A wedding guide to creating your dream boho wedding
Wildflowers, twinkling lights, tipis under the stars, floaty dresses, hand-crafted touches and much, much more. Beautiful boho wedding styling is here to stay and we can see why! If that’s the kind of day you’re dreaming of then read our guide to discover how to get the look…
Why we love a boho wedding…
A boho wedding combines a softly romantic feel with an informal, natural prettiness. It’s also versatile, can be inexpensive and perfect for couples who want a relaxed day inspired by nature and the outdoors. It’s simple, anything goes, DIY-filled looks too, with endless opportunities to make it your own. Plus, a boho wedding can be super budget-friendly, as it’s not about perfection or expensive glitz and glamour. It’s about nature, self-expression and quirky personal touches from the heart.
For the bride, there are plenty of style options. Boho dresses look as good at a sunset beach wedding as they do at a more vintage affair. Embrace the theme with a softly pretty dress that’s floaty and easy to wear. Flower crowns, braids and delicate hair vines all suit this look perfectly. Plus, if you’re not a fan of heels, flat sandals or even bare feet look dreamy too!
Find the perfect venue
Relaxed, natural and non-traditional are the keywords when it comes to your venue. Think rustic barns, an outdoor ceremony in a woodland or a casual beach wedding. A quirky and informal manor house might fit the bill too. You could even consider throwing your own boho wedding festival, complete with food trucks, tipis and glamping! If you’re thinking about a destination wedding, then a French chateau or bougainvillaea-covered Ibizan villa would look amazing as well. For more tips on finding the perfect venue, our wedding venue guide can help.
Stationery that sets the tone
The first thing your guests see is their invitation, so they need to set the tone for the day. Pretty flora and fauna, delightful vintage accents or a low-key, shabby chic design will do the trick. You might want to keep the wording informal too, to reflect the relaxed nature of the day to come. For more inspiration on wedding stationery, our WED2B wedding suppliers page can help.
A totally dreamy dress…
Forget about more cumbersome, traditional dresses or anything too clingy or restrictive. As a boho bride, you don’t want heavy layers of fabric or tight corsetry. Choose flowing materials like lace or tulle and a design that’s as beautifully simple as it is comfortable. Boho designs are also perfect for destination weddings because they’ll keep you feeling cool and stylish all day long. Click here for more beautiful boho dress ideas.
Natural hair and makeup
Natural makeup is the best look for a boho bride. A touch of lip gloss, great base coverage, some pink tones for your cheeks and you’re ready! Our makeup supplier blogs, here and the incredible 'Charlee Hulbert make up artist', can help you get the look. When it comes to hair, effortless and carefree is what you’re aiming for, 'Hair design by Lisa' can help create this look to perfection. Keep your hair loose, braid some sections or, for those who can let your afro shine. Then just a simple hair accessory, like a flower crown or a vintage hair clip is all you need. You could even weave ribbons into your locks or try a beaded headband. Check out these top tips from our wedding hair professionals for more ideas.
When it comes to boho-ing up your besties, we love the mix ’n’ match look. And, as with your dress, a floaty and light design is key. This is also a look your bridesmaids will love because you can let them have fairly free rein over their choice of dress. A selection of different dresses in complementary colours really does look fabulous and means each maid can choose a design and shade that suits them perfectly. For more bridesmaids inspiration check out our bridesmaids blog here, or click here to see our huge range of colours and styles.
The boho groom
And remember, it’s not all about us, ladies! Lots of grooms love this look because they can ditch the restrictive morning suit, tie and pocket square. Relaxed chinos and a white shirt look amazing at a boho wedding. Alternatively, if your groom does want to stick with tailoring, think about interesting patterns and fabrics, or perhaps just a waistcoat. Tweed is currently bang on trend and is perfect for a boho look. And don’t worry about the trousers and jacket matching, this style looks great when you mix it up!
Get me to the church on time…
The relaxed boho style really does mean you can do things your own way. So, if you want to pop on your wellies and arrive by tractor, you can! Just deck out your ‘carriage’ with some pretty flowers and you’re ready to go. A vintage bus, VW camper van or white VW Beetle are also perfect for this look.
Wild and whimsical flowers
The boho theme is all about nature, so your flowers are very important for creating the look. Keep your bouquet loose and unstructured, perhaps incorporating colourful wildflowers and herbs. Embrace the wildness with your bridesmaids’ flowers too and play with texture and colour. Plenty of inexpensive greenery will also help keep costs down and give you that ‘just picked from a meadow’ look. A flower crown is the ultimate boho hair accessory, so why not use wildflowers in your hair as well? For the reception, a mix of different jars and bottles filled with loosely arranged blooms looks beautiful and costs much less than more traditional displays. Then, for a final magical touch, add a few flower garlands for some budget-friendly wow factor! Click here for more tips and ideas from some of the UK’s best florist or here to find great florists near you.
Make it personal
Bohemian weddings are all about relaxed homemade style that’s not too polished or perfect. You certainly don’t have to make anything yourself to have a boho wedding but, if you’re a DIY bride who wants to add some personal touches, then this is the theme for you! Ask friends and family for help collecting jars for flower displays, making bunting or writing place cards. Reclaimed wood, tea lights and vintage crockery can add texture and interest to tables too. If you’re feeling adventurous you can even grow your own flowers! Our real bride Victoria decorated her beautiful outdoor wedding with tassel garlands, hessian table runners and gin bottles filled with flowers. Another DIY bride, Elizabeth, also made everything from the buttonholes to the favours for her big day and used foliage for her table runners for the perfect boho look. Read our wedding decorations blog for lots more styling ideas.
Time to eat!
Remember to think about your food too. If you don’t like the idea of a more traditional three-course wedding breakfast then you have a wealth of other options with this theme. A hog roast, an afternoon tea or a food truck serving wood-fired pizzas will keep guests happy and well-fed. For your cake, one of the easiest way to get the boho look is with fresh flowers. A simple white-iced or naked cake looks stunning decorated with delicate trailing blooms and a little greenery. You could also incorporate a few pretty edible flowers. Our favourite wedding cake suppliers have more tips and ideas here.
Do it your way...
However you style your boho wedding, just remember to do it your way! This style of wedding is super popular because it really does give couples the freedom to have exactly what they want. You can break from tradition and have a day that’s totally individual and all about you. For example, if you don’t want a cake cutting ceremony then don’t have one. If the idea of a first dance leaves you cold, then skip it! Just let your guests know the plan for the day and invite them to be as free-spirited as you are by leaving the formalwear at home. To inspire you a little more we’ve also collected some of the best ideas from brides who did things their way here. So, go on, let your hair down and have the best boho wedding day ever!
Boho wedding dream team...
Photographer: Westlake photography
Venue: Huntsmill farm
Florist: Eden wedding design
Make up Aritst: Charlee Hulbert makeup artist
Hair: Hair design by Lisa
Cake: Hinkley wedding cakes
Transport: Mctrigg Campers
Stationery: Make me digital
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