How to Create a Minimalistic Wedding in Four Easy Steps

Today on the Blog we talk about how to create a minimalistic Wedding in four easy steps with some great advice from Caroline of Words To Glow.

For those who peruse the many bridal magazines and social media apps such as Pinterest out there; you could certainly be forgiven for thinking the wedding world has gone vintage crazy!

With so much emphasis over the past few years on pretty boho style weddings and heavily appliqued lace wedding gowns, it can sometimes feel like there are precious other options available for today’s bride and groom.

But what if hessian burlaps, vintage lace and traditional florals simply aren’t your thing? Are there other options for the savvy minimalistic bride and groom?


The good news is YES! Read on for our four easy steps to create your very own minimalistic wedding:


1. More Than Words: 

Establish your style from the outset with clean, uncluttered wedding day stationery where the words themselves do the talking.

The rising popularity for acrylic has seen this versatile material pop up for modern weddings in a variety of funky formats, from alternative wedding invitations to table plans and more besides!

A search of the web will bring up a host of companies offering bespoke acrylic wedding invitations.

Alternatively, for printed wedding stationery find inspiration from typography with clean, simple lines. Black print on a white background is both classy and effortlessly stylish.

Rising trends for the use of marble, letter press or foil will add a further exciting dimension to your invites and will look modern and edgy.

2. The Venue:

For modern, uncomplicated weddings let your venue space do the talking.

The minimalistic wedding can really be defined by the venue space you opt for.

The recent trend to renovate previously neglected and abandoned urban spaces brings forth an exciting choice of funky and modern venues for the minimalistic bride.

Think city centre chic – large and airy industrial warehouses, colourful and funky art galleries, and retro bar spaces that offer unusual and quirky backdrops to your day.

Even better, with interesting design details such as industrial iron pillars, exposed brickwork, large feature windows or contemporary artwork, such spaces often require minimal venue dressing too.

Venue – Seven Bro7hers Beerhouse, Manchester
Venue – Innside Manchester  – Image – McAvoy Weddings
Venue – Innside Manchester – Image – McAvoy Weddings

3. The Décor

The minimalist wedding embraces simplicity with a move away from traditional colourful floral displays to an almost monochromatic style.

Floral displays with sharp outlines and the addition of unusual flowers, such as the thistle, signify definition and a break from the norm.

Floral blooms in one colour and a varied choice of greenery such as pussy willow, ivy, seeded eucalyptus and various ferns add texture, shape and depth to both wedding bouquets and reception décor.

For the bride who prefers a more pared back style of floristry, or for couple’s looking to watch the spend on the wedding day budget, the current trend for copper can be brought in quite deftly here.

The use of blue-grey or green succulents in copper edged glass display terrariums on guests’ tables can achieve a contemporary look for a fraction of the cost of traditional table displays.

Add in some strategically placed pillar candles and some rich green ivy to give added depth and interest.

Of course, if your wedding space has tables that could benefit from the addition of a table cloth or two, colours of grey, black or navy blue are always a striking linen choice against the clean, crisp white colour of plain crockery.

Floristry: Verdure Floral Design – Image – Weekday Wedding Photos

This beautiful three-tiered cake featuring a repeating geometric pattern and striped ribbon detail breaks all the rules and still manages to look simply gorgeous!

Bucking the floral wedding cake trend, there are lots of other fabulous décor options for you to choose from.

How about a decadent fondant chocolate cake adorned with bunches of glace fruit or keep it simple with a plain frosted vanilla cake?

Cake: Caroline’s Cake Company – Image: Weekday Wedding Photos
Cake: Caroline’s Cake Company – Image: Weekday Wedding Photos

4. Dresses

For the modern style-conscious bride to be, there are indeed a range of stunning bridal gowns available.

The beauty is in both the cut of the gown and the chosen material here.

Gowns feature sheaths of satin or luxurious silk and jaw-dropping floor sweeping feature trains and complimentary bridal veils.

Contemporary, structured lines, feminine necklines with the use of minimum added detail aim to focus attention on the beauty and simplicity of the design.

Venue – Innside Manchester – Image – McAvoy Weddings


Of course, the recent introduction of bridalwear designs to the high street is good news for the savvy, budget conscious bride to be.

With many well-known high street brands such as Topshop, Monsoon, Ted Baker and Debenhams now stocking ‘off the peg’ wedding gowns, today’s bride can afford to shop around.


Sometimes going back to basics and being simple and uncluttered in your styling can be really fresh.

Thanks to Caroline for her great advice and we hope this has given you some inspiration on how you could style your own minmalist wedding look.


Guest Blog Post Author: Caroline McAvoy from Words To Glow


Image Credit: McAvoy Weddings and Weekday Wedding Photos (as credited)


UK Wedding Blogger with an eclectic style based in Glasgow

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