What Is A Boho Style Wedding?

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It's a celebration of love and nature with a rustic, relaxed vibe. Read on for tips on creating a boho style wedding that reflects you and your beloved.

If earthy tones, dried flowers and effortless romanticism make your heart flutter, a bohemian wedding might be right for you. As one of the most popular wedding styles, boho nuptials are notoriously ethereal, laid-back and stylish. Perfect for free-spirited couples, a boho-themed wedding can embody hippie, Coachella-inspired vibes, or you can interpret it in a softer, more whimsical cottage core style. If this sounds like the ideal aesthetic for your big day, use this roundup of bohemian wedding ideas to guide your wedding decor, fashion and design choices.

Below, you'll find bohemian wedding inspiration for every aspect of your big day, from the ceremony to the after-party. Whether planning a rustic barn wedding or an outdoor elopement, these trendy boho wedding ideas will set your big day apart. Once you've narrowed down your favourite bohemian wedding ideas, work with your team of vendors to bring your vision to life.

A boho wedding dress is an effortless gown for the free-spirited bride. Some of the hallmarks of bohemian gowns are graphic lace, dramatic sleeves, and a mix of fabrics and notions. They are often comfortable with no boning or wires, and they move easily to capture a carefree vibe truly.

If your style is more woodland nymph than a fairy princess, a bohemian-themed wedding might be just what you're looking for when choosing your wedding theme. Boho weddings incorporate an eclectic mix of natural, rustic, and vintage details into the design.

Inspired by nature and the bohemian romantic free spirit, boho-chic wedding decor is most brides' favourite wedding theme. Soft and romantic with a poetic vibe and slightly opulent, the bohemian wedding decor staples include earthy tones, natural elements, and delicate materials inspired by nature and the outdoors.

The simplest way to think of each of them is to remember that a rustic theme pertains to natural elements, greenery, and an organic mindset. But on the other hand, boho is more whimsical, romantic, and eclectic.

Many brides and bridesmaids have just one day to wear their dresses unless they choose more casual styles. However, as a guest, you get to celebrate with everyone at the wedding reception in a beautiful and versatile boho wedding guest dress that you can wear again and again.

 

Muted Colour Palette

 

One of the most important aspects of a bohemian wedding theme is the colour palette. Your wedding colours will be present in just about every element of your day, from invitations to signage and wedding decorations. Boho weddings are often associated with warm, muted, earthy red, orange, pink, and yellow tones. Any colour palette that resembles a rich summertime sunset will align perfectly with the theme. While these tones are perfect for a summer or fall wedding, you can experiment with earthy tones like green, brown, tan and ivory. Neutral hues will especially complement a desert or botanical wedding venue. When selecting colours, though, one thing to keep in mind is that any vibrant shades will deter from the bohemian wedding theme. Instead, muted neutrals will create an easy, laid-back ambience for your space.

Botanical Wedding Venue

The location of your big day plays a large role in complementing your wedding theme. While you can turn any venue into a bohemian oasis with intentional design and decoration, some spaces have an effortless boho feel. When you start your venue search, look for nature-driven locations, like a desert, a botanical greenhouse, a farm or rustic barn, or a secluded wooded area.

Pampas Grass Installation

When you think of a bohemian wedding, you probably imagine large clusters of feathery flowers. Pampas grass is, without a doubt, a staple of the style, making this one of the best bohemian wedding ideas. We love how this couple decorated their outdoor wedding venue with clusters of neutral grasses and wildflowers.

Teepee Decor

It's all about the details, and teepees at your wedding venue will give your space a music festival-inspired touch. This couple opted to place a large wooden teepee with string lights and feathered flowers at the reception entrance, giving guests a grand introduction to the themed celebration.

Lace Wedding Dress

When it comes to boho wedding dresses, you can't go wrong with lace. Intricate patterns or overlays will give your wedding gown an effortlessly chic look—and we love how this boho bride paired her long sleeve dress with blue statement earrings for a pop of colour.

Wildflower Wedding Centrepieces

Centrepieces set the scene for your wedding reception, so dedicate part of your budget to jaw-dropping arrangements that'll wow. Of course, your florist will help you identify in-season blooms that'll fit your bohemian wedding theme, so rely on their design expertise. But, if you're in the early stages of pulling boho wedding inspo, consider using muted clusters of wildflowers to accent reception tables throughout your venue.

Music Festival Motif

Most music festivals are synonymous with the boho aesthetic. So we love how this couple opted for a custom Bonnaroo-inspired wedding theme, a personalised logo and musical influences on their invites.

Tribal-Inspired Patterns

Looking for unique bohemian wedding ideas? Let your fashion choices embody the theme. This couple opted for wedding day attire complete with muted tribal patterns that perfectly match their rustic ranch venue.

Yellow Floral Wedding Arch

It's hard to not swoon over this cheerful yellow floral arch, which brings a subtle pop of colour to this rustic outdoor wedding.

Rattan Place Setting

To really wow your guests, focus on weaving natural textures into all elements of your wedding day—including place settings. For example, this rattan charger brings a contrasting shabby chic vibe to gold silverware and tinted glasses on the reception table.

Flower Crowns

We'd be remiss not to include flower crowns as a no-fail boho wedding idea. While a flower crown can serve as a fun accessory to your bohemian wedding dress, you can also have your bridesmaids or flower girls wear them. For a true boho makeover, we recommend pairing this ethereal hair accessory with a relaxed hairstyle, like beachy waves or a loose cascading braid.

Textured Wedding Cake

Yes, even your wedding food can have a boho vibe. Since this style is all about mismatched colours and textures, ask your caterer to give your confection ruffled icing. When paired with dried flowers and tapered candles, this boho-chic wedding cake is a natural extension of the theme.

Carpeted Ceremony Aisle

Not every wedding requires a ceremony aisle covered in rose petals. If your tastes skew more casual and laid-back, consider decorating your walkway with a vintage boho rug, as pictured here. It's an easy way to give your ceremony space a pop of colour, and if you're looking for boho wedding ideas on a budget, you can head to your local thrift store to find a thematic rug. (Bonus points if you repurpose it in your home after the big day.)

Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

When it comes to your wedding party, there's no need to have them in matching attire. Instead, mismatched dresses and suits are better for a boho wedding theme. In addition to dressing your 'maids in different necklines and silhouettes, try experimenting with fabrics like silk, velvet and lace for a true boho vibe.

Dried Boutonniere

To make your wedding look like you've thought of absolutely everything, matching floral arrangements will tie together various elements of your day. In addition to bouquets, centrepieces and statement installations, opt for dried boutonnieres to give any suit a boho finishing touch.

Floral Wedding Dress

How about this bohemian wedding idea for a statement bridal look? Instead of opting for a traditional white dress, you might feel drawn to a dreamy floral print or coloured wedding gown. These bohemian brides look like ethereal visions in their colourful wedding attire.

Cactus Invitations

Any wedding pro will tell you that invitations are the best place to introduce your theme and give guests a preview of what to expect on your special day. These watercolour wedding invitations with cactus motifs are perfect for a boho-themed desert wedding. 

Mismatched Seating Area

Give your guests a place to relax and mingle away from their assigned seats with a lounge area at your wedding reception. To fit your boho aesthetic, incorporate mismatched chairs and decorate them further with tapered candles, dream catchers, macrame throw pillows, and tassel blankets.

Succulent Decor

Succulents are a long-standing wedding trend, and they're a great alternative to flowers if you aren't into pampas, grass or dried palms.

Desert Setting

A desert effortlessly encapsulates the bohemian style. So book a desert venue to exchange your vows to give guests a full-on boho experience.

Vintage Getaway Car

Your wedding exit should be just as grand as your entrance. This vintage VW bus would be the perfect way to leave your boho wedding in style.

Feathered Florals

Guests will be floored by statement centrepieces, which boast chic feathered florals offset the rustic barn background.

Peacock Sweetheart Chairs

Consider this one of our favourite bohemian wedding ideas. Of course, all eyes will be on you, and you're SO at the reception, solidifying the importance of decorating your sweetheart table to fit your theme. Rattan peacock chairs will offer the best finishing touch for a dreamy boho tablescape.

Velvet Linens

The texture on tabletops is a subtle (yet easy) way to add that je ne sais quoi wow factor to your reception design. These orange tablecloths have a rich velvet texture, effortlessly elevating the simple centrepieces and place settings.

Dried Wedding Bouquet

We've got all the heart eyes for this bohemian wedding bouquet, which boasts pressed palms, dried petals and a chic monochrome colour palette.

Bamboo Bar

Guests will never want to leave a bar that's styled to perfection. With a bamboo wood shelf and mismatched coloured glassware, drinks will taste even better at this boho station.

Mismatched Suiting

Who says grooms have to match? However, contrasting neutral suit colours will help you, and you're SO stand out at the altar as you exchange your vows, especially if you select bold textures like these newlyweds.

Macrame Lighting

Macrame—otherwise known as a knotted textile fabric—is a staple of the boho style. Invest in a few statement macrame decorations, like light fixtures or hanging tapestries, for an effortless boho wedding decor idea. This couple designed their space further with mismatched layered rugs, antlers and suspended terrariums to create a unique bohemian oasis.

Marigold Garland

Looking for bohemian outdoor wedding ideas? Create a unique entrance with marigold garlands, as seen here. The muted yellow hue of this summery flower is an ideal choice for your soirée.

Tapered Candles

Candles are an easy (and affordable) way to give your venue a makeover. Tapered candlesticks in maroon, burgundy and ivory shades will cast a romantic, moody glow across your venue.

Diy Wood Signage

Flex your creative styling skills with a few DIY projects for your big day. We love how this couple painted their wood signage at their boho wedding reception.

Greenery Wall

Equal parts edgy and trendy, this cool greenery wall stands out thanks to the custom neon sign placed in the centre. And, since feathered flowers and grassy palms offset it, this bohemian wedding idea will wow.

Think About A Geometric Altar

A teepee altar can bring an enchanting element to a bohemian wedding ceremony. Decorating the humble wooden structure with local ferns and vines keeps the vision sympathetic to the surrounding environment. In addition, the minimal ceremony décor helps to highlight the uniqueness of the altar design.

Embrace Natural Beauty

A wooden nuptial arch with hanging succulents complements the surrounding desert landscape. A candlelit glow and swath of draped fabric soften the scene for a dreamy vow exchange amidst the rugged terrain.

Hang Whimsical Florals

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There's a wildness and laid-back freedom at the core of all things bohemian. This effortless ideology should permeate the entire design process, from detailed features to the overarching floral theme. Be sure to keep flowers casually loose and natural, with a natural approach, as anything too tight and polished would seem out of place.

Incorporate Gemstones

A triangular ceremony arch crafted from copper piping drips with turquoise gems in a wind-chime-like effect. Turquoise is considered to clear negative energy and bring prosperity, but we love the idea of customising the design with gems that resonate with you.

Consider Celestial Details

We're dreaming of starry nights with this galaxy-inspired ceremony backdrop, which perfects the expansiveness of the endless sky in swirling blues and golds. Bronze plinths, soft florals, and interspersed candlelight create a captivating frame for the nuptial ceremony and pick up on the metallic accents within the backdrop.

Take "I Love You To The Moon And Back" Literally

This one takes our breath away—a seven-foot moon installation crafted from hundreds of corks makes for a whimsical statement backdrop. It would do a fun DIY project for the more crafty or artistically inclined. You can even utilise corks saved from special moments or collected throughout your relationship to personalise the creation.

Match The Altar To The Landscape

At this outdoor ceremony, the expansive and scenic landscape of the couple's venue proved to be the perfect backdrop to their bohemian wedding. Playoff the natural features of the ceremony site while finalising details of the boho setup. The verdant greenery and bare wooden textures blend in seamlessly with that breathtaking vista.

Carry An Organic Bouquet

More and more bohemian brides are using unique colour palettes in their bouquets. For this style, florals are arranged more naturally for an earthy aesthetic, but the surprising pops of deep, brooding colours and dusty hues are the real showstoppers.

Consider Bud Vases

Florals epitomise a bohemian wedding style, so when finalising ideas for your tablescape, think outside the box for your floral arrangement. A melange of single stems in eclectic vessels can make as much of a visual impact as a single, large centrepiece. Here, an assortment of blooms in blush tones complemented the gold details throughout each place setting.

Utilise Succulents

Simplistic beauty is written all over this place setting. A succulent accent brings a taste of the earth to a chic trio of plates in classic navy and gold. Bonus: These plants are pretty hearty, so you won't have to worry about succumbing to various climates.

Incorporate Sage Greenery

A succulent centrepiece and sage greenery pair with a macramé runner for some chic indie vibes. A true boho display is all about the right mix of colours and textures, and this arrangement pulls it off perfectly.

Gather In A Greenhouse

This couple opted for a backdrop highlighting their day's organic and ethereal atmosphere. A vintage solarium amidst a lush botanical garden set our hearts aflutter, but the stunning reception seating completely took our breath away.

Introduce Incense

Start the reception on the right note by greeting each guest with a bundle of palo santo sticks. Fragrant and mysterious, the aromatic "holy sticks" are believed to release negative energies, purify the air, and cleanse spaces when lit.

Conclusion

If you're considering a boho wedding, we hope this post has given you some ideas of what that might look like. We also hope it has helped answer some questions you may have had about the style. If you need more help or inspiration, check out our other weddings and event planning posts. 

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