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How to Achieve the Boho Chic Destination Wedding Aesthetic

Want to have a boho-chic destination wedding?

Don’t know where to start?

We’ve seen the boho-chic theme stay consistently popular for the past few years

And it’s not going anywhere anytime soon!

This laid-back aesthetic is a great alternative to traditional wedding styles.

So to make things easier for you, I’ve put together a full guide to planning your wedding, boho-chic style.

Let’s dive in!

Your Guide to A Boho-Chic Destination Wedding

  1. Invitations 
  2. Decor 
  3. Flowers 
  4. Pampas Grass 
  5. Arches 
  6. Swings 
  7. Dress
  8. Suits
  9. Colors 
  10. Cake

Use this list for ideas & inspo and start planning your boho-chic wedding today! 

This is a theme you can really make your own. 

1. Invitations

Let’s start with the invitations. 

Boho-chic wedding invitations are minimalistic with a pop of color.

I think the simple style of boho chic invitations looks so clean & elegant.  

boho chic wedding invitations

Image by The Polka Dot Paper Shop

The stationery is usually white or a light color.

Sometimes it’s even transparent! 

Bright floral prints, plants, and geometric designs are used as accents on the stationery. 

To close the envelope, use twine, ribbon, lace, or even a wax seal. 

And you’re ready to send out your invites! 

2. Decor

Wedding decor is usually at the top of everyone’s planning list. 

To get the boho-chic look for your wedding, you’ll want to incorporate:

  • Cofas
  • Cool chairs
  • Rugs
  • Cushions
  • Lamps
  • Fairy lights

boho chic destination wedding decor

Image by Mango Weddings & Events  

Using sofas for seating during the reception/ceremony give your space a cozy vibe. 

For alternative forms of seating, use the rugs alone or with cushions

And to add a touch more warmth, have some ambient lamps or fairy lights around your venue.

This will make the space feel more inviting & intimate. 

3. Flowers

Flowers and plants are one of the main focal points for this aesthetic. 

Non-traditional flowers are used for decorations and the bridal bouquet. 

Use large tropical flowers, wildflowers, or different types of green plants to make flower arrangements. 

wedding bouquet

You can also use them as part of your centerpieces and table numbers. 

Don’t hold back with the flowers and plants you want to use – the more, the merrier!

A boho chic wedding emphasizes nature & comfort. 

4. Pampas Grass

Pampas grass is another main focal point for boho wedding themes. 

It’s often used alongside the flowers & plants.

But it can also be used on its own or with other types of dried grasses.

beach wedding setup at marival distinct luxury residences

I know…

Using grass as part of a wedding theme wouldn’t be my first thought either. 

But it looks great and is a nice visual change from the over-the-top flower arrangements we’re used to. 

Use dried or fresh palms to go with your destination wedding vibe.

5. Arches

Arches are a creative way to have a picture-perfect backdrop.

The great part is that they are also multipurpose!

boho chic destination beach wedding arch

Image from

Use an arch covered with your flowers, dried grasses/palms to stand under as you share your vows.

Later, this same arch can be used as part of the reception for pictures.

Or just add it as part of the rest of your decor!

These wedding arches can be as simple or complex as you want, and they look good either way.

They look especially great with the free-spirited theme of boho beach weddings. 

6. Swings

Get in touch with your inner child with a giant swing! 

Swings are gaining in popularity, especially with the boho-chic theme. 

Giant swings are a great option for alternative seating.

And come on… swings fun at any age!

beach wedding swing

Image from

They can also double as a selfie or photo op spot. 

The giant swings are wooden chairs, porch  swings, or cushions tied up with a rope. 

Decorate the swing with large flowers or use a macramé for the ropes.

Then swing your little heart away!

7. Dresses

Comfort is key with this dress style. 

Dresses are made with lace, light or transparent fabrics. 

The dresses are light and airy for a laid-back mood, perfectly in line with boho-chic. 

boho chic wedding dress

Image by

You can choose long or short dresses.

Accessorize with a flower crown, tiara, or even a sun hat! 

Think outside the box & show your fun side with your dress. 

8. Suits

Like dresses, boho wedding suits should be comfortable. 

Don’t go with a familiar plain suit. 

Instead, consider mismatched pants with a jacket, or a suit with a print. 

Another common combination is dress pants with suspenders, a button-up shirt and a bow tie. 

boho groom outfit

Image source – Suave Owl

Play with colors that are in your color scheme and include them as part of your outfit.

This is an opportunity to have fun and show your personality with your look! 

9. Colors

You can’t have a boho-chic wedding without some color!

Whether the color is bright or toned down and neutral is up to you. 

Common toned down colors include:

  • Rust colors
  • Dust pinks
  • Olive or dark greens
  • Neutrals
  • Browns
  • Oranges
  • Peach colors

boho chic wedding at Iberostar tucan

Use 1 color with a neutral color, or mix them up and use any combination of these colors. 

If you want bright colors, go with tropical oranges, pinks, purples, and jungle greens. 

These colors pair well together, so if you can’t decide between bright & muted then just do both. 

Life is more fun with color anyway! 

10. Cakes

The cakes have to be my favorite part of the aesthetic.

Simplicity is key for a boho-chic cake. 

The boho wedding cakes are multi-tiered. 

boho wedding cake with figs

They are thinly frosted with white frosting.

Some barely have frosting and some don’t have any frosting at all, aside from the layer between the tiers. 

These are called naked cakes and are topped with:

  • fresh or dried fruit
  • powdered sugar
  • fresh or dried flowers & grasses

I’m really digging the minimalistic mood with this style.

Commonly Asked Questions

1. What is the Difference Between Boho and Rustic?

This is a common question, and it’s because they’re very similar in styles.

Rustic is more of a country style.

This means that you’ll see things like outdoorsy/farm elements, like a barn for a venue. 

rustic barn wedding

Image from

A boho-chic look is also outdoorsy, but  geared towards a free-spirited hippie & eclectic vibe. 

So instead of boots, you might see open shoes or even barefoot couples.

Even more so with destination weddings at the beach!

Also, the boho aesthetic is more colorful & creative than the rustic vibe.

2. Is Boho and Bohemian the Same?

“Boho” & “bohemian” are often used interchangeably, but they actually have different meanings.

Boho is a shortened form of the word “bohemian”.

It usually refers to a fashion style that incorporates bohemian elements into it.

boho bohemian style

Bohemian can refer to someone who identifies as bohemian.

Or it can refer to the Bohemian lifestyle, which is often associated with free-spiritedness.

So while they are similar, they are not exactly the same.

3. Is Boho Chic Still in Style?


The boho-chic trend is still going strong and will continue to be popular for a while.

boho chic weddings

Image by Jessica Jones Photography

This style has been around for a few years, so it’s here to stay.

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