The past several months have led to a lot of flexible thinking and creative planning to pull off amazing weddings. As we move into 2021, the wedding experts at Walter Knoll Weddings look forward to standing on the shoulders of 2020 and using what we learned to create beautiful, unique, and safe weddings.
In the coming year, we expect to see couples opt for smaller, more intimate weddings that honor locally sourced vendors. In many cases, trends will take couples and their guests to destination celebrations, or see them postponing their larger parties for later. While special accommodations will be made to keep guests safely distanced, couples will also take advantage of these new circumstances to personalize and specialize their event like never before. Take a look at just some of the upcoming trends in 2021 as you think about how you’ll make the most of these unique times for your unique wedding.
Gone are the days of oversized weddings. Today’s bride and groom are embracing the small, intimate gatherings of 25 or fewer guests. With smaller numbers, the wedding budget stretches to accommodate more personalized party favors, full dinner parties, and more. The happy couple gets to spend more quality time with each guest when there are fewer of them and the entire day becomes more personal.
Say It Now, Enjoy It Later (or Longer)
Many couples are choosing to say their vows without much of an audience, then planning a more elaborate celebration, or even destination weddings, for later when the world becomes more gathering-friendly. Some couples will even choose to modify the destination wedding to feature a weekend with close friends and family, making the celebration more than just one day. We’ll also see the concept of destination weddings in reverse: a Bali or Parisian-themed wedding at home, based on the couple’s favorite locales or hopes for their honeymoon one day. Feel free to get creative while staying as safe as you feel comfortable doing. There are plenty of ways to get together- now or later- to celebrate.
2020 brought us a renewed focus on all things green, from fresh bright succulents, ferns, eucalyptus, and cacti to eco-conscious events that use locally sourced materials, food, flowers, and vendors. Choosing to stay green is huge in weddings this year and will reflect your progressive thinking as you support your community and the world around you.
Signature Food & Drink
With so many rules and traditions going out the window last year, 2021 will bring more creative thinking and new ideas. The traditional wedding buffet or catered reception is being replaced by food trucks with personalized menus, mixology bars where guests can make their own drink, and signature wedding favors that honor each guest individually. Think about what kind of unique marks you and your partner will want to leave on such a special day and make it a reality this year!
Now that we’ve all mastered the art of a Zoom meeting, couples are opting to convert their wedding into a virtual event, inviting far-away guests and family members to join them via live stream. Moving into 2021, drones will become more prominent at weddings to get the full perspective of the event. This is the year for videographers to make their mark on the wedding industry, shooting events from multiple angles and catching the entire event from more than one perspective.
While we may not be returning to normal just yet, 2021 does give us a chance to learn from all the changes we endured in 2020. Don’t let the changing world keep you from enjoying the wedding of your dreams. Take advantage of this upcoming year to indulge in as many unique wedding ideas as you like. So many rules have been tossed out the window that you’re now free to do as much or as little tradition as you like. At Walter Knoll Weddings, we’re eager to help you make the most of such a special day. Talk to us about your ideas and let us help you make them a reality.