The Minimalist’s Guide to Weddings

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Being a minimalist isn’t only about having fewer things. It isn’t about the fact that you live in a small apartment, or that you’re creative about the way you use your space and storage. It’s not about saving money (for example, having less debt at the end of the day because of buying fewer things) or flexibility—though these are certainly just a few of the benefits of minimalism.

What minimalism is, more than anything, is an attitude. A lifestyle. A way of thinking about yourself in the world and the fact that, with fewer things, you’ll be more at peace in it. So what better way could there be to demonstrate your commitment to this lifestyle than planning a minimalist wedding? By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way.

1. Make it a small affair

First of all, you’re going to want to make your wedding small. By keeping it intimate—only immediate family and close friends, not more than twenty or so guests—not only will your costs be lower, but everything in the wedding planning process will be simpler. It’s about quality, not quantity, after all.

2. Use the Internet for planning 

There are plenty of ways you can simplify your wedding by using the Internet for a large part of your planning. For example, there are many sites online (like on this list) that make it easy for you to send out e-invites, get e-RSVPs, and share information with all your guests. It’s also an easy way for you to share photos after the event, instead of having to send them physically. 

3. Have a friend officiate

Another way of keeping your wedding intimate and minimalist is by having a friend officiate. That way, you won’t have to worry about booking an actual ceremony everywhere, and you can keep it simple. It’s quite simple for anyone to become ordained. Just take a look at this guide!

4. Make the dress re-usable

However many happy memories exist within a wedding dress, saving the old dress and never wearing it again, keeping it hanging in the closet, goes against many minimalist values. So another idea is to make the dress re-usable. Whether you’re doing this for the wedding or bridesmaid dresses, or you’re taking inspiration from the LoveProm blog, you’ll want to choose a dress that can later be made shorter to use for other occasions, or changed and donated to charity.

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5. Celebrate somewhere intimate

As minimalism is always about keeping things simple, you’ll also want to celebrate your wedding somewhere small, intimate, and uncomplicated. It’s no use renting out an entire property or venue, with all its potential problems and complications, when you can celebrate with your reception at home, a friend’s apartment, or rent out your favorite restaurant or bar.

6. Get minimalist with the registry

Another great strategy for a minimalist wedding is not putting any objects on your registry. After all, the last thing you want is more things. Instead, you can place experiences on your registry—for example, a membership to a rock climbing place nearby—or, if you really don’t want to get any gifts at all, you can set up charity donations in lieu of gifts.

7. Have guests bring food

Another benefit of having an intimate wedding, in an intimate setting, is that you can also embrace the minimalist lifestyle by having a potluck where guests bring food. Each person can have their own addition to the wedding, and you won’t have to deal with leftovers or the worry that you’ve ordered or spent too much on food.

8. Save on alcohol

The same goes for saving on alcohol. Because you’re just having a few people celebrating with you, you can serve some great bottles of wine, your favorite hard liquor, and you won’t end up spending too much money. You can encourage guests to bring liquor, too—whatever they prefer!

9. Simplify the keepsakes

Instead of giving out gifts at the end of your wedding, you can give out experiences. Is there something that you and your partner love to do, such as horseback-riding? Then share that with everyone and give out coupons for that activity that everyone can do together. That way, you won’t have to fill their homes with things—instead you’ll give them experiences to remember.

10. Have an experience-based honeymoon

When it comes to your honeymoon, it’s the same idea—better to spend money on experiences instead of things. So instead of dining out that entire stay in Paris, why not go on free walking tours and have picnics in the park? You can use your minimalist ways from back home no matter where you’re traveling to. Better to spend money on a tour of Pompeii than on couture clothes in Rome.

As you can see, there are lots of great ways to make your wedding minimalist. Do you have any tips for making your wedding and lifestyle minimalist? Have you ever tried any of these?

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