Having a Minimalist Wedding: A Guide

If you’re a minimalist couple, go with a minimalist theme. Here's a guide to bring your minimalist wedding to life.

By Janina Villanueva

Minimalist Wedding Guide
Photo by Nicodem Creative

With all of the stress that comes with planning your wedding ceremony, sometimes deciding on those elaborate tablescapes, ceiling treatments, never-ending tulle, large ball gowns, and other opulent elements can be extra overwhelming. The sea of choices you have is never-ending, so it’s not surprising why some couples choose minimalism. But, opting for a no-fuss, clean look, and eliminating all the frills does not mean that you’re downplaying your special day. It simply means that you’re focusing on what matters most to you and your partner most while appreciating the beauty in simplicity.

Minimalism in weddings is not a single theme, and it will not limit your choices. If you want a minimalist wedding while sticking to a rustic theme, you can go rustic-industrial, using neutral palettes with a pop of color. If you’re going for modern-minimalist, you can pick geometric décor and focus on shapes and lines, adding elegant calligraphy or straightforward typography. If you want to keep the romantic theme while being minimalist, use simple wreaths or soft floral patterns as your primary style.

Here are some minimalist wedding ideas you can use as inspiration to achieve your perfect wedding.

Start With a Blank Canvas

What better place to start than in a blank space that you can play around with? Think industrial spaces with an open, raw area that can quickly adapt with a few pieces of décor. Set the mood with a single focal point, especially during the ceremony.

If enclosed spaces are not your cup of tea, you can look for venues in front of sprawling views that can serve as your backdrop, such as on a rooftop, in a forest clearing, a vineyard, or a mountaintop. Let your backdrop of a view do the talking. Made perfect with natural light, all you need to add are just some bare, wooden chairs or minimalist benches for your wedding decor, and you’ve got yourself the perfect, wedding venue.

Low-key Elegance

Having a Minimalist Wedding: A Guide Photo Credit // Jessika Feltz Photography

The main message here is: less is more. So, forget an extravagant backdrop for the ceremony or a sweetheart table. No giant vases on top of the tables that block the views of guests sitting across from each other. No elaborate ceiling treatments or entrance arches. No unnecessary clutter on the tables. Stick to clean lines and neutral colors to be consistent with your minimalistic theme.

While the typical minimalist wedding color palette is almost always synonymous with a neutral color palette, it doesn’t mean that it has to be plain. Adding a non-neutral color that pops against the neutrals is a refreshing accent, so are the different textures that other materials can add. Ghost chairs are lovely and muted, as well as simple ivory plates. Spruce them up by adding other elements on the table, such as structured centerpieces, geometric shapes for candle holders, and clean menus and place card holders featuring beautiful calligraphy.

Ensure that your overall chosen ceremony decor aesthetics does not take any attention away from what’s most important on your wedding day: you and your spouse-to-be.

Don’t Drown Yourself in Flowers

Most minimalist weddings showcase greenery instead of blooms. Wreaths, cascading garlands on the table, and leis around the ceremony backdrop frame, welcome sign, and other areas make a perfect, understated embellishment. A single strand of greens that tie the napkins and menu cards can also be a nice, organic wedding detail. If flowers are a must-have for you, a single white flower bloom can make a big statement. Put one kind of flower—say a tulip, ranunculus, or anemone—in the limelight by making it the star of your centerpieces or accent pieces. You can also make use of different types of single-stem florals in small vases to maintain the minimalist style while creating additional texture and accent on your guest tables.

Comfort Food

Now, going minimalist does not mean minimal food, nor does it mean that you don’t have to feed your guests. What’s a celebration without food and booze? While you pare down to two or three courses, you can always have a grazing platter and maybe a couple of stations for coffee and dessert and other specialty food. Are you avoiding elaborate cakes? The naked cake has also become a popular trend over the years: same sweet goodness minus the ornate décor and icing to keep on par with the minimalist trend.

Having a Minimalist Wedding: A Guide Photo Credit // Jessika Feltz Photography

Uncomplicated Attire

Not just for you, but for your wedding party and guests, too. Steer clear of heavy beadwork and sequined gowns and go for a wedding gown dress with no visual clutter. A neutral and natural color palette works best, but if you want a solid color, that works, too.

When you decide to have a minimalist wedding, it means that you’re making very intentional decisions, and not just with your style. You can also be intentional in your choices when it comes to your guest list and wedding party. Ask yourself what—and who—is important for you and your partner, so it’ll be easier to trim down. In this day and age, less is more, less is refreshing, and a minimalist wedding means a clean look and an uncluttered mind.

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