Weddings have a reputation for being extravagant and over-the-top, but today, those ideas clash with how most people view their lives and themselves. Minimalism allows couples to celebrate their marriage while keeping the focus where it should be: on their love for each other. If you’re planning a “less is more” wedding, you’re in luck. Use this minimalist wedding checklist to help you organize a stylish yet no-fuss event.

The Venue

Picking a wedding venue is one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make when planning your event. Your venue is the backdrop for your wedding, so it should reflect the minimalist theme you hope to incorporate.

Many couples choose stripped-back venues like renovated barns, warehouses or industrial buildings for their weddings. These spaces typically have blank walls and floors, plenty of open space and aesthetically pleasing accents like wooden beams or exposed brickwork. These venues are perfect for modern-chic weddings.

If you’d rather skip the fancy venue altogether, you might also consider having your ceremony outdoors or in your own home. When picking a minimalist venue, ease and comfort are key.

The Guest List

A minimalist wedding can be large or small. However, when formulating your guest list, you should consider the available venue space as well as your own wants and needs. An overcrowded wedding could become hectic and maybe even stressful for you or your guests, so don’t feel obligated to invite anyone just because “you’re supposed to.”

Fill your guest list with the people who are most important to you and your partner. And avoid inviting people who might make the day unpleasant for you or others. Today, many young couples opt for small weddings with close friends and family for a more memorable experience.

The Invitations

An invitation should clearly communicate the information your guests need. Allow your invitations to rock their primary function by applying minimalist design to your stationary.

In general, great minimalist wedding invitations use readable fonts, leave plenty of negative space and avoid excessive information and decoration. Feel free to use color, but don’t go overboard. Your guests will love getting an invitation that gets right to the point.

The Dress

While not everyone decides to wear a dress on their wedding day, those that do might consider minimalist dress designs that emphasize clean lines and a great fit. A simple wedding dress forgoes sparkle and embellishment to emphasize the body and the silhouette of the dress. Many minimal wedding dresses come in plain white and feature practical skirts instead of clumsy trains and tulle.

You can easily apply principles of a minimalist wardrobe no matter what you plan to wear at your wedding. Stick with solid colors and simple shapes, adding prints and accessories sparingly with intention. Make sure you can actually stand in your shoes. You might even emphasize comfort by wearing something already in your closet.

The Decorations

Arguably the best part of planning a minimalist wedding is the ease of the process. Decorations are no exception. You really don’t need a lot to create a stunning visual atmosphere at your wedding.

When choosing your decorations, pick understated pieces that reflect your style without being distracting. Geometric shapes, clean white linens, simple greenery and cool marble are all modern accents perfect for a minimalist occasion.

The Food

Keep dining casual at a minimalist wedding. You can set up a simple buffet, single course sit-down meal or skip dinner altogether for snacks, drinks and dessert. Whatever you do, feature some of your favorite foods for a personal experience.

You can also prioritize simplicity when picking out a wedding cake. For a delicious minimalist dessert, try a pretty single-tier cake, textured white buttercream cake or semi-nude frosted cake. Decorate with a few simple accents like flowers instead of toppers or other ornaments.

The Ceremony

A wedding ceremony is an incredibly meaningful personal experience, so you and your partner should design it however you like. But if you want to incorporate a minimalist theme into your ceremony as well, consider skipping some traditions for a more streamlined and personal wedding experience.

For example, if you don’t have any kids in your close family, you might decide not to have a flower girl and simply have your friends give you your rings instead. By keeping traditions you like and skipping ones you don’t, you keep your wedding simple and make it feel even more meaningful.

 

Plan Your Perfect Minimalist Wedding

A wedding doesn’t have to be extravagant to be enjoyable. In fact, many couples find that a simple wedding fits the style of their relationship better than an all-out affair. As you cross items off your minimalist wedding checklist, remember that on your wedding day, the only thing you should worry about is celebrating your love.