33 Simple & Stylish Wedding Ideas for the Minimalist Couple

Embrace the less-is-more vibe.
Samantha Iacia - The Knot wedding style expert
Samantha Iacia
  • Samantha writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a speciality in wedding decor, trends, and fashion
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Samantha was a features and weddings contributor for The Baltimore Sun
  • She is based in Washington, D.C. and holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism
Updated Jan 25, 2023

In a world of attention-grabbing wedding decor, bright color palettes and new TikTok trends at every turn, it's easy to get caught up in so many different ideas to try for your special day. But sometimes, less really can be more, and we've got proof to back it up. Minimalist wedding decor is the perfect solution if you'd rather downsize and be super-selective about styling your wedding. Below, read more about this cool, understated theme and check out some of our favorite simple wedding decor ideas to use as inspiration.

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What Is a Minimalist Wedding Theme?

This toned-down aesthetic is all about keeping the details of your wedding day very streamlined and focused. Simple wedding decorations and a neutral palette are two main components of the minimalist theme—the goal is to only use items that truly align with your style while eliminating other things that feel too busy or fussy. This could mean downsizing your bouquets and flower arrangements, choosing a black and white color palette for your wedding stationery or skipping trendy details that you feel obligated to include.

Minimalist Wedding Flowers

    1. Greenery Wedding Bouquet

    The lack of colorful flowers is what keeps this minimalist wedding bouquet from looking too busy. But there's no shortage of texture and movement, thanks to the combination of ferns, astrantia and multiple eucalyptus varieties.

    2. Minimalist Wedding Arch

    If you don't love an over-the-top ceremony backdrop, go low with your decor instead. This circular chair setup perfectly frames the arched arrangement at the center, while the ghost chairs blend into the tile floor.

    3. Calla Lily Wedding Centerpiece

    Keep your flower arrangements super minimal on the big day by skipping the greenery entirely. Long-stemmed flowers, like calla lilies and orchids, can be showcased in tall glass vases for a museum-worthy display.

    4. Orchid Wedding Bouquet

    When using statement flowers like anthuriums and orchids, the blooms do all the talking on their own, so you don't need to go overboard with color. Stick to a monochromatic white palette for the most streamlined look.

    5. White Lily Boutonnieres

    Black satin ribbons will add just the right amount of contrast to single-stem boutonnieres, like these petite lily arrangements.

    6. Floating Wedding Backdrop

    Suspend your ceremony backdrop from the ceiling using clear fishing line to create the illusion that it's floating—and eliminate bulky items from the arrangement, like a standing structure.

    7. Astilbe Wedding Bouquet

    Downsize your wedding bouquet and choose just one type of flower for the arrangement. This simple bouquet of ivory and blush astilbe won't detract from the rest of your outfit.

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    8. Simple Wedding Boutonniere

    A single white flower, like a rose or ranunculus, is a subtle way to accessorize your suit or tuxedo if you're going for a minimalist look.

    9. White Minimalist Wedding Centerpiece

    Japanese-style Ikebana flower arrangements are intentionally minimalistic, like this small centerpiece with anthuriums, scabiosa, roses and lisianthus.

    10. Greenery Aisle Markers

    Need to add a little extra something to your wedding ceremony space? Small jars of eucalyptus are easy, understated aisle marker options.

    Minimalist Wedding Table Decorations

    11. Simple Wedding Reception Table

    Floral centerpieces aren't the only way to decorate your reception tables. Invest in other details like decorative linens and stylish dinnerware, then complete the tablescape with mismatched candles and a touch of fresh greenery.

    12. Modern Minimalist Wedding Table Number

    Block letter table numbers stand out against a backdrop of all-white flowers and twinkling votives.

    13. Minimalist Table Setting

    Add a greenery branch or flower to each place setting in lieu of ultra-detailed, elaborate reception tablescapes.

    14. Black and White Wedding Centerpiece

    Lit or unlit, candles are a quick way to build out your centerpieces without totally relying on flowers. Rectangular glass boxes add a layer of modern, chic style.

    15. Bare Wood Reception Table

    With stained wood tables, you can skip the tablecloths and keep the focus on the natural wood for a relaxed, simple vibe.

    16. Bud Vase Wedding Centerpiece

    Pick flowers in one color and group them together in bud vases as an alternative, minimalist centerpiece idea.

    17. Wedding Menu Card

    Individual menu cards can elevate the overall look of your tablescapes. Keep yours simple with a black and white color scheme and modern typography.

    18. Greenery Wedding Table Runner

    Long banquet tables are the perfect opportunity to use fresh greenery table runners, with or without additional floral centerpieces.

    Minimalist Wedding Cakes

    19. Buttercream Wedding Cake with Greenery

    The ribbed white buttercream on this simple wedding cake adds flair without overcomplicating the design. If you're adding fresh flowers or greenery, limit them to just one tier.

    20. Textured Two-Tier Wedding Cake

    With ultra-textured buttercream like this, you don't need a ton of other embellishments on your wedding cake. One or two white flowers will complete the minimalistic look.

    21. Modern Square Wedding Cake

    Compared to round tiers, square wedding cakes often have more of a contemporary vibe. This fondant design is sculptural and eye-catching, even with an all-white color palette.

    22. White Wedding Cake with Flowers

    Minimalist meets whimsical thanks to the deckled edges on this buttercream cake. The tiers are intentionally left slightly uneven, which adds a softer, more romantic style.

    23. Minimalist Swiss Dot Wedding Cake

    If you're not into flowers, greenery or a cake topper, decorate your minimalist wedding cake with an elegant Swiss dot pattern instead. The dots can be hand-piped onto the cake or made using dragées (a.k.a tiny pearlescent balls of sugar).

    More Minimalist Wedding Decor Ideas

    24. Wedding Welcome Sign

    The idea behind simple wedding decorations is that each item should have a functional purpose. Display a wedding welcome sign at the ceremony, cocktail hour or reception to greet guests as they arrive.

    25. Minimalist Wedding Invitations

    Stick to the basics when it comes to simple wedding invites. A black and white color palette with block lettering is cool and uncomplicated.

    26. Simple Wedding Hairstyle

    Your attire, makeup and wedding hairstyle all play into your minimalist wedding theme too. A fancy updo comes across as more formal, while slightly undone waves pinned to the side look casual and effortless.

    27. Modern Wedding Venue

    Choosing the right setting is another component of pulling off the theme. Look for venues with open layouts, high ceilings and minimal decor so you can really customize the space yourself.

    28. White Tuxedo

    Skip the colorful suit in favor of a black or white tuxedo that always looks chic. Go easy on the accessories too—a classic bow tie is all you need.

    29. Minimalist Wedding Seating Chart

    Direct guests to their seats with the help of a simple seating chart, which you can dress up with a decorative greenery swag or leave as-is.

    30. Black Chiavari Chairs

    This classic wedding chair type is easily customized with colorful cushions, but we love how the black-on-black pairing creates a sleek, seamless effect.

    31. Chic Wedding Jumpsuit

    Love an understated fashion moment? Choose a minimalist wedding dress or bridal jumpsuit without beading or other heavy embellishments.

    32. Acrylic Wedding Seating Chart

    Lucite and acrylic details were made for minimalist weddings. This translucent seating chart blends into the background of the venue without complicating the decor.

    33. Modern Wedding Signage

    Point the way to the bar with a wedding sign featuring a straightforward—but slightly cheeky—message.

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