I never thought I’d be using that word to describe myself, let alone my brand but that once foreign word ‘minimalist’ has very much become a part of my life (you can read about that journey here). So what is a minimalist wedding or occasion? You have probably described it before without knowing it and chances are, if you’re in the middle of wedding planning you’re probably craving it.
Essentially, planning a minimalistic wedding is about my two favourite words, less and simple, less clutter, a simple decision making process, less stress and negativity and more space, time and energy for enjoying the process and the end result. It’s a way of making intentional choices without additional stress and the influence of external factors.
So it’s all about space and being ‘clean’?….
Well no, minimalism isn’t specifically design focused. This is often a surprise to many when I say I specialise in minimalistic occasions. I often get “oh so you design stuff in only black and white?” I understand where the confusion comes in; minimalism especially in the interiors world has very specific aesthetic values- rooms of black and white with a focus on space, that kind of thing. When it comes to minimalistic occasions, design plays a part but the thought process and values behind the design is what drives the design decisions. You can read the values of minimalistic occasion design here.
Oh that’s trendy I love minimalistic, scandi stuff….
It isn’t about being trendy. I know a minimalistic style is on trend at the moment and I’m the first to put my hand up to say I have made some terrible trend based decisions in the past. I’m sure I’ll do a post about that in the future. We’ve all fallen victim to purchasing something based on images our brain has been saturated with. I’m already regretting my copper bedside lamp. But minimalism in essence is about being purposeful and considered, it’s about making decision irrespective of the noise of trends. The idea is, you’ll be able to look back at your wedding in 25 years time and still love it.
So I can’t have stuff?…
Well yes and no, in essence it’s not about stuff or how much stuff. As I mentioned above having a minimalist wedding or event is about being purposeful and considered in your decision making. So there is “stuff” involved but that “stuff” isn’t chosen because someone else convinced you to or because you found it on Pinterest. How much ‘stuff’ is used, and how it is used is different to different people, one person’s take on planning a minimalistic wedding might look stressful and “stuff” filled to another but be exactly right for that bride’s needs.
I don’t get it…..
It’s a thought process. Weddings and occasions can be stressful, choosing the minimalistic approach aims to stop that. Big call I know! Come back later to find out about that process. A minimalistic thought process aims to put aside the daily grind that is involved in planning and styling a wedding to bring us back to the reasons and values behind the event that we might have lost touch with.
It’s a value system. Minimalism (from my experience) is about purpose, it’s choosing what is of value and making a conscious effort to bring that into your everyday decisions during your event planning. It does mean saying no to the things you aren’t 100% on. The other reason why I believe it is a values system is because it differs from person to person just as our beliefs do.
Can you tell? I could talk for hours on this. I’m just so passionate about people finding their purpose, especially when they are planning a gathering. Want to know more specifics on how to plan a minimalistic wedding? Check out my ten step guide to minimalism in my blog post tab.