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What are bohemian wedding dresses?

We all know the term boho as it has become so popular in recent years, but what does the term bohemian wedding dress really mean? Well the boho styling refers to an effrotless style of wedding dress. Boho gowns will have light, flowing skirts, sometimes layers of floaty fabrics and easy to wear bodices. Corsets, heavy layers of stiff fabrics are out, while delicate lace is in. Bohemian bridal wear is 1970's inspired so sleeves are common, as are wide skirts and long trains.

What is a bohemian theme?

As I mentioned above, the boho trend started in the late 1960's and 1970's with the flower child era. This is typified by the celebration of nature and all things natural. The boho wedding theme is therefor most importantly one that is dominated by plants, flowers and raw natural elements. If the climate allows, as much of the wedding as possible should be held outdoors. Muted nature tones such as stone, grey, dusty pink, dusty blue and green are good colours to use. Nature should be celebrated in all ways, from the use of flower crowns, to moss and bark table décor. Go wild, litterally!

Does this mean they are cheap wedding dresses?

Simply, no. Bohemian is a style, not a price point. Just because the styling is more relaxed, it doesn't make the garment cheaper to manufacture. In fact, boho dresses can be more pricey as they often require huge amounts of fine lace, layers of fabrics, beadwork and other fine detailing.

Bohemian wedding dress inspiration

Now that you know a bit about bohemian bridal wear, let's have a look at some designers who do it best! I design my own dresses, but still draw inspiration from the great boho designers. Here are some of my favourite!

Bo and Luca
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Soetkin's dream wedding dress
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I met Soetkin at the wedding expo in Franschhoek this year and we immediately got on with one another. She said my whimsical design style resonated with her and she was looking to have her wedding dress made.
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Soetkin was looking for a wedding dress that was soft and feminine, but also elegant and classy. When she came to my studio for a consultation we tried on a number of my dresses and assesed what dress shapes looked best on her and what styles she likes.

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She wanted a dress that was not strapless, but had sleeves or lace straps. We settled on a corseted dress with lace appliqué' detail that would be feathered down onto an A-line tulle skirt. I would make lacy straps to create a slight cap sleeve.
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We went fabric shopping together and Soetkin chose a stunning embroidered, beaded lace in a pearly cream colour and soft cream satin and Italian tulle. Perfect for our design!

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As the fittings progressed, we decided that the lacy straps weren't really working, but instead an off-the-shoulder look suited her better.

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I finished Soetkin's bridal look off with a plain cream veil which was perfectly romantic and classic.


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Hi Friends!
on Friday the 25th of Novermber I'm holding a massive sample sale!

Wedding dresses from only R3000
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Evening wear from only R1000

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Clearing out the stock so don't miss out!

On top of all this madness, I have a rail of pre-loved Molteno dresses for sale!

Doors open at 10am to 6.30pm. Come anytime.
266 Lower Main Rd, Observatory, Cape Town.
All welcome!

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As 2016 draws to a close, Abigail K and I thought we would throw out one last invitation for you to join us in our studio for a shop and mini portrait session. On Friday the 25th of November we are opening our studio to the public between 10am and 6.30pm.

I am holding a super sale on my evening wear, in which selected evening dresses will be on sale for as low as R1000! I will also have a selection of bridal wear samples on sale for as little as R5000. All are welcome to stop in and fit my dresses on, FREE OF CHARGE!

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Please note that on top of this offer, I am offering consultations for only R100, a saving of R180.
If you wish to have a one-on-one consultation, please book my mailing

Also on sale will be the beautiful accessories from Bella Chiara. She will have a range of items to purchase and some sale items too.

Finally, Abigail K will be offering mini-portrait sessions throughout the day in which you can get two confidence boosting images for just R650!
Please book your slot by mailing

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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Bohemian synonyms: nonconformist, hippy, free spirit, informal, artistic

So, you're getting married in beautiful Cape Town, and your dream wedding has a light and breezy bohemian feel to it. But what exactly is a bohemian wedding dress, and how do you style it?

As a designer, and great lover of the bohemian wedding dress, I thought I'd offer some advice on the subject.

What is a bohemian wedding dress?

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I would define a bohemian wedding dress as a dress that is fairly informal, unstructured, light weight, free flowing and easy wearing. Boho dresses often use large amounts of lace, layering and floaty chiffons.

It should be noted that bohemian as a style does not automatically link to a lower priced dress. The laces used tend to be the softer Chantilly's and woven laces and these can be some of the most costly of all bridal fabrics.

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Cape Town, the hub of the boho bride

Cape Town, due to it's gorgeous natural surroundings and warm weather, tends to lend itself to the bohemian themed wedding. Capetonians are also famously laid back so this trend suits us down to a T!

Styling your boho look

Bohemian Hair

The most popular boho hair looks are the tousled locks, either hanging loosely down the back or in a de-constructed up-down hairstyle. Loose braids have also become popular and work well if you want to place flowers in your hair.

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Keep make-up light and natural looking. Highlights of bronzes and metallics can work well depending on your skin tone. Nude lip colours and fresh skin work best for this style.

Shoes and boho footwear

Many bohemian brides choose to go with the foot jewellery, particularly if they are to wed on the beach. Alternately bejewelled sandals or decorated heels work beautifully for this purpose. Most importantly, make sure they fit the style of the dress and are comfortable enough to be able to have fun in!

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Bohemian wedding accessories can be really fun! Beautiful head jewellery can be worn, or flower crowns or even sprigs of flowers.
See some ideas here!

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