2020 has been the year of change for the wedding industry, the coronavirus pandemic has thrown many brides and grooms plans into disarray, having to change the date of their big day. Weddings will no doubt look different in 2021 taking into account new trends, as well as lessons learnt throughout COVID.
With COVID having affected many brides and grooms, many couples may now option for micro weddings as a creative and resourceful way for dealing with the way the wedding industry has been changed.
The biggest trends that are set for 2021 include micro weddings with couples choosing this as way to create a relaxed and informal/formal ceremony for 40 guests or less. It’s set to be a game changer in the wedding industry as the new chic and allowing brides and grooms to spend quality time with their nearest and dearest. “Reconnecting with friends and family and creating meaningful experiences is going to be top of everyone’s agenda, which we’ll see filtered into weddings as couples reprioritise what’s important to them on their day with a focus on guest experiences and more quality time spent with each person”. Acts of gratitude also going hand in hand with these new chic micro weddings, providing ways for couples to show their love with small acts of gratitude on the day from small gifts or personalised flower bunches to take home.
The bridal collections will most likely be inspired by wedding dresses with pockets will be a noticeable trend in 2021, as well as unfussy simple elegant bridal gowns and we have Megan Markle to thank for this one! Meghan’s dress was elegant, chic and modern, with an incredible lengthy veil that any bride would be proud to wear. Whilst sleeves are also making a comeback it is a simple yet unique way to show of flare and design. Giving a stylish touch to proceedings, long-sleeved wedding gowns are often paired with backless dressed to balance out the look. It’s likely a lot of brides will go for more than one gown too, perhaps choosing a simple slip for a small celebration and then ‘going big’ with a romantic, dramatic dress for their reception at a later date.
Large florals are a defining part of any big day, providing a visual uplift to any venue. Bold statements colours are all the rage, as well as those with different textures and shapes. And when it comes to your bridal bouquet, it’s all about understated tidy bouquets with plenty of overflowing greenery for a majestic look, paired perfectly with the white wedding dress. Taking into account florals on the day, lighting will also go hand in hand in creating a simplistic as well as majestic atmosphere. Lighting has become all the rage as well, mood lighting is a trend, and lights can set the tone and mood for your evening, adding a touch of sparkle to your proceedings. Whether it is an indoor or outdoor wedding reception, big or small, lighting can set the tone and mood for your day.
Whilst many wedding planners are set to see a change from weekend weddings, to weekdays weddings now being considered, with these being on the rise and a trend for 2021. A weekday wedding is a brilliant option for couples; not only can you expect to pay a lot less than you would for a weekend date but there’s more likelihood of your dream venue and supplier team being available too.
Couples are also opting for a sustainable/eco-friendly wedding with the 2021 wedding trend for couples to upcycle. With more awareness created on sustainability, couples are choosing to cut back on any unnecessary waste. Some ways they are making a change is by offering wedding flowers away to good causes, going plastic free on your big day and seasonal flowers. Compostable and biodegradable packaging and petals, responsibly sourcing second hand wedding dresses (old is in). Keeping food and flowers locally-sourced, avoiding plastic and gifting plants are all great ways for couples to keep sustainability in mind.
Although the Coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the wedding industry, 2021 is set to be a great year for weddings, changes and will set future wedding trends for years to come, highlighting one very important fact, “No one ever made a difference by being and looking like everyone else”.