Boho weddings are arguably one of the less stressful types of weddings to plan—they’re all about creating a laid-back, relaxed, perfectly imperfect vibe. Here are some ideas to bring your boho wedding to life.
By Lisa Wong Macabasco
Photo by Juliana Sabo Photography
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Boho wedding venues are often outdoors, where all the bounty of nature and fresh air entrance guests.
Boho weddings are known for decor inspired by nature and the great outdoors. Bring the outdoors in with simple, natural (even local) accents, and mix it up with a variety of colors and textures.
Abundant florals are a hallmark of boho weddings—incorporate them into your wedding in any number of ways.
Adventurous and free-spirited, boho couples dream of a wedding as unique as they are. Browse hundreds of real bohemian weddings at Zola—with details on venues, color schemes, bridalwear, and decor—to find inspiration for your own effortless, earthy celebration. Here are ideas for your boho-themed wedding, from venues and decor to flowers, and dresses.
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Venues: Nature Makes for the Ultimate Backdrop
The wedding venue sets the tone for the bucolic boho wedding vibe: usually something outdoors, where all the bounty of nature and fresh air entrance guests.
Nature makes for the ultimate backdrop in places like Tulum, Mexico, Joshua Tree, the Hudson Valley, Napa and Sonoma, Sedona, Hawaii, and Big Sur.
Go deep into the woods for a secluded, hidden escape from the everyday. Towering forest redwoods create a natural cathedral of greenery.
A beach wedding is the ultimate for a relaxed, sun-kissed, barefoot boho vibe.
Nothing says rustic, down-home charm like a barn or ranch wedding. Likewise, wineries likewise offer rolling hills of vineyards in typically temperate climates.
Greenhouses, conservatories, and nurseries are practically like being outside, but suited to almost any weather conditions.
Think luxe sleepaway camp for adults with a campsite or glamping wedding.
Deserts may not seem like the most romantic locale to get married, but there’s an otherworldly charm to a stark, barren landscape in the middle of nowhere.
Wake up among the clouds in a one-of-a-kind treetop wedding experience.
Boho Wedding Dresses: Relaxed Sophistication
Evoking a free-spirited style, a boho wedding dress exemplifies the effortlessness and elegance of a boho wedding.
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A bohemian wedding dress is all about relaxed sophistication with head-turning flourishes. They’re typically light as air, comfortable, and composed of free-flowing fabrics.
From glamorous to laid-back, there’s a wide range of bohemian style dresses that work well for any number of body shapes, settings, and climates.
For a garden wedding, try a fresh floral look. For a wedding among hills or wild flower fields, get inspired by the puffed sleeves and empire waists of Jane Austen’s era. For a farm or winery, consider a tiered prairie-style skirt or organic, textured lace.
Check out vintage and second-hand boutiques for dresses as individualistic as you are.
Keep the accessories, hair, and makeup simple and easy.
Mix it up with your bridesmaids’ dresses—boho weddings are all about eclectic variety with a sense of cohesion.
Decor: Bring the Outdoors in
Boho weddings are known for decor inspired by nature and the great outdoors.
Match your decor to your venue for a cohesive ambiance. For outdoor venues, let the beauty of nature shine by paring back the wedding decor. Bring the outdoors in with natural accents.
Keep it simple for a relaxed boho vibe. Let your tablescape evoke natural beauty. Keep florals loose and casual.
Mix it up with a variety of colors, textures, unexpected accents, and vintage decorations for an eclectic bohemian feel.
Incorporate local flora and fauna to make your wedding feel like a piece with the landscape.
Decorative rocks, like geodes and agates, add a mystical quality. Nontraditional elements, like concrete, stone, marble, tile, and wood can make a standout statement—even just as a print.
Look to the skies for decor inspired by planets, moons, stars, and astrology.
Flowers: Effortless and Elegant
Abundant florals are a hallmark of boho weddings, bringing together a nature-driven aesthetic with elegant, ethereal effortlessness. Our favorites include:
Some ideas to incorporate them into your celebration are:
Place them into a flower crown, a signature of the boho bride. Keep the bridal hair soft and loose to evoke a free-spirited nature.
Adorn your wedding cake with fresh flowers to add a pretty, artistic touch.
Select colorful stems to use as place settings.
Pair with candlelight for a romantic, ethereal look.
Attach to ceremony and/or reception seats with a satin or burlap ribbon.
Incorporate different sizes of flower arrangements throughout.
Remember, boho weddings are all about a laid-back, relaxed, and romantic atmosphere. There’s no right or wrong way to do boho style, so take these ideas as a starting point, and check out more real boho weddings at Zola.