When you’re planning your wedding, a great theme really does bring the look and feel of your day together. Rustic and boho themes are as popular as ever but what’s the difference between the two? And, when you’ve decided which to go for, what are those must-have details that will really bring your theme to life? Don’t worry, we’ve got all the answers for you right here.
Rustic and boho wedding themes explained
As you plan your wedding, there are two words you’ll definitely hear a lot – ‘rustic’ and ‘boho’. These two wedding themes are super popular but really, what do they mean? Well, there’s definitely some crossover between the two but there are differences. If you stick to the thought that a rustic wedding theme is very natural with lots of organic, outdoorsy elements while a boho wedding theme is more free-spirited, alternative and eclectic, you won’t go far wrong.
A rustic wedding theme
A rustic wedding theme needs a really natural colour palette with plenty of organic shapes and textures. Think wood, lace and hessian plus country flowers, grasses and foliage. Perfect for barn weddings, rustic inspired weddings are all kinds of beautiful and can be incredibly romantic. Here are a few essential items for your rustic wedding:
Bare wood tables, rough linen napkins, greenery and muted colours make this the perfect look for a rustic wedding.
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Keep things natural with a naked wedding cake, lightly dusted with icing sugar and decorated with flowers and foliage.
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Flower-filled wooden crates work so well at rustic weddings and you can move them from ceremony to evening reception.
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Lengths of hessian make wonderful chair decorations.
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This is the classic rustic wedding tablecentre and with good reason. A wooden slice, mismatched glassware, flowers and candles are a fabulous combination.
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Use lots of props as focal points. We love seeing vintage bikes decorated for weddings.
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Wooden crates were made for rustic weddings! Use them to display details of the day or even your table plan.
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A simple ‘just picked’ arrangement that brings some scent to your ceremony makes an ideal addition to chairs.
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Another must-have prop for a rustic wedding, a decorated stepladder is always a great idea.
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Neutral bunting brings a fantastic finishing touch to a rustic wedding.
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For a rustic wedding them, keep your stationery simple with natural tones, handwritten fonts and natural motifs and detailing.
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A boho wedding theme
This is the wedding theme for the creative couple. If you want to mix up colours and more alternative decorations, then go for it! Think fringing, macramé, patterns and a wider colour palette mixed up with a free-spirited take on the traditional wedding.
Bring your boho wedding theme to life with these must-haves:
Colourful flowers and plenty of macramé make a brilliant backdrop for your boho wedding.
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Unstructured wedding dresses, tumbling tresses and simple, natural headpieces are all the hallmarks of a boho bride.
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A colourful display of old family photos makes a great talking point.
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Dreamcatchers and flowers are a brilliantly boho take on the trend for hanging decorations.
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We love this colourful bouquet and its loose, wild look works brilliantly with this theme.
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Line your aisle with mismatched rugs for the ultimate in boho style.
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Add more texture and colour to your wedding day with vibrant pompoms.
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Create an amazing outdoor seating area for your guests or use this space as an amazing backdrop for photos.
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Decorate your wedding cake with edible flowers and petals for a super pretty look.
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Don’t be afraid to bring a few touches of luxury to your boho wedding. Textured metals look amazing.
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Make your own suspended wedding decorations! Tie on lengths of fabric, add feathers and tiny bottles filled with flowers.
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If the boho vibe appeals, you can find out more about choosing the perfect boho wedding venue right here.