What’s all the hoo-ha about boho style?

Boho style… it’s everywhere you look right now. Is it just a fad? And how did it all start? Find out below!

Once upon a time, a beautiful princess with flowers in her ruffled hair ran barefoot through the forest to her prince…. That’s where our mind wanders when we think boho.

Think Rapunzel, not Elsa. Think something like this:

Photo Credit: Athena and Cameron

Or this:

Credit: Bodas de Cuento

The boho wedding has an earthy, rustic, rural vibe. If it were a color palette, it would be sage green, butterscotch, and bursts of beautiful browns. The bride’s gorgeous gown, typically white or nude, floats in the breeze. Imagine if a 17th-century oil painting and a Game of Thrones episode had a lovechild.  

Heavily inspired by nature, the boho bride is a rebel, a renegade, a freethinker, and a free spirit. 

She rocks.  

And she rocks her boho bouquet — a colorful cluster of fabulous flowers. Think something like Cannes, our super-special collection of carnations, chrysanthemums, gypsophila, roses, anthurium, and caladium leaves, or our Lucerne bouquet, which bursts to the brim with snapdragons, berries, roses, chrysanthemums, and disbuds. Oh, and silver eucalyptus foliage!

You get the idea. 

Where did Boho Style Come From?

Boho style is not a new concept. It stands for:

Bohemianism

noun 

unconventional behavior or appearance, especially of an artist.

(Source)

It’s a practice that stems from mid-19th-century France, adopted by marginalised artists, writers and musicians who lived an unorthodox life characterised by free-thinking and spiritualism. (Queen sang about it in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”)

There was a bohemianism resurgence in the mid-2000s when Kate Moss and Mary-Kate Olsen crimped their hair and donned hippie-ish styles. (We lived for it!) 

Over time, boho-chic trickled into Aussie weddings, a trend that’s more popular now than ever. Think woodland service, not church service. Barefoot, not embezzled shoes. A bunch of wildflowers, not the full meadow. James Bay, not Michael Bublé. But boho is whatever it means to you. There’s no rule. (Free-thinking boho brides hate rules!)

Our Fave Boho Brides

Kate Moss Wedding

Kate Moss and Jamie Hince’s wedding in 2011 is the best example of boho fashion we can remember. Kate got married in a boutique bias-cut gown in the cozy English countryside. It was folksy, not Fendi. Guests sat in wicker chairs. Lanterns and jam jars hung from apple trees. It was very Rapunzel

Princess Beatrice Wedding

We’d say Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi’s wedding incorporated boho elements while still being distinctly royal. Although it was undoubtedly a high-class affair with a lot of pomp and ceremony, Beatrice’s wedding had a more homey vibe than Harry and Meghan’s big day. It’s all subjective, of course, but we think the whole thing looked like a fairytale.

Credit: Benjamin Wheeler / PA Wire

  • Boho dresses typically have light-as-air fabrics, organic beads, and simple silohouettes.
  • Decorate your wedding venue with lanterns, wood garlands, luminaries, dream catchers, fairylights, and lots of flowers.
  • Keywords to consider for your research: arty, dreamy, ethereal, whimsical, indie, rustic, unconventional, and of course boho.

Credit: Lauren Mihae, Bodas de Cuento & Athena and Cameron

It’s All About the Bouquet

The bouquet is the second most critical element of any boho style wedding. Here are four quick tips:

  • It needs to be hand-tied, where a florist arranges the flowers to form the arrangement (Fig & Bloom can do this for you!)
  • Pick a bouquet that complements your boho dress.
  • Choose a bouquet that’s easy to hold. (Comfort is still important!)
  • Select blooms that match your personality and style.
  • Why stop at the bouquet? Add flowers to your tiara, cake, and centrepieces.

Credit: Athena and Cameron, Lauren Mihae, Junebug Wedding & Green Wedding Shoes

Boho Weddings By Fig & Bloom

Over the years Fig & Bloom has designed the florals for many rustic weddings and boho weddings. How could we forget Viv & Simon’s gorgeous boho wedding held at the The Barn Wallington on the Bellarine Peninsula. This cute couple had a beautiful backstory and their rustic barn wedding featured in Hello May.

High school sweethearts Viv and Simon were picnicking under the Eiffel Tower in 2013, when Simon set up their camera so the pair could indulge in some silly selfies, “as the camera was going off, he knelt beside me said “I can’t imagine my life without you, will you marry me?— and over my shoulder pulled out the ring! My response was ‘is this a joke?!’…I just couldn’t believe it!”

Hello May

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