PLAN A BOHEMIAN WEDDING THAT CAPTURES YOUR STYLE

Loved for their casual, laid-back feel and personality-capturing details, boho weddings are among the top trends in wedding planning. That doesn’t mean that the boho bride risks staging a run-of-the-mill wedding. Bohemian weddings are all about the individual. The perfect boho wedding captures the free-spirited, convention-defying attitude of the bride and groom. And because of the emphasis on individual tastes and personal touches, no two boho weddings are alike.

So if there is no true boho wedding style, what qualifies as a boho wedding? In general, boho weddings tend to be more casual weddings with food and décor that directly reflects the tastes of the bride and groom. If you’re looking to plan your own boho wedding, here are the details you should be looking at.

CREATING YOUR BOHEMIAN BRIDAL LOOK

When planning a wedding, nearly every bride start with the wedding dress, and the boho bride is no exception. Just like there are no wedding conventions that fall into the Bohemian category, there are no guidelines for finding a boho wedding dress. In general, boho brides usually opt for more casual or non-formal wedding dresses. That means less structured wedding dresses without internal corsets, built-in hoops or crinoline. Here are some boho wedding dress ideas:

Flowing fabrics. Whether more formal or more casual, boho wedding dresses always incorporate a flowing materials. The dress itself can be long and free flowing, or it can be more fitted with flowing elements, such as bell or peasant sleeves, off-the-shoulder ruffles, a light-weight train or a tiered skirt.

Lace, embroidery or crochet. Textured elements are a must have for boho wedding dresses. These soft, textured details can relax the overall look of a dress to create a non-formal wedding dress. Conversely, lace or embroidery can add a bit of luxury to a more casual wedding dress style. How much or how little detail a boho wedding dress has depends on the bride: Some brides opt for dresses that are full on lace or have a crochet overlay, while other boho brides prefer a simple lace wedding dress.

Wedding dress separates. Wedding dress separates are one of the hottest trends, particularly for brides seeking boho wedding dress ideas. A looser fitting top and a flowing, or even a short, skirt are perfect for a bride seeking a casual wedding dress. A bride planning a more formal boho wedding can pair a more fitted, detailed bodice with a full, flowy skirt to honor the idea of a boho wedding dress.

Vintage appeal. The vintage wedding dress look is a popular one for boho brides. If you’re looking for vintage boho wedding dress ideas, look for flapper-inspired dresses, dresses with nipped-in waists that recall the 1940s and 1950s, or long, flowing casual wedding dresses that strike a hippie vibe from the 1960s or 1970s.

Stunning details. Because Bohemian weddings are all about expressing the individuality of the bride and groom, some sort of stunning detail is a must for a boho wedding dress. These details can include a plunging back, intricate straps, an unusual neckline or even a colored or floral-patterned wedding dress.

The bride can top her chosen look with a flower crown, for a more casual wedding, or accessorize with beautiful, vintage-inspired jewelry. Brides who want a casual boho wedding might choose to go barefoot or wear simple sandals. Statement or vintage shoes also can help a boho bride create a unique wedding look.

To finish out the bridal party, boho bridesmaid’s dresses often have the same elements as boho wedding dresses. Meanwhile, the groom can wear a non-formal linen tux, or a tux in an unusual color or pattern. For a completely casual boho wedding look, the groom can even wear a simple pair of khakis and a loose-fitting white shirt.

CHOOSING A VENUE FOR YOUR BOHO WEDDING

After the bridal look, the boho wedding is all about the venue, and the boho bridal venue must strike an unconventional note. Many boho couples choose outdoor settings, from beaches to farms to mountainsides. For an indoor Bohemian wedding, look for unique or historical venues, such as rustic barns, Victorian estates or even historic warehouses. More and more, boho couples are planning weddings that emphasize local treasures. If you’re searching for a venue for your boho wedding, you can’t go wrong with a local landmark or venue that’s unique to your hometown.

When it comes to choosing vendors for your boho wedding venue, the key, again, is to focus on local. Local beers and wines are perfectly on-trend for boho weddings, and couples are eschewing traditional wedding food and instead serving local specialties or even barbecue to create a more casual wedding atmosphere.

Creating a casual wedding atmosphere with boho décor

Ultimately, the thing that sets the tone for a Bohemian wedding is the décor. For a boho wedding, keep the décor eclectic and unique. As a boho wedding dress should reflect the bride’s personality and style, boho wedding décor should reflect the tastes and personalities of the bride and groom. Often, boho décor is used to create a more casual wedding atmosphere, even for more formal boho chic weddings. Here are some ways to use your wedding décor to create a casual, boho wedding atmosphere:

Natural flower arrangements. Like the rest of a boho wedding, the flowers tend to be less conventional. For a casual wedding look, flower arrangements should have different textures and colors, and can incorporate natural elements like shells, flower or even pinecones. The arrangement themselves should be looser and less structured than traditional wedding flowers.

Mismatched dinnerware. To create an eclectic, casual boho feel, opt for china or flatware that is mismatched. Choose subdued pieces with similar color palates to keep the look cohesive.

Textiles. Textiles — think throw pillows, tapestries and seat cushions — are a must for a boho wedding. Textiles create texture, depth and warmth, making the venue seem more casual and welcoming. As with the dinnerware, look for pieces in subdued colors and in similar palates.

Romantic lighting. To create a light, romantic, ethereal vibe, every boho wedding needs some sort romantic lighting. Fairy lights, bistro lights, lantern or candles placed around your venue will add to the casual romance of your boho wedding.

Focusing on your unique boho wedding style

To ensure that your boho wedding captures your unique style, your wedding should include details that represent your personality and your interests. A boho wedding can be eclectic, but to avoid having a cluttered, chaotic feel, focus on one or two elements of your wedding that really encapsulate who you are. If your beach venue is what you love most about your boho wedding, focus on beachy details and a subtle beach theme. If you, as a couple, enjoy traveling, incorporate vintage suitcases and maps into your décor.

Casual boho style shouldn’t emphasize any theme too highly, but having a focus as you plan your boho wedding will help you to create a cohesive event that represents who you are. Because remember: The boho wedding is really about creating a unique event that represents your free spirit. Browse our very own collection of bohemian bridal gowns. Happy shopping!

Dresses for Special Occasions

Weddings, trips to the races and big birthdays – no doubt you’ve got all of them and more crammed in your diary this year. Special occasions require extra special dresses, so we’ve whittled it down to our three (current) favourites, to help you find a dress you’ll remember long after your big event.

Hanging Gardens Dress
Crafted from luxurious silk, this relaxed fit style proves that occasion doesn’t have to mean fitted. Abstract florals in vibrant blues give this classic shift shape a vibrant look, and a layered hem adds subtle texture to the skirt.

Kelsie Dress
With clever shaping and contrast panels to define the figure, the Kelsie isn’t your standard floral dress. Monochrome brings a classic element to this fitted style, while details like a triangle at the neck keep this shift design feeling fresh.

Kelsie Dress
With clever shaping and contrast panels to define the figure, the Kelsie isn’t your standard floral dress. Monochrome brings a classic element to this fitted style, while details like a triangle at the neck keep this shift design feeling fresh.
Amily Dress
Lace is given a modern update with in on-trend pink with the Amily dress. Cut in a classic shift shape, semi-sheer lace panels on the neckline and back and a textured hem add modern details to a timesless style.

Major Paris exhibition celebrates 70 years of Dior fashions

The rest of the show is thematic, intermingling Christian Dior’s creations with the classical busts, Renaissance paintings and surrealist sculptures that inspired them, and with designs by the creative directors who followed after his death in 1957: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré , John Galliano, Raf Simons and the current, first female, holder of the post, Maria Grazia Chiuri.

The show’s use of color is staggering: one long “Colourama” display features shoes, bags and perfume pixels by chrom conditioning – an orange-hued backless dress by Raf Simons beside a clementine-coloured mohair dress-coat by John Galliano, running on and on In tiny tens increments from mustard to zingy yellow to cream to dove gray to teal to ballet slipper pink to cream to baby blue to lilac to rich purple and burgundy. Later, in a muted, wood-panelled white and gray neoclassical drawing room, there are Frothy corseted dresses in Versailles hues: pale pinks, soft blues.

Dior robe
One of the Dior robes in the exhibition. Photograph: Musée des Arts Décoratifs
A room examines the inspiration Dior drew from gardens – a haute couture minidress covered in little green sprigs into an unlikely AstroTurf-meets-cocktail hour moment – while a Monet iris painting hangs from the wall and, overhead, the ceiling is blanketed in thousands of Tendrils and vines made from delicate white paper

The second half of the show brings out the big guns, starting with the white “bar” jacket, with its padded hips, styled with a full black skirt and a basket-style hat, an outfit immortalised in so many fashion history books. That there are rows of triple-height glass display cases filled with Dior’s superlative, precise gray suiting, and a long, narrow brightly lit room packed with the original toiles of hundreds of sculptural creations, which appear to float like ghosts into infinity due to the Mirrored ceiling – see how to make the most of the fair gallery – the “dior ballroom” – where a shimmering projection of stars cascades over gowns such as Elizabeth Taylor’s 1961 Academy Awards dress and gold Galliano haute couture, visitors with only a passing Running out of superlatives

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An evening gown from the late 1940s. Photograph: Musee des Arts Decoratifs
There are little threads here that may surprise even the most dedicated Dior heads. One of the influential crew Dior ran with in the 1920s, including Salvador Dali, Man Ray, Calder and Giacometti; Ray’s Perpetual Motive, in which an eye Is attached to the pendulum of a metronome, and Dali’s Retrospective Bust of a Woman, which features an inkwell and a baguette balancing on a woman’s head, are on display. In another gallery we read letters between Dior and his father touching on the little- Known story of his sister, Catherine, who was part of the French resistance during the second world war, and was rescued from a concentration camp.

The main takeaway, though, is pure sensory overload, an excess of pattern and color that will have visitors ignoring the polite little captions explain which of the dresses are by Dior himself and which are by Raf Simons or John Galliano. Galliano’s fantastical creations often steal The show: a coat-gown with Hokusai’s Great Wave and a full-length python dress worn with an ancient Egyptian death mask are among the stand-out pieces. Reminding viewers of Galliano’s technical brilliance – and squishing his work in with that of the Revered Master – is a sleight of hand that helps the exhibition to gloss over one of the house’s controversies; Galliano’s departure in disgrace in 2011.

Galliano is not the only creative director to have stress with the stresses of leading such a revered fashion house. Raf Simons spoke of long hours and stress when when he left in 2015; Maria Grazia Chiuri has been up upbeat and philosophical when talking about her role But but has met with mixed reviews from critics expecting not just attractive gowns but era-definition surprises.

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Grazia Chiuri’s haute couture show took place on Monday in the sealing power outside in the garden of Paris’s Hôtel des Invalides. Having made headlines with her debut collection – which included feminist slogan T-shirts – this time her empowering manifesto was less explicit and more thematic Nodding to female explorers. One shearling jumpsuit look like a haute take on Amelia Earhart’s aesthetic, while a series of gray suits echoed Christian Dior’s famous tailoring – currently suspended in a museum just a few kilorgres across the Seine – almost exactly