From elegant botanical luxe, to neutral minimalism, eclectic bohemian or vibrantly tropical, the colour green is right on trend. Known for being refreshing, renewing, and restorative, the colour green is radiant yet calming, and brings about a lush air of the natural world. In the world of weddings, there is simply no better colour to include in your wedding theme and decor.
Suitable for any type of wedding, you can work greenery into your big day to add interesting texture and plenty of alluring prettiness. Also known as a “trans-seasonal” color, this trend is completely doable anywhere:indoors, outdoors; anytime: spring, summer, autumn or winter.
The other wonderful truth about a botanical wedding is that you can easily beautify your wedding on a budget. Being more water wise and less heavy with pesticides than cut flowers, greenery is kinder to the environment too.
Rustic meets elegance in green tablescapes, bouquets and garlands, and flows together with florals in an eye-catching harmony. Greenery is here to stay, so prepared to be inspired by the richness of this colour and diversity of the materials.
Use greenery anywhere you would use floral installations, such as a garland on your wedding arch, to decorate the aisle, as individual chair decorations, button holes, bridesmaids bouquets, centre pieces and overhead hanging installation. You can even use it as confetti and to decorate your cake.
Mix with metallic accent -you can never go wrong with rose gold- for a sense of glamour, or copper for modern industrialism. Pair with white and champagne hues for a luxurious touch. Soft pinks and peaches for a feminine and soft ambiance. Blues for a crisp and cool colour scheme.
Material wise, greenery works just as well with raw wood as it does with soft linens, glass and metals accents to marry the material and the greenery together. Together with candles and lanterns it creates a relaxing and romantic atmosphere.
Succulents, eucalyptus, ferns and tropical leaves can serve as the starting point for a celebratory wedding theme that embraces the beauty of the earth.
Airplants, artichoke, thistle and myrtle can also add a sense of playfulness as interesting elements of surprise to your wedding decorations.
For the bride, swap the bedazzled hair piece for an equally elegant hairpiece made of small succulents. Or why not wear a crown made solely out of green matter?
In the bouquet, mix foliage with different shades or green, greenish yellows and greenish blues to add dimension and vibrant hues.
There are so many different varieties of succulents that your bouquet or centrepieces could be made entirely out of this attractive and water-wise plant. Bonus: the succulent family is available all year around, and after the wedding you can simply plant them back into their pots for a permanent wedding bouquet – living memories that will last forever.
The beauty of nature is that there are so many shapes and textures on offer – just think of the range from soft lambs ears, chubby succulents, whispy leaves and plump but sharp edged aloe leaves. Be creative and don’t be afraid of trying new unexpected combinations. It is a natural resource available within easy reach, so make sure to take advantage of its abundance.
Free-loving vibes, comfortable clothes, being barefoot on the beach, chilling on the floor on velvet cushions – am I talking about Marrakesh in the 1970’s? No- I’m talking about the kind of wedding you can plan if you are up for fun vibes and not necessarily in to traditional wedding formalities.
Here I will present some examples of ways to incorporate some Bohemian wedding elements to your big day, whether you go full Monty or just feel inspired by a few select items, that is entirely up to you – because it will be wonderful and memorable either way.
Skip the corset, ball-gown and tight fitting materials, and rather go for a comfortable dress with breathable materials that would be blowin’ in the wind. Lace, chiffon and natural fibres are all great choices. The silhouette can be any you like, but designs such as a low back, thigh slit, off the shoulder or longer bell sleeves are all good choices. Nature inspired, 70’s revival and floral patterns are typical of the boho-style dress.
Inca Dress from Grace loves Lace, Australian alternative wedding dress brand
2. The venue
Gosh girl – you got plenty of choice! Anywhere outdoors in a natural environment would be especially suited. Look for a place such as the beach, a rustic wine farm, a forest, a lovely backyard, a farm, a barn or a garden. If you are in the city, a warehouse or eclectic house will fit the bill. If outdoors, make sure to have a weather plan B – it can get pretty hot and windy on the beach for example. Guest comfort is key, why it is perfect to have the ceremony outdoors, and then head into your barn or Bedouin tent after (where you can hand out granny-square blankets for the guests to wrap up in).
3. The decor
Here there are so many options that are easy to source and create a laid-back atmosphere for your guests to marvel at. Arrange your flowers in a way so that they don’t look arranged, mix in wildflowers (or use them solely) in your bouquets and don’t hesitate to add plants and items other than flowers, such as aloes, fynbos, cacti, dried branches, grasses, even some shells and feathers.
For other decor; use plenty of different objects to create a mish-mash of visual impressions. Bohemian is not known for being minimalist so “go wild”, literally. Driftwood, beads, feathers, thrift shop lace curtains, hay bales, gemstones, Persian rugs, Moroccan lanterns, native American memorabilia, Tibetan blankets, colourful cushions, vibrant mismatched china, hand drawn wooden signs, old mirrors – items you can easily find in nature, someones attic or at your nearest flea market. Boho lends it self very well to DIY and upcycling.
Be gold and generous when it comes to colour, texture and shapes. When you plan your decor, think in terms of backpacking in India, going to a folk music festival or gypsy summer camp. More is more!
The beauty of boho decor is that it it easily combined with several other decor themes: Boho-rustic, boho-glam and boho-vintage vibes work well, but you can of course boho-ify any wedding by just incorporating some crafted items – dream catchers, teepees and crochet lace are for example iconic. Mosaic, vintage vases, odd candlesticks are other easy way to instantly bring out the boho in your wedding.
4. Your and your grooms look Let the natural vibes carry through to your grooms attire, he would definitely not feel comfortable at his own event if he was to wear a black tie. Rather go for a colourful tie, bow tie or no tie at all, even undo the top button of his shirt. Muted colours+ a splash of blues, yellows and pastels are ideal. Shoes could be brown leather, or why not Jesus sandals?
For yourself, barefoot sandals or nude coloured strappy sandals decorated with beads would work well, or cowboy boots. Do keep makeup neutral and let your hair down, perhaps in a side braid or half up-half down with crown braid. Weave in some feathers and/ or succulents, top with a wildflower crown and you are wedding ready!
A buffet self-serve or family-style serving at the tables would fit well with the informal vibe. Decorate the chairs with crocheted doilies and greenery, or let the seating be on cushions on the floor Japanese style. No food is more bohemian than the other, so choose what you really love. I would suggest some ethnic style dining though – such as Lebanese, Ethiopian or Sri Lankan. If you are a true hippie, you will perhaps choose a locally produced, vegetarian, organic meal, with options for raw vegans and macrobiotics as well. But anything locally produced, wholesome and abundant in flavour and colour will be great.
6. The Cake
The whimsical and unconventional theme should naturally follow all the way through to the cake. Let the cake turn into an artwork installation with plenty of texture, colour and detail. Symmetry and perfection is to be avoided for the boho-chic cake; adorn it generously with fruit, botanicals, flowers or other natural elements. whether you go for naked cake of marbleized icing doesn’t matter much, as long as it is fairly bombastic. Colourwise, there are no limits – think of the cake as a canvas on which to you add bright paint liberally. Even consider adding colour to the sponge and the filling.
Note: if you do use feathers and other found objects as cake decor- remember to sterilize them well first!
Basically, there is so much to adore about this look, as you can see. But I need to add to this that there are so many ways to “go boho” – you are absolutely not confined to a particular style – as the boho style can actually mean following completely your own created vibe. The word bohemian means literally “having informal and unconventional social habits” (so if everyone followed the s. k bohemian lifestyle, no one would be bohemian right?)
It basically means you are free to go your own way, and that is the beauty of bohemia. It has become a fashion trend and a recognized wedding concept, but actually it just is a term for being free-spirited – as in “dont follow the rules”. There is a lot of scope for interpretation as you can imagine.
So, the one and ONLY rule there is to putting on a boho wedding is that you don’t haveto subscribe to a preconceived wedding style package as such -even the bohemian one- because being truly bohemian means: DON’T FOLLOW RULES! Have the wedding your own bohemian unconventional way, and be boho as you like it, whether you hang dream catchers in the trees or not.
Go for it girl!
images in this article have been found via pinterest from green wedding shoes, 36th avenue, ruffled blog, free people,
If you have always dreamed of living in a New York loft-style apartment, well how about getting married in one?
The industrial interior trend took us by storm a couple of years back, and soon enough sneaked it’s way into the world of weddings. The movement features minimalist thinking, raw materials like concrete, copper, pallet wood, brick, exposed light bulbs and rough elements like raw wood and various metals. Anything that you would find in a factory pretty much. It opens doors to weddings like we never saw them before.
The industrial wedding theme lends it self especially well if you want to have a wedding which is non-fussy, not-vanilla and not to mention affordable and – with a dash of ingenuity – comparatively easy to pull off.
You would’t need to feel constrained to one wedding theme if you chose this one. Industrial decor also work together with
Vintage: done in a vintage factory style: think old signs, brass or other metal components and well worn French style furniture. Or: Farm-style; rusted farm tools, equipment and printed Hessian sacks. And Elegant: find an abandoned factory space, adorn it with mixed metal hues, glitter, antique rugs, chandeliers, classy chairs and table decor.
You can work industrial elements into any contemporary wedding day to give it an refreshing edge in either direction: industrial-glam, industrial-modern or industrial-rustic. Choosing to go industrial opens so many new possibilities for finding unique venue spaces and creating unexpected event designs.
The concept creates a magnificent juxtaposition between hard, raw, masculine elements, with the romantic, flowy, soft, flower-y vibes that are normally attached to a wedding. Doing your wedding in this way makes for a very interesting decor and really impressionable atmosphere. Some years ago it was regarded as a weird subculture (“weddings in a warehouse – wtf??”) but with “hipsterism” brought into the light as the urban pop culture of choice, having now been somewhat commercialized and well established as a style trend, avantgarde industrial weddings have become accepted and more and more frequent. And that is a wonderful thing, if you ask me.
I guess it reflects the times we are in – a time when we feel the need to simplify, be more frugal, and make use of material readily available, thus it make sense to take these ideals through to our weddings as well. Perhaps a time when we feel a need to put our own individual stamp on things, too.
With a little bit of imagination and out-of-the-box thinking you can create a unique wedding just about anywhere. Look around for an empty warehouse as a venue, use your imagination and be creative (but sparse) when it comes to your decorations. For the ceremony, scatter green foliage on the floor or hang it arranged in an arch for a back drop, add candles and string lights, and that should be all you need.
What is really to love about this style is that one can be incredible creative with your wedding decoration, even use materials from your tool shed, recycling bucket or nearest hardware shop. As the components are quite heavy and robust, the theme is very well suited to be minimalist; less is more when it comes to styling, which is another reason it is more friendly to the wallet than it would be to put on a ball at a chateau.
To easily create the industrial look, incorporate items such as copper piping, ladders, wine barrels, Edison-style light bulbs, cinder blocks, tin cans and why not play around with concrete; cast candle holders, table numbers, or plant pots for succulent favours.
For the reception decor you can just ask your dad if you could dig in his garage, head to the scrap yard with your groom for table decor and photo booth props, and ask your bridal party to help you gather old tin cans and bottles to use as vases and candlesticks. Up-cycling does not get any better than this.
The industrial style combines very well with geometric shapes, for example copper piping bent into diamonds, napkin rings, incorporated into your clothing; or why not build your ceremony arch out of it?
To soften the harsh warehouse environment, you can create a wonderfully romantic atmosphere with draped white fabric, suspended string lights, block candles, and green foliage. With bit of out-of-the-box thinking, you can create a unique wedding just about anywhere. But you don’t necessarily need an old warehouse to have an industrial wedding. Any venue, whether it is a well established wedding venue, backyard or destination venue, can achieve an industrialized look with help of a few well composed key features. A pallet wood sign, marquee letters, aluminum chairs will instantly industrialize your wedding concept.
This look is extremely versatile and is perfect for couples who just wants to be different from the norm, de-clutter and re-organize the general idea of weddings and make a style statement. It is far from the cookie-cutter traditional wedding but yet very elegant in its own unique, raw and minimalist-chic ways.
But you don’t have to feel held back either; incorporate some divine flowers in jewel tones, add some fresh botanical, midcentury sofas and elegant candelabras, and your wedding is instantly updated to 2017 latest wedding fashion.
You have bought your vintage lace wedding dress, and now planning your wildflower crown and romantic hair do. But wait – don’t forget to co-ordinate your free-spirited looks with the groom – it would look rather odd if he turned up in a black tie and tuxedo when you have gone all rustic.
The groom should feel just as relaxed and unique as you are, if not more. Think blue, brown or grey jacket, camel or sand trousers, perhaps a patterned shirt, bowtie, suspenders, why not top button open, striking socks, brown shoes or possibly sneakers? There are so many ways for him to be dapper and dandy without the traditional black and white.
Encourage him to be as fashion-forward as you, because this is also his chance to decide to wear whatever makes him feel at his most handsome and himself. I think he might treasure you even more if he is allowed to be modern, cool and casual on the day!?
For a summer wedding, think light and airy, pastel colours, maybe a salmon pink tie. He can leave out the jacket and just wear a waistcoat instead.
For a more formal wedding, swap the tie for a bowtie and choose a solid colour suit, you can’t go wrong with navy or a mid-to-dark grey.
Beach or woodlands weddings – maybe skip the tie altogether?
For garden or backyard, I can see a pastel shirt with a pattered bow tie really working.
Winter weddings – perhaps a checked brown wool jacket with blue shirt and dark brown trousers. Add a splash of drama with coloured socks.
A hat is an instant way to add personality as there are so many styles to choose from. Don’t be afraid to hit the charity shops for quirky old school items that are not easily bought elsewhere.
Material wise, there is plenty of playroom for originality. Linen, tweed, and velvet can compliment the normal cotton. Let your groom feel confident and stylish by thinking outside of the box. Think denim has no place on a wedding? Think again! Your groom is going to look and feel great. There is nothing wrong with simple and relaxed attire on your wedding. Be playful with choice of patterns and palette ’cause why be boring when you can be bold when getting married?
How about matching the suit to the colours of your flowers if you are having jewel colours. A rich maroon, deep dark blue or moss green is very in vouge right now.
A last tip: specify the dress code (cool, casual, informal) on your invites, so that your groom isnt the most under-dressed man on his own event! 😉