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BOHO Chic weddings – bohemian-inspired events – have risen in popularity in the last several years and are still among the hottest trends of 2017. Few trends can mean so many different things to different people. Bohemian is a lifestyle rather than a time period or specific theme. It is unconventional, colorful and artistic often with a literary or musical flare.

Many of 2017’s hottest trends lend themselves to BOHO style – lace, floral patterns, metallic accents, floral crowns and headbands, bell sleeves, “back to nature” theme, floral walls and hanging installations – even digital mapping. If executed in a free-form, relaxed, mismatched manner, nearly any palette or motif can be made to appear bohemian.

Dress the Part

Slip into a goddess-worthy free-form maxi wedding gown, with or without fabulous bell sleeves and gorgeous lace accents to launch your BOHO look. Bridesmaids can also rock maxi-style pale yellow bridesmaid dresses, or perhaps very BOHO long tulle skirts with contrasting separate tops. Bohemian jewelry is generally eclectic and layered (and definitely abundant). In lieu of hand-tied bouquets, think hastily gathered garden blooms or a floral crown or headband instead.

A hipster suit, linen suit, or even linen shorts and a button-down shirt are all possibly alternatives to a formal tuxedo for your men – simply choose something that complements your attendants’ yellow bridesmaid dresses and the look will come together.

Create the Look – Ceremony

You might construct a canopy as an altar with flowy fabric or a ribbon background. Hanging lanterns from a stately tree might mark the perfect spot for your vows. Mounds of flower petals and hanging lanterns are possible accents for a Bohemian ceremony as well.

Bohemian Receptions

One thing is certain about a bohemian wedding – you won’t walk into a traditional banquet room with 30 five-foot round guest tables, plain white floor-length linens and identical solid color rose centerpieces on every table. Ironically, it takes a bit of effort to get the free-spirited look. Feel free to replace guest chairs with layers of patterned outdoor rugs and pillows, or have a brief standing ceremony instead of a formal seated one.

Mismatched Tables and Furniture Pieces

Depending on your venue, consider alternatives to the standard 8-guest table. Mix it up with different sizes or shapes. Bring in some completely unique, mismatched pieces (rental companies exist that supply eclectic furnishings, or hit up your local thrift store scene), or for an extreme BOHO-esque experience, you could even set up elaborate pillow-laden floor seating (think Moroccan restaurant style).

Bohemian Lounges

Indoor or out, you have the opportunity to disguise standard ceilings and walls with mini-lounges where guests can gather, chat, eat and relax. Larger outdoor tents can be constructed from standard pop-up canopy tents with special covers available through Etsy-type vendors, or you can use rented bell tents, yurts or variations on tipis. DIY canopies of sheer fabric, ribbons, macramé or lace are also options. “Glamping” (glamorous camping) tents specifically for BOHO weddings and festivals are available for sale online and can be dressed up with your choice of layered carpeting, ottomans, hammocks, cushions and lanterns.

Linens and Place Settings

If you do use traditional tables, incorporate linens in a variety of textures and prints. Layer them using different shades from your color palette. Use runners and lace or macramé overlay, and top with mismatched napkins, china and glassware straight out of an antique store (or at least pieces with an antique look).

If you love the colorful look and symbolic feel of Bohemian weddings, don’t hesitate to go with your gut and make BOHO Style your theme.


Image ©2016 Denise Wine Photography All Rights Reserved   From Victoria and Brendan’s wedding coming soon to the blog

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