Bohemian Style For Your Wedding Day…

By on September 19, 2011

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“The cry of ‘Flower Power’ echoes through the land. We shall not wilt. Let a thousand flowers bloom.” – Abbie Hoffman

Keeping it natural, beautiful, and hippie-inspired is the key to adding a true bohemian vibe to your bridal gownand your entire wedding.

From maxi-dresses to floppy hats to platform sandals and up-to-here mini skirts…the 60’s offered women a wide range of fashion choices, and almost all of them had a touch of bohemian, Flower Power style…

To achieve a bohemian look inspired by the 1960’s, there are different ways to approach styling for your wedding; one approach is simplicity…natural hair, a makeup-free look (note: this does not have to mean truly makeup free…this sort of natural, barefaced look can be achieved with proper makeup that evens out the skin and adds some glow)… even bare feet or flat sandals.

The model shown above is beautifully tousled and tanned, and she captures the essence of easy bohemian beauty…nothing about her look is contrived.

However, if you like more drama, you can still amp up the glamour while using the Flower Power era for inspiration…

An outdoor wedding where good weather is expected can be the ideal venue for this look, because, at its most authentic, a Hippie-esque look always celebrates nature, spirituality, and the value of friendship and community…

Vintage 1960’s Maxi Dress – Free Usage Image

In fact, a Bohemian-inspired wedding could feature romantic Beatles tunes, laurels of wildflowers for the bride-to-be’s hair (and her bridemaids’ tresses), and retro three-piece suits (vests are a must!) for the guys….

If you’re into this sort of vintage vibe, here are some other ways to channel 1960’s Bohemian style on your wedding day…

Easy Shapes And Floral Accents…

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Voluminous skirts just don’t work with this wedding dress aesthetic – keep it relaxed, easy to wear, and easy to accessorize with cool, 60’s-inspired details, such as long, center-parted hair, flowers, beaded necklaces, and floppy hats…with this type of look, choosing exactly the right accessories, makeup and hair is really important. Since nothing is too tight or constrictive, this look can also be so flattering for plus size wedding dresses.

Also, consider using bright colors for your wedding party’s suits and cheap bridesmaid dresses – you can even extend this to include groovy wedding invitations and wedding favours. Since you’re likely going to wear white as the bride-to-be, use a cool, slightly psychedelic color scheme for the rest of your group, and choose Flower Power accessories for your own outfit! This whole Sixties vibe can be as subtle or as campy as you wish – so have fun with it!

Woven or Lacy Details Are Perfect For A Luxurious, “Rich Hippie” Look…

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 The type of dress shown above will be perfect with a Sixties-style floppy hat, and its lacy jacket mimics the handcrafted shawls and jackets of the hippie era – albeit in a decidedly more elegant way…

Celebrities such as Sienna Miller and Kate Moss often opt for this “rich bohemian” look when they choose evening dresses for special occasions.

These dresses must be styled for an overall look – makeup should include pale lipstick, a touch of bronzer for a natural glow, and heavily lined and mascara’d eyes, for that special Sixties look.

Back in the day, British beauties who began to embrace bohemian chic (such as Beatle George Harrison’s lady, Patti Boyd, and model Jean Shrimpton) were known as “dolly birds”; with the right hair, makeup, and dress, you too can be a true “dolly bird” on your wedding day…

About Olga Pomeransky

Olga is manager at Best for Bride since 2005. Currently Best for Bride operates 4 bridal stores in Canada (Toronto, Etobicoke, Hamilton and Barrie). Best for Bride sells wedding, bridesmaids, mob dresses and more. http://www.BestForBride.com

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