30 Minimalist Wedding Ideas for the Cool Bride

It's all about simple, elegant details that speak to you.

Updated 11/01/19

Photo by Marisa Albrecht

With so many details and décor options, it's understandable why minimalism has become such a major wedding style trend, and let us tell you—there is beauty in simplicity. You may think you need loaded centerpieces and layers of linens for your table settings, or overflowing floral chandeliers interspersed with string lighting, but there’s also much to be said for the minimalist wedding, where less is more.

Rather than eliminating details (as the style is often interpreted), a clean look merely makes them intentional. Without the fuss, there is nothing to distract from the elements that do remain, allowing them to stand out as a focal spot and giving them more meaning. In a ceremony, a minimalist look points the attention right where it should be—on the two of you. And at a reception, it enables the natural beauty and light of the venue to shine through.

A minimalist wedding often manifests in a few ways. There's organic minimalism, which features a lot of white with accents of lush greenery, and there's industrial minimalism, where urban meets rustic. Then there’s modern minimalism, which loves to play up shapes and geometry, and romantic minimalism, with ethereal linens or elegant calligraphy here or there. And more often than not, the minimalist style favors a neutral palette for a soft and airy look. But that’s not to say you can’t throw in a spot of color, which provides an unexpected and personalized twist. It’s up to you to make the look your own, but no matter which way you go, it promises to be crisp and classic with underlying sophistication.

You’d be surprised at how little it takes to elevate your minimalist wedding style—here are 30 ideas to spark your own twist.

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Create a Focal Point with Delicate Greenery

Love is a Big Deal

Two vines of crawling greenery make a bold statement in their simplicity, serving as the sole backdrop for the bridal party table and whole reception.

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Contrast Neutrals with Naturals

Kurt Boomer

Geometric plateware, plain white linens, and delicate organics exude romance and charm in this table setting.

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Embrace the Geometric

Miramar Photo

A hexagon-shaped two-tiered cake with marble print is clean and contemporary.

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Pare Back on Ceremony Décor

Heart + Sparrow Photography

Bare wooden ceremony chairs with a single strand of greens are raw in nature.

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Frame Your Vows in Unexpected Ways

Laura Goldenberger

Angular metal squares bring a touch of urban to the outdoors as a minimalist ceremony backdrop.

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Mix High and Low Textures

Jacqueline Kay Photography

A weathered desk functions as the perfect template for this self-serving bar station, allowing the standalone crystalware to really sparkle and shine.

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Add Gilded Touches to Elevate Table Settings...

Rachel Solomon Photography

Simple ivory plateware lets an old-world romance menu on a scroll of parchment etched in gilded calligraphy to take center stage. Joy Proctor Design, Written Word Calligraphy & Design

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...Or Give Rustic Settings an Industrial Edge

Jordan Weiland Photography

Rustic meets industrial in wooden table signage with metal numbers.

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Cluster Small Greenery Sprigs for Big Impact

Perpixel Photo

There’s no need to line steps with overflowing florals when votives with sprigs of greenery can magically light the way.

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Set the Scene With Vintage Flourishes

Rosencrown Photography

A vintage bar cart with gilded accents brings all eyes to this oh-so-pretty cake thanks to uncluttered décor, save for a few elegantly scattered roses.

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When In Doubt, Opt for Calligraphy

Jake and Heather Photo

A wire basket and some gorgeous calligraphy is all you really need for a no-fuss card box.

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Swap Chairs for Minimalist Benches—Plus Elegant Finishes

AL Gawlik Photography

With limited additions, organic benches make for rich and decadent seating.

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Add Unexpected Touches for Guests to Discover

Rachel Solomon Photography

A glass vase with spray of wildgrass and a vintage book bring a fine art touch to reception décor. Joy Proctor Design

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Embrace Your Love of Old-World Typography

Marisa Albrecht

Black and white typography on a seating chart makes an impact against a white canvas, paired with a simple easel and graceful vine of ivy.

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Give One Bloom Center Stage

BEN YEW Photography

Designing centerpieces around one type of flower really makes a statement, especially when it’s stark white popping against deep green.

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Hanging Dried Floral Stems Adds an Artful Touch

Genevieve Chapman — Miss Gen Photography

Upside-down single flowers are a simpler alternative to lush chandeliers, adding a splash of color to a neutral reception palette.

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Let the Backdrop Do the Talking

Jordan Weiland Photography

With clean type and geometric lines, a personalized white and black sign overlooking the reception is a minimalist’s monochromatic dream. It’s all you need for a focal point.

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A Monochromatic Tabletop Creates a Dreamscape

Anna Tereshina Photography

A dusty grey palette, simple combination of plateware and flatware, and minimal accents set against ethereal gauzy linens looks nothing less than dreamy.

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Single Blooms Can Make a Big Statement

Byron Loves Fawn Photography

A teal bottle and vibrant bloom bring a pretty detail to worn grey industrial chairs. These aisle markers are made all the more attention worthy when scattered across a few select chairs.

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Frame Those Vows—Literally

Love is a Big Deal

A square arch and billowing organics on a structured platform make for a modern and elegant altar.

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Trim Back on That Green Chandelier

Redfield Photography

Strictly fauna and no flora, this modest chandelier takes a modern approach, complete with miniature spherical baubles housing romantic tea lights.

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Skip the Labels on Your Wedding Favors

Jose Villa

Miniature bottles of olive oil tied with taupe ribbon and soft linen are a personal touch for guests to take home as wedding favors.

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Set the Tone from the Get Go

Elena Pavlova

An acrylic invite keeps things simple in a grey and white palette, featuring stunning calligraphy. Together, it creates an airy and romantic feel.

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Statement Balloons Add Playful Appeal

Nicola Thompson Photography

Giant Kate Spade balloons with sweet sayings add unexpected accents.

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Sit Front and Center at Your Sweetheart Table

Photo by Marisa Albrecht

Industrial minimalism is at its finest in this sweetheart table, thanks to copper chairs and a showstopper swath of greens.

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...Or Right In the Middle of It All

Lauren Kinsey

A luxurious navy settee steals the spotlight in a sea of white.

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Minimalist Floral Accents Transform a Space

Krystle Akin

This floral wall is pure botanical goodness. Rows of single stems bring beauty to a clean space.

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Add a Non-Neutral Color (Because You Can)

Brian Saculles Photography

Most minimalist weddings stick to a neutral palette, but this pop of blue looks stunning against bare wooden furniture, bringing romantic elegance to a rustic setting.

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Get Your DIY On, Too

Lauren Louise Photography

This creative seating plan is a piece of DIY magic, with a wooden frame and clothespins clipping a leaf of eucalyptus and crisp, white cards for a polished, rustic look.

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When It Comes to Sweets, the Sky's the Limit

Marisa Albrecht

Towering columns of donuts are as clean and crisp as the modern white signage behind them. Simple white candles cast a soft glow that shine a spotlight in these sweet desserts.

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