. This is a great choice for the couple who enjoys hunting, fishing and other outdoors activities.
For wording, draw inspiration from your favorite country songs or down-home sentiments.
Henry Lang and Jane Johnson
warmly invite our family and friends
to hang up their spurs and join us at our blessed wedding
Saturday, June 8, 2015 at 4 p.m.
For a rockabilly wedding, your best bet is to choose a funky rockabilly invitation or a retro-style invitation. Be sure to specify if your guests should come in black-tie attire or spiffy denim. You can add a retro, black-and-white photo to your invitations or save the date cards to ensure that your guests understand your theme. For wording, draw inspiration from your favorite rockabilly tunes or popular ’50s slang.
Henry Lang and Jane Johnson
wish to invite all cool cats and dashing dames
to our nuptial bash
Saturday the eighth of June
two thousand and fifteen
at four o’clock in the afternoon
Regardless of your personal style, you’ll find that denim is a versatile material that makes the perfect grounding element or accent for a wedding. You can keep it classy or go lighthearted with this dependable fabric. Get creative, have fun and experiment with dashing denim for your big day.
BONUS: check out this great craft idea – Do it yourself denim style placemats (pictured to the left) where the jeans pocket holds the napkins and cutlery! A great choice for a small country style of wedding.
That’s not all we have for a bonus either. We’ve included a free printable “The search for love” Word Search game! This free printable has a denim jeans style of background which makes it the perfect addition to your denim wedding. It is courtesy of Lemon Leaf Prints and can be used for your own personal use only. Please do not use it commercially or sell it in any way.
The kid’s at the wedding will have fun finding all the words in the word search game. And it’s difficult enough that some of the adults will enjoy it too.
You can print it off, buy some little pencils from your local golf course, roll it up and tie with all together with twine, burlap, or a ribbon and you’ve got yourself a nice little wedding favor giveaway. It’s 8.5″x11″ in size, so it’s no problem to print it off.
It’s pictured below. Click the link to download the pdf file:
Denim Wedding The Search for Love Word Search Free Printable
Thanks for stopping by and reading about our denim wedding ideas. We hope you’ve enjoyed the post and we hope you have use for the free printable word search game we’ve included courtesy of Lemon Leaf Prints.
Shannon is a graphic designer for Wasootch, a special occasion stationery and gift shop that specializes in unique and affordable wedding and bridal shower stationery. Interested in Shannon's designs? Check out her shop on Zazzle, her shop on Etsy or check out her designs on her new partner website Lemon Leaf Prints.