From wedding theme and decor ideas to beautiful hippie wedding dresses, here’s how to make your boho wedding as memorable as ever!
Ideas for Bohemian Wedding
The best part about the decor for a boho wedding is that it doesn’t have to cost much at all. In fact, you can even DIY some to add your own personal and memorable touch to the arrangements. Mason jars with tea light candles in them and milk jars used like a vase are some simple yet unique ideas for vintage boho chic centerpieces. They could also be wrapped with fairy lights and placed on tree stumps.
Flowers that look like they were handpicked from the fields are what your bouquets should look like. Make your vintage boho style bridal bouquet one of a kind by adding wild flowers like poppies, daisies, aster and lavender. Other uncommon ideas are sunflowers, pine cones, tiny berries, myrtle and fern leaves.
For a vintage bohemian style table setting, use tables with distressed wood and skip the tablecloths. The natural wood is what makes it bohemian. As for the cutlery, wooden plates placed on lace doilies with matching wooden spoons and forks add a li’l something to a bohemian wedding. They could also be customized with engravings of the bride and groom’s initials.
Flower arrangements with ivy and vintage lanterns or paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling or trees (whatever’s above you!) would make for some pretty overhead decor. Also try not to have anything like menus, table cards, etc. in print. Instead, go for tiny black boards with writings in chalk.
And for the food, instead of a traditional wedding cake, you can have many cupcakes placed on three or four tiers. Appetizers like mini burgers, meat skewers and tarts could be served on wooden planks. You could also have your own rustic dessert bar with desserts arranged on wooden crates, tree stumps or even wine barrels.
After the bohemian wedding ceremony, you could have activities like scavenger hunt, mad libs, pinatas and photo booths, after which you could all gather at the beach, a hilltop or your own backyard and enjoy a bonfire over endless talks and lots of toasted marshmallows. You can even have a s’mores counter next to the bonfire. A perfect end to a perfect day!
Perfect Themes for a Boho Wedding
There are many themes and directions you can choose to take your hippie wedding. The most popular (not to mention, gorgeous!) are beach weddings, barn weddings, countryside weddings and forest weddings. Choosing the right theme is important ’cause everything from the venue to the food and decor to your hippie wedding dress depends on it. Choose the one that speaks to you most ’cause this special occasion is going to stick with you for life. So make it a memorable one!
A boho bride typically opts for colors like cream and off-white and tends to stay away from rich fabrics like satin, embellished lace, tulle and silk. Also, avoid bohemian dresses with sparkles, embellishments or intricate embroidery for a low-key look. Instead, opt for fringes, cotton, crochet or off-the-shoulder styles. In terms of silhouettes, anything that doesn’t have a ball gown-like poofy or voluminous skirt is good. Go for cuts such as fit and flare, A-line, empire waist, sheath, tea length and bell sleeve dresses. And necklines that aren’t too modern like high neck, square neck and V-neck are ideal for bohemian bridal gowns.
However, there are different hippie wedding dresses that a boho bride can go for. From beachy ones to vintage and casual, check them all below! Note: None of these are affiliate links and we are not associated with any of the shopping sites or brands mentioned below, they were picked just for your big day!
Bohemian Wedding Dress Designers
There are plenty of boho couture designers, brands and boutiques that cater to bohemian wedding dress lovers. Some of the most popular and ones that have the best selection of hippie wedding dresses are BHLDN, Rue De Seine, Maggie Sottero, Grace loves lace and Whitemeadow. Some of these boho wedding dress brands have stores in major cities and some just sell online but ship worldwide.
Hippie Wedding Dresses
1. Boho Beach Wedding Dress
For a beach wedding, go for bohemian style wedding dresses that are a bit flowy. Embellishments like tassels or fringes along the hemline or sleeve would look so pretty as they blow in the breezy wind. Avoid gowns with trains, they will most definitely get ruined. But you could go for a convertible gown with a short train just for the ceremony and remove the skirt, converting it into a minidress for the hors d’oeuvres. You could also go for a boho bridal two piece set – bralette with long skirt. Accessorize with tassel earrings and cuff bracelets. Or add a tiara made out of seashells. Keep your hair in beachy waves and go for a wet look with dewy makeup.
2. Casual Country Wedding Dresses
Southern weddings are one of my favorite kinds of weddings, simply because of the rustic and earthy feel. And of course, country music and dance! Nothing’s more country than a pair of cowboy boots and hat. You could wear one or the other or why not, do both! Or you could accessorize with leather earrings or a suede necklace. Wear a high low tea length gown to show off your boots or an A-line or mermaid style one with slight embellishments. Go for an updo with pretty hair accessories or flowers and eye-focused makeup. You can also try a few random micro-braids for the southern touch.
a) Luna ($1340)
b) Boho High-Lo Lace Wedding Dress ($599)
c) Allover Venice Lace A-Line Dress with Spaghetti Straps
d) Maggie Sottero – Kirstie
3. Vintage Bohemian Wedding Dresses
Wide bell-sleeved dresses, midi length ones, empire-waisted dresses and gowns with bustiers in dull colors are a great way to embrace styles of the decades past. Keep the jewelry minimal, lips dark and hair curled into a Hollywood wave.
4. Boho Lace Wedding Dress
Boho or not, lace is every bride’s go-to fabric choice for her wedding gown. Avoid fancy lace like chantilly and alecon and opt for guipure lace instead. It’s thicker than regular lace and yes, very bohemian! You can even choose lace fabrics with scallops or eyelash edges. Lace hippie wedding dresses look gorgeous no matter what the silhouette but sheath, halter neck and A-line are some ideas.
5. Flowy Wedding Dresses
Flowy hippie wedding dresses are perfect for a beach, country, farm, garden or forest wedding. So, pretty much anywhere! Skirts with gathers or pleats and accents like side-slits, beading and sheer panels are perfect for the bride that loves contemporary bohemian style wedding dresses. Accessorize the hippie wedding dress look with a flower tiara and keep the makeup subtle.
6. Hippie Style Wedding Dresses
Hippie wedding dresses that borrow references from the 70s hippie subculture are perfect for the free-spirited boho bride – asymmetric hemlines, bell sleeves, V-necks, fringes (lots of them!) and subtle ruffles. Prints were also a huge part of hippie fashion so go for minimal floral or foliage prints in colors like yellow and orange to keep it wedding-appropriate but still have the 70s flower child influences. In terms of accessories, add ankle length booties, beaded bracelets, long chains and tie & dye flowers in your hair.
7. Ethereal Wedding Dress
Light, flowy and elegant hippie wedding dresses in pure white would look lovely in the woods or even on the beach. Opt for elegant silhouettes like strapless, off-shoulder and halter neck. Pair them with crowns made of leaves and small flowers. And keep the makeup as natural-looking as possible.
a) Off Shoulder Wedding Dress ($1100)
b) Daydreamer 2 pc Set ($2499)
c) Fabienne ($1,727)
d) Boho Chiffon Halter Style Wedding Dress ($599)
e) Boho Sheath Sleeveless Lace Bridal Gown With Scalloped Hemline ($173)
8. Whimsical Wedding Dress
This is for the boho bride that loves to stand out and make a statement! Try a fitted fish tail gown with sheer panels, fringes and appliqué or a completely sheer dress with floral embroidery. The best part about these bare see-through dresses are you could wear them any way you want – over a simple midi slip dress or a bralette and skirt or a long slip dress. You could even opt for a rustic shabby chic wedding dress.
9. Romantic Bohemian Dresses
Flowy and mermaid cut hippie wedding dresses with sweetheart necklines in charming lace fabrics will make you look like you stepped right out of a fairytale! Try these types of dresses in dreamy colors like dusky pink and peach and go for a soft makeup and hair look. Hair pins with real flowers placed in a loose bun or a fishtail braid would add to the romantic look.
10. Bohemian Bridesmaid Dresses
Of course we can’t forget your trusty bridesmaids that support you up until your big day. They could rock fun colors like pastel blue, peach, pink and purple. Or if you have a color scheme chosen for the decor, pick one of those. Strappy empire waist dresses, and short slip dresses and midi length dresses are good ideas for bohemian bridesmaid dresses. They could also have slight embellishments like applique, fringes or tassels.
So that was our guide on hippie wedding dresses and how to style and rock them. What would you choose for your big day? Let us know your thoughts @shilpa1ahuja!
Nishita is a Staff Writer/ Journalist at ShilpaAhuja.com. She is a graduate of National Institute of Fashion Technology and has a degree in leather design. A lover of all things fashion, she writes about everything from beauty, hair and lifestyle to fashion trends and how-to’s. Her area of expertise is outfit ideas but being fresh out of college, she also loves writing about college fashion. Her new found love of baking is currently taking over her life, making her write about all things chocolate and easy recipes. With a flair for sketching and a great eye for detail, she’s previously designed leather garments for brands like Diesel and Salsa. When she’s not writing, she’s busy reading extremely sappy Nicholas Spark’s novels, sewing clothes and listening to some indie rock. Also super passionate about photography, she loves portraits and wildlife photography – a habit turned love that formed with the amount of traveling she did as a teenager. As a girl who grew up with books and movies like Pride & Prejudice, her love for period fashion is huge. And being curly haired, she’s always on a constant hunt for solutions to problems that come with having ringlets and loves sharing them with people through her articles. For feedback and questions, email [email protected] or connect with her on twitter @ni95.