With so many details and décor options, wedding planning can be stressful, so why not make it simple? Beloved by the cool girl, minimalism has become a major wedding 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 so much to be said for the minimal touch.
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 bride and groom. And in a reception, it enables the natural beauty and light of the venue to shine through.
A minimalist wedding often pops up in a few common styles. You have organic minimalism, featuring a lot of white with accents of lush greenery, and you have industrial minimalism, where urban meets rustic. Then there’s modern minimalism that loves to play up shapes and geometry, and romantic minimalism, with an ethereal linen 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 — it 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 wedding style. Here, thirty ideas that prove less really is more.
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.
Geometric plateware, plain white linens, and delicate organics exude romance and charm in this table setting.
A hexagon-shaped two-tiered cake with marble print is clean and contemporary.
Bare wooden ceremony chairs with a single strand of greens are raw in nature.
Angular metal squares bring a touch of urban to the outdoors as a bohemian ceremony backdrop.
A weathered desk functions as the perfect template for this self-serving bar station, allowing the standalone crystalware to really sparkle and shine.
Rustic meets industrial in wooden table signage with metal numbers.
There’s no need to line steps with overflowing florals — votives with sprigs of greenery magically light the way.
A vintage bar cart with gilded accents brings all eyes to this feminine cake thanks to uncluttered décor, save for a few elegantly scattered roses.
A wire basket and some gorgeous calligraphy is all you really need for a no-fuss card box.
With limited decor, organic benches make for rich and decadent seating.
A glass vase with spray of wildgrass and a vintage book bring a fine art touch to reception décor. Joy Proctor Design
Black and white typography make an impact against a white canvas, paired with a simple easel and graceful vine of ivy.
Instead of a mix of varying blooms, one type of flower really makes a statement in a centerpiece, especially when it’s stark white popping against deep green.
Upside down flower stems are a simpler alternative to lush chandeliers, adding a splash of color to a neutral reception palette.
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.
A dusty grey palette, simple combination of plateware and flatware, and minimal accents set against ethereal gauzy linens looks nothing less than dreamy.
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.
A square arch and billowing organics on a structured platform make for a modern and elegant altar.
Strictly fauna and no flora, this modest chandelier takes a modern approach, complete with miniature spherical baubles housing romantic tea lights.
Miniature bottles of olive oil tied with taupe ribbon and soft linen are a personal touch for guests to take home as wedding favors.
An acrylic invite keeps things simple in a grey and white palette, featuring stunning calligraphy. Together, it creates an airy and romantic feel.
Giant Kate Spade balloons with sweet sayings add unexpected accents.
Industrial minimalism is at its finest in this sweetheart table, thanks to copper chairs and a showstopper swath of greens.
A luxurious navy settee steals the spotlight in a sea of white.
This floral wall is pure botanical goodness. Rows of single stems bring beauty to a clean space.
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.
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.
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.