Theme your day the Boho Beauty way with our top tips for creating the ultimate carefree and free-spirited big-day look…
If the thought of a structured, formal wedding affair sends you into a blind panic, never fear! We have all you boho brides covered with our top tips for creating boho beauty! With the help of Wendy Dessler, an expert in the boho field (quite literally in the field…) this post is dedicated to all the free-spirited brides out there; the lovers of soft, draping layers and antique lace; those searching for a creative outlet; for the bare-feet wanderers of this world, for those lovers of the great outdoors…
Think Midsummer Night’s Dream. Think ethereal and dreamily romantic. Think tulle and lace in antique blush-rose, with dropped-waists and trailing hemlines…. Re-creating this look is about fabric and cut; avoid tightly fitted fishnets or figure-enhancing silhouettes. Embrace your free spirit and give it free reign. Dress choices here are natural and billowy, full of colour and personality. Maxi dresses perfectly capture this look; fun and free, they embody the Bohemian ambience, and as an extra benefit, they look great on many different body types! The boho bridal look is all about eternally feminine, free-flowing styles…
Boho beauty is nothing if not highly personalised and unique – and this philosophy should extend to your wedding-day jewellery and especially the ring (after all, you’ll have a lifelong relationship with this little sparkler!). Do invest in taking time to thing creatively. The boho vibe is truly kept alive in jewellery that incorporates a family heirloom, breaking with traditional white diamonds and experimenting with colours and jewels.
Again, the inspiration here is a one-off pair that best reflects and captures who you truly are. Take inspiration from the past and choose a vintage 1940s T-bar style, or match a floor-length, sweeping boho gown with open-toed heavily embellished flats.
Think headdresses, flowers, delicate pins or full-blown garlands, boho brides dress up their hair in innovative and creative ways. Reminiscent of the peace and love movement of the 60s, wreaths of flowers in shades taken from your colour palette, or even halos of all greens, will complement boho style. Lately, brides are requesting more glimmer in their headpieces, replacing some of the natural florals with beading and jewels. Opt for hair vines with a little sparkle to pick out the light, or decorate a loose fishtail plait with a string of small-budded flowers.
Boho weddings are colourful affairs full of contrasting patterns and textures. Let your flowers mirror your boho theme, making an irresistible statement. We love cascading, hand-tied bouquets in a loose style (nothing structured), featuring oversized blooms and a lot of contrasting green foliage. The beautiful bouquet and headdress featured here are by Amy Reid ([email protected]) and Elizabeth Brindley Floral Designs ([email protected]).
A chance to have a lot of fun here, your bridesmaids’ dresses can perfectly mirror your boho theme. Bold prints contrast beautifully against softer pastel tones – think of a springtime combination of baby-pink dresses next to more avant-garde floral-patterned gowns. Separates work well here; block colour chiffon skirts paired with contrasting embroidered tops, for example, enable you to dress your maids in different styles tied together with a loose theme. The eclectic look is absolutely boho! Check out azazie.com for more stunning boho bridesmaids creations. Accessorise this look with oversized, mismatched, collections of jewellery pieces, layered and individualised for each bridesmaid. Floral dresses look wonderful with chunky solid colour necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings. Or choose more delicate, natural-looking jewellery including unique items like simple, beautiful anklets.
The venue and details
Bohemians know how to party eclectically! Your venue calls for lots of layers of fabric, cushions and draping. Candlelight is essential, usually in the form of lanterns or votive holders hanging from trees. Consider including unique furniture pieces like beautifully upholstered sofas that double as photo backdrops, or “Glamping” tents where guests can relax and commune. Menus are often designed with a conscience, and with an emphasis on local sourcing and farm-to-table, sustainable ingredients.
The best thing about being a boho beauty is that nearly anything goes! Personal style shines through in a way that celebrates freedom, an independent spirit, a colour kaleidoscope, and most importantly, effortless romance… plus just SO MUCH FUN!