Wedding Dress Styles that Mix Classic and Boho

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Wedding Dress Styles that Mix Classic And Boho

With more couples turning to family-friendly backyard weddings, simple public park affairs, and intimate elopements in the wilderness, there are many brides searching for dresses that uphold a classic wedding character while mixing in the more casual, fluid, and carefree elements of bohemian style.

Bohemian styles are defined by their edgy, earthy, ethnic, and artistic appeal. Classic wedding gowns, on the other hand, are characterized by elegant fabrics, refined details, and both form-fitting and structured shapes. Therefore, a blend of these two styles leads to a balanced look that walks the stylish line between earthy and elevated.

Today, Weddingful highlights a few of the best combinations of classic and bohemian bridal attire, pointing out the details that give each piece that lighthearted, laissez-faire touch.

 

If you’re stuck when it comes to planning the rest of the logistics, Weddingful  can help. Our online planner is free, and it’s designed to match you with vendors – from photographers to planners to cake artists – who fit your location, budget, and style.

 

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Classic A-Line With Pockets

Get back to the basics with a wedding skirt that offers up a few pockets – this is a streamlined and subtle way to bring a casual, laid-back element to your wedding look.

Photography by Alexandra Grace Photo
Photography by Alexandra Grace Photo

 Turquoise Details

Turquoise is a stone carrying one of the longest histories of human interaction and has long been used as a talisman for shamans and warriors, throughout many cultures. While diamonds and pearls add glamour, details of turquoise incorporate an Earthy, history-bound element into your wedding attire.

Photography by Andy Roberts
Photography by Andy Roberts

 

Off-The-Shoulder Ruffles

This dress employs a classic structured bodice and form-fitting mermaid skirt, but the ruffled off-the-shoulder sleeves are unmistakably marked by bohemian influence – and the flower crown atop loose curls only emphasize this more earthy approach.

Photography by Nessa K Photography
Photography by Nessa K Photography

 

Stones in Place of Jewels

Pearls, crystal beads, and sparkling jewels are found on ritzy bridal styles – replace these sparkling embellishments with opaque colored stones, and the dress takes on a completely different tone. This black stone brooch inlaid in silver adds a down-to-Earth finish to the back of this wedding gown.

Photography by Jodi McDonald Photography
Photography by Jodi McDonald Photography

 

Classic Gown with Peasant Sleeves

Add peasant sleeves to anything, and it instantly takes on a more informal and earthy tone; these gathered long sleeves add a splash of historical influence on an otherwise classic v-neck wedding dress.

Photograph from Yasminelayani on Etsy
Photograph from Yasminelayani on Etsy

 

Add Tribal Print

Adding a print on a white wedding gown brings an entirely different look to the dress, drawing upon the edgy and artistic elements of bohemian style.

Photography by Benj Haisch
Photography by Benj Haisch

 

Classic Chiffon with Beaded Back

Bohemian style loves an eclectic mix – add a rich contrast of texture to your wedding look by blending elegant chiffons and satins with chunky metalwork or beading.

Photography by Peter Carvill
Photography by Peter Carvill

 

Flowing Cape Sleeves

Another sleeve style that adds a heavy dose of boho, cape sleeves (or similar flowing styles such as butterfly or bell sleeves) will bring movement and fluidity to a more structured classic style.

Photography by Katie Lopez Photography
Photography by Katie Lopez Photography

 

Tent Skirt

Sometimes, it’s all about the waistline. By lifting the waistline of the dress up to a yolk cut, a dress is transformed into a voluminous tent skirt that speaks of effortless, down-to-Earth bohemian style.

Photography by Mirelle Carmichael Photography
Photography by Mirelle Carmichael Photography

 

Classic Form, Added Fringe

This example showcases a sophisticated form-fitting bodice with mermaid skirt, with an element of fun in the added fringe. Bohemian styles love anything fluid and full of movement, and this flowing fringe definitely fits the bill.

Photograph from Rara Avis Ange Etoiles on Etsy
Photograph from Rara Avis Ange Etoiles on Etsy

 

Kimono style

Embrace the ethnic side of bohemian style with a dress that speaks to a specific cultural style – or blend of them. Here, an early 1900s evening gown meets East Asian influence with a kimono-style wrap and sleeves, while sparkling crystals convey a sense of classic glamour.

Photography by Teale Photography
Photography by Teale Photography

 

Half Classic, Half Casual

This wedding dress is a perfect example of a half-classic, half-bohemian style – literally. The bottom half’s sparkling belt and sheer skirt embody a princess theme, while the top half’s simple long-sleeved top looks like something you’d wear to a yoga class.

Photograph from Mimetek on Esty
Photograph from Mimetek on Esty

 

Planning the rest of your wedding details?

If you’re stuck when it comes to planning the logistics, Weddingful  can help. Our online planner is free, and it’s designed to match you with vendors – from photographers to planners to cake artists – who fit your location, budget, and style.

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