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The rising popularity of bohemian-inspired wedding dresses


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The rising popularity of bohemian-inspired wedding dresses

Dresses by GBS Herve Paris  

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that bohemian style (or “boho”) perfectly combines the romantic with the original, without ever sacrificing comfort.

If you’re a bride-to-be and your personal style is more ethereal than traditional, or more relaxed than structured, you’re probably looking for a boho wedding dress. Bohemian wedding dresses cover a wide range of styles, from the most simple, relaxed designs to more romantic, glamorous gowns.

How did bohemian style come about?

Bohemian style has its roots in Paris, where artists, intellectuals and writers drew inspiration from the style of nomadic people from the Eastern European region of Bohemia (hence the name “Bohemian”). Romanticism dominated the mid-nineteenth century, and this influence, along with the hippie movement of the 1960s and the Vietnam War as a driving force, defined the current boho style.

As it evolved over time, Bohemian style incorporated elements of Romany culture as well as influences from other cultural traditions from across the world, such as Indian, African and Native American customs.

Dresses by Cymbeline and Marylise
Dresses by Cymbeline and Marylise

Dresses by Cymbeline and Marylise

Bohemian brides

For a timeless bohemian look, you can never go wrong with loose silhouettes, gossamer lace and delicate flutter sleeves. Boho dresses tend to be relaxed, with lace, embroidery and fringed details that give a romantic, fairy-tale feel.

Boho chic wedding dresses are very diverse, from long-sleeved gowns to shorter garments with off-the-shoulder necklines. They’re usually made with light fabrics, such as chiffon, tulle and lace, giving them a dreamy, ethereal look. Many boho chic wedding dresses also feature intricate details, like beading, crochet and floral appliqué, which add a touch of fantasy and charm.

One of the big appeals of boho wedding dresses is their incredible versatility. They can be worn to a beach wedding, a garden ceremony or even a rustic barn wedding. The style also combines brilliantly with a wide range of wedding themes and decorations.

Boho chic wedding dresses also allow brides to express their individual style and personality. Many brides opt to embellish their dress with flower crowns, bold jewellery and bohemian-inspired footwear. These unique touches help to create a personal and memorable look for their wedding day. Take inspiration from nature and get hold of all the flowers you can.

Choose a style that makes you feel comfortable and confident

When it comes to choosing your boho chic wedding dress, it’s important to consider some key points. Firstly, a boho chic wedding dress should be comfortable, beautiful and unique. Opt for a flowing dress and don’t shy away from combining different colours and prints for a truly one-of-a-kind look. Also, think about the style and silhouette that flatters you most; some boho chic wedding dresses are more tailored while others are more flowing and relaxed. 

Dresses by La Premiere and GBS Herve Paris
Dresses by La Premiere and GBS Herve Paris

Dresses by La Premiere and GBS Herve Paris

Then, think about the details and embellishments you want on your dress. Do you prefer delicate lace or bold embroidery? Do you want a dress with fringing or tassels? Be sure to pay attention to the details that will help you achieve the bohemian look of your dreams.

Finally, consider the fabric and colour of the dress. Boho chic wedding dresses are normally made with light, sheer fabrics, such as chiffon or tulle that let the garment flow gorgeously in the wind. As for the colour, many boho chic wedding dresses come in soft tones, like marble, blush pink or champagne.

Currently, bohemian style continues to be a popular trend and influence that can be appreciated everywhere, from high-end designer collections to fast-fashion brands. However, its roots in the counterculture of the sixties and seventies continue to resonate with many people who appreciate the values of freedom, creativity and self-expression.


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