It’s one of the most memorable days of your life, so why not make it the dreamiest? Whether your wedding day is an on-location elopement, or a lavish reception attended by hundreds of guests, a little trendy décor goes a long way. What’s trending right now is a boho-inspired wedding ‘scape. Think soft pampas sprays, whimsical lighting, and a soft, desert-derived color palette. These ten boho wedding décor ideas will make your partygoers swoon, whether your guest list is two or two hundred.
Something borrowed and something blue already covered? Plan out the personal details of your boho-inspired reception with something ‘old’ and adopt a little vintage décor and activities for the festivities.
Opt for vintage glasses; you can find classy, mismatched stemware at any local thrift shop. Display mercury glass votives across your tables, as these emit candlelight with a romantic flicker. Have your party-goers take selfies with a polaroid camera and tape their photo to your guest book, like an old-school album. Or better yet, splurge on a photo booth and have the machine do all the work, and leave your guests with nostalgic black and white photo strips to remember the day by.
Nothing, and we mean nothing, sets the mood quite like a whimsical lighting setup. Whether you’re DIY-ing your event lighting or leaving it to professionals, there are countless ways to make your venue shine.
Free-hanging Edison bulbs are always an option for a magical lighting display, or patio lights strung across the rafters or secured on lighting poles. A string light canopy is perfect for receptions with a heavy emphasis on guest seating and plated food. Light up your dance floor with a chandelier or even a disco ball to channel your inner 60’s dancing queen. Paper lanterns lend a beachy vibe, so even if your venue is landlocked, you can still feel as relaxed as you would if you were celebrating sea-side.
Two words: pampas and palms. These dried grass plants go hand-in-hand, and make for one dreamy boho wedding setup.
Implement dried palms on your tablescape by placing one on each plate as a unique topper or place card. Pampas is relatively easy to work with (a bit messy as they shed, —but so worth it!),, and it looks great in large quantities. Your wedding arch, large table vases, and even ceiling installments are all great places to debut the wispy plant. Collect different variations of pampas to make your dried grass arrangements even more beautiful, with shades of tan, pink, nude, and cream—every boho lover’s ideal color scheme.
Pro tip: to keep your pampas grass from shedding, once it’s fluffed and ready to display, spray each stalk with a spritz of hairspray.
Just because dried grasses are the stars of the show doesn’t mean your wedding can’t feature some lush, leafy greens. A sweeping table runner made of dense greenery can lend your dessert station, DJ booth, or dinner tables a stunning natural touch.
Ask your florist which greens would look best for your table setup. We recommend silver dollar eucalyptus, amaranth, or baby’s breath, as all of these look great grouped together in large quantities. If you want to pair your greens with flowers to match your bouquet or wedding colors, search for stems like peonies, buttercups, or poppies in cream, orange, salmon, or a simple white hue.
While overhead lighting is important, so is the lighting on your tables. An easy and cost-effective way to make your boho weddingscape the dreamiest setting is to use candles as your centerpiece.
Once you’ve got the base of your table figured out with greens, dried grass, and place settings, think about how you’d like to arrange your tabletop candles. Want more of an eclectic feel? Opt for taper candles with bronze or clay candle holders of varying heights and colors. Want to channel a classic elegance that’ll match perfectly with all the neutral tones? White pillar candles in clear votives are the way to go. Craving that feeling of beachside bliss before your honeymoon? Place floating candles in clear bowls of water for a mesmerizing focal point.
The Material Things
Bohemian décor leans heavily on textures and textiles to bring an earthy, eclectic vibe to a space, and boho wedding décor is no different. Stack and layer materials wherever you can for a sensory treat.
From Turkish rugs to wooden accents, there are dozens of ways to incorporate boho-inspired textures into your wedding décor. Try mixing textures at the tabletop—a woven rattan placemat with an airy chiffon table runner. Clay vases and stone plates. A linen tablecloth and wicker peacock chairs. Wooden dessert trays and macramé chair backs. The pairing possibilities are endless, and essentially everything looks good together when adopting bohemian design.
Desert-Derived Color Palette
Trending boho wedding décor is all about the neutrals. With desert-derived beauty in mind, your color palette can mix and match with any of these colors and look cohesive: sand, clay, sage, ivory, terracotta, rust, or cream.
If aesthetic pictures are important to you, color-coordinated bridesmaids’ dresses provide the perfect photo op. To embrace a neutral display at your venue, opt for ivory, champagne, and cream-colored tablecloths, and add subtle pops of color with the flowers, napkins, or glassware. Take your love for desert hues and muted tones a step further, and hire a photographer whose editing style resonates with you. Your wedding venue may look amazing in person, but with the right photography and editing, it'll be truly unforgettable.
Grand, sweeping shapes are taking over modern interior décor, with arches and circles officially making their way into the boho wedding scene. Paper invites, placeholders, and wedding arches have taken on a more rounded shape verses the simple square. Corners are out, and curves are in.
Planning a ceremony with a floral arch? Make a grand statement at your elopement ceremony or reception with a circular arch for a unique take on the display. Let your guests know what’s on the menu or at the open bar with arch-shaped printouts.
Raise a Glass
Embrace the eclectic feel of a boho lifestyle with uniquely shaped stemware. Allow your guests to raise a glass and toast to a future with your significant other (and significantly elegant taste) with vintage coupes, dainty flutes, and rattan-wrapped stemless wine glasses.
For warmer tones, search for amber, rose, or blush-colored glassware. For cooler hues, display sage, clear, or blue stemware. To implement elements of texture to the tabletop, add seagrass-wrapped tumblers. Remember, your glassware is where you can really have some fun, so don’t be afraid to display glasses of all different colors, shapes, and sizes, even if there’s not enough matching glasses for each place setting.
Go for the Gold
Gold accents can really bring everything together. With neutral décor, dried grasses, and funky stemware on display, gold-painted metals can add that final touch of elegance and warmth to the scene.
Show your guests some sneak peaks of your bridal photos in gold frames on the autograph book table. Or perhaps, take your Midas touch to the tabletops, and display gold chargers, candle votives, napkin rings, or gold-rimmed champagne flutes.
Which boho wedding décor idea makes you want to say ‘I do?’ Show us your dreamy wedding décor and tag us on social media @walkeredisonco!