The Five Biggest Wedding Trends for 2021
London-based Luxury Wedding Planner Laura Hillman designs and plans stylish and showstopping celebrations for modern romantics across the UK.
Having worked at some of the worlds most distinguished hotels in the world she can bring your dreamy wedding vision to life by curating a special occasion that sparks excitement, oozes style, and creates lifelong memories!
Today Laura is sharing her predictions for the five biggest wedding trends for 2021…
Brides and grooms are throwing the rule book out the window and planning the wedding they really want to not what they think they should be planning!
Without question the last 12 months of being stuck at home, not being able to see friends or hug our loved ones will have a profound effect on weddings for the remainder of the year! With two key trends emerging – couples choosing to scale back celebrations focusing on sharing their special moments with close family and friends. And those deciding to have an even bigger and extravagant affair!
With the need for flexibility around dates and numbers for celebrations, brides-to-be are choosing versatile and fashion forward styles that they can wear more than once.
Your bridal outfit is one area of your day that you can control, so select pieces unique to you and your style. Attire that you love so much you can wear it to an intimate ceremony this year and a larger celebration next year.
Many couples are choosing to have a smaller wedding in 2021 but making it more of an experience, spread out across the day or even weekend. So, bear this in mind when selecting your wedding attire. Can your outfit transition to an after party by taking off or adding a layer? How about selecting a modern wedding veil for your ceremony?
In 2021 weddings are all about intimate and relaxed affairs, with lots of details and an amazing experience celebrating with family and close friends. They are also taking place with a much shorter lead time with couples deciding to go ahead as soon as possible as restrictions are relaxed not only to celebrate their marriage but to also acknowledge it is the first occasion their nearest and dearest will be getting together after months of restrictions.
Couples are opting for smaller venues with outdoor space, fabulous food, and superb service, to ensure their close friends and family have an incredible experience and feel loved.
After 12 months of disruption, changed plans and postponements, many couples have realised that the large traditional wedding they had originally planned is no longer the best option for them. Instead, they are opting for scaled back occasions with family and just close friends. We are therefore going to continue to see micro weddings grow in popularity for the remainder of the year.
There is also a renewed interest in outside weddings, with plans being made for weddings in private gardens in hired tents with fairy lights to create a romantic ambiance. After a period of reflection couples are leaning towards fresh air and nature in ways they did not in the past.
Adding personalised touches such as thank you notes at each place setting will continue to be popular. Expect couples to opt for even more elaborate styling and customised table settings such as selecting luxe coloured linen, charger plates and crystal cut glasses to personalise their day even further.
It is also predicted that couples will turn their hand to a little DIY décor, with more time on their hands and new skills learnt during lockdown an increased interest in crafting personalised wedding decorations is emerging.
This will still be paired with showstopping and colourful flowers, high quality food and beverage to create a memorable and outstanding experience for their guests!
The last few years has seen more and more wedding couples seeking ways to reduce the impact of their wedding on the environment making meaningful choices such as selecting a slow fashion dress or opting out of giving favours to guests to help reduce their carbon footprint. This move toward a sustainable wedding has become one of our five biggest wedding trends for 2021.
The pandemic has increased awareness even further, with a focus on ethical practices within larger companies.
The British economy has also suffered, with the wedding industry hit incredibly hard. Couples are making conscious decisions to support small local businesses and independent creatives to buy from. Opting for stationery and décor from Etsy retailers rather than the bigger online stores such as Amazon.
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