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All the Minimalist Wedding Must-Haves, From Your Invitations to Your Dress

All the Minimalist Wedding Must-Haves, From Your Invitations to Your Dress
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If you talk to wedding planners, florists, venues, and event services across the country, it’s evident that minimalist weddings are an increasingly popular trend. 


Not only can you save money by not going overboard, but as Taylor Bradford, Event Designer and Stylist for Sugar Creek Creative tells MyWedding, “Minimalist weddings are all about simple intentional design.” In other words, your wedding reflects what you care about most. Bradford advises, “Choose simplistic decor elements that have meaning to you and let those elements shine through your big day.” The simple wedding decorations you choose will work well whether you’re getting married at home or in a modern event space, wedding hall, or church. 


Read on for wedding decoration themes and ideas for all aspects of your big day (even the dress!) that will help your minimalistic vision come to life. And to anyone who has expressed skepticism about your desire to host a pared-down affair, share what Paula Clark Ramirez from the Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding Estate tells MyWedding: “Hosting a minimalist wedding can be simply magical in countless ways. With a few intentional choices, you’ll end up trading endless details and oodles of stress for not only more time and money, but for an overall greater sense of purpose.” Did you exhale like we did?



Minimalist Wedding Planning Must-Haves



Minimalist Wedding Planning 101



Start by discussing with your partner what elements of your wedding hold the most value for you as a couple. “If entertainment or food and beverage is more important to you than splurging on rentals, it’s absolutely OK to focus on the guest experience,” Kevin Dennis, Owner of Fantasy Sound Event Services tells MyWedding. He also recommends going with DIY ideas whenever possible for a minimalist wedding. For instance, you can create a welcome sign, table numbers and place cards using inexpensive online resources. Keep scrolling for recommendations that touch on every element of planning a minimalist wedding, from flowers to decor, your gown, tablescapes and more.



Minimalist Wedding Shopping Considerations



You can shop several minimalist wedding must-haves for just a few bucks, but there are also splurge-worthy products that can help create that less-is-more-look if keeping costs down isn’t your top priority. With that in mind, we included ideas that span a wide range of price points.




“Overlook no detail when it comes to minimalism,” advises Janice Carnevale, Founder of Bellwether Events. “This can be your dress, your suit, the venue that you select (the less ornate, the better) your stationery, wedding website, and type of lighting.”




Just because your nuptials will be minimalistic doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate elegant wedding decorations into your reception. “The antique look is easy to achieve when it comes to thrifting metallic candlesticks, tableware and barware,” suggests Kylie Carlson, Owner of The Wedding Academy. When it comes to flowers, Joan Wyndrum, co-founder of Blooms by the Box, recommends placing greenery in mismatched bud vases. She adds, “Using a monochromatic palette is also helpful in bringing minimalism to life. Choosing all red flowers such as garden roses, alstroemeria, anemones, and dahlias can bring a pop of color to basic decor. Mix the flowers together or arrange each variety separately for a cool, modern style.”



Other Considerations:

“Choose a simple and comfortable wedding dress! If the wedding dress is a large ballroom gown with sequins, it wouldn’t be cohesive with the minimalistic design of the wedding,” advises Kristen Gosselin, Owner and Creative Director of KG Events & Design.




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Best Minimalist Wedding Invitations

Crescendo Design


It doesn’t get any cleaner and more minimalistic than these black and white wedding invitations that prominently feature the names of the bride and groom. Customize the silhouette, color and add foil if you please.

5 x 7 inches
234 pieces
Available in petite size 4.25 x 6 inches

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Best Minimalist Dress

Illusion Long Sleeve High Neck Crepe Wedding Gown


Part of David’s Bridal’s latest dress collection catering to minimalist brides,Clean + Modern, this illusion sleeve gown stuns from the front and back. Covered buttons cascade from the top of the mock turtle neck bodice to the sweeping train. A slit adds a sexy finishing touch to this otherwise understated, modern, sleek and stunning minimalist wedding dress.

Sizes 0 - 14
Fully lined
Back zip

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Best Minimalist Wedding Band for Her

Zoe Chicco Yellow Gold Ring


We love the simple splendor of this minimalist gold band. It will pair with so many different styles of engagement ring and stay in style forever.

Sizes 5 - 8
14k solid gold

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Best Minimalist Wedding Band for Him

David Yurman Classic Titanium Ring


This simple men’s wedding ring is available in black or gray titanium. Take comfort that you can’t go wrong with David Yurman’s design and quality.

Sizes 9 - 11
4 mm width

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Best Minimalist Wedding Ring Set

Auriya Vintage Solitaire and Wedding Band


Just because you’re going minimalist, doesn’t mean you can’t sparkle just a bit! This vintage-inspired minimalist wedding ring set includes a princess cut diamond solitaire set in yellow, white or rose gold and a matching wedding band with milgrain and round diamond accents. We love how each understated bauble stands alone and complements one another.

1/4 carat
14k gold band with 1/6 carat diamonds

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Best Minimalist Centerpiece

Purple Elegance Centerpiece Package


Make your life easy and order a five-piece flower package from 1-800-Flowers. These blooms are a minimalist’s dream come true, featuring white and purple flowers like lisianthus, hydrangeas, mini calla lilies and dahlias. And, the cylindrical vases come with the package. Minimalist centerpieces, done and done!

Other packages available
Order 2 weeks in advance
5-piece package includes two 4-inch diameter cylinders, one 6-inch, and one 7-3/4 inch

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Best Minimalist Wedding Cake Topper

Love Birds


For something a little different than your average cake topper, go with these “love birds” that adorably adorn a simple store-bought or homemade wedding cake.

3-inches high

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Best Simple Wedding Decor

Gold Circle Garlands


Spruce up a buffet table at a hall or a mantle in your home with this shimmery and festive modern gold banner that proves less can be more.

10 feet

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Best DIY Decorations on a Budget

Cream Tissue Pompoms


Hang fluffy balls of wedding cheer with ribbon of varying lengths from the ceiling to easily and inexpensively transform a room in your home into a wedding-ready reception space.

18 inches
Available in multiple colors

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Best Home Wedding Decorations

Table Lights


Add something special to your table with dainty string lights you can weave among place settings. Add candles and/or vases with sprigs of greenery, and bam! Minimalist wedding decor, done.

118-inches long
60 LED bulbs included

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Best Wedding Hall Decorations

Just Married Banner


Hang this rustic sentiment banner over your cake table or a cocktail area for a simple, inexpensive, minimalist wedding decoration at a hall or other reception space.

Natural hemp rope
Assembly required
12 pieces
3.5 meters long

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Best Church Wedding Decoration

Aisle Decor


Prop signs that declare the values of love at each aisle of the church’s pews. “Love is kind,” “Love is patient,” “Love never fails,” are among the sweet, Biblically-based sayings hand-painted on each plank.

Sold individually
24 x 9 inches
$245 for set of 10

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Most Elegant Wedding Decorations

Anthropologie Home Mercury Metallic Votives


These dazzling votives add antique charm to your minimalist wedding decor with your choice of vanilla or balsam scented candles. Simply place the votives on tables and watch an elegant ambiance come to life.

Set of 4
2-1/4 x 2-1/4 inches

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Best Minimalist Table Numbers

Octagon Picture Frames


Slip handwritten or printed table numbers into these old-world inspired photo frames for easy guest directives at home or in a wedding hall.

5 x 7 inches
Brass and glass

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Best Minimalist Paper Product

Cheers Rustic Greenery Cocktail Napkins


Raise a glass and toast to, well, you! These customizable cocktail napkins feature an understated design and will play perfectly into your minimalist wedding theme.

50 napkins
White or ecru

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Best Minimalist Welcome Sign

Bounce Calligraphy Gold Sign


Welcome your guests in sleek minimalist style with this customizable sign that’s free of fuss and muss.

24 x 18 inches
Matte poster paper
Black or gold

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Best Minimalist Table Decoration

Bride and Groom Chair Signs


Simple linen cardstock signs with ribbon denote where the newly-married couple is sitting for dinner. Keep things easy and arrange seating at a few long tables where everyone can talk and enjoy food together.

8-1/2 x 11 inches