The Boho Wedding: What it is & How To Have One

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Boho weddings have become one of the staple styles throughout the world of ceremonies and receptions – as well as bridal gown designs. The freedom, the flow, the connection to nature, and the undeniable pieces of comfort that go into events dressed in such a theme – bohemian flavors aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

In fact, they have become an increasingly popular style of wedding with boho inspirations that range from glam to vintage. But, you may be scratching your head at what exactly constitutes a boho wedding.

Is it just a flower crown and some chiffon? What goes into it? What makes it distinctly bohemian? Do you have to love the 70’s or include an extra bout of greenery? Learn more below.

What is a Bohemian Wedding?

Firstly, let’s begin with the word “bohemian,” which, according to, means “a socially unconventional person, especially one who is involved in the arts”. 

To identify a wedding as bohemian – or boho – means the same thing. It’s an unconventionally-styled event, full of artistry, and extra romanticism as well. Think of fairy-tales but with a plug of woodland enchantment instead of princess royalty.

Most bohemian themes or styles are inspired by 1970’s flair. Think flowing hair and fabrics, Mother Nature’s best details such as wildflowers and lush greens, extra bouts of texture on the tables, delicacy, and romance woven through elements such as soft cotton and wood.

Look to the outdoors for even more ideas and inspiration and then soften them up with a woman’s touch. It’s everything you would see in a true “fairy’s” dream without too much fuss or crispness around the edges.

How to Pull Off a Bohemian Wedding: 4 Essential Elements

Now, the description behind a bohemian wedding may seem a bit vague. If you’re unsure of how to go about planning a bohemian wedding, then these four essential elements will get you started on the right path.

Textural Bridal Gown

From lace overlays to true embroidery, think about infusing from 60’s or 70’s styles into your wedding gown.

Bohemian gowns may have bell sleeves or a flowing, sheath silhouette. They may pay homage to the outdoors with floral accents or a pinch of color sewn throughout the design; such a sage, blush, or even a powder blue.

Lush Florals

The more voluminous – and soft – your florals the better. And the more textural bits you can weave throughout the more of a boho vibe you give off to your guests.

Think about adding greenery garlands to the tables and organic chandeliers – whether the reception takes place indoors or out.

Offbeat Infusions

When it comes to the more traditional aspects of the wedding, think outside the box. For example, mix and match your seating at the reception – add vintage couches and accent chairs to the outskirts of the party.

Also, think about including some creative flavors to the cocktail or dessert menu such as lavender or cardamom.

Eclectic Decor

Think about mismatched pieces and textures. Add succulents to your soft-petaled arrangements or ruffled runners on your tabletops.

A variety of colors or variations of shades would be a great way to add interest and depth to the overall scheme of the day and still fit within the confines of this particular style.

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