Wedding trends for 2021

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© Photographed by John Knight

When I first started writing down ideas for this blog-post a few months ago, I initially thought (as we all did) that 2021 would be a busy year for weddings, considering the nightmare that 2020 turned into. However, I think that it’s now safe to say that weddings in 2021 (or at least the first half of it) are going to be very similar to 2020 in terms of limitations and restrictions. Optimistically, I’d like to think that the restrictions will be lifted for the second half of 2021, but realistically I’m struggling to think that will actually happen. Whilst numbers attending may be allowed to increase gradually, social distancing is likely to be in place until at least the latter part of next year, and the typical ‘big’ wedding is unlikely to be able to happen for a long time yet.

I know this is incredibly difficult and heart-breaking for all couples who had their hearts set on getting married this or next year, and especially for those who have already had to postpone their weddings (sometimes more than once).

So, with all that in mind, I think the main trends for 2021 are going to be:

  • Micro-weddings; inevitably, weddings next year will be small, intimate celebrations (much as they have been in 2020), with only a simple, quiet reception and no ‘party’ as such (although these may take place at a later date)

  • Weekday Weddings; these will be more popular by default, as so many weddings have been postponed from 2020, but with venues usually booked up well in advance, couples have had to reschedule to weekday dates

  • Alfresco Weddings; with the restrictions likely to be in place for 2021, more weddings will take place outdoors, possibly with tents, tipis and marquees being used more than before

  • Brunch/Twilight Ceremonies; with weddings being shorter than before (due to fewer numbers of guests and ceremonies being more concise) brunch and twilight ceremonies may be something that more venues start of offer, in lieu of the traditional full day

  • Grazing Boards; these have been increasing in popularity recently, but they will really come into their own next year as couples plan more informal weddings and receptions

  • Personal Touches; these are going to be more important than ever, as couples celebrate their special days with their immediate family/friends only, and having been through so much already in the build-up to their weddings

  • Supporting Local; this idea is becoming more prominent in everyday life, so it is likely to become more important to couples, as they consider both the environmental effects a wedding can have, and wanting to use local suppliers and support local businesses

  • Single-tier Cakes (or cakes with ‘false tiers’); with less guests attending a wedding, couples won’t necessarily need/want as a big a cake as initially planned, so they may decide to opt for a smaller cake, a single-tier cake, or they might keep the multi-tiered cake they had planned, but have ‘false tiers’ (made from polystyrene) decorated to still give it the ‘wow’ factor

  • Statement Accessories; as the weddings become smaller, couples may decide to glamorise their wedding by using statement accessories, from big hairpieces to decorative props

  • Live-streaming Weddings; understandably, this concept became incredibly popular this year, and that will continue into 2021, as couples aim to include as many people in their day as they can

Although the weddings themselves won’t be, what other things do you think will be ‘big’ next year?

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