Lots of bling and over the top everything used to be the end all be all of weddings (and in many respects, still is), however we're starting to see a brand new trend take front and center in the wedding world that's inspired by the modern movement in interior design. Think clean lines, less clutter and a contemporary atmosphere that leaves you lost for words in the best way possible. Minimalist weddings strip away all that unnecessary "stuff" so that every décor element that's left serves a true purpose. And yes, oftentimes, it's these pared down designs that make the biggest impact of them all. How? Well, we asked a few wedding planning pros to share their top tips.
Go big with one design element
According to celebrity event planner Kelly Irwin Rutty, owner of Kelly Irwin Rutty Events, many people equate a minimalist wedding with stark white walls or a feeling of "less" when, in reality, it's about making the most out of carefully chosen design elements that all serve a purpose and can work together to create a larger design statement. "Think of walking into a room lit up by hundreds of candles or the way a beautiful centerpiece can take center stage when strategically-placed in a modern design concept." This is what a minimalist wedding is all about!
Stick to a limited color palette
You'll create a bigger impact in your space if you use one or two colors and let everything else be neutral, notes Laura Irizarry-Garcia, owner of LIG Events. "Find a clean, raw space that will allow your décor to speak for itself. For instance, if your guests walk into a neutral room and see a striking line of coral charm peonies down the center of long rectangular tables they will be impressed!"
Don't overdress your tables
Keep linens simple and china white/crystal, advises Houston wedding planner Chelsea Roy of Everything But The Ring. Skip chair covers, and instead choose a chair that needs no cover or sash and looks nice on its own. "Let the chairs and the greenery give the hints of texture and color to the room. A chair that stands out and a runner made of leaves or a centerpiece of succulents is a refreshing change from all the bling and large floral arrangements."
Use natural lighting wherever possible
Having your ceremony outside or in a room with large windows that allow the light in lends a calming, simple feel, says Roy. "In the evening, use dimmer cafe style lights or soft amber colored lights to set the tone over brighter colors."
Pick a venue that is interesting as is
In other words, it doesn't need much dressing up to be wow-worthy. A minimalist venue could be a renovated historic building with exposed brick, large windows and stained concrete floors or an outdoor space perfectly surrounded and shaded with large trees and strung lights, describes Samantha Gieseke, owner of Plan Our Day Houston. "Choosing wooden tables that don't require linens and centerpieces that allow for open or negative space would blend perfectly with the scenery, allowing the beauty of the building or space to shine."
Consider the food a work of (minimal) art
When creating a menu for a minimalist wedding, it's most important to focus on quality ingredients, stresses Brian Reddick, Lead Event Planner at Lisa Dupar Catering in Seattle. "Consider your food presentation art on a blank canvas. Think a beautifully seared piece of salmon over fingerling potatoes and roasted root vegetables." Done and done! After all, why garnish something that can stand alone if it's prepared thoughtfully? As for your cake, the naked trend is all the rage right now and fits in perfectly with a minimalist theme.
Keep your dress and your bridesmaids' dresses simple, but elegant
Think of flowing, ethereal fabrics that don't need to be accessorized; chiffon, lace and crepe are great places to start at the salon, suggests Roy. "Skip the crystal belt for you and statement necklaces for the girls. Let the simplicity of the gowns speak for themselves."