If “beautiful” and “chilled-out” are words that feature highly on your wedding wish-list, a boho-chic celebration could be just the ticket…
Focusing on whimsical style elements, the overall look is simple, chic and carefree. Settings go back to nature with woodland and open-field locations ranking highly as well as dreamy coastal venues. Nothing should be too over thought with “natural” and “undone” being key buzz words to achieving the desired theme. So if the beauty of boho-chic appeals for your upcoming nuptials, we team up with Brides Up North to provide inspiration on how to pull the whole look together, focusing on the varying elements that will help to reflect your chosen style and bring out your inner hippie…
As mentioned above, boho style celebrations work best in natural settings so think open-air countryside ceremonies, tipi receptions or even beach-side venues. You could say your vows surrounded by woodland and forest, within the ruins of a castle or in a barn style building. Tipis work great for the reception in providing an authentic shelter for the meal and dancing to follow and, depending on the venue, guests could stay overnight in rustic log cabins or camp out under the stars.
Boho style dresses have been a firm fixture on the bridal catwalks for quite some time now meaning that finding fitting attire shouldn’t be too much of a challenge. Flowing, slim-line dresses in lace and crochet style fabrics work particularly well as do those with wide bell sleeves and delicate embroidery or decorative sheer panel detailing. Accessories should remain simple, with flat sandal style shoes (if not bare feet!), simple jewellery – particularly plain stacked bangles, long pendant chains and metal earrings. The exception to the simplicity rule is a bold flower crown which should be an absolute must for any boho bride! Your bridesmaids can get in on the pretty too with simple, fluid dress designs, whether they be in romantic pastel colours, natural earthy shades or pure tones of cream or ivory. The groomsmen can afford to go for a more laid-back look too, so trousers, shirt and braces rather than a full, formal suit.
Brides can choose to go as pared back or full on with the look as they wish, though we have to admit, we like a more is more approach when it comes to boho. For those wanting to inject some colour into the proceedings, big blousy blooms can be used, which will also provide beautiful texture and scent. Meanwhile for those wanting to go down the Pantone ‘Greenery’ route, an abundance of foliage can be used to trail from the bouquet to being strewn down table centrepieces or suspended overhead. Natural materials such a log slices and stone can be mixed with votives in metallic or jewel shades depending on the colour scheme. Further interest can then be added with varying sized pillar candles, lace-wrapped glass jars and vases and crochet table runners. Hanging décor also works incredibly well with this whimsical look whether it be lanterns, paper pompoms or dreamcatchers.
The food and drink
Why not kick off your reception with outdoor welcome drinks served from Kilner glass drinks dispensers lined up on a wooden table or dresser. Think fruity punches and cocktails for those drinking, plus homemade lemonade and herbal teas as non-alcoholic options, all of which will look colourful and appetising. Cool canapes such as sliders served on wooden boards will provide the perfect accompaniment. For the main meal, relaxed sharing food works best, whether it be a barbecue or Mezze platters of fresh meats and salads. There’s also the option of pop-up street food perhaps serving up Indian or Lebanese cuisine. When it comes to the sweet treats, naked style cakes decorated with fresh foliage or fruit suit the theme perfectly, or for something guests can grab as they party, why not set up a doughnut or cupcake station.
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