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- 16th Jul 2021

What is the difference between a boho and rustic wedding?

More than 116,000 happy Australian couples marry each year, and as with all those before them, couples spend a lot of time planning their special days.

From the venue and the dress (of course!) to the theme, couples spend an average of 22 months engaged before their wedding. That’s a lot of time to spend planning!

One such important decision you’ll have to make is your wedding theme. This can be influenced by the venue you choose, but also comes down to what you as individuals and couples like.

There are many themes to get your head around. From glamorous to traditional, and everything in between. Two such themes that have stood the test of time, year in and year out, are the boho theme and the rustic theme.

Buy what determines each? Aren’t they the same? Truth be told, they are in

What is a boho wedding theme?

If there was one word to describe boho, it would have to be whimsical. Think of the pages from your favourite childhood mythical books coming to life.

Flowing fabrics, soft, romantic colours, and an uncomplicated, chic nature that can’t be forced. These are the key elements of a beautiful boho wedding theme.


Elegant and effortless drapery helps to convey that whimsical, bohemian feel. Guests will feel as though they’ve been transported to a playful and chic dreamland.

And what about the boho table setting? Smooth, flowing fabrics adorning your table, with generous overflow over the side of the table to the ground, conveys that fairytale feel.


A popular trend in the 70s, macrame has come full circle and is being embraced by the modern boho bride.

A hanging macrame backdrop makes the perfect backdrop for your ceremony. Keep it plain or adorn it with seasonal floral to add colour and interest. Swoon.

Incorporate it into bouquets, too, to tie it all together.


This delicate, romantic, and whimsical fabric is notorious as being the base for almost every boho bride.

Balancing whimsical romance with a chic and relaxed vibe, you’d be hard pressed to find a boho bride who doesn’t embrace lace.

What is a rustic wedding theme?

Inspired by the simplicity of nature, a rustic wedding represents everything a couple loves about a laid back country life.

Your venue can heavity inspire your theme, that’s why places like farms, barns, and wineries are popular destinations for a rustic wedding theme.

What does a rustic wedding look like?

Woven fabrics and lace

These popular materials have become the signature look of a rustic wedding!

Foliage and greens

Native florals and lots of foliage is a staple of a rustic wedding. Think texture and muted colours, and forget about perfection.

The best part about a rustic bouquet is that foliage can be used to fill in any gaps, and you don’t have to worry about it looking rounded or picture-perfect.


Whether it’s props like crates and a decorated stepladder, or the beams that sit high up in your venue (think a barn or even a warehouse) wood will likely play a big role in your rustic wedding.

Its aged, rough, and natural appearance is the perfect accompaniment to your rustic wedding decor.

What colours go with a rustic wedding?

A neutral colour palette is the signature look for a rustic wedding theme. It’s the perfect base to tie in secondary shades like champagne, white, and even green, as well as introducing a subtle hint of colour like dusty rose, peach, or lavender.

Your table setting makes a fantastic base for neutral shades, and if you like, you can add a touch of colour when you rent tablecloths online with Table Art.

What is the difference between boho and rustic?

While there is definite crossover between the two, these themes are not the same, and have some distinct differences.

The simplest way to think of each of them is to remember that a rustic theme pertains to natural elements, lots of greenery, and an organic mindset.

Boho, on the other hand, is more whimsical, romantic, and eclectic.

While each is rooted in their distinct characteristics, they can crossover into the other territory. It all depends on what you want your wedding to look like, and most importantly, your own personal preferences.

How can our table stylists help?

From whimsical chiffon to elegant wedding table runners that let you show off a natural wood table, Table Art’s collection of premium table linen for hire plays an important role in setting the scene for your chosen theme.

Whether you’re set on your bohemian vibe or still considering if rustic is right for you, our table linen hire can help!

We offer a large assortment of tablecloths for weddings in a range of different colours, sizes, and fabrics, helping to create a table setting that perfectly aligns with your chosen theme.

If you’d like to learn more about our table styling or linen hire services, get in touch with us today. Call (03) 9813 2851 or fill in this form  and we will get back to you!


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