After dozens of at-home workouts and dance parties in our pajamas (at home, hoping nobody was watching), we're now looking forward to the day (or night) that we can get up and move to the music until the sun comes up. Image: Samuel Docker Photography; Florist: Liberty Lane Flowers. The opposite end of the spectrum to tradition will be an influx of modern weddings with couples wanting a design that doesn’t fit a classic mould. This trend is simple and straightforward: quality over quantity—from food and beverage to design and the guest count. Their efforts to make weddings sustainable are great ideas for all couples to adopt: arrange a tree planting party for your guests to reduce their carbon footprint; keep food miles down by opting for locally grown meat and vegetables (even better if it can be directly from the Estate you’re marrying on, like at Holkham) or a vegan menu; serve local beers, wines and spirits; and choose a venue with a beautiful backdrop that doesn’t require lavish decoration that will end up in landfill. “Think a cool cocktail service instead of a standard paid bar, and interactive entertainment such as comedians or tarot readers on top of music.”. We discovered just how much we love to be comfortable this year, and that likely won't change instantly when it comes to wedding dressing. “While there will always be a place in my heart for the white wedding, I am so excited that we are seeing more buttery yellows, ochres and mustard tones coming through in 2021 briefs,” says Liberty Lane Flowers’ Jennie. “Yellow has been one of those love/hate colours for us florists for a long time and I think it is a case of doing some research into what is available for the season and finding the right tones. As well as lighting, think about designing an experience for all the senses. Without question, the wedding trends for 2021 are going to be influenced by the Coronavirus lockdown of 2020. “I think seasonal British produce will be seen as the essential basis of the wedding menu,” predicts Jens, of luxury caterer Bubble Food. “Couples are increasingly putting sustainability as a top priority for their wedding day and 2021 will continue to see a big growth in this. “Gone will be the large, showy, corporate-event style celebrations, and instead weddings will become more intimate as people will want those friends that are really important to them, and will be less concerned with having people ‘just for show’. Micro weddings are weddings with less than 20 guests and we’ll see more and more of these intimate ceremonies in 2021. If you're working with a local restaurant or caterer, take that support a step further by ordering takeout if offered or arranging a tasting at home ASAP. The goal here is to bring your original wedding destination, your dream honeymoon location, or an experience you shared together abroad or out of town into your home, or to an intimate affair, via destination-inspired experiences, tastes, textures, and colors. “Hair accessories adorned with sparkles or pearls will continue to be popular and I think we’ll see renewed interest in chandelier earrings and statement necklaces.”, Image: Elena Popa Photography; Styling: Pink Palms Events; Hair and Makeup: Portraits Bridal. The list goes on. This year made it abundantly clear that even as a bride- and groom-to-be, it's not always about you. Others might feel that much more casual and end with s'mores around a fire pit. There is a strong sway towards ’70s materials and aesthetic – macramé, crochet, rattan, block colours, wooden beading and textured linens,” says Claire of Perfect Cartel. We won’t be afraid to ask for favours in 2021 and expect your creative and similarly financially-stretched friends to be glad to make you something in lieu of a wedding gift. Weddings will go back to their heart: making treasured memories with friends and family. Lots of different textures to feel, from velvet table runners to pampas grass aisle decorations? Jan 19, 2021 Getty Images After a year that saw most of us remotely working and socializing, it's fair to say that the idea of wearing shoes can feel a bit novel. What about having a sax player wandering among guests? “2021 weddings will be much more about experiences. Not only does it look good as flowers, but the intensity of mustard works so well with rich fabrics like velvet and satin that you can incorporate into everything from table runners to bridesmaid dresses. I am planning an early October wedding using dried bracken, autumnal-tinged foliage, buttery Caramel Antike and Honey Dijon roses, and hopefully lots of creamy Café au Lait dahlias if the frost hasn’t taken them yet.”. Around 400 guests had convened behind covered windows in violation of the UK’s strict social distancing rules. “Wedding décor will be sustainable, raw, natural, locally sourced and traditional. An admittedly late, amped-up appreciation for sustainability was said to be a top trend in design and planning for 2020, until this year's gatherings were put on pause. And what kind of dress styles will we see? Liberty Lane Flowers’ Jennie predicts a move away from the British ‘garden’ style of floristry – rich with foliage, British-grown flowers and delicate textures – towards more structural, architectural designs, influenced by Australian florists. From vintage family china and candlesticks to donning heirloom jewelry and fashion, the standing tradition of "something old" is taking on new life. “Duchesse satin will be a favourite fabric, which is so classical and luxurious when sculpted over waist-defining corsets and big voluminous skirts, lighting up the face with its natural glow,” says Phillipa. “I predict we’ll see lots of stunning crowns and headpieces which will become heirlooms to be passed down to future generations.”, Time apart from our families has reminded us of the crucial connection between generations, which will lead to more heirlooms being worn now (Granny definitely has a brooch you’ve got your eye on) and heirlooms invested in for your children. “Rather than dressing every surface in the venue with traditional designs, couples will instead focus their budget on the larger statement designs. “These designers are using massed florals; reflexed roses, Phalaenopsis orchids, dried textures, giant palms, and Australian natives, and arranging them with minimal green foliage. “I think that, as a whole, weddings will have an even deeper meaning; an extra layer to the day where there is a moment to stop and reflect on the events of the past 12 months and be grateful for good health and safety, to honour the opportunity of being finally able to celebrate with loved ones,” says Claire Berry, founder of event designers Perfect Cartel. This year was one that we could never have planned for—and the pandemic's impact on the wedding and events industry has been monumental. Think sitting your guests under a canopy of hanging flowers for the ceremony, creating a woodland walkway from one venue to another, or even elaborate edible garden centrepieces forming part of the show when it comes to serving your bespoke wedding breakfast.”. Think: super bold, vibrant color with decor that is fantastical and worthy of the parties you dreamt of during endless evenings cooking at home. If you haven't gotten the gist just yet, 2021's wedding trends are all a result of the pandemic's reframing of our priorities. Smaller things include baking special ‘thank you’ biscuits for each guest, or hiring one or two babysitters to look after young guests during dinner and speeches and into the evening – it’s a way of giving parents some much-needed time off. Each event we attend in the coming year should inspire joy, smiles, and vibrancy at every turn—after a year inside, we deserve it. “We’re seeing a potential move from complex ‘arranged’ designs using a vast mix of cut, cultivated stems to simply stunning arrangements of one variety of seasonal flower on mass, perhaps planted where possible so that they can live on after the wedding.”, Image: Dani Taylor Photography; Accessories: Tilly Thomas Lux, “After we’ve all been stuck inside wearing jogging bottoms and topknots, I think we’ll see a return to full-on Hollywood glamour,” predicts Tilly Thomas Lux founder Sally Thomas. “I am seeing a return to the more traditional side of weddings,” says Jennie Evans of bespoke floral designers Liberty Lane Flowers. A year of Netflix binges, endless podcasts, and countless hours spent on Instagram has us all desperate for some live entertainment. Pictured: Planning by The Lake Como Wedding Planner; Floral Design by Tulipina. Local suppliers, from caterers to photographers, will get more booking as couples choose to invest in the economy on their doorstep. Consider that a standout reception gown may become the main look for a small ceremony and that an after-party dress might turn into a look for a large-scale anniversary celebration in 2022. Yellow has so many wonderful tones in nature that there’s shades to suit every season. And with each of those couples putting their own personality and flavour on their day, we predict a really surge in creative and unique weddings. I started Grace Loves Lace knowing the importance and value of us making our wedding dresses in our own Australian studio – where we have full control of the work place health and safety, conditions, quality, skill. We're looking forward to cocktails mixed to perfection by someone other than ourselves and dinners where wine, conversation, and laughter flows nonstop. Prepare to possibly style something differently to wear it more than once; divvy up your budget wisely, and invest in looks you love. Think gorgeous lilac, pastel pink, yellow and peach tulips and sweet peas, with a pop of colour such as orange or coral, and stationery of complementing colours too.”. “They will be key in delivering cool, calm and relaxed yet personal wedding vibes. Avriel Epps and Erin Darling (pictured here), These Are the Top Bridal Trends for 2021 Weddings, 7 Shoe Trends Worth Investing In for 2021, Shop Jewelry Trends from the Spring 2021 Runways. Guests are ready for an all-out, no-holds-barred party. Bubble Food’s Executive Chef Director, Jens Nisson anticipates new friends made on our streets during lockdown or in community-based projects will get invites to our weddings. When it comes to the number of guests you invite, couples are likely going to keep things small into the new year. Expect 2021 to be all about transformative design, rather than experiential travel—at least to start. Well, it looks like matching your shoes with your nails is the new mood for 2021 and we agree with Lebrat-Personnaz that "deep brown and black tones, opaque in finish, look absolutely beautiful and striking on all skin tones, especially if they have a high shine finish." Image: Parrot & Pineapple Photography; Planner: Pink Palms Events. All we want to do is go to a restaurant, where we can order off a menu after struggling to choose between multiple entrees that all sound delicious. Hand in hand with this comes the more traditional bouquet; increasingly I am being asked for something not too big, yet not too small, with my usual garden roses, sweet peas, and other scented garden flowers to conjure memories of the wedding day in the future.”, Acclaimed bridalwear designer Phillipa Lepley predicts a boom for British dress designers and a return to ageless styles: “Brides will opt for more classic and timeless dresses, prioritising the best of the best quality.”. Exclusive First Look at Dorit Kemsley's Luxe Bridal Collection With Nektaria We may earn commission on some of the items you choose to buy. Weddings. Lockdown has been a period of reflection for many about what’s truly important, and for some couples, that will crystallise exactly who they want by their side on their special day. Crucially, their budget won’t change. Pictured: Ally Hilfiger and Steve Hash's Wedding in Mustique, Photographed by Douglas Friedman. There's long been a tradition of having family photos present on the wedding day. United Kingdom. Here, the top wedding trends for 2021 and beyond. For your own crafts, YouTube, Pinterest and IGTV are treasure troves of tutorials and inspiration for DIY ideas and lockdown is the perfect time to get practising. An all-in-one package may seem like the easiest option, but couples are realizing that it's more important to support small businesses and work with brands they feel align with their values. I think terracotta and rusty suits will make way as a classic and neutral tone for groomswear, whilst really making a statement. Consider ready-to-wear options you would wear to a black-tie event down the road or someone else's wedding in years to come. You can easily incorporate poignant acts of thank into your wedding day. Expect the new year to bring about fresh pops of color, new palettes, print mixing, and statement hues that weddings haven't seen before. We're looking forward to the future—and it's bright. Recent Search. Harper's BAZAAR participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites. 2021 weddings promise to continue that trend, with much of the product—from food to beverage to floral—being sourced as locally as possible, limiting carbon emissions in transportation and supporting small, artisan businesses. This couple is the perfect example; the two opted for an elopement at Amangiri, complete with a Danielle Frankel gown, and a candlelit dinner for two overlooking Antelope Canyon. The key to this idea is that your entertaining ethos should still feel like home—while daring to be different. Sourcing the very best quality meat locally should be a must. She recommends guests start saving up now for outfits (second-hand if possible), travel and hotels. Buying British will be seen most clearly in wedding breakfasts in 2021, with more local ‘locavore’ menus requested by couples. “This is due to a combination of an expression of pride in the local area after testing times, support for our growers and producers, as well as likely supply chain issues with food from overseas.”. Insert one of these. It’s a day of such meaning and representation of you. In some cases, it might be about budget constraints, but for a lot, the reasoning will be that couples simply want to scale back to just the few family and friends they can’t live without. So very cool. Keep in mind that our support for the restaurant and hospitality industry is paramount now more than ever; if you're considering an event at a restaurant, book it now to support the establishment when it needs it most. The ambience and aura of your venue are essential for creating an unforgettable wedding experience for your guests. Goodbye 2020 and hello to the new spring/summer interior trends of 2021. Colours are natural and earthy, drawn from nature, and shapes are rounded and cocooning. It’s due in part to the build-up of 2020 weddings which have spilled over into 2021, but also budget considerations for couples who’ve been more stretched than expected. We can hardly claim DIY weddings as a new trend for 2021 but we’ll see couples who’d normally turn their noses up at the faff of crafting something themselves give it a go. Whether you choose to take your inspiration from actual royal weddings or Netflix's The Crown or Bridgerton, 2021 is trending all things English. Celebrations should be filled with love, joy, music, and entertainment, no matter the size or scope. That means couples will focus much more on entertainment and looking after their guests,” says Ashleigh Li, creative director of Pink Palms Events. United Kingdom Gibraltar Ireland Jersey. Image: Elena Popa Photography; Styling: Pink Palms Events; Florist: My Lady Garden. “With all the new skills we’re learning in lockdown, DIY couples are going to be leading the way!” says Pink Palms Events’ Ashleigh. Wedding in the Midwest? 2021 will have loads more beach weddings than we've seen in the past, from the Hamptons to Miami to Malibu and beyond—but they won't be the standard. Have your guests place orders, or host a welcome dinner or reception at a favorite restaurant of yours. And as weddings pick back up, outdoor affairs will likely kick things off. Whatever your style, expect beach weddings in 2021 to honor their natural setting, with a twist. “Now, we’re talking proper blowouts: extra attendees, glitter galore, bouncing balloons, exquisite bouquets of flowers throughout, and all those classic crowd-pleasing tunes.”. “As one client told me recently,” says The Arabian Tent Company founder Katherine Hudson, “with everything going on, it’s made us want to work with suppliers that are close to home.”. Following weeks of elasticated waistbands, couples and their guests will want to go all-out for 2021 weddings. Every product on this page was chosen by a Harper's BAZAAR editor. Examine your wedding wardrobe and see how it all plays together instead of solely focusing on the main ceremony gown. Though time-consuming, a personal note on each guest place setting is a hugely meaningful gesture. Search Results. Pictured: Stacia & Mario's Intimate Napa Valley Wedding. Here are some of the biggest wedding trends to embrace for 2021. “There are so many high end designers doing off-the-rack hybrids now – especially for the non-traditional bride. Rather than the manicured French gardens and Italian groves that have been so inspiring in recent years, this is going more floral— with a high dose of drama. Another 2021 wedding trend I am hoping to see, is for grooms to choose alternative coloured suits. “I think there will be two extremes for 2021,” says bridal accessories designer Sally of Tilly Thomas Lux. While many events were inherently more sustainable given their smaller scale, this year's weddings were more locally sourced than ever before—planned in backyards, amid gardens, and on terraces with help from neighborhood vendors. “With spring/summer weddings set to dominate, we expect to see more strapless dresses. As well as statement and sparkling accessories, expect photo-perfect hair and makeup as we make up for lost photo opportunities while there’s a professional photographer around. That’s because we’ll see two clear paths emerging out of 2020: those who feel the need to scale back and focus on a tight-knit group of nearest and dearest, and those whose passion to celebrate with everyone they care for means a BIG guest list. The offset of having smaller guest numbers will mean couples will have more budget for stationery, jewellery, clothes, food, and decorations that are ethical and sustainable.”. Think locally-farmed meats, foraged ingredients, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and modern British twists on classic wedding dishes. Guests will have different reactions to showing up to a large wedding—even with a vaccine. Experts across the wedding industry are predicting tradition to be a defining feature of 2021 weddings, from timeless dresses to nostalgic fragrances and traditional speeches. The stats are scary – one wedding day produces the same CO2 emissions as five people will produce in a year,” say the team at Norfolk’s stunning Holkham Hall. Choose special guests, such as grandparents or close friends, to take home one of the flower arrangements at the end of the night. We're looking ahead to 2021, which offers a glimmer of light at the end of a long tunnel. And with that new look on things, registries and wedding gifts are sure to shift as well. Many people will have had to cancel holidays so will be turning to the salon for a sun-kissed look and a bronzed goddess glow to cap their glamorous look. But with smaller guest counts come more elaborate options to wine and dine your guests, or just the two of you for an over-the-top elopement. You're on our mind during COVID-19. ” Some couples will go all out and have a decadent, no-expense-spared big day, while others will keep things more considered and invest in pieces which they can wear again and again. Perhaps a little tongue-in-cheek, but you’ll see ‘At Last’ by Etta James as a popular choice of first dance song for postponed couples, predict the team at Hedsor House. These sudden changes and health concerns have made planning anything but easy, and have had an effect on how we approach the joyful celebrations weddings are designed to be. Whether you set up tropical arrangements that call to the lush greenery of Bali, deck tables with accents that remind you of your favorite meal in Provence, or include Moroccan-inspired lounges with trays of abundant fruits and candies, immerse your guests in menus, music, scents, blooms, and multisensory experiences of your favorite destination in the world—even if you're actually at home. These intimate dining experiences are best served to a smaller guest count, which make them prime for 2021 events. No matter the size of your event, from the ceremony to the reception, music and performances are not where you should cut back in the coming year and beyond. Carrie Goldberg is’s Weddings & Travel Director. We expect to see more couples following suit, opting for charitable registries and donation campaigns that give back to the organizations and missions close to their families and their hearts as individuals, and as a couple. While there might not be elasticated waistbands when it comes to jeans trends for 2021 there are slightly looser fits in terms of legs (which we also confirmed our spring/summer 2021 trend report).Wider-leg jeans, with a nod to ‘70s-style silhouettes, are also a more popular choice right now, and that’s only going to increase. This year sent us inside, and when we wanted to get out, we were prompted to the great outdoors for distancing. Instead, couples will continue to host incredible, nothing-spared, small events, and plan to throw a killer anniversary party next year or the following. The Biggest Fashion Trends For a Second Wedding In 2021 First came the micro wedding, now comes the “I do”-over. Image: Divine Day Photography; Planning: La Fête. The buzz of going out to a bridal salon, to feel the fabrics of the dresses, to see the styles in person and try them on will be such a luxury and encourage more brides to invest in British brands. Imagine waiting an entire year to finally get hitched, especially when you thought the day was definitely on its way,” says Charlotte Ricard-Quesada, founder of award-winning wedding planning company La Fête. Taking inspiration from the S/S 21 collections, they’re sharing the standout trends they’re already planning on adding into their wardrobes. I find their designs so inspiring, and they are translatable into the garden style, too; vases of single variety massed flowers such as delphiniums, roses and a textural option such as smokebush flower would give a similar look when dried palms and Australian natives aren’t an affordable selection.”. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at, The Most Daring Color Palettes for Spring Weddings, 10+ Unique & Stunning Wedding Altar Ideas, The Most Unique—and Stunning—Wedding Aisle Ideas, 11 Chic & Festive Winter Wedding Decor Ideas, Vintage Wedding Ideas That Are Anything but Basic, Innovative Color Ideas for Warm Weather Weddings, These Are The Wedding Colors of Fall 2020, 10 Unique—and Romantic—Spring Wedding Ideas. Think of your rehearsal dinner and brunch looks as fair game for civil ceremonies and small celebratory dinners to follow. “While we absolutely love the idea of a full year brimming with weddings, please be careful to avoid showing up to work hungover the next day…,” warns Charlotte. Bold doses of color are inherently decadent; after all, creating a world you and your guests enjoy for one night only is the epitome of over-the-top. Her bespoke veils have included monogrammed initials, specific emblems and symbols, or the bride’s favourite flowers embroidered into silk tulle. “2021 will be a year of the authentic wedding,” foresees Katherine of the Arabian Tent Company. There will always be those who love a sky-high stiletto, but they're no longer a requirement for formal dressing, especially for the aisle. Rather, this is about celebrating nature in all its glory and in the most regal fashion, after a year of staying inside. We've spent the majority of 2020 talking about trends for small weddings and how to host a wedding at home, but we're now considering what happens once gatherings are back in action, and once we can gather—and travel—again safely. Did you know that the modern gift for a 17th wedding anniversary is furniture? Parade talked with industry experts to bring you the 30 biggest wedding trends for 2021. Pictured: Planning by Daughter of Design, Photographed by KT Merry. Lockdown has put a huge strain on the UK economy and, in 2021, we’re going to see more couples choose to support the UK’s phenomenal network of suppliers, bridal boutiques and independent businesses with their hard-earned money. Without question, the wedding trends for 2021 are going to be influenced by the Coronavirus lockdown of 2020. 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