Six Upcycling Ideas for Boho Weddings

07 Oct 2015

Planning a boho wedding? Get cash savvy by styling a wedding venue with eco-friendly upcycled decorations for bohemian chic 

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From floral booze barrows to rustic milk churns, reworked props can transform a classic wedding venue from perfectly polished to quirkily different. Breathe life into forgotten items with these six boho-inspired upcycling ideas from stylist, prop hire specialist and wedding planner, Lindsey Hunter of Get Knotted

1. Bike wheels


Bike wheels make excellent table centrepieces. Mount them onto a stand and decorate the rims with fresh flowers to match your bouquet or wildflowers to add to the boho-chic feel. Add the same fabric as your tablecloths and lace around the rim and between the flowers for extra detailing and texture. Adding upside-down flowers or weaving simple ivy and foliage will give a free-spirited look.

Tip: For added romance, hang small glass baubles from the wheels with tealights inside and large candles on the tables for delicate lighting.

2. Old chairs


Having a selection of mismatched chairs adds to the rustic country look. Paint chairs in contrasting colours as a feature for your big day. Cover the seats in fabrics that you are using on tables or to match bridesmaids dresses, to offset the shabbiness of the frames.

3. Ceiling rings


Ceiling rings are great for adding height and detail. Use an old metal ring as the base for the decoration and add branches along with flowers and foliage. Hang them from the ceiling with lengths of old chain, which can be decorated with smaller flowers. Complement your ceiling rings with matching table centrepieces by using old branches decorated with matching flowers.

4. Milk churns 


Rusty milk churns may not be something youd have thought of having at your wedding, however, they make stunning bases for unusual lampshades to create rustic lighting. Use them for pathways to other parts of the venue at night. They look great placed around venues such as barns, warehouses or marquees as they really add to the country boho feel. Team them with smaller churns or old jugs filled with flowers.

5. Brass candlesticks


Brass candlesticks can be found in abundance in second-hand shops and are great unpolished. Create a feature at your venue using brass candlesticks of varying sizes. Place a selection of mismatched sizes on your tables for vintage detailing and romantic lighting.

6. Booze barrows


Old carts and wheelbarrows are brilliant for upcycling. You can do so much with them. We love creating a booze barrow with old carts by putting an old galvanised pail on the top. Fill this with ice on the big day and fill with your favourite tipple to make drinks station for your reception. Place a mismatched pair at the entrance to a room for guests to help themselves. Dress these up as much as you want and add flowers for a pop of colour and countryside glamour.


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