Essex Wedding Photographer: 2020 Boho Wedding Trends

Today I am welcoming in the new decade and the new trends it heralds! In January I enjoy looking through The Knot’s Wedding Trends Reports and other industry articles to see what they have predicted for the coming year. For your benefit, I scoured the internet and chose a shortlist of my favourite 2020 wedding trends for a bohemian or alternative wedding.

Grab a coffee and let’s get into it.

  1.  Statement Florals 

Hanging pink florals at One Friendly Place wedding venue

Bold and blooming is the way for 2020! Florals are going to be far more than just bouquets and buttonholes this year. Think dramatic statement pieces and hanging florals to really make the most of a venue. They look great over a dining set up. As you can see above, this is exactly what Jo & Liz did at their One Friendly Place wedding in London.

This is definitely one of my favourite trends! Florals add so much. Couples are also reusing flowers – your ceremony florals could be repurposed for the reception. See my Pinterest board for more hanging floral ideas here.

2.  Creative outfits 

Boho bride wearing a beaded white dress

It’s a great year to be a boho bride! In 2020 delicate beading and embroidery will take centre stage. Light, floaty dresses are embellished, and expect the continuation of lace and tulle as a material trend. Floral or coloured dresses are rising in popularity and I think they look absolutely beautiful! If you want to get botanic, take a look at Wedding Forward’s floral gown inspiration here.

Statement veils are also a must have accessory! I’ve seen some truly incredible embroidered veils lately. Celestial and floral designs are definitely in. While veils used to be paired with tiaras, combs and barrettes have seen a resurgence on the high street. This is making it’s way into the wedding sphere.

Bohemian bride with celestial hair clip and bride in Essex wedding

Eye catching details aren’t just be for the girls. Grooms are getting more creative with their suits as choosing their outfits becomes more of an experience with groomsmen. Patterns and flamboyant accessories will be the trend this year.

Bohemian bride wearing a handmade leather jacket

Handprinted and customised jackets were everywhere last year, and this is definitely a trend to stay. In 2020, keep an eye out for matching bride and groom jackets!

3. Food? You do you!

Grazing table at a woodland Kent wedding

Self serve bars and grazing tables are going to be a huge part of 2020 wedding, as the trend for more informal and personalised nuptials continues. This trend has been slowly growing over the past few years – I’m now seeing grazing tables as a regular occurrence. Grab a port, as a cheese table is also increasingly going to replace the traditional evening buffet.

I think this more informal approach to food could be one of my favourite 2020 wedding trends! It certainly allows for more mingling and interaction with your guests.

Bar snug area with LED Bar sign

Couples are creating more of an experience around food and drink: food trucks, interactive servers, mixologists etc. Guests will be able to get more customisable food and drink. Now most weddings offer a vegan menu, and make your own cocktails will allow for all kinds of personal touches.

4.  Bold Lighting 

Light wall at Houchins Wedding Venue

As dry hire venues become more popular, so do creative ways of bring them to life. In 2020, lights will play a huge part in this. Inventive lighting can really set the mood for a wedding, especially in the quirkier venues. Chandeliers, hanging lights and lanterns can be used to really add a flare to a venue. Neon backdrop lights were starting to make a big presence last year, and I only see that set to continue. I’m sure you could even add custom catchphrases!

You could also find a wedding venue which already has beautiful lighting. The photo above was shot against a feature wall at Houchins wedding venue in Essex.

5. Green is the name of the game 

Handmade wedding table settings at Vanstone Park

Sustainability is a hot topic, although it’s a shame it’s taken such devastating disasters such as the Australian bushfires to wake people up to it. Lots of people are now looking to make their weddings more sustainable in whatever way they can. There are lots of different scales to how much of your impact can be reduced.

From upcycling or renting furniture, to vintage crockery and bamboo plates, even small changes can have an impact.

Suffolk wedding photographer at the Garden Barn

I already mentioned florals, and I saw lots of my 2019 couples using local or even homegrown flowers to reduce their impact. Ensuring flowers aren’t delivered in floral foam can also really improve your waste.

There are so many things you can do, and I wrote an introductory blog on this last year. Read it here, and expect to see more blogs on how to have a sustainable wedding on my website soon.


Those are just five of my favourite 2020 wedding trends for an alternative or bohemian wedding. See my Pinterest board for more wedding trends for this year.

If you are getting married in 2020 and are looking for a photographer, do get in touch with your date! I am currently offering 10% off any wedding package if you sign up to my mailing list. You can join here!

Speak soon.

Caroline Opacic Photography




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