If you’ve already started the wedding planning process, then you know there are a ton of styles to choose from running the gamut from the stark, clean lines of a modern aesthetic to the rustic tablescapes of a farm-inspired day. But, if woven décor elements, overflowing florals, and an abundance of drapery are the siren call to your soul, then a boho wedding might be the key to your heart. Organic linens, earthy details, and a variety of floral centerpieces and greenery installations can transform a traditional reception into a bohemian style wedding.
For starters, agates and geodes never fail to create a magical indie feel, thanks in large part to their rich jewel tones. Crystals, quartz, and rough stones are just as dreamy, creating an enchanting effect when scattered across reception tables. For more boho wedding décor, look to the ever-popular succulent or great boughs of greenery. Really, you can’t get much more earthy than that which grows from the soil! And while the ground may serve as an inspirational source for your boho wedding, so too does the sky above. There’s nothing dreamier or more romantic than a starry night, constellations, and crescent moons. From Milky Way patterns to amber candlelit glows, celestial vibes are being translated into all sorts of bohemian wedding décor and we couldn’t be more in love. And speaking of transcendence, incorporating a sense of spirituality and personal rituals can go a long way in setting a deeply resounding and soulful tone.
Featuring all things ethereal, earthly, and exquisite, these are our favorite bohemian wedding ideas, straight from real weddings.
Think About a Geometric Altar
A teepee altar can bring an enchanting element to a bohemian wedding ceremony. Decorating the humble wooden structure with local ferns and vines keeps the vision sympathetic to the surrounding environment. The minimal ceremony décor helps to highlight the uniqueness of the altar design.
Plush Ceremony Seating
For a fresh take on ceremony seating, nix the chairs and stiff benches and lay out a plush viewing area for your guests to enjoy the proceedings. These seating platforms, customary for Sikh weddings, were built by the bride's father and decked out with all the comforts and ultra-soft textiles of home.
Have Whimsical Florals
There's a wildness and laid-back freedom at the core of all things bohemian. This effortless ideology should permeate through the entire design process from detailed features to the overarching floral theme. Be sure to keep flowers casually loose and natural, with a bit of an untamed approach, as anything too tight and polished would just seem out of place.
Consider Celestial Details
We’re dreaming of starry nights with this galaxy-inspired ceremony backdrop, which perfects the expansiveness of the unlimited sky in swirling blues and golds. Bronze plinths, soft florals, and interspersed candlelight not only create a captivating frame for the nuptial ceremony but also pick up on the metallic accents within the backdrop.
Take "I Love You to the Moon and Back" Literally
This one takes our breath away—a seven-foot moon installation crafted from hundreds of corks makes for a whimsical statement backdrop. This would make for a fun DIY project for the more crafty or artistically inclined amongst us. You can even utilize corks that were saved from special moments or collected throughout the duration of your relationship to personalize the creation even more.
Match the Altar to the Landscape
At this outdoor ceremony, the expansive and scenic landscape of the couple’s venue proved to be the perfect backdrop to their bohemian wedding. Play off of the natural features of the ceremony site while finalizing details of the boho setup. The verdant greenery and bare wooden textures blend in seamlessly with that breathtaking vista.
Carry an Organic Bouquet
More and more bohemian brides are using unique color palettes in their bouquets. For this specific style, florals are arranged more naturally for an earthy aesthetic but the surprising pops of deep, brooding colors and dusty hues are the real showstoppers.
Consider Bud Vases
Florals epitomize a bohemian wedding style, so when finalizing ideas for your tablescape, think outside of the box regarding your floral arrangement. A melange of single stems in eclectic vessels can make just as much of a visual impact as a single, large centerpiece. Here, an assortment of blooms in blush tones complemented the gold details throughout each place setting.
Simplistic beauty is written all over this place setting. A succulent accent brings a taste of the earth to a chic and stylish trio of plates in classic navy and gold. Bonus: These plants are pretty hearty so you won't have to worry about them succumbing to various climates.
Gather in a Greenhouse
This couple opted for a backdrop that highlighted the organic and ethereal atmosphere of their day. A vintage solarium amidst a lush botanical garden just set our hearts all aflutter but the stunning reception seating housed within it completely took our breath away.
Have Agate Escort Cards
Speaking of agate, these stones feature gold calligraphy of each guest’s name and served as escort cards directing them to their seats. When it comes to earthly treasures, these stones truly encompass all of the beauty and romance that can be found in nature. They also come in a wide variety of colors that can be tailored to any wedding theme.
Dine Under Drapes
There’s nothing like putting yourself in the middle of nature when embracing an alfresco reception. For this setup, an airy and ethereal design scheme creates an easy-breezy outdoor reception space. There's nothing quite like the billowing of white, gauzy fabrics to hit all those beloved summertime notes.
Lay Down a Lounge
Between the significance of the ceremony and the details of the reception, cocktail hour tends to only get considered as an afterthought. It's intrinsice casualness, however, offers a prime playground for a bohemian touch. This lounge area nails the aesthetic with bold textiles, plush cushions, and saturated pops of color. It can even serve as an intimate conversation space for anyone needing a respite from the action of the reception.
Go for Greenery
Flowers tend to get all the attention in wedding décor but greenery-rich arrangements should not be underestimated. They can easily transform a conventional setup into an earthly fête. Verdant and lush, these greenery garlands envelope the space in fresh, natural splendor while still maintaining a sweet, minimalist simplicity that might not be possible with vibrant blooms.
Ring the Bells
The melodic sound of ringing bells is often used in traditional prayer and during rites of passage. What better way to commemorate the beginning of your journey into matrimony than with an auditory wash of the same harmony? Have your officiant utilize them during the ceremony, ask guests to wave them in celebration as you make your grand exist, or just intersperse them amongst the décor for an unexpected touch.
Consider mixing bohemian wedding décor elements to really give your design an organic vibe. An arrangement of mismatched furniture, assorted dishware, or collection of glasses in a multitude of shapes or shades can create a cohesive yet eclectic tablescape. The trick is to use a deft hand and not go overboard so the results have an effortlessly edited vibe rather than an explosion of textures, shapes, and colors.
To pull off the styling, choose just one item to mismatch rather than several, for example only the drinking goblets or just the chairs. If you opt for different colors, try to maintain the same shape and vice versa so that everything still looks intentional.
Mix Modern and Rustic Elements
This couple mixed elements of rustic-farmhouse-chic and all things whimsically bohemian to create an original design that errs on the more modern and clean. The results are a wonderful testament to the fact that boho inspiration pairs spectacularly with other, nature-forward wedding styles.
Decorate With Fresh Blooms
One of the most recognizable ways to showcase your bohemian style is through fresh florals and juicy fruits. Even the most formal of cakes can be transformed into a bodacious boho confection with a cascade of wild blooms and delicious, in-season fruits. For this wedding, a simple tiered cake boasts a delicate bounty of colorful zinnias, figs, grapes, and apples to create an ethereal display.
Dreamcatchers are believed to be sacred charms that offer protection from negative energies. This beach-forward alternative replaces the traditional web design with an intricate lace pattern and gives it a mediterranean twist by exchanging olive branches and shells for feathers and beads.
Erect a Glamping Tent
Eclectic and inherently nomadic, nothing says boho quite like a tented living space. Such an incredible setup can act as both a getting-ready suite and the wedding-night destination for a truly unforgettable and out-of-the-box experience.
Seasoned campers or those down for a more humble approach can easily create a plush space on their own, but for more lavish setups—or just those who would prefer a little electricity—we would suggest hiring a professional service or glamping team.
Reflect on Rituals
Rituals are a beautiful way to incorporate bits of a personal spiritual practice into the wedding day. In addition to including a saging ritual in the bridal processional, this couple provided rose petals wrapped in sage as favors for their guests. Similar to the burning of incense, the smoke emitted from ancient herbs is considered to cleanse and purify the energy within a space.
Cushion With Rugs
Lining an altar with well-worn rugs gives a natural space an air of residential comfort. Not only does it inject color, texture, and an old-world aesthetic into the scene, it also cushions the walkway for anyone making the journey in heels. This is especially important for any grassy or pebbled terrain.
Decorate With Fresh Finds
Forgo the usual elements of décor for a tablescape thats, quite literally, far more fresh. Farmer's market finds and garden-grown assortments like green vines and fresh fruits make for a stunning and eclectic display that's also completely eco-friendly and zero waste. Guests can even take home whatever foodie-favors they like for breakfast the next day or snack away throughout the evening's festivities.
Make a Mandala
Mandalas are circular geometric patterns that are used as spiritual guides or to define a space. The design is symbolic of the wholeness of the cosmos and the connection between everything within the universe. This floral mandala covered the entire dance floor and its center created an intimate space for the newlyweds to share their first dance.
Hang a Few Lanterns
We've already mentioned the value of lit candles within a setting, but utilizing lanterns can provide a plethora of new décor opportunities. Not only do they refract that all-important glow, but they can also bring new textures and finishes to different styles. They work wonders in any space, but hanging them from trees is our personal, whimsical favorite as it takes on the magic of twinkling stars, charming fireflies, or even lingering fairy dust.
Dream Up Floral Focal Points
While bohemian floral design tends to lean toward the more organic and casual, there is one opportunity to really go all out and keep with the theme. A plethora of petals or whole blossoms scattered across the surface of a water feature creates a captivating focal point that can elevate any venue.
Celebrate With Music
Music is at the very heart of all bohemian celebrations, and a wedding should be no exception. These miniature tambourines combine the pragmatism of a place card and the functionality of a favor with a playful touch that will be music to your ears. Imagine making your grand entrance to the reverberating sound of these instruments or watching guests incorporate them into their dance moves throughout the night.
A traditional chuppah, but make it boho. This construction ticks all the requirements of customary chuppah design but gets a hefty bohemian injection by way of bright, floral hanging garlands. Have your florist mastermind the creation or tackle the project yourself with some flower heads, needle, and string.
Detailed signage is a wedding-day must-have, yet even the most inspired concepts can only elevate a space so much. This sweetly customized tree trunk dripping in flowers, however, takes the notion to entirely new, boho levels. Needless to say, this photo backdrop is one we’d jump at the chance to take a picture in front of.
Create a Nomadic Bar
Get creative with the bar design and dream up a totally eclectic style that will become a true conversation piece. This unforgettable creation makes a major visual impact without sacrificing on that quintessential laid-back, free-spirited vibe. In true elevated tailgating style, this retro trunk was outfitted in funky textiles and two massive metal ice coolers brimming with bottles of wine. Bottoms up!