Brides who choose boho wedding dresses are part of a trend which has moved away from the stiff formality of traditional wedding gowns and towards a more relaxed, comfort-led, effortless style. Unstructured informality combines with exquisitely textured fabrics to produce a look which, while still placing the emphasis on the bride’s statement dress, results in individual freedom of expression which suits any body shape.
Charlotte Balbier is renowned for her gorgeously bohemian wedding dresses. We decided to meet her to discuss the rise of the boho trend.
“I am literally obsessed with the boho look and always include it in all my collections,” she said. “My ‘Willa Rose’ gown, from the Willa Rose Collection 2016 is spot on for the trending bridal-boho look. It’s adorned with 3D French Lace flowers and layers of soft, flowing chiffon. Finished with a beautiful pink flower crown, it’s simply divine.
“The boho look captivates a bride’s imagination with Bohemian, free-spirited designs which can take them on a magical journey. They allure and charm brides into a dream-like boho land with their enchanting beauty.”
Brides-to-be can get the boho look by blending styles and opting for a relaxed, informal gown. Wedding dress designers are thinking floaty, chiffon, sensual textures and unique designs to create a romantic, bohemian effect. Lace features heavily, on sleeves and as the main fabric of the gown. Also look out for soft fabrics such as silk chiffon to create loose, romantic swirls or broidery anglais for a sweet, unaffected style. Boho dresses usually tend to be less structured than traditional dresses, and rely on the surface detail for the wow factor, rather than boning and corsets.
Boho wedding dress designers draw their inspiration from the styles of the Woodstock generation of the late 60s and early 70s, and attempt to incorporate the spirit of freedom and hedonism which was prevalent at the time, but updated for the present day. It’s all about being an individual and letting the bride’s natural beauty shine through.
There are so many sources of inspiration for your boho wedding dress, from gypsy-inspired to retro vintage glamour. We took a look at some of the very best examples.
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Charlotte Balbier is renowned for her boho designs. The ‘Willa Rose’ features soft layers of flowing chiffon and is adorned with 3D French lace flowers to create an ethereal and subtly sophisticated gown.
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With a deeply-plunging neckline and a softly-belted, elasticated waist, ‘Claire’ by Bristol-based Minna is made from the most delicate Scottish lace which gives it an ethereal, timeless appeal. The dress is available in a variety of lace prints and is fully lined.
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‘Mae’ by House of Mooshki features heavy guipure lace in its Dior-inspired 1950s elegance. A calf length, full circle skirt, overlaid with lace is combined with a satin bodice from which rise delicate, off the shoulder sleeves. ‘Mae’ is available in vanilla (shown) as well as ivory, blush and apricot and in a variety of lengths.
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Elegant Originals’ ‘Wensleydale’ makes use of merino and curly Wensleydale fibres to create a soft, nuno felted bodice, with over-the-shoulder detail, which blends into a silk chiffon skirt and train. The natural colours and curl variations create a wispy, organic effect.
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Eco-conscious boho brides may like to consider a dress made from hemp and silk to reduce the impact on the environment. ‘Freya’ from Sister Organics is a classic wrap front dress, handmade in ivory hemp/silk, with a full flowing tea-length skirt and a flattering V back.
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Maggie Sotter’s ‘Ettia’ reflects another boho variation – vintage Hollywood glamour. With a plunging back and embellished detail, this tulle and satin sheath dress offers romance and sophistication and is adorned with crystals and pearl beads.
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Those Were The Days create replica vintage wedding gowns in a wide range of styles and from a variety of eras, from the 1920s to the 1980s. Each dress exemplifies the glamour and beauty of the particular era and is sure to be an absolute original.
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Taking inspiration from the hippy era of the 1960s, this floaty, full length silk chiffon gown from The Couture Company epitomises the boho ethos in its romantic styling and delicate detail.
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Demonstrating beautifully that not all bridal gowns have to be shades of white or cream, this silk chiffon dress from Joanna Fleming Design, based in Brighton, combines soft blue tones and delicate embroidery to create a simple and elegant effect.
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