How to Style a Modern Bohemian Wedding Reception!



Currently trying to narrow down your wedding aesthetic? If you love effortlessly eclectic styling, rich earthy colours and luxe details, a modern bohemian wedding might be the perfect fit for you. We’re seeing more and more couples opting for a boho luxe approach to their wedding styling, so thought we’d share some of our top tips to help you bring this look to life!

Whether you’re envisaging a beautifully styled Tipi in the hinterland or an intimate garden party, keep reading for our expert advice on achieving those modern bohemian vibes for your big day (including some creative inspiration to get you started!).


Styled by The Events Lounge, Photo by Lilly Red

1. Choose a Blank Canvas Wedding Venue

The first step in creating a modern bohemian wedding is choosing a “blank canvas” style venue that will allow you to get creative with your styling! Think natural surroundings, open-air lawns and sprawling gardens with plenty of lush greenery. Unique structures like tents, tipis and marquees can also be perfect options for a modern bohemian wedding. Check out some of our favourite blank canvas wedding venues on the Gold Coast, Tweed Coast, Brisbane & Byron Bay here for more inspiration!


Styled by The Romance Crew / Photo by Bek Smith


Styled by Fleur & Threads / Photo by Jimmy Raper

Photo by This Day Forward

Photo by This Day Forward


Earthy colours and natural textures will be your go-to styling elements for a modern bohemian look. Use a neutral base of timbers and rattans, complemented with warm, earthy shades of terracotta, dusty pink, burnt orange, sage and soft pastels. For a bolder look, consider injecting a pop of rich, jewel-toned colour like emerald, navy or marsala. Then, tie your palette together with statement metallics like gold, bronze, copper or silver.


Styled by The Events Lounge / Photo by Figtree Pictures


Styled by JJ Style Co / Photo by Lady Bella Photography


Photo by Figtree Pictures

3. Mix and Match your Decor

Modern bohemian wedding styling is all about getting eclectic and creative with your furniture and decor. You don’t want things to feel “matchy matchy” – instead, mix up your decor choices and don’t be afraid to play with unexpected furniture combinations. Play around with different materials like timber, rattan, velvet, wire and marble. For example, pair a linen lounge with a metallic coffee table and patterned textiles, pair a rattan lounge with velvet ottomans, or use a mix of bench seats and dining chairs for guest seating. Just be sure to use a similar colour palette throughout your styling to ensure the look remains eclectic but cohesive! Our Indie collection, Velvet collection, Hamptons collection and range of textiles are all perfect options for boho-inspired furniture and decor.


Styled by The Make Haus / Photo by Jason Corroto


Styled by The Events Lounge / Photo by Jamie Murcutt

4. Create Layered Tablescapes

If you’re planning a sit-down wedding reception, be sure to incorporate various layers and mixed materials into your tablescapes, too. Layer your tables with flowing fabrics, linen napkins, textured charger plates, eclectic crockery, statement cutlery and decorative glassware for a modern bohemian look. When it comes to centrepieces, candles and florals, use varying heights to add interest and depth. Find our top table styling tips here!


Styled by JJ Style Co / Photo by Lady Bella Photography

5. Go Bold with Blooms and Lighting

To complete your modern bohemian setting, go bold with loose, unstructured and untraditional floral arrangements filled with varying texture and density. We love dried foliage, unexpected pops of colour, earthy natives and autumnal tones for bohemian-inspired blooms. And don’t forget some statement lighting – an eclectic mix of textural pendants, basket lights, scattered lanterns or colourful neons will help you create a warm and intimate vibe for the night!


Styled by The Make Haus / Photo by Jason Corroto


Styled by The Romance Crew / Photo by Bek Smith


Styled by The Events Lounge / Photo by Jamie Murcutt


Styled by The Events Lounge / Photo by Jamie Murcutt / Lighting by Out Of The Dark

Ready to pull your wedding style together? Check out our top tips for creating a mood board right here! You can find more wedding inspiration via our latest events on Instagram; or get in touch with our team for a copy of our latest hire catalogue.

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