I’m a big fan of simple weddings. They’re (generally) less expensive and just as meaningful and memorable as weddings that pull out all the stops. And they’re less stressful. When there are less details to worry about, there is less anxiety. Also, simple weddings don’t usually take as long to plan – which is perfect for couples who don’t want a long engagement.

Perhaps you adore simple weddings too, but you’re not sure how to pull it off for your own wedding. Or maybe you think simple weddings have to sacrifice style. Not so!

I’ve gathered some ideas on how to create your own simple wedding that is still stylish and unforgettable!

Ideas for Simple Weddings

1. Cut the guest list to include only the people who matter most in your lives. This will make your wedding feel more like a fabulous get together with family and close friends, than an ‘event’.

Photo: Alexa and Scott’s 33-guest Maine Wedding

2. Choose a gorgeous setting that needs little adornment. That way you won’t have to worry about decorating details. A big ol’ oak tree was the focal point for Amy and Michael’s vineyard wedding (shown below).

3. Have the reception and the ceremony in one place, like an inn or bed and breakfast.

4. Choose DIY projects that you can do well in advance, like party poms or homemade jam. Simple weddings can still be chock full of DIY, just make sure you plan ahead.

5. Choose simple DIY projects. Those origami balloon lights might look dazzling, but do you really have the time or patience to make hundreds of them?

6. Delegate your DIY. Get your mom, sisters, friends, cousins, nieces in on the DIY action. They’re feel good that they’re contributing, and you’ll have less to do!

7. Don’t keep up with the Joneses. Your wedding is not a competition. It’s a celebration. Let other brides’ weddings inspire you, but don’t feel like you have to out-do anyone.

8. Nix the extras. Do you really need a dessert table, when there is plenty of wedding cake to go around? Do you really need a signature drink, when there is wine and beer?

9. Don’t feel pressured to write your own vows. Traditional wedding vows are still beautiful and personal – because it’s the two of you who are saying them. I’m a writer, so naturally I was initially convinced that we should write our own vows. After reading the traditional vows, I realized that I couldn’t say it better myself. I have no regrets.

10. Let go of the notion of perfection. Go with the flow – and let your wedding unfold the way its meant to. It will be simply beautiful – even if everything doesn’t go as planned.

Photo: Le Bride