Boho vs. Traditional Wedding Styles

Two of the most common ways we hear wedding dresses described, “traditional” and “boho” categorize dresses into two huge categories—a simple, sleek A-line and a lace-covered illusion sleeve would both fall under the umbrella of “traditional” despite being two completely different bridal looks. Depending on your venue and your personal style, your boho or traditional wedding dress can look completely different. Below, find some of our favorite examples of traditional vs. boho styles based on venue: 

Classic Church Ceremony



200129 by Demetrios



With a church ceremony, you’re likely looking for something to match the grandeur of the chapel you’ve chosen. For traditional-leaning brides, we love a classic lace A-line style. You get the elegant look of lace to match your venue’s detail, while the full skirt perfectly blends with the grandeur of your venue. 



LA21107CP by L’Amour by Calla Blanche



For more free-spirited brides planning church weddings, we love flowing gowns with unique, statement-making design elements, like the cape on this L’Amour by Calla Blanche gown. Illusion lace gives you a boho look, while the cape and flowing skirt add bold drama to create a completely one-of-a-kind look. 

Outdoor “I Do”



D3174 by Essense of Australia



For outdoor ceremonies, there’s nothing quite like nature-inspired elegance, so why not go heavy on the lace? If you loved Kate Middleton’s classic lace illusion sleeves like we did in 2011, you’ll find it’s the perfect look for an outdoor wedding. This Essense of Australia design features layers of tulle with floating lace to mirror the off-the-shoulder illusion sleeves, giving this traditional ball gown the perfect nature-inspired touch for an outdoor wedding. 



LP2108 by La Perle by Calla Blanche



Outdoor ceremonies were practically made for the bohemian aesthetic—the laid-back elegance and love of unique details goes beautifully with the natural backdrop, which is an obvious reason why outdoor weddings are so popular with boho brides. For this reason, we really think boho brides can go all out for this venue—intricately woven lace, sheer panels, and gorgeous, free-spirited touches like the off-the-shoulder fringe sleeves on this gown work beautifully with the venue. 

Destination Wedding



LP2118 by La Perle by Calla Blanche



By nature, destination and beach weddings call for a slightly more laid-back look—something not typically associated with traditional bridal styles, but a look that we can’t get enough of. Sleek, simple, and utterly gorgeous, this La Perle dress is the perfect blend of effortless and traditional for a destination wedding. The classic silhouette highlights your figure, while the sleek design keeps things elegant, traditional, and effortless. 



LP2117 by La Perle by Calla Blanche



The light, breezy atmosphere of a destination wedding works perfectly with boho designs. We especially love the look of all-over lace, and you can choose how daring you want to go with it. The big, flowing sleeves on this all-over lace fit and flare wedding dress go perfectly with the light feel of a destination wedding, while the fitted bodice and curve-loving silhouette give it the perfect touch of sexiness. 

Torn between traditional and boho looks? Know which vibe you’d prefer, but unsure what will work best with your venue? Book an appointment at For The Bride Boutique in Fort Myers, FL, and let us help you find the perfect wedding dress to suit your unique style and venue.