Like most girls, I was raised on a steady diet of Disney princesses and fairy tales. But as I got older, I realized that there is plenty of magic in real-life love stories, too. Instead of focusing on making everything larger than life, I wanted a meaningful wedding and to celebrate love in a way that truly reflected my free-spirited personality and values. That is when I discovered the world of boho weddings.
What is a boho Wedding?
“Boho” is short for “bohemian.” It refers to an artistic and unconventional lifestyle that values creativity, individuality, and freedom. A boho wedding typically features natural and rustic elements, such as wildflowers, foliage, and earthy colors. The bride and groom may opt for unconventional wedding attire, such as a flowy dress or a floral suit. The wedding ceremony and reception may take place in a laid-back outdoor setting, such as a garden, a forest, or a beach.
The real and chill vibe of a boho wedding immediately resonated with me, and I knew it was the perfect choice for my big day. Luckily, my fiancé was also happy to stray away from a traditional wedding. With its emphasis on our unique interests, we felt that a boho wedding would allow us to express our love in a way that was authentic and meaningful. In this article, I will share my boho wedding journey and provide you with some tips and inspiration for doing the same.
Telling our Parents
When our parents heard that we had set a date, they were ecstatic. Unfortunately, they also started to come up with countless suggestions on how the ceremony should go and what we should do. While they meant well, we knew that we had to have our wedding our way. As the only daughter in a family that values customs, telling my parents that I did not want a traditional wedding was one of the most difficult conversations I have ever had!
If you must do the same, here are some tips on how to avoid (too much) conflict. The first step is to be respectful but firm, and explain your reasons for wanting a non-traditional wedding. Assure your parents that you still value their opinions and that their love and support are important to you. Then, listen to their thoughts and feelings. Offer to compromise if you can. Remember that change can be difficult, so give your parents time to come around.
Finding a Venue
While our parents were absorbing our decision not to have a church wedding, we began looking for the perfect venue for our boho wedding. I knew that the venue would set the tone for the entire event and would be the backdrop for the important moments of my big day. We had to find a natural setting that felt both rustic and magical. I wanted a place that had beautiful architecture and landscaping but also plenty of open space for family and friends to gather.
After much consideration, we ultimately decided on a vineyard as the perfect venue. The lush greenery, rolling hills, and stunning views set the scene for my outdoor ceremony and reception. When choosing your boho wedding location, be sure to choose somewhere with plenty of outdoor space. The more open and spacious the venue, the more possibilities there are for a great party! We also had a converted barn as a backup venue in case of bad weather.
Choosing the Dress
As much as I did not want a traditional, ballroom wedding dress, I also did not want to look like an ordinary bride. I searched high and low, from private designer boutiques to second-hand stores to find the perfect dress for my boho wedding. At last, I found it: a dreamy, flowy gown with layers of tulle and off-the-shoulder bell sleeves made of delicate floral lace. When I walked down the aisle in my wedding dress, I felt like a true bohemian bride, free-spirited and full of love and joy.
When choosing your boho wedding dress, look for one that has a flowy, ethereal quality. Soft fabrics like chiffon, tulle, or lace that move with the wind will have you looking like a faerie on your big day. Boho dresses often feature intricate details like floral embroidery or fringe and vintage touches like a high collar. Think outside the box and do not be afraid to be yourself. You can wear a dress in dusty rose or a bikini top with a long, layered skirt. Show off your natural beauty!
The Finishing Touches
Let me tell you this, no boho wedding is complete without lighting. String lights and lanterns set the stage for romance and allowed our guests to dance late into the night. With wildflowers, reclaimed wooden signs, and flowing sheer cloth, we turned the venue into a serene and enchanting haven. In the evening, candlelight softened the mood and added a hint of sophistication and intimacy. A live folk band completed the experience and lit up the evening with soulful music.
Despite being unsure of our boho wedding plans at first, everyone who attended the celebration ended up loving it. So, if you are dreaming of a boho wedding, do not be afraid to take risks and follow your heart. With a little effort and planning, you can have a sublime boho wedding too.