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Ideas On How to Have a Minimalist Wedding - Save Money But Still Have the "Wow"

Updated on April 27, 2013
This was a simple four-tier round layered cake I made about three years ago.  The border was layered with very fine material similar to lace and a cascade of Japanese Maple adorned the cake on one side.  It was simple, but elegant.
This was a simple four-tier round layered cake I made about three years ago. The border was layered with very fine material similar to lace and a cascade of Japanese Maple adorned the cake on one side. It was simple, but elegant.

Practical Planning

I make wedding cakes as a hobby and became intrigued with the minimalist wedding once I saw how clean the wedding photos were. I have always felt that like planning for your wedding cake, planning for your wedding can be as complicated and costly as you want it to be. The more you save on the planning, the more you have for planning a honeymoon, or even putting a down payment on a new home or car.

According to the link above, the average cost for a wedding where I live is between $16,922 and $28,203. If you have a budget you want to stick to and you are creative or you have creative minds in your family, there are ways to save money and still have a wow wedding and reception, the latter of which can be most of your expense. The link above includes interesting tools to help you determine what your cost might be. You begin by plugging in your zip code and the average cost associated with where you live returns.

Basically, less does not necessarily mean your wedding or reception event will be any less beautiful and memorable. Your list can be as minimal and functional as you want it to be or you can explode with details. It all comes down to your plan, and if you don't want to go crazy, start out simple. You can fine tune it later.

Your Wedding/Reception Venue

Try to avoid larger common venues like the top suite of a hotel or the more expensive sites. Look for unique venues that will contain the number of guests you plan to invite. Also, there are some facilities that will house your wedding and your reception. Sometimes this choice can save money also. If you book your wedding on a non-traditional day like Friday or even Sunday, there are cost savings. Also, think about booking your wedding outside of the summer months--perhaps consider the fall months. Consider having your wedding at a museum garden or a park loaded with great landscaping and flowers. Decide what you value the most on your wedding checklist and remove things that just aren't necessary.

Also noteworthy is if you choose a venue that doesn't come with tables and chairs, then you will be adding to your budget by having to rent tables and chairs. The tables may appear to be reasonable, but the cost of the chairs might be more than you anticipated. That is probably the most expensive item we had for my daughter's wedding.

Your Photographer

Through helping with the planning of my daughter's wedding, the best advice would be to shop around just like you would for other vendors. If you have a set budget in mind, stick with your budget. However, that being said, if you are going to splurge on one aspect, let it be the photographer expense. Try to find one who might charge you the same as one, but comes with two photographers like a husband and wife team, for example. Also, since it's common to be provided with a CD of your images, make sure the CD you're provided with is one containing high resolution photos--that way, you can print off any size photo you want. If you are provided one with low resolution, your best option will only be to have 4x6 size prints. If you get lucky, like we did, you can save a little bit of money and feel like you hit a bonus if you can find a team who works together and one who can present their images as though they all tell a story.

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    Cathy 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

    Stephanie, thanks for the visit and the comment. Have a great creative weekend!

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    Stephanie 5 years ago from Canada

    Great hub! I love reading about new wedding ideas! Thanks for sharing, voted up!

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    Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

    Yt, I am a big believer in the minimalist idea of a wedding, too. My husband and I did our wedding for under a grand, and it was beautiful. Such a lovely encouraging hub!

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    Cathy 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

    Dear Express10, thank you for your comments and kind words. Hope your day is good to you!

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    H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

    These are useful tips. You created an absolutely beautiful cake. Looks more professional than hobby.

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    msorensson 6 years ago

    I was just thinking of weddings, as I have just confirmed that I will be attending one in Europe. It is a great article. Good practical advice and I love your hobby. I love weddings in general.

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    Cathy 6 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

    prairieprincess, thanks much for your comment. I suppose if you have an extra $20-30K to spend on a wedding, you might, but it's not necessary. You can still have a wow event and save the money for a honeymoon or even a house downpayment.

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    Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

    Yt, great hub! Our wedding was very, very simple and that is how both of us wanted it. I can't understand spending so, so much for one day. This looks like a great resource for those in the planning stage.

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    Cathy 6 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

    Anaya, thank you for your kind comments! You don't have to overkill finances to have a fabulous event. Your silver lining...it's about the people. Good luck!

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    Anaya M. Baker 6 years ago from North Carolina

    Thanks so much for the ideas and helpful links! I'm getting married next May, and have gone from the really expensive wedding complete with planner to a DIY low-budget small friends and family event. I really like how you call it minimalist, rather than low-budget, which implies cheap and not as good. My whole reasoning behind cutting the budget and "the industry" was that I felt like I could have a really classy, elegant wedding without spending a bazillion dollars.

    We're now looking at about 75 people, in a lovely garden outside of an antique store. We live in the south, so we're doing a Kentucky Derby theme, with southern-style cooking, locally brewed beer and wine, and local wildflowers. Oh, yeah, and tents in case of rain, which I'm crossing my fingers won't happen. But at any rate, I'm really looking forward to seeing all my guests in linens and large hats wandering around the gardens and antiques with mint juleps in hand! And this wouldn't even have been possible at the 5,000 dollar traditional venue I was looking at!

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    Cathy 6 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

    glassvisage, thanks very much. If you lived here, I could make your cake! Best of luck and congratulations!

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    glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

    Thanks for the Hub. I'm getting married next year and plan to keep everything as simple as possible - not just because of costs, but also because I don't want anything more to stress over when I should be enjoying the day. I have one bridesmaid (less drama), mason jars and flowers for centerpieces, and tri tip for dinner.

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    Cathy 6 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

    Thank you!

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    Ash Hicks 6 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

    This is a gorgeous cake!

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    Kimberly Schimmel 6 years ago from North Carolina, USA

    What a wonderful idea! I used to work in the bridal industry--what a racket!! I'm glad some brides are fighting back with good taste and common sense.

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