simple wedding

Of course “simple” is relative, but these weddings are generally low-key, minimal, and less about decor and accessories. You may also want to check out our archive of small weddings, or our posts about elopement.

Wildflowers and campfires at this intimate wedding in Austria

Wildflowers and campfires at this intimate Austrian wedding

These two young mountain climbers, Aneta and Pepa, are from Prague but chose Austria (one of their places to hike!) for their destination wedding. It ended up being a gorgeous backdrop of meadows, hills, and forest flowers that lit everyone up with a glow unlike any other. The reception entailed cooking food around a campfire and singing songs well into the night. Sweet, simple, and so divine — we are in love with this intimate Austrian wedding. Let’s see if you will be, too…

Taking off the makeup to reveal this gorgeously simple couples shoot

Taking off the makeup to reveal this gorgeously simple couples’ shoot

Andy and Justin won this gorgeously simple couples’ shoot from their photographer and we couldn’t dig it harder. Despite the fact that Andy (aka one of Cheltenham’s premier drag artistes, Pandora La Roux) spends much of his time wearing a wig, a dress, and five inches of makeup, this shoot was simply about love and gorgeous scenery. Sometimes less is more when it comes to showing the lurve. Let’s peek in the window at the romantic side of this pair…

This mountain wedding had handmade cakes and a stunning black and white dress

This simple mountain wedding had handmade cakes and a stunning black and white dress

This baker and her groom rocked a simple and gorgeous wedding in the mountains where they grew up. She challenged herself (with a back-up plan!) to bake her own cakes for the wedding and knocked it out of the park. You’ll want to see them. Oh, and her amazing black and white dress and sweet flower crown. This pair is stunning at their simple mountain wedding.

How we're making peace with our streamlined wedding

How we’re making peace with our no bells and whistles wedding in the WIC pressure cooker

Planning a budget-friendly, streamlined wedding that doesn’t feature all the “bells and whistles” of traditional weddings is not without its judgments and that’s where my recent stress has been coming in. Wedding planning forums can make you question if your wedding is going to be remembered as the “worst wedding ever,” your ideas suck, and it’s all going to be tacky, especially if you are cutting some corners, budget-wise. Here’s how we’re handling the pressure.

Sweet simplicity: Sam & Meghan’s small, simple Winter wedding

This was a very small and simple Winter wedding — a celebration of our relationship. There were 17 guests in attendance, just immediate family and best friends. We met in the dead of winter at a small college chapel for the ceremony, then went to a restaurant down the street for dinner. We had few decorations, no theme, no wedding party, no rehearsal dinner, no formal invitations, no gifts, no dancing — and it was glorious.

What happened when we put OUR wedding needs first…

Somehow, it is portrayed as perfectly normal to make huge exceptions for your wedding day, from going into debt to inviting too many people, to having melt-downs over canapés. Of the traditional wedding “must-haves,” we didn’t want most, don’t need many, and can’t have some. We said “no” over and over — feeling like rather fussy inconsiderate people. But here’s what’s happened since we’ve put our wedding planning needs first…