Your Cheat Sheet to the Most Popular Wedding Styles, From Classic to Boho

Here are the definitions of the most popular wedding styles out there. Happy planning!


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When you start planning your wedding, you're going to hear plenty of popular wedding style terms thrown around and, fair warning, it can all get a bit confusing. Boho, classic, rustic—what do these words really even mean?! And to make matters worse, everyone from your wedding planner to your bridesmaids will be asking you what your wedding style is, demanding that you define your big day with one of these specific wedding style terms. While it's definitely not a bad idea to strive towards a specific mood or vibe when planning your wedding, it can be difficult when you aren't even sure of the actual definitions of these wedding styles. That's where we come in!

With the help of some A+ planners, we've put together a wedding-style cheat-sheet featuring concise descriptions of the most popular wedding styles. From boho to classic, here are the definitions of the most popular wedding styles out there. Happy planning!


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Think: timeless, elegant, and traditional. Imagine romantic roses or peonies, say Aleah and Nick Valley of Valley and Company Events, “and soft colors like cream and blush.” Traditional settings, like churches and grand ballrooms, also fit this wedding style to a tee.


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Think: minimalist, chic, and contemporary. These brides typically love "clean lines, black and white, and geometric decor," explains Susan Norcross, owner of Styled Bride. Look into urban venues and stay away from overflowing centerpieces and overloaded place settings—less is more when it comes to modern weddings.


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Think: outdoorsy, vintage, and natural. Go for earthy and elegant with “candles, lace, and floral accents on wooden pallets,” says Melissa Gaines of All in the Details Events. Burlap details and mason jars are definitely not necessary, but an airy vibe and soft, neutral hues are non-negotiable.


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Think: trendy, colorful, and unconventional. Drawn to patterns and pampas grass? Shop at Anthropologie? “Indie boho has that same playful vibe with unique character,” says Gaines. Tons of greenery and rich jewel tones will make the boho bride's heart sing.

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Garden Party

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Think: charming, pastel, and whimsical. With botanical touches, “lush is more!” recommend the Valleys—like an aisle runner made of moss, or serving cocktails with edible flowers. Include unexpected details, like parasols to give guests shade from the sun and lawn games, and guests will think they've been transported to a storybook garden!

This story originally appeared in the June/July 2019 issue of Brides, on sale beginning April 30.

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