Traditional weddings have long been the dream for many — the ideal location, dress, first dance, and tableware have been imagined for as long as some of us can remember. However, nowadays, only one in four now choose to tie the knot in a church or another place of worship and the quirky boho-style wedding is on the rise.
Here, we look at why — and how — boho weddings have become much more popular in recent years.
What is a boho wedding?
Firstly, before we discover why they’re popular and what makes a boho wedding, it’s important to clarify what the term means. Simply put, it is an unconventional ceremony which has a carefree and relaxed atmosphere. No matter where it’s held, the theme of nature and being natural is prominent throughout.
A survey has found that the most popular wedding theme last year was ‘rustic/woodland’, with 16% of UK weddings revolving around this set-up. This shows that we are moving away from the traditional weddings and functions as people try to inject their personality into their big day.
For many planning a boho wedding, wedding venues in the Lake District are very appealing, as they can provide a space that can tap into both the traditional and quirky categories. If you just want to tweak a few aspects, they often have outdoor space available where you can add a tent, tipi or any quirky covering.
Warehouse weddings are also up-and-coming, as they give you a blank canvas on which to work your magic. Outdoor spaces, with enough room to pitch a huge marquee, are also sought after for those looking for a quirky touch. If you’re in the five per cent who plan to get married abroad, a beach location is ideal for the boho big day. Unfortunately, the UK isn’t the best ‘beach wedding’ destination ever, with our weather forecasts so unpredictable.
Many couples are adding a handmade touch to their décor, not only to add personalisation to their day, but also to make some cost savings. From wedding invitations to seating plans, those of us with a creative streak are taking advantage of shabby-chic boho designs to put a unique spin on the event.
Flower power is also huge if you’re looking to have a boho feel to your wedding day — you can never have too many flowers! This could include a floral archway under which to exchange your vows, a flower swing or floral chair décor. They work particularly well when combined with an outdoor theme.
Of course, the ‘gypsy’ boho feel wouldn’t be complete without hanging dreamcatchers. These little decorations are simple to produce yourself and can quickly transform the whole feel of your big day.
Nothing really says ‘boho’ like your outfit. While nearly three-quarters of us still choose white or ivory as our wedding colours, pink, blue and purple are becoming more prominent in our colour schemes. Appearing in an elegant and effortless design is now a popular decision which can match a bride’s laid-back style. With an overall ‘organic’ feel, gossamer meshes, delicate laces and floral motifs are helping women don their perfect dress that suits their personality more than the glitz and glamour of old.
It’s not just women who are dressing boho, either. For some men, it’s the little aspects that make all the difference. Bright coloured socks or a stylish cravat for example can really set off an outfit. For some, the casual look is also an option and open-neck shirts with no tie, or braces, are both acceptable if they match your boho theme.
Why not move away from the traditional vows and write your own? Well, that’s what a large percentage of us are starting to do to give our day an extra personal touch. We all know we will be there ‘for better, or for worse’, but putting your own spin on it can really add to the true meaning of marriage and what it means to you.
The vows for some wedding goers are the next best thing about their big day — behind the dress. So, it’s no surprise that bohemian brides and grooms are choosing to pen their own verses to tie the knot.
While organising your big day can be stressful, be sure to have fun. After all, the plan is to only have one in your lifetime! With boho weddings on the rise, they’re a sure-fire way to put your own spin on ideas that have lasted the age of time.