The bohemian wedding dress exemplifies this effortlessness and elegance of a boho wedding: light as air, comfortable, and composed of free-flowing fabrics that make you feel at one with yourself and with nature. Here, some bohemian-style wedding dress ideas for your perfect boho wedding.
Evoking the free-spirited style of the 1960s and 1970s, a bohemian wedding gown is all about relaxed sophistication with head-turning flourishes. Bring out your inner flower child with a whimsical look that’s easy but also unforgettable. A boho dress is defined by distinctive details, like graphic lace, intricate beading, bold floral embroidery, dramatic sleeves, and open backs. Lightweight or layered fabrics—like crochet, delicate lace, or even macramé—and an unstructured quality help ethereal boho gowns go with the flow.
From glamorous to laid-back, there’s a wide range of bohemian dresses that work well for any number of body shapes and settings. Almost any dress can be boho—most important is the sense of carefree, effortless grace. Billowing skirts from an airy A-line or kaftan style provide breezy movement, perfect for brides planning a tropical or outdoor wedding ceremony. For the boho bride seeking a sultry silhouette, consider fitted sheath or mermaid dresses or slinky slip dresses to highlight your curves. A floating train ensures an elegant entrance.
Planning a bohemian ceremony by the ocean or in a warm climate? A breezy boho wedding dress in a lightweight or sheer fabric, perhaps with a plunging V-neck or open back, is a flawless match for sun, surf, and celebration. For cooler days and nights, look for a long bohemian dress with dramatic bell or balloon sleeves to keep you comfortable. The boho look works wonderfully for winter weddings, too. Pair a bohemian dress with a gorgeous cover up, and you’re all set for any chilly weather.
Fresh blooms define a boho wedding, so it’s no surprise to find florals on boho bridal gowns. A more playful look with personality to spare, this branch of boho works best on Grecian-inspired silhouettes and is perfect for outdoor settings and garden celebrations. Double down with a floral-embroidered veil.
Think 21st-century Jane Austen, with romantic puff sleeves, an empire waist, and a flowing skirt. This dreamy, literary look is perfect against a backdrop of rolling hills or open fields. Keep the look effortless with simple hair and makeup and minimal jewelry.
Try a tiered skirt in a wispy tulle or other sheer fabrics for a romantic rustic look that says carefree elegance, best for weddings at farms, ranches, or wineries. Lace can also create a stunning pastoral look—consider those that feel more textural and organic, and keep the silhouette easy with a flowing skirt.
Boho weddings are all about unconventional, individualistic style. So it’s no surprise that many boho brides may not find something that fits their unique personality off the rack. Check out vintage and second-hand boutiques for dresses with exquisite detailing, beautiful handiwork, and maybe a bit of history.
Continue the laid-back spirit of your boho gown with your accessories: A pair of wedges or cute flats or sandals will let you go wherever your wedding day takes you. Look for wedding shoes in simple styles and textures. Getting married on the beach or the grass? Ditch the shoes altogether for the ultimate natural feel. And nothing says bohemian wedding like a flower crown. Top off soft, natural locks with a fresh, handmade arrangement of wildflowers or a few spare sprigs of greenery. Finish your look with the perfect piece of heirloom jewelry.
Say no to cookie cutter bridesmaid dresses—boho weddings are all about eclectic variety with a sense of cohesion. Let your bridal party choose their own dresses—give them color or fabric guidelines, if you like, and let them vary in styles and lengths. By the same token, create a unique wildflower boutonniere to brighten up the lapel of each groomsman.
Remember: Your wedding dress is just one way to exude a boho wedding vibe. Don’t forget to browse hundreds of real bohemian weddings to find boho wedding venues, color schemes, bridalwear, and decor that can help inspire your own effortless, earthy celebration.