Not every couple dreams of throwing an over-the-top wedding extravaganza. If you’re a bride who wants a carefree wedding planning experience (but still wants an elegant, chic celebration), it’s worth considering the minimalist trend.
The minimalist lifestyle is all about living a clutter-free life, owning only items that are meaningful and useful to you. With that idea in mind, minimalist weddings are characterized for being modest, with clean decor and a sleek vibe that focuses on simplicity. Need more convincing? We’ve gathered 14 Minimalist Wedding Ideas that’ll cover all the details of this wedding theme design.
1. Wedding Invitations
No need for an ostentatious presentation. Introduce guests to your wedding theme by keeping things classic with a handwritten monochromatic stationery suite.
2. Wedding Cards
If you’re looking for more personalized cards, Lauren Taylor from Instead of Ashes, recommends these beautiful minimalist wedding cards to send to your loved ones.
3. Organic Table Settings
The minimalist lifestyle is all about making good use of space, so try having guests sit at longer tables to avoid a cramped atmosphere. Gently adorn tables with white linen and geometric plateware.
4. Industrial Minimalist Centerpieces
Don’t be afraid to play around with other themes — Industrial minimalism brings out soft rustic accents to your wedding, while still preserving the modernity of the minimalist movement. These geometrically-shaped centerpieces bring just the right amount of flair to the table.
5. Paper Bag Favors
When it comes to wedding favors, ditch anything that’s merely decorative. Minimalism is all about utility, so gift your guests something practical. Paper bags (a great eco-friendly alternative) with midnight-craving snacks inside are the perfect way to thank your guests for their presence.
6. Wedding Cake
A classic all-white wedding cake is anything but plain if it tastes great. For styling purposes, give focus to where and how the cake stands instead of adorning it with excessive decorations. Simply add some dried leaves for a tinge of color and you’re all set.
If you’re still unsure about how to choose a cake read our article on the best 10 tips for choosing the perfect wedding cake.
7. Wedding Dress
You don’t need sparkles and ruffles to look stunning. Think straight, sleek lines and a smooth fabric for that effortless and chic look.
8. Wedding Hair
Loose hair, braided or up in a bun, it’s up to you. Choose a style that’s not too elaborate so that messing up your hairdo is the least of your concerns on your special day.
9. Ceremony Marker
The most important part of any wedding is when the couple finally gets to say their “I do’s”. Let the moment speak for itself and exchange your vows under a picturesque wooden ceremony marker — making this moment simple, yet unforgettable.
10. Light it up
Let the soft flame of pearly white candles lit up the corners of your reception. Place them inside clear tall votives for a contemporary and sharp look.
11. Food and drink stations
Let the food speak for itself by focusing on the food’s presentation rather than its decor. Simple ornaments like plants are the perfect organic embellishment.
12. Chair Decorations
Just because you’re having a minimalist wedding doesn’t mean your chairs have to go bare.
Gently adorn your reception chairs with strands of greenery garlands made from dried leaves to achieve a more polished look.
13. Wedding Signs
Skip the fancy wording and place a simple greeting sign at your wedding welcome table.
14. Help instead of gifts
If your family or friends volunteer to help out at your wedding, let them! Whether it’s DJing, bartending, or anything else you need help with. Not only is this a great way to save money at your wedding, but it can also act as a more meaningful wedding gift.
Do you have any other minimalist wedding ideas that weren’t covered here? Let us know — we would love to hear from you! If you’re still in the process of wedding planning, why not check our article on 12 fun wedding ideas your guests will love for more inspiration.