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5 Boho Wedding Must Haves

May 2017
Santa Barbara Classic Weddings - Boho wedding style

You’re engaged! Congratulations… we are truly happy for you. Now the planning is underway (let’s face it, most of us started planning by the 2nd date...ha!) There are so many details to consider, and so many wonderful things to explore. Often it’s at the top of the list for what you want the ‘feeling’ of the day to convey. This is usually a reflection of your personal style as a bride, and as a couple.

Boho style for weddings is certainly trending right now as we enter the summer season, and we can easily see why with these incredibly unique and gorgeous ideas. So here’s some inspiration to get you … well, inspired!

1) THE DRESS

Of course, the first thing most brides want to figure out is the dress. After all, this is YOUR day, and the dress is the statement piece of the whole thing. From fairytale ballgowns to sheer elegance in clinging fabrics, there are elements that help make every dress style fit the ‘Boho’ wedding theme. Check out these beautiful gowns, and what makes them work for this style. (Hint: notice the lace - it’s pretty essential for a Boho wedding dress.)

5 Boho Wedding Must Have's for your Santa Barbara Classic Wedding - dress by Costarellos COSTARELLOS
5 Boho Wedding Must Have's for your Santa Barbara Classic Wedding - dress by Maggie Sottero MAGGIE SOTERRO

5 Boho Wedding Must Have's for your Santa Barbara Classic Wedding - dress by Ivy and Aster Sadie Duchess
IVY AND ASTER

5 Boho Wedding Must Have's for your Santa Barbara Classic Wedding - Dress by Odylyne The Ceremony
ODYLYNE THE CEREMONY

2) FLOWERS

With Boho comes a different kind of floral motif. Here are some ideas of what to look for in your florist’s portfolio and make sure they can create what is likely to be your most visible accessory during the ceremony. (Hint: eucalyptus is a fragrant kind of greenery that is easily incorporated into other parts of your wedding and reception decorations. This helps carry your theme through the entire event).

Santa Barbara Classic Weddings - 5 Boho Wedding Must have's
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Santa Barbara Classic Weddings - 5 Boho Wedding Must have's
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PEONIES? YES, PLEASE! Here are some floral ideas to inspire beautiful bouquets, lavish headpieces, and more. Allowing these stunning flowers to inspire you, you are sure to wow your guests and have people talking about your wedding for years to come. Not sure where to start? Well, thanks to our friends at MyWedding.com you can feast your eyes and let your imagination go wild.

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PHOTO CREDITs: Priscila Valentina &  Hello May

3) LOCATION...LOCATION...LOCATION

Nothing beats a picturesque beach location for your boho style wedding. There is just something about a beach wedding, with the lighting, the breeze, and the feeling that time has stopped. Perhaps that’s why we often travel to beaches for vacation? Giving your guests a stunning view of the sun, surf, and sand in addition to your fabulous dress and flowers this is a winning way to create a memorable day for everyone.

Santa Barbara Classic Weddings - 5 Boho Wedding Must have's - Dos Pueblos Ranch beach wedding
Santa Barbara’s own Dos Pueblos Ranch offers the perfect backdrop for any style, but especially boho or rustic barn weddings. Check out the views your guests will enjoy while you say your vows, and then entertain them nearby at the barn for an evening of dancing and celebration. Thanks to the very talented Braedon Flynn for these stunning images.

Santa Barbara Classic Weddings - 5 Boho Wedding Must have's - Dos Pueblos Ranch beach wedding
Santa Barbara Classic Weddings - 5 Boho Wedding Must have's - Dos Pueblos Ranch beach wedding
Santa Barbara Classic Weddings - 5 Boho Wedding Must have's - Dos Pueblos Ranch beach wedding
Santa Barbara Classic Weddings - 5 Boho Wedding Must have's - Dos Pueblos Ranch beach wedding

4) HAIRSTYLES

It’s not easy being breezy, but the perfect boho wedding hairstyle is the accessory that will stay on all day...and shouldn’t be left to chance. Pick a professional to get a lasting style, especially if you plan to be outdoors for your ceremony! Here are some boho inspired wedding hairstyles we just love.

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Boho Short Wedding Hairstyle Santa Barbara Classic Weddings by Patrice Handley wedding officiant
Credit: Bobby Kiran Photography

5. RECEPTION DECOR

Your boho style reception can be as simple or as extravagant as you want. It’s really up to you! (Hey it’s your day) If you want to keep a minimalist vibe, consider taking some of the eucalyptus theme and carrying it over to sprigs that run down the length of the tables like the image shown here:

boho tablescape reception decor - Santa Barbara Classic Weddings by Patrice Handley wedding officiant

Or perhaps you’re hoping to do something more whimsical and interesting without filling up your tables. If the space (and ceiling) allows, consider suspending something that makes a bold statement, like these:

boho tablescape reception decor - Santa Barbara Classic Weddings by Patrice Handley wedding officiant

boho tablescape reception decor - Santa Barbara Classic Weddings by Patrice Handley wedding officiant

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Another way to incorporate your boho style into the reception decor is to drape lace as table runners, and use the same flowers and eucalyptus in a more traditional centerpiece alongside candles to create atmosphere for your wedding guests.
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We also loved these lace accents which could be a photo backdrop, ceremony archway or maybe suspended over your reception and cake tables. There’s no limit, and these are very reminiscent of dream catchers, which are also a great way to get that boho vibe into your wedding.
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Whatever your wedding style, we hope we were able to lend some inspiration for your big day. If you’re still looking for an officiant and plan to be in the Santa Barbara area for your nuptials, please let us know. We would love to help you make your wedding day perfect, and help you find the right vendors to style your ceremony and reception.

Best wishes to you and yours from Santa Barbara Classic Weddings.