2021 Wedding Trends

Top 7 wedding trends in 2021


It is true, we are still planning dreamy weddings and events for 2021, 2022 and even 2023!

We need something to look forward to and feel some sort of normality and what better way to dream than planning a wedding. There will be some significant changes to the ways couples plan their celebrations and there will be changes in how wedding suppliers create their offerings and execute weddings. Let us have a look at 7 wedding trends that will rock our wedding planning world in 2021.

  1. Smaller weddings

Couples are planning very carefully and are very aware that a smaller number of guests is a safer option in 2021. Weddings up to 50 guests will be a new normal. Intimate weddings can be then planned at homes, in the gardens, and in intimate marquees. Couples can be highly creative in how they will style and dress their gardens. From the ceremony area to the chill-out and a bar area, to the formal dining.

Weddings will focus on the most important part of the wedding day. The wedding ceremony. Wedding ceremonies will be longer, written for the couple with a meaningful script. Wedding Celebrants will officiate at unusual places.  Making memories and being with loved ones is more important than ever.

  1. Destination weddings

Weddings abroad and intimate elopements are on the rise. It is easier and can be a lot cheaper to plan a wedding abroad for up to 50 people. And smaller weddings mean more flexibility in travel, choice of venues, and longer holidays together. Destination weddings across Europe then allow new experiences and memories for the whole family. And guarantee the sun, warm evenings, and beautiful sunsets. You can easily imagine spending a week in a Tuscany villa, enjoying the country views and a swimming pool in a hot summer. Or taking a cute Fiat 500 around the Amalfi coast to a boutique hotel with incredible sea views. An Italian Romance at its best, that is why the First Dates hotel is located here. Weddings abroad can be great fun for families with children as well. A small family gathering in the Finnish Lapland while on a trail to visit Santa and a ceremony in a Snow Chapel? This is one in a lifetime experience the whole family will talk about for years to come.

Wedding in Tuscany
Castelo del Nero, Como Hotels
  1. Styling and Designs

Smaller parties allow for more elaborate table displays. Including sophisticated floral palette, show plates, and bespoke linen. We can see linen made for the occasion with bespoke prints and in various colours. Personalised embraided napkins add the personal touch to the event and are a keepsake forever. We can also see sets of display plates, sometimes even collectable china with a special meaning to the family. Or show plates that go perfectly with the menu, colours of each course, and the overall wedding day theme. Couples do hire venue dressers and stylists more than ever. The overall look and vibe of the wedding venue is as important as the wedding dress. And every element of the day must work together in perfect harmony.

Spring table palette

Design by Jessica, Wonderful Events

  1. More elaborate floral displays

We will see luxury oversized bridal bouquets in 2021. Locally sourced flowers looking like they have just been put together randomly. Floating flower clouds of baby breath will replace oversized table displays. Attention to detail in each vase for the tables, overflowing garlands, end every flower having its place for a reason.

2021 flower displays are immaculate and have a purpose.

spring table setting

  1. Sustainability

Eco-friendly and sustainable weddings are the name of the game thanks to the environmental activist Greta Thunberg. We can not plan events and weddings the way we have done for the last 5 years where each wedding produced up to 20kg of plastic, flowers were flown across the world, and a huge amount of food was thrown away without a second thought. Only 20% of the wedding guests will eat all 3 – 4 courses of the wedding breakfast, followed by a cake and evening food. Meals and menus must be planned smarter. Recycling must be a priority for the wedding suppliers, the couple, and the guests. Couples are very aware and looking for conflict-free jewellery and even ethically made bridal gowns.  Fresh locally grown flowers are enhanced with dry flowers. Caterers are asked to produce vegetarian and vegan banquets with fair trade products, paired with organic wines. Sustainability is not a novelty or a fashion statement, it is a necessity!

We are vowing to be as eco-friendly as possible, source locally, minimise the transportation of all items, and support local businesses. As they are the heart and soul of the wedding industry after all.

  1. Stationery as a form of art

Wedding stationery came a long way. From neat modern designs to bespoke logos and almost a wedding branding. We will see a return to hand made, bespoke, unique wedding invitations that are not just created by designers. They are created by artists that sit for hours and hand paint every invite, every RSVP, every place card. Every piece is perfect and yet different from the one before. This is an art to be framed and kept forever.

Hand made wedding stationery
Crimson Letters
  1. Unique wedding venues

Wedding trends in venues change almost every year. However, couples now think out of the box and we are loving it! We see venues that never hosted a wedding before and unique venues that couples absolutely love. Smaller weddings give us a lot more flexibility in a search for that perfect venue. It might be a secret garden, a local bluebells woodland in the Cotswolds, or a Country House that belongs to a British Heritage. There are lots of private estates that can be perfect for a wedding too. We are very much up for the adventure whether it is a destination wedding or a very local English wedding.

Unique wedding venues

Primrose Hill Farm

And these are the wedding trends for 2021! We are very excited to work with our couples in the UK and on their destination weddings however big or small. Love wins! We are on board!

Martina & Jessica