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Hippie Wedding Dresses for a Casual Bohemian Chic Second Marriage

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By Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)

If you use your good taste, you can have a cheap and easy, laid-back, elegant wedding that all your guests will love.  Call it whatever you want: boho-chic, eco-friendly, neo-hippie…it’s all good.  And, your great wedding can be done on a shoestring, in a fabulous, meaningful way, because you will choose things that you really love...not things that magazines want you to love.

read about boho wedding dresses for second time brides

Boho Hippie Wedding Dress Plus Size

Life is so expensive. Don't throw away your money on tacky wedding junk.

You’re Paying for Everything

If you’re a Baby Boomer Chick, this is probably not your first wedding, so you and your beau will most likely be paying for everything.

Well, even if mumsy and da want to throw you a bash, I still like the idea of an indie, hippie wedding.

I think people have much more fun when everything is open-ended and informal…although I still encourage the wearing of hats and fascinators to all weddings, even informal ones.

Hey, I encourage the wearing of hats to the grocery store, the PTA, and the mall, as well.

You Can Have a Cheap Wedding

One of the best things about a retro, boho wedding is that it’s really easy to keep the costs down.

If you have a “true” hippie wedding, it should cost almost nothing, but I have a feeling that most of you are not rebellious enough (or broke enough) to do a truly-retro, dirt-cheap, living-on-a-commune style of wedding like my friends did in the 60s and 70s.

However, I think you can come up with something between a barefoot and pregnant wedding and an over-the-top, impress-the-neighbors formal gala. This wedding is for you, not them.

Bohemian Vintage Wedding Dresses

In the 60s, a true hippie-chic wedding dress (the UK word is hippy) would have been made of cotton, silk, modal, or some other natural fiber. If you look around you can find dresses in good, vintage-style fabrics.

However, if you find a dress you love in a manmade fiber, like polyester, it's fine to wear that. I just wouldn't get a gown that's too shiny. It will feel phony.

Polyester products were the antithesis of natural, anti-corporate sensibilities.

read about inexpensive wedding dresses for bohemian brides

Floral Patchwork Kurta Boho Wedding Dresses

Ideally, a perfect neo-hippie gown would be made out of some eco-friendly fabric, with a fabulous drape, such as:

  • Hemp
  • Organic Cotton
  • Bamboo
  • Flax Linen
  • Ramie Cotton
  • Very lightweight Wool (if outdoors in a cool climate)

You could even wear a patchwork dress paired with a big floppy hat or a circlet of real flowers; you could not get more authentically "hippie" than that.

A Recycled, Vintage Wedding Dress?

Hippies were those crazy people who started Earth Day, so it just seems like a boho-chic wedding should reflect an environmentally friendly style.  To really go green, wear a recycled, vintage wedding dress from a thrift store or an antique's store.

Just look for a white, off-white, or pastel colored dress or gown from the 60s or 70s, or a vintage dress (from any decade) that is long and somewhat unstructured.

Read how to save money with a boho hippie wedding

Hippie Boho Wedding Dresses Like the 60s & 70s

Should I Tie-Dye an Old Wedding Dress?

No.  Do not tie-dye a wedding dress, even though some articles suggest that you try tie-dyeing. Chances are your dress would end up looking tacky and totally ruined. For a mellow look, tea dyeing might disguise shopworn fabric on an old dress, but practice on some other garment first.

Don't Tie Dye Your Dress

If you want to dye your upcycled wedding dress in a cool blue, peach, pink or lavender, that would be beautiful.  However, I still suggest you try dyeing a similar piece of fabric before you get all creative with your retro dress.

Small stains can be covered with embroidery, cotton flower appliqués or recycled appliqués made from sections of old sequined or beaded party gowns.

The most important thing is self-expression.  If you upcycle an old dress using your imagination, you are getting to the very essence of hippie counter-culture style.

Read about casual hippie weddings

Plus Size Hippie Wedding Dresses

Vintage Wedding Dresses

When shopping for a vintage dress, making your own dress, or buying a new dress in a vintage style, look for details like these:

  • A simple, casual style (no ball-gowns or anything remotely debutante)
  • A long, flowing dress (tea-length, ankle-length or floor-length).
  • Empire waist with a square neckline or a v-line drop-waist bodice, like a medieval Guinevere-style dress.
  • Sleeves should be long, puffed, medieval, off the shoulder in the peasant style, or sleeveless. Short sleeves would usually look wrong.
  • Simple lace is reminiscent of a sophisticated 30s or 40s styles, and hippies wore beautiful things from former decades because inexpensive old dresses could be found in Goodwill and other thrift shops.

Go Ethnic for a Fab Hippie Outfitwear a moroccan caftan sari or anything for hippie wedding dress

A white, embroidered, Mexican-style peasant top or an ethnic caftan paired with a long white skirt or wide, cotton drawstring pants would be perfect.

Another idea is to make a Talitha-style dress (long A-line, sleeveless, square-neck, empire bodice) or a beautiful Prairie Dress (no bonnet) in a flattering color.

Or pick an ethnic style that you love: an elegant goddess dress, a colorful sari, or an Eastern European gypsy style covered with embroidery.  Beautiful.  It’s impossible for you to look anything but gorgeous if you follow your instincts.  Choose what you love, and everything else will follow.

More Groovy Articles for Baby Boomer Women:

Why Boho Chic Will Never Die

Wedding Dresses for Older Brides: Boomers Over 40

Best Swimsuits for Women Over 40 & 50

How to Wear a Peplum If You Have Curves

Photo Credits: prshots.com.

  • Main Photo: Monsoon.
  • Boho Hippie Wedding Dress Plus Size: Chesca. (This is not super cheap, but you'll be able to wear it forever.)
  • Tropical Floral, Patchwork, Kurta Hippie Wedding Dresses: Monsoon and Accessorize 2013.
  • Hippie Boho Wedding Dresses Like the 60s & 70s: Little Mistress at Asos, Asos, Asos Premium Midi with Embroidery, Free People.
  • Plus Size Hippie Wedding Dresses: Chesc a (2), Little Mistress.
  • Caftan: Fifty Plus.
  • If you don't see a dress that's supposed to be on this article, it's because I lost some images when we updated the site. The updated images are from fall -  winter 2014 - 2015.

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Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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  2. Laurie

    I LOVE the white wedding dress at the beginning of your post! Where can I get it for my September wedding?? Any idea?

    • Tina


      Of course. If you're talking about the main photo, that dress is from MonsoonClothing.co.uk. If you're in the US, add /us afterwards.

      If you put your cursor over any of my photos, the caption will pop up and show where the photo is from.

      Cheers and have a great wedding,

      • Carol

        Where can I buy the boho hippie wedding dress pink and blue wedding dress in your article

  3. Sarah

    I've got to have the floral halter dress in the "second wedding" section - any chance that's its not a vintage and available somewhere? It'd be perfect for my beach wedding or rehearsal dinner next summer.


    • Tina


      I'm not sure which dress you are referring to. I will contact you by email to try to help you.


      Tina Boomerina

      • Tina

        ps If you are talking about the bright floral dress, it was a M&Co a while ago, but I don't see it online. This article was written a year ago. However, I will contact you to double check.

  4. Michele

    Can you please tell me where you found the long off white (?) dress with the beaded top and chiffon skirt? LOVE LOVE LOVE that dress!

    • Tina-Boomerina

      Michele, sorry to say that this article is from a year ago. I just looked at Monsoon.co.uk and the dress is not on their site. You could try contacting the store. I'll email you.

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  6. Whitney

    I want the beaded top with cap sleeves and flowing bottom. How do I get to a website to buy it?

    • Tina-Boomerina


      I'm sorry. If you're talking about the dress in the main (top) photo on this page, it is no longer available. It's from 2012, when I first published this article. If you saw the dress somewhere else, please let me know where. I'll email you.


  7. Debbie

    Hi there, where can I locate the white with blue cross over straps , it has flowers on the bust and around the bottom of the maxi dress. please help.

  8. Robin

    My daughter is having a hippie\boho wedding and the dress that is a blush color with a matching Shaw would be perfect. Is this a recent dress that can be ordered?
    Thanks in advance

  9. Lisa Cushman

    I am looking for that pinkish dress with the blue flowers and the wrap with the caption Boho hippie wedding dress plus size. Any idea where I can find that dress? Thanks, Lisa

  10. Carol

    We're can I buy hippy boho pink and blue wedding dress?

  11. Carol

    Where to buy boho chic wedding dress in article, pink and blue

  12. Carol

    I'm still interested in boho wedding dress, I put in wrong email first time so it tells me there is duplicate. Help

  13. Janice Gibson

    Boho hippie wedding dress pink and silvery blue... Can you tell me how much it is and were I can purchase it please?
    Many thanks

  14. Deb Oltmans

    I love love love the pink dress with the jacket. Can you tell me where I can find that dress? I am getting married in July.