The Top 12 Wedding Trends for 2021
February 01, 2021
It’s officially February (could someone please tell us how January went by so quickly?) which means that we’re officially embarking on new trends and styles for 2021.
2021 weddings are already gearing up to look very different from the traditional trajectory. Couples are now accustomed to the fact that the pandemic has truly changed the way events are being planned. With that knowledge, ceremonies are being crafted with more intention than ever before. 2020 was a year that totally reframed our priorities, and in 2021 we’re definitely going to see the result of that shift.
Below—the 2021 wedding trends that we think should be on your radar:
1. Sustainability & supporting small businesses
2020 was projected to be a big year for sustainability in the wedding industry, but as we know, those events were pretty much put on hold thanks to the pandemic. While smaller events from last year were inherently more sustainable due to their size, we expect that 2021 is going to be the year that couples take an active part in ensuring their vendors are sustainably conscious as well as locally sourced. DIY Beauty looks 2020 was the year of DIY thanks to so many safety restrictions. That being said, we’ve seen so many brides take on their own makeup and hair styling due to the infinite amount of resources available on the internet. Big thanks to wedding TikTok for giving us the confidence to work out our own wedding day look!
2. DIY Beauty looks
2020 was the year of DIY thanks to so many safety restrictions. That being said, we’ve seen so many brides take on their own makeup and hair styling due to the infinite amount of resources available on the internet. Big thanks to wedding TikTok for giving us the confidence to work out our own wedding day look!
3. Micro weddings
Honestly, we’d be surprised if extravagant weddings became the norm again. Last year was the year of micro weddings due to the pandemic, and it looks like 2021 will progress in a similar vein. Couples are now more focused on tying the knot with their closest friends and family by their side and less concerned with over-the-top parties. It’s a shift in the wedding industry that places love at its core.
Backyard weddings are a big move for 2021. With quaint floral arrangements and garden settings that radiate romantic energy, couples are beginning to realize that they can turn their own outdoor space (or a close friend’s or family member’s) into a setting that’s just as magical as any expensive venue.
6. Domestic honeymoons
With overseas travel pretty much on pause for the foreseeable future, couples are opting to celebrate their nuptials close to home. Whether that means a road trip to a nearby national park to escape into mountain views or travelling to the nearest beach for some much needed sunshine, staying close to home to celebrate marriage looks like it’s going to be a huge trend for 2021.
7. Formal dinner service
Since buffets are pretty much out of the question for weddings thanks to the pandemic, formal dinners are becoming the new norm. We’re seeing more and more couples thoughtfully craft their wedding day meals with food that expresses their personality and culture. We’re not mad about it!
A crowded dance floor might not be in the books for 2021, but romantic acoustic concerts definitely are! Hire your favorite local band to serenade you and your loved ones after your wedding ceremony. It’s a wedding day move that will definitely keep people gushing over your event for days.
9. Celebration care packages
For many couples, a lot of their loved ones are unable to attend their wedding due to the pandemic. As a compromise, couples have begun to send out celebration care packages to guests that will be watching them tie the knot over Zoom. Hop on this trend now if you’re looking for creative ways to include all of your guests, wherever they may be!
10. Assigned seating
Say “so long,” to random seating arrangements. If you’re planning on throwing a larger wedding day event this year but still want to be COVID-safe, assigned seating is a must if you want to ensure that your guests stick to their designated pods.
11. Royal wedding vibes
I think we can all agree that the majority of us are obsessing over the royal lifestyle at the moment. From Bridgerton to the new season of The Crown to Princess Beatrice’s wedding, there’s been no shortage of royal inspiration. With everyone gushing about these cultural phenomena, we expect to see the style from these shows and events trickle into weddings everywhere.
12. New priorities
Finally, our last 2021 wedding trend—new priorities. 2020 put what was really important into focus for most of us—from spending more quality time with family and friends or just appreciating the little details of everyday life. With this newfound outlook, we expect that couples will plan their weddings with more intention, creating a new era of ceremonies that truly embody what it means to be in love.