Confession: I feel kind of weird writing a post about the elements that will help you put together a bohemian style. Because, after all, the whole point of bohemianism is that anything goes, right? For a truly boho bride, you’re going to really make it up as you go along and just include the things that you love, that are in season, and that are at hand. And that’s awesome. In my view, wedding design should always be about what you love rather than conforming to what you think is expected of you. But let’s be honest, boho has become a ‘look’, and if that’s a look you’re trying to achieve, it’s my job to help you do that. And there are certain ingredients that immediately scream boho – a flower crown, a fishtail braid, perhaps a ’70s style crochet lace dress, a ceremony out in the open, a festival style reception. I still love all of those things (especially the flower crowns), but for today’s roundup, I wanted to focus on the less obvious details that you could include in your wedding styling that would still help to create a boho vibe. There are some seriously cool little ideas here, so dive in, and see what takes your fancy!
1. Mismatched Boho Bridesmaids
Get your girls rocking some mismatched Kate-Moss-at-Glastonbury-style festival chic, complete with crochet and vintage touches, hats, or flower crowns. This bridal party does it to perfection – I especially love how all the ladies are wearing the same necklace, a pretty unifying touch.
I’ve been seeing some beautiful dreamcatcher details popping up in weddings, from favours to hanging lace versions in the ceremony or reception area. So pretty.
3. VW Campervan Photobooth
Campervans are an iconic ingredient for boho-style weddings, and of course can be used to bring the bride, groom and their entourage to or from the ceremony, or for gorgeous images in the couple shoot. But I absolutely LOVE the idea of commandeering and decorating a van as the ultimate boho backdrop for your photobooth, as The Booth Bus does in California. Your guests will adore this little detail!
4. Ankle Cuffs
A boho bride is often a barefoot bride, but what’s better than barefoot? Cuffed. In fact, ankle cuffs are huge fashion news at the moment – look out for them on the Victoria’s Secret models – and they’re a lovely addition to a beach boho look especially, whether for you or your bridesmaids. And you don’t have to go for handmade – flower cuffs are just as lovely.
Candles create a deliciously romantic and intimate atmosphere, and they’re absolutely perfect for boho weddings. We especially love long rows of mismatched antique candlesticks down the centre of long tables (with or without greenery and flowers) and collections of pillar candles at a sunset ceremony.
6. Floating Blooms
If you have a pool (or a fountain, or even a birdbath!) at your venue, fill it with floating petals or blooms, for a beautiful and whimsical boho touch. Or simply float flowers in pretty bowls as part of your table decor.
7. Moroccan Details
Morocco is another country and culture with strong bohemian links, so why not borrow some gorgeous details from this rich treasure trove of design? For a full roundup on incorporating Moroccan details into your wedding, see our feature here.
8. Macrame Details
Since its resurgence in the 1970s, macrame has always been linked with hippie culture, and it can a lovely retro touch to boho decor. We’ve been seeing lots of macrame details in weddings over the last year – see our special roundup of yarn and macrame details here.
9. Greenery Bouquets
This top trend for 2015 lends itself particularly well to the laid-back, organic vibe that most boho brides and grooms are going for. The bonus of course is that they’re budget friendly too! See our roundup of 20 gorgeous greenery bouquets here.
10. Wedding Tipis
Who doesn’t love a tipi? Of course, some couples rent a huge tipi-style tent for their reception, but even if you’re not going this route, you can include a bit of festival-style whimsy in your reception. Set up a tipi for two and share a few moments (and maybe a picnic) between wedding and reception. Put a tipi in your breakout area for guests to enjoy during cocktail hour. Or pitch and decorate one especially for the children to enjoy – the only problem will be in getting them out of it!
11. Tambourine Favours
I love this idea! Hand them out to guests before the ceremony or leave on their seats for a joyous reception to your first kiss – and you can be sure they’ll turn up on the dancefloor later on too!
12. Hanging Feathers
Feather garlands are the boho answer to bunting. And psst, if you love this idea, look out for our fab roundup of feather DIYs tomorrow! ;)
13. Feather Details
I’m loving feather detailing at the moment, and there’s so many options! From escort cards to table decor to confetti… and feathers just so happen to be a perfect boho motif.
14. Leather Belts
Aside from a flower crown, there’s nothing quite like a leather belt to finish off a boho bride’s outfit. Who knew something utilitarian could look so pretty!
15. Ikat Print
Bali is a boho lover’s paradise, so why not take a bit of inspiration from the island’s signature fabric? You’ll find lots of gorgeous Ikat inspiration on the wedding web, from cakes to stationery to table decor. Ikat? Ilove!
What better way to enjoy laid-back bohemian style than with a picnic in place of a formal, sit-down meal? Add colourful blankets, comfortable cushions, picnic baskets or else a braai/barbeque or food truck for food, and all your guests will be super chilled and happy. See all the picnic weddings from our archive here.
17. Fruit Centrepieces
Fruit on a table has a lovely, organic look that works brilliantly for a boho wedding. Stock up on (or hire) vintage-style stands and vases, stack up some colourful fruit and/or vegetables, and you’re good to go! Bonus points for adding a few stray wildflowers.
18. Crystal Escort Cards
Crystals and gemstones are close to a bohemian girl’s heart, so why not share the love with your friends and family? Extra points for choosing gems with properties that have special meaning to your loved ones.
19. Hula Hooping
Remember how fun this was as a child? With their Native American origins and flower child peak in popularity, hula hoops are the perfect addition to cocktail hour lawn games for a boho bride and groom.
20. Breakout Areas
Having a gorgeous breakout area for your guests is the perfect way to keep that relaxed atmosphere you’re trying to create going throughout the night. Whether you go for couches and little tables, or blankets and cushions, it’s a great way to allow your nearest and dearest to feel comfortable.
Image credit: via Brides of Adelaide