We take a look at the latest trends set for 2020-2021, what we are seeing more and more of, and what popular styles will be coming through this year. Taking inspiration from the latest wedding reports and findings from floral trends and dresses to fashion and interior trends, we’ve pulled together the must-have and most exciting wedding trends of the year.
WEDDING TRENDS 2021
Weddings are very personal and there is no wedding that fits all, everyone with want something slightly different be it the dress, catering, styling or flowers. While the latest wedding trends change, so do tastes, and what people wish to spend their money on when it comes to their big day.
RELAXED AND INFORMAL
Top of the wedding trend list is informal gatherings. Inviting all and sundry to your big day is no longer the trend, as couples opt for more intimate, meaningful celebrations with their nearest and dearest. This means couples can spend their budget more lavishly on a smaller group.
One of the big wedding trends of the season is for more intimate ceremonies. Also known as ‘micro weddings’ these occasions tend to have a smaller guest list of around 40 people or fewer. They can be formal or informal, and keep with tradition, or take a more modern approach – however, they tend to be a fusion of both.
Also, since there is more budget per head, they lend themselves perfectly to bespoke soirees, which are remembered for personal touches throughout. This can range from private wine tasting to personalised favours as part of the big day celebrations.
Most importantly of all, they also allow the bride and groom to spend quality time with each and every guest – one of the reasons for its surging popularity.
New wedding reception trends include cutting back on guests doesn’t mean you have to cut back on extravagance. If anything, it’s quite the opposite.
So, it’s no surprise that one of the latest wedding trends right now is for oversize decor and giant statements. Imagine heralding guests in to the reception with smoke flares and fireworks. Think huge balloons and oversize centrepieces that take your breath away when you walk into a room.
Giving your wedding that personal style makes it your own, from giant balloons, floral arches and hanging displays to balloon walls and giant lights.
According to the other bible, Vogue, wedding dresses with pockets are one of the hot bridal trends for this year. From a practical point of view, it’s easy to see why – they are great for storing your mobile phone, order of service, a spare lippy or perhaps a sneaky tissue! As such, online searches for gowns with pockets saw an increase of 83 per cent in the first half of the year.
Another bridal trend we have Meghan Markle to thank for is the unfussy simple wedding bridal gown. Designed by Clare Waight Keller, Meghan’s dress was elegant, chic and modern, with an incredible lengthy veil that any bride would be proud to wear. The Meghan effect has been seen up and down the land in the past year, with this sleek bridal trend set to carry on into the new year too.
On that note, sleeves are also making a comeback. Once resigned to the bygone era of the 50s and 60s, longer elegant gowns are seeing somewhat of a renaissance, as we fall back in love with the romance of weddings. Giving a stylish touch to proceedings, long-sleeved wedding gowns are often paired with backless dressed to balance out the look, and adding a touch of sexiness.
Finally, in a departure from demure weddings, in the year of ‘going big’ flashy red statement lips are one of the makeup trends to look out for too.
GOING SUSTAINABLE / ECO WEDDINGS
In these eco-conscious times we live in, now more than ever, couples are looking at ways to host responsibly. This means cutting back on unnecessary waste and trying to be as eco-friendly as possible. Wedding venues are being greener and becoming more sustainable, many venues that provide in-house catering will use locally sourced produce, as well as other areas within their business to be more eco friendly.
One of the new wedding trends is for couples to upcycle, or to pledge a commitment to zero waste. This can be from offering wedding flowers away to good causes, to going plastic-free on your big day.
Other ways that couples can achieve this wedding trend is to swap out plastic straws for paper ones, sharing wedding day flowers and décor with other couples using the venue, and offering to ‘replant trees’ as a wedding favour.
Read: How to Have an Eco-Friendly Wedding
A defining part of any big day, flower displays provide a visual uplift and can even transform a venue.
The latest trend report from Brides magazine highlights a few floral trends to adopt into your big day this year.
Going local is a big new wedding trend we’ve seen in recent years. Sourcing British flowers from your nearest independent florist is a great way to put your personal stamp on the day.
Bold statement colours are all the rage, as well as those with different textures and shapes. Speak to your florist about how they can layer up displays with an explosion of colour. Go big on scents too – this is going to be a big wedding trend that you’ll smell more of in the coming year!
It’s all about getting creative too. Think about different ways that flowers can add a pop of colour to other parts of the day, from flowers frozen in ice-cubes, to floral hair weaves for the bridal party.
And when it comes to your bridal bouquet, it’s all about understated tidy bouquets with plenty of overflowing greenery for a majestic look.
Great lighting can make your wedding venue glisten in the moonlight and sizzle at sunset. Therefore, it’s no surprise that one of the top wedding trends of the year is for mood lighting. When the sun sets, the lights come on, be it an indoor or outdoor wedding reception, lights can set the tone and mood for your evening.
Think outside of the ‘lightbox’ and look at different ways to integrate lighting in a unique way. From exposed bulbs to mini lampshades and vintage chandeliers to candles on a beach. There’s lots of different ways that you can bring a touch of sparkle to proceedings.
Neon signage and lights continue to be popular and can be customised to suit and makes a great keep sake, just need the space.
2020 wedding trends also include a change to wedding photography, it has always been important, however with more choice and videographers available having your wedding day captured as a film is becoming more popular and a great way to relive your day.
With videography becoming more popular will also see the rise of drones being used, perfect for videographer and stunning group shots of you and your guests as well as your venue from above.
FOOD AND DRINK
We all want to imprint our own stamp on our wedding day. But coming up with original ideas can be challenging.
Areas such as food and drink are becoming more unique and personal, from custom signature cocktails created by the bridge and groom, to unique canapés and desserts that reflect the couple.
With the change in dining and drinking trends we expect to see this reflected too, less wine and champagne, and more gin bars and cocktails.
GRAZING & DESSERT TABLES
The cutting of the wedding cake is over, it’s the biggest non-event, so on a final sweet note, well actually savoury – it’s time to wave goodbye to traditional wedding cakes in place of cheese towers and cheese boards, donuts and grazing tables!
That’s right, tiers of cheese layers with artisan bread and crackers is what all the hipsters will be chowing down this year. Cupcakes and donuts are also popular choices reflecting the couple and what they love. Less cake cutting and more picky bits!
DO IT YOUR WAY
Although these are popular make sure you do things your way, trends are great for ideas and seeing what others are doing, but make sure you do things how you want. Make your own style.
aaWhatever the trends remember this is your day, so make it your own and make it how you want it, don’t worry about what’s popular and what others are doing. It is great for ideas and inspiration, but make sure you do it your way.