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What Does it Mean to Have a Minimalist Wedding

If you're planning a wedding and feeling overwhelmed with all the details and expenses, you might be interested in having it the minimalist way. 

What does it mean to have an elegant minimalist wedding theme? Simply put, it's all about keeping things simple and focusing on what's most important to you and your partner.

Here are some tips and ideas for planning.

1. Keep Things Simple

simple minimalist wedding

Minimalism is keeping things simple and basic, without compromising style and quality. A minimalist wedding theme is all about focusing on the essentials and keeping things simple. 

Instead of trying to do everything, focus on what's most important to you and your partner. This could be a small ceremony with close family and friends, or it could be a larger celebration with a few select elements that are meaningful to you.

Whatever you do, keep all the aspects down low, but still showcase elegance and class to make it look grand even though the design and decor may look simple and plain.

2. Keep A Small Guest List 

big dinner party

One of the easiest ways to simplify your wedding reception is to keep the guest list small. This will not only save you money, but also make it easier to plan and keep things intimate.

Instead of inviting everyone you know, focus on inviting the people who are closest to you and your partner. You can also just have your friends over at the ceremony and throw a separate dinner event with your family to keep things intimate and classy, yet nice.

When setting up your tables, you can use a communal table for all the guests including the newlyweds to make the event more intimate. Just don’t forget to dress the place appropriately with beautiful event linens, linen napkins, luxurious-looking round tablecloths, table runners, and other relevant linen decors.

While you’re at it in terms of decor, use fitted chair covers to make any kind of chair look elegant and uniform. Try to get party supplies in bulk to save money.

Check out this article for more Small Weddings Ideas: Beautiful Celebrations Within Budget when planning to invite a small group.

3. Choose A Simple Venue

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Another way to simplify your wedding is to choose a simple venue. Instead of renting a fancy ballroom or hotel, consider a local park, beach, library, or even your own backyard. You don’t have to rent out an entire ballroom. You can make things simple and cheap without compromising the quality of your wedding. 

A simple venue can help keep things relaxed and informal, yet serene and intimate and can also save you money. Lots of them.

4. Stick To A Simple Color Scheme

beach wedding venue

When it comes to decor, a modern minimalist wedding is all about simplicity. Stick to a simple color scheme, a neutral palette such as white, black, or neutral tones.

You can add a pop of color with flowers or other accents, but keep it simple and understated.

If you need ideas, you can check out this Gray & Coral Minimalist Tablescape article.

5. A Garden Dress Or A Sunday Suit Will Do

beautiful young bride

Your wedding attire is another area where you can simplify things. Instead of a fancy ball gown or tuxedo, opt for a simple garden dress and a Sunday suit.

You can find beautiful and affordable options online or at a local boutique. You can also reuse an old dress. Remember, it's not about the dress or suit, it's about the love you share.

6. Keep The Ceremony Short And Sweet

exchanging of vows

A minimalist wedding ceremony is all about keeping things short and sweet. Instead of a long and elaborate ceremony, focus on the most important elements, such as your vows and exchanging rings.

If you have a friend or family member who is authorized to officiate the ceremony, consider having them to become your wedding celebrant. This way, your big day will be made more personal.

7. Serve Simple And Delicious Food

wedding couple dinner

When it comes to food, a minimalist wedding is all about keeping things simple and delicious. Instead of a fancy sit-down dinner, consider a buffet or food stations. You can also opt for simple and delicious appetizers or finger foods.

8. Have A Simple Cake Or Dessert

minimalist wedding cake

The wedding cake is an integral part of the whole wedding. You can simplify things with the cake or dessert.

Instead of a fancy and elaborate cake, consider a simple and delicious cake or dessert. You can also consider cupcakes or other sweet treats that are easy to serve and eat.

Decorate your cake table with some Cheesecloth Table Runner on top of an off-white Polyester Tablecloth and have your wedding cake standing on top of a Clear Acrylic Cake Box Stand.

9. Skip The Fancy Favors

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Favors are a nice gesture, but they can also be expensive and unnecessary. Instead of giving your guests fancy favors, consider a simple and meaningful gesture, such as a handwritten thank you note or a small potted plant, or even try dedicating a song for them.

10. DIY Decorations

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Consider DIY decorations if you’re looking for ways to save money. Simple yet elegant decorations can be created easily and inexpensively with items like string lights, candles, and greenery. Pinterest is an excellent source of inspiration for DIY decor ideas.

To decorate your tables and chairs, use this Ultimate Linen Guide for Weddings & Special Events.

11. Opt For A Weekday Wedding

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Weekday weddings can save you money, and you’ll likely have more flexibility in terms of venue availability. A weekday wedding can also help you keep your guest list small, as some people may not be able to take time off work.

12. Consider An Outdoor Wedding

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Outdoor weddings can be stunning, and nature can provide a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony and reception. Outdoor weddings are also a great way to save money on decor, as you can let the natural surroundings speak for themselves.

13. Choose A Meaningful Location

outdoor wedding ceremony

If you and your partner have a special place that’s meaningful to you, consider getting married there. Whether it’s the spot where you had your first date or a place that holds special memories, choosing a meaningful location can make your wedding day even more special.

The sentimental value the place gives can add more meaning to the ceremony.

14. Keep The Music Simple

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When it comes to music, keep it simple and meaningful. You can hire a DJ or a live band, but consider asking a friend or family member to curate a playlist of your favorite songs. This can be a fun and personal touch, and it can save you money.

A minimalist wedding is all about keeping things simple and focusing on what's most important to you and your partner. By focusing on the essentials, keeping the guest list small, choosing a simple venue, and embracing simplicity, you can have a beautiful and meaningful wedding that reflects your love and values.

Remember, it’s the thought that counts, and keeping everything planned and decorating your wedding as simple as possible without compromising elegance and class can make a simple minimalist wedding idea look like the most extravagant wedding ever.

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