Wedding Planning: Keep It Simple

By almost any modern standard, I had a very simple wedding. It didn’t cost very much, and everything, from the decor to the dress I wore, was simple. It wasn’t quite minimalist, in that we didn’t just head over to the Justice of the Peace and have it done, but it was a pretty laid back and simple affair.

A simple wedding has its advantages, including the fact that it’s much easier to focus on the event of the day (you are marrying your love and your life partner), rather than being distracted by lavish surroundings, and wondering if anything will go wrong. A simple wedding is also usually much less expensive than fancy and complicated wedding.

If you are interested in a little more simplicity in your life, your wedding can be a good way to get your life together started off the way you want it. Here are some tips for a simple wedding:

Choose the Right Venue

Consider where you will be married. An outdoor wedding can be one of the simplest ways to get married. You don’t need a lot of decoration when you are married outdoors. You can also choose a simple reception hall, or have an open house at your own home, or the home of a relative. I was married in a religious building, and that required no decoration at all. It was a very simple ceremony, witnessed by only close family and friends.

The receptions (there were two, one on each side of the country) were held in church multipurpose rooms. This cut down on the needed decor (although there was some). We got some of our decoration and other ideas from a wedding magazine, and then adapted them to fit our needs.

Be Savvy about Your Wedding Dress

Your wedding dress can get pricey, if you aren’t careful. My mom made my wedding dress, so it didn’t cost very much at all. It was simple, unique, and perfectly tailored to me. You can also save by choosing a dress that doesn’t carry the “wedding gown” label. Any dress that expresses your personality is fine for a wedding, and there is no need to go out of your way to make sure that it is a “wedding” dress if you ron’t want one. Consider renting your dress, or buying used, if you want to save money while keeping it simple.

Fake Flowers, DIY Decorations, and Simple Food

You don’t need to have a big fancy dinner for your reception. Keep it to finger foods, and you can have a simple wedding experience, as well as one that isn’t overly expensive.

Fake flowers can also save you money and keep things simple. I had artificial flowers for my wedding, and they looked beautiful. Plus, since I had two different receptions a week apart, it made it easier to have flowers at both receptions — no need to order separate flowers each time.

We also did a lot of the decorations ourselves. They centerpieces were quite simple: Blue and green marbles in small glass bowls. We also covered the tables with white cloths provided by the church and then used cut pieces of fabric to contrast with the white. Everything we did was simple, and something we could set up ourselves quickly and easily.

What do you think? Would you prefer a simple wedding?

About the Author

Miranda is a freelance writer and professional blogger. See more of her writing at Her book, Confessions of a Professional Blogger is available from Amazon.