5 BEST WEDDING WEBSITES FOR MINIMALISTS
With the pressure to make weddings look Instagram (or Pinterest!) perfect, its little wonder people are spending more money on weddings than ever before.
Of course they don’t have to be like that.
As a minimalist, I have been careful to plan a wedding that is exactly what we want. A wedding that is within our budget, no-stress, has little impact on the environment and doesn’t compromise our long term goals for our future together. That’s meant being mindful of absolutely everything we plan to do so, I’ve spent a lot of time researching websites that will help minimize our wedding plans as much as possible, from how to inform our family and friends of our plans without sending paper invites, to tackling the tricky subject of wedding gifts and recycling any left over wedding items after the big day i.e my dress.
Let’s begin with one of my favorites…
Patchwork: This extremely popular website lets friends contribute cash, time and skills towards a gift or event. You could use it to ask family and friends to to give you their time and skills to make the wedding come to life rather than give gifts? All you have to do is customize your patchwork to show them everything you need help with, whether it’s help making decorations or just bringing a bottle. Then you can relax and enjoy your day, knowing your friends and family helped make it happen. You can also use it to contribute towards a honeymoon or a specific big budget item such as a new bed, sofa or even a camper van!
Paperless Wedding: As we’re getting married abroad we wont be sending invites, as all our guests have been asked to join us personally (we’re only inviting our parents & one friend each) but we still want our family and friends to know all about our big day and details of the reception when we get back so, we’ve been toying with the idea of creating a wedding website instead. I had been looking for a UK based company when I stumbled across Paperless wedding and was even more thrilled to see that they offer paperless invites, excellent if unlike us you are inviting more than a handful of guests and would like to still send invites without wasting all that paper. This site enables you to provide your guests with all of the information for your wedding in one place, and customize the site and invitations to suit your wedding theme.
Sell My Wedding: I’ve spoke about my love for Sell My Wedding before, you can read an interview we did with the founder, Rebecca Aspin here, but for those of you who’ve never heard of it, Sell My Wedding is a marketplace for creative & stylish brides to buy & sell preloved wedding items. Find everything you need from the dress to the décor, from designer to DIY; shop for preloved, handmade & items to hire from some the UK’s most fabulous brides & wedding businesses.
Prezola: As myself and Mr T, have been living together for almost six years now it’s highly unlikely that we’re going to want lots of traditional wedding gifts for the house as we’ve already made our home together. However if unlike us you are looking for new things for the home, then Prezola has to be one of the best gift registries. The site is full of beautiful high quality gifts, as well as an option to fund travel, whether it be a honeymoon, experience or even just new luggage. What I love most about Prezola is that they also allow you to opt for charity donations to a wide range of Charities from Alzheimer Research UK to the British Heart Foundation, two charities that I know both myself and Mr T are passionate about supporting.
Vegan-Weddings.co.uk: I mentioned Vegan Weddings in a previous blog post about my favorite vegan brands, but I just had to include them in my list of favourite minimalist websites too. I would never preach that anyone needed to go vegetarian and I know not all minimalists are vegan but most minimalists do want to make responsible choices to ensure they lessen their impact on their environment. Vegan Weddings lets you search for vegan suppliers for your wedding both locally and nationwide, which is great if like us, you want to ensure your wedding is not only cruelty free but ethical too.
So there you have it, there are just a few of my favourite sites, but I’m eager to find more, so please do leave your links below if you think I’ve missed any out.