The great thing about having a bohemian wedding theme is that no two boho weddings are alike—this decor style means something different to every couple, so yours is bound to be unique! But if you're wondering where to start, there are some common design elements and wedding details that always work when it comes to bohemian wedding ideas (we're looking at you, pampas grass). Keep reading for everything you need to know to get started.
What is a bohemian wedding theme?
The bohemian wedding theme started as a trend several years ago—most notably, it introduced us to the concepts of flower crowns, mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses, leafy greenery, and unexpected nature-inspired elements as decor (like feathers and deer antlers).
Today, the boho wedding aesthetic is all about creating an eclectic, whimsical setting filled with various textures, earthy elements, rich color palettes, dreamy wildflower-style arrangements, and "collected" decor (think vintage rugs and assorted vases). It's less about achieving a matchy-matchy look and more about the overall vibe, so don't worry if your details aren't perfectly coordinated! Outdoor wedding venues like gardens, forests, and beaches are especially common for a bohemian wedding, but you can also recreate this decor style at most casual venues, such as barns and industrial spaces.
You can also pair bohemian wedding style with other aesthetics—for example, a bohemian glam theme, bohemian tropical or beach wedding theme, bohemian rustic theme, or even a bohemian gothic theme with moody colors.
Boho Wedding Inspiration
Once you've decided on a bohemian wedding theme for your big day, it's time for the really fun part of wedding planning: finalizing your wedding decor. Here are some of our fave ideas.
Bohemian wedding invitations
Your invitations are the first glimpse that your guests have of your wedding day, so it can be fun to tease your theme a bit. Set the tone for a stylish boho wedding with unique rounded invitations featuring bold, artsy typography.
Calligraphy vow books
Paper with torn edges (fun fact: the technical term is "deckled") is another way to give your wedding stationery a bohemian twist. We love these adorable keepsake vow books tied with colorful mustard yellow ribbons.
Going barefoot is popular at bohemian weddings, but if you are planning to wear shoes, keep them on the casual (and comfortable) side. A pair of crochet sandals or flats will complement a flowy, loose-fitting wedding dress.
Natural bridal makeup
Gold, pink, and peach tones look gorgeous on boho brides, since they'll give your skin a sun-kissed glow. Keep your makeup dewy and simple, especially if you're getting married outside, for the most laid-back look.
Bohemian wedding dress
Shopping for boho chic wedding dresses? Look for loose or slightly fitted styles with details like fringe, bell sleeves, lace, off-the-shoulder necklines, and sheer panels. Some of our favorite bohemian wedding dress designers include Willowby by Watters, Grace Loves Lace, and BHDLN.
Colorful bridesmaid dresses
A bohemian wedding theme is the perfect opportunity to have your bridesmaids wear brightly colored dresses, mix-and-match styles, or patterned gowns. Orange, yellow, hot pink, or floral print dresses are just a few ideas.
This bridal accessory is especially fun—and practical—if your wedding is taking place somewhere hot and sunny, like the desert or the beach. Plus, a wide-brim rancher hat looks cool in photos, even if you don't wear it for the entire day.
Unlike more traditional wedding styles, a boho wedding theme leaves plenty of room for experimenting and going bold with your details. Try using an oversized flower, like a protea, as the base for your boutonniere.
Patterned button-down shirt
Suits and ties are appropriate for a boho-meets-glam wedding theme, but if your aesthetic is more informal, you can skip the jacket and wear a colorful patterned shirt instead. A floral print is a stylish idea for the groom who wants to make a fashion statement.
Wooden wedding signage
Signs provide your guests with important information during your wedding ceremony and reception, but they also double as decor. A wooden sign with white lettering or calligraphy will fit nicely into a boho wedding theme.
Boho style ceremony backdrop
Oversized floral backdrops are a staple decor element when it comes to bohemian weddings. This trendy hoop backdrop acts as a frame for the water view in the distance.
Eclectic ceremony seating
Create a unique ceremony setup by incorporating vintage upholstered chairs and sofas into your ceremony guest seating. The end result: a homey, kitschy vibe, plus special seats for your VIP guests (like parents and grandparents).
Succulent and cactus decor
There are so many ways to use succulents, cacti, and other potted plants for a bohemian wedding theme. Display them as centerpieces in place of flowers, use them to decorate your ceremony altar, or send guests home with miniature plants as wedding favors.
Boho wedding tent
Tents and teepees are two popular decor elements of bohemian style, and they're amazing for creating a focal point or lounge area at your wedding reception. Decorate yours with colorful pampas grass and cozy throw pillows to recreate this 'grammable backdrop.
No bohemian wedding is complete without a touch of rattan, bamboo, or wicker furniture. Add rattan chairs to your reception tables (or just your head table to make it stand out) and you'll get a groovy, '70s-style vibe.
Geode or crystal escort cards
Crystals and geodes can bring good energy to your wedding day, but they also look beautiful as decor. This suspended display of geodes is an unexpected way to showcase escort cards and table assignments.
Vintage kilim rugs
You already know how quickly a rug can transform a room in your home—and the same applies for your wedding venue, whether you're getting married indoors or out. Source a few vintage rugs from a local event rental company and place them throughout your venue to instantly add bohemian flair.
Hanging wedding centerpiece
If traditional wedding centerpieces aren't your thing, try hanging them from the ceiling instead. This technique works especially well with pampas grass and greenery arrangements, but it will involve more planning and logistics, so work closely with your florist to decide if it's possible at your venue.
Macramé reception table runner
Decorate bare wood tables with macramé or crochet runners for a quick boho tablescape idea.
Dried greenery wedding cake
You've seen greenery wedding cakes before, but using dried greenery and other botanicals is a more unique spin on the trend. This boho cake is decorated with bleached Italian ruscus, a fan palm, and dried eucalyptus.