Every bride will tell you: wedding planning is very stressful. You have to take care of guests, decoration, wedding attire, etc. More than that, you need to make sure that everything is within one theme that reflects your taste. In most cases, it takes a lot of time and energy: all the bride’s thoughts and conversations usually consumed by wedding planning. However, pre-wedding time is meant for your loved ones. And it should be the happiest day of your life, not torture.

If you want to keep it simple, you can choose minimalist wedding over the traditional one. The first and most important thing to do is to discuss this with your partner. Both of you should love this idea. Otherwise, magic will not work. The concept of minimalistic wedding implies saving time and money.

Here are some tips to make your ‘big day’ with ‘minimal’ effort:

Simple wedding attire

Poofy white dress, a bunch of flowers on the head and heavy makeup will not make you a princess. You can find sleek dress, sculptural bouquet and classic hair accessories for weddings. Consider natural makeup and low heels. If you don’t want to think what to do with the wedding dress and tuxedo afterwards, you can choose a casual style or rent wedding attire.

No presents, please

Giving and receiving gifts is a part of the social obligation. There is only one question: Do you really need this banana peeler? You can ask your guests to help you with the wedding instead. Maybe someone can make a cake, or bring lights. First of all, it will make it easier for you. Secondly, your guests will be more engaged in the process. It will feel like good quality family time.

Digital invitations & guest list

The minimalist wedding doesn’t imply any obligation to invite 200 people. Of course, you don’t want to disappoint your colleagues, family members and college friends. From another hand, it is your day, and you can invite whomever you want. So, in case you don’t want to see distant relatives or your boss with his wife, feel free not to put them on the list. It is supposed to be your ‘happy day’, and you shouldn’t think how to please everyone. This idea isn’t only friendly to your budget, but it can also help avoid getting overwhelmed. Having too many guests on your wedding day means a lot of pressure. So, try to keep it simple and invite only people you want to share your big day with.

Since it is a minimalist wedding, you can send out your invitations online. We spend hours on social platforms every day, so why not digitise your wedding day as well? Printing, signing, sealing and delivering invitations may take a lot of time. In some cases, it can even be pretty expensive.

The digital wedding invitation isn’t simple message on Facebook. You can make a video, for instance, and send it to your guests. Let’s admit it, people do throw away wedding invitations afterwards. From another hand, the chances of deleting the email with your video are pretty low.

Wedding buffet

Couples who prepare for their wedding day together look at the world a little bit differently. Every friend becomes a ‘single plate worth $80’. Wedding catering is much more expensive than restaurant food. Probably because the magical word ‘wedding’ pops up. To avoid this and other headaches, you can plan a wedding buffet with simple dishes that are easy to make in bulk. For instance, you can serve roasted chicken breast, garden salad, rice, and steamed vegetables. Your guests can decide what they want to eat by themselves. More than that, it will lower costs significantly

Minimalist decor

The wedding industry tries to convince the couple to buy a bunch of personalised little things. The truth is that you don’t need stuff you will never use again. If you have temptations, you can always rent wedding decorations or ask your guests to help with that.

Also, consider choosing a venue that doesn’t need a lot of decorations. For instance, you can have your wedding ceremony in the forest, park, museum or library. Try to think outside of the box. For example, lights or family pictures in the wooden frames can be pretty and at the same time simple wedding decor elements.

Plan your dream honeymoon

Most couples plan their honeymoon depending on leftover cash from the wedding budget. Why not do it differently? It is the time for you and your partner after all. It is better to buy a smaller cake and afford the trip to Mexico rather than postpone your honeymoon for an indefinite period.

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The importance of unplugged wedding

The wedding is one of the most intimate moments of your life. You should spend this time with your partner and family. Checking comments under your wedding posts on social media can ruin the romantic nature of the event. Consider making your wedding an unplugged affair. You can ask your guest to turn their phones off and simply enjoy the wedding ceremony.