Exciting ideas to help you plan, from Wonderful Events
At last, things are beginning to look up! 2021, 2022 and even 2023 wedding seasons are heading into full swing! It’s time to start looking forward to planning full capacity weddings and feel some sort of normality – maybe with some significant changes to the ways couples plan their celebrations, and changes in how wedding suppliers provide their services and work at weddings.
Let’s have a look at the 7 wedding trends that will rule weddings in 2021!
1. Micro and intimate weddings
After all of last year’s upheaval, flexibility is key so savvy couples will be planning carefully, very aware that a smaller number of guests is a safer option in 2021.
Weddings with fewer than 50 guests will be the norm. Intimate weddings can be then planned at couple’s homes, in gardens, and in smaller outdoor tents. Couples can then create truly special spaces like secret gardens, marquee lounges, or bring holiday vibes home. The fun will follow through from the ceremony to the dining, to the party areas.
Weddings will focus on the most important part of the day. Being together and the wedding ceremony promises. Wedding ceremonies will be longer, written for the couple, about the couple. Wedding Celebrants can officiate at unusual places. Making memories and being with loved ones is now more important than ever.
2. Elopements and intimate weddings abroad
Destination weddings and elopements are on the rise. Couples don’t want to postpone their marriage for the 3rd or 4th time.
It is easy and can be cheaper to plan a wedding abroad for up to 50 people. And a smaller wedding means more flexibility in destination, choice of venues, and longer time spent together. Destination weddings across the world allow for new adventures and memories for the whole family. There is also almost guaranteed sun, lazy warm evenings, and beautiful walks into the sunset.
We can easily imagine spending a week in a rustic French villa, enjoying the local wine and a swimming pool in a hot summer. Or taking a tour around the Sorrento to a unique hotel with breathtaking views over Capri. An Italian Romance at its best, that is why the First Dates hotel is located here. Weddings abroad are indeed a great fun for children as well. A small family party in the Finnish Lapland while on a trail to visit Santa and a ceremony in a Snow Chapel? This is a once in a lifetime experience the whole family will talk about every Christmas!
3. Vibrant colour palettes and style with meaning
Smaller parties mean that money can be spent on luxurious table displays with a seasonal floral colour palette, charger plates, and handmade linens. We will see table linen made for the occasion with bespoke prints and in every colour. Personalised embroidered napkins add a wonderful personal touch and are perfect keepsakes. We also predict seeing sets and layers of plates, and sometimes even vintage china with a special meaning to the family. Or show plates that go perfectly with the menu, colours of each course, and the wedding day theme.
Couples will hire venue dressers and stylists more than ever as they wish to have an original day. The overall look and vibe of the wedding venue is as important as the wedding dress. And every element of the day must work together in perfect harmony.
4. Opulent floral arrangements
We will see luxury oversized bridal bouquets in 2021. Locally sourced flowers looking like they have just been put together randomly. Hanging flower clouds will replace oversized tables. Attention to detail in each vase on the table, overflowing garlands, and every flower having its proud place. 2021 flower displays will be immaculate and have purpose.
5. Eco conscious and sustainably focused weddings
Eco-friendly and sustainable weddings are the name of the game thanks to the incredible teenage environmental activists that have rocked 2019 and 2020. We shall not plan events and weddings the way we have done for the last 15 years where each wedding produced up to 20kg of plastic, flowers were flown across the world, and a huge amount of food was thrown away without a second thought. Only 20% of wedding guests eat all 3 – 4 courses of the wedding breakfast, followed by a cake and an evening food. Meals and menus will be planned smarter.
Recycling is the priority for the wedding suppliers, the couple, and the guests. Couples are very aware and looking for conflict free jewellery and even ethically made bridal gowns. Fresh locally grown flowers are enhanced with dry flowers. Caterers are asked to produce vegetarian and vegan feasts including fair trade products, paired with organic wines. Sustainability is not a novelty or a fashion statement, it is a necessity!
We are part of this vibe and we work in as eco-friendly a way as possible, source locally, minimise the transportation of all items, and support local businesses. They are the heart and soul of the wedding industry after all.
6. Wedding invites and on the day stationery as works of art
Wedding stationery has come a long way. From super modern designs to bespoke logos and become almost a wedding branding. We will see a return to hand made, bespoke, illustrated wedding invitations that are not created just by printers. They are created by artists that hour after hour hand paint every invite, every RSVP, every place card. Every piece is perfect and an art on its own, and yet different from the one before. These are pieces of art to be framed and kept forever.
7. New and alternative wedding venues
Couples and suppliers are thinking out of the box and we are loving it! We see new venues that have never hosted a wedding before and unique venues that couples absolutely love. Intimate events give us a lot more flexibility in a search for that perfect venue. It might be a secret garden in the city centre, a bluebell woodland in the Cotswolds, or a Country House that is part of the British heritage. There are lots of private estates and homes that can be perfect for a wedding too. We are very much up for it whether our couple’s adventure takes us abroad or hosting a quintessentially English wedding day.