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Your wedding should be a true celebration of what makes you happy.
I’ve been blogging about weddings professionally for The Broke-Ass Bride for the last five years, and in the budget wedding space one thing is certain — priorities matter. When you’re operating on a shoestring, making sure you have what matters most to you locked down is super important. I have also been a day-of wedding coordinator, where I’ve managed a range of celebrations from small and simple to large and grandiose. Regardless of which end spectrum my couples fell on, I consistently told them to make sure that they were happy with their decisions.
It was largely in part due to this ideology, and loosely due to the concepts behind the KonMari method of organizing your life and filling it only with what makes you happy, that I decided to start The Minimalist Wedding. While I believe everyone should have the kind of celebration that best reflects them and makes them happy, I also believe that focusing on what truly makes you feel good helps create the best experience.
Every couple is different, so their priorities will be different.
For my first wedding, we were focused on the party. The booze, the location, the friends, the photography. We didn’t care about food, flowers or spending a shitload of money on favors, decorations or … pretty much anything. Instead, we flew to Hawaii and stayed at a gorgeous resort for a week. We flew in photographers from Seattle. My dress was $100. His outfit was about $100. We didn’t have flowers, we had very few decorations. We used my laptop to DJ. We paid a buttload for booze and had a gorgeous location.
For my second wedding, we went to the courthouse. I picked up a blue dress at a local retailer. My (now former) business partner made a gorgeous bouquet out of peonies and greenery, did my hair, acted as witness and took photos. I had my amazing guy, my pregnant belly and a few little details.
For both weddings, I had the things that were most important to me — and totally different priorities each time. But keeping it simple was at the top of my list both times.
Between the KonMari method and design aesthetics, minimalism has seen a rise in popularity.
Minimalist design — often attributed to Scandinavian roots — has become increasingly popular. With streamlined silhouettes, whitewashed color palettes and a few well-placed pops of color, minimalist aesthetics can make for a stunning wedding.
Minimalism can translate to a look or a feel, and you’ll find both here.
Whether showcasing elopements with few attendees or larger affairs with a sleek design, clean stationery or crisp attire, The Minimalist Wedding hopes to be the home for all things minimalist and wedding.