Simple is not a breezy heirloom dress, not a homegrown menu, not a handmade font, not a casual hairstyle, not a modest guest list. Simple is not an aesthetic, or a fashion, or a chic way to design your wedding. It's a state of mind. It means having one voice in your head -- yours and your loved one's -- not yours and all of your friends' and a magazine's and the chatter of several dozen blogs (pleasant though that chatter may be). It means if you want a ball gown and a barbecue because that's what lights you up, then you do it.
What about a wedding is simple? Orchestrating two entire families? Wanting to make everyone happy? Starting a new life? Embarking on something you've never known with someone whom, in the grand scheme of things, you are only beginning to know? Compared to that, even a fireworks show and a parade of acrobats could be simple.
If you have your heart set on a simple wedding and then it gets complicated and you get stressed because, as it turns out, it's quite complicated to make everything perfectly simple...remember that a wedding is a big, beautiful, profoundly complicated rite, and if it isn't all simple and effortless and lovely, it's because it's more than that.
"This mystery is great..." (Ephesians 5:32)