We look at the current wedding trends set for 2021-2022, what we are seeing more and more of, and what are going to be popular styles this year. We have put together the must-have and most exciting wedding trends of the year, taking inspiration from the recent wedding reports and studies from floral trends and dresses to fashion and interior trends.
Weddings are very special and there is no wedding that suits everyone, whether it be the dress, food, styling or flowers, everybody needs something slightly different. Although the new wedding trends are changing, expectations are changing, and what people choose their money to spend on when it comes to their big day.
Informal and Relaxed
Informal gatherings are at the top of the wedding trend list. It’s no longer the norm to invite everyone and all to your big day, okay, some small details such as a world pandemic may have something to do with this but couples want a more intimate, meaningful celebration with their nearest and dearest. Allowing them to more lavishly spend their budget on a smaller group.
One of the season’s great wedding trends is for more intimate ceremonies. These occasions tend to have a smaller guest list of up to 25 guests, often called ‘micro weddings’. They may be formal or informal, or they may follow tradition or take a more modern approach, but 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 as part of the big day festivities to personalized favours.
They also encourage the bride and groom, most importantly, to spend quality time with each and every guest, just one of the reasons for its increasing popularity.
‘I DO’ right now! Party later!
The ‘wedding now party later’ must be the brand new wedding theme of 2021. Fueled by event restrictions, this modern concept will have couples who say their vows to become husbands and wives soon enough to hold a date in the future for a party with larger groups of family and friends.
Controversial perhaps but after all it is definitely spine-tinglingly thrilling to become Mr & Mrs right now with impressive lavish celebrations to look forward to in the future!
A trend consistently growing has to be extended wedding celebrations, I mean let’s be honest who wants to enjoy their wedding across a day when they could opt for a long weekend or even a week!
For many couples, small gatherings set over longer periods are becoming increasingly the go-to, and we definitely do not see this slowing down in and beyond 2021. Couples will look for additional ways to please and spoil their smaller guest list with intimate weddings on the rise and what better way to celebrate for longer than celebrating.
One of the clear trends in weddings for 2021 is the inclusion of luscious greenery. Tables dressed in foliage cascades or ceremonial arches displaying masses of leaves and greenery on display are the perfect choice for sophisticated wedding decorations.
Think of ferns, succulents, eucalyptus garlands, or even a cactus or two. The best thing about this natural decor trend is that it can be incorporated into almost any wedding style, certainly rustic farmhouse, most definitely modern industrial, outdoor terrace destination, of course!
The Wedding Dress
According to the other Bible, Vogue, there are many stunning white dresses on recent runways and it’s all about the sleeves! Not just any sleeves, oh no they have to be puff sleeves, this fashion statement will ignite its resurgence into the world of bridal gowns, be it smaller cap sleeves or full length billowing designs.
We’ll see many more throw-out-the-rule-book bridal styles, including the classic shorter above the knee dresses, in line with the more relaxed approach to weddings. Brides will continue to hitch up the hem and show off their pro dance moves. All eyes will be on the bridal shoes with this in mind, and 2021 is set to be all about the pop of colour, pastels or rich tones, all about having fun when it comes to footwear.
Bridal gown Long balloon sleeves Puff sleeve bridal gown
Unstructured styles that are less formal are going strong. With more texture beginning to arise. Sleeves are definitely important, and we see this change into a more billowy shape. Cicily Bridal
In these eco-conscious times we live in, couples are looking for ways to host responsibly more now than ever. It implies cutting back on needless waste and seeking to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Wedding venues are becoming greener and more sustainable, many locations that provide in-house catering would be more eco-friendly using locally sourced produce as well as other areas within their business.
For couples to upcycle or to pledge a commitment to zero waste is one of the latest wedding trends. This can be from giving away wedding flowers to good causes, on your big day, to being plastic-free.
Other ways that couples can accomplish 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 favor.
Concept lighting can make your wedding venue glisten in the moonlight and sizzle at sunset. Therefore, it’s no surprise that mood lighting is one of the year’s biggest wedding trends. The lights come on when the sun goes down, whether it’s an indoor or outdoor wedding reception, lights will set the stage and atmosphere for your night.
Barn wedding lighting Wedding fairy lights Indoor barn wedding lights
Think outside of the ‘lightbox’ and look in a creative way at various ways to incorporate lighting. From exposed bulbs to geometric lamps, cages and vintage chandeliers to beach candles. There are a lot of ways you can add a bit of sparkle to the proceedings.
Neon signage and lights continue to be popular and can be customised to suit and makes a great keep sake, you just need the space.
Now All Together!
Destination wedding getaways are certainly popular, but couples are starting to combine their magical moments more recently into an extravagant trip abroad, stag do’s, hen do’s, the wedding day itself, and then the cherry on top of the cake, the honeymoon, of course.
All your loved ones in one place enjoying a dreamy destination with countless celebrations, logistically it is perfect. There’s an array of stylish locations just ideal for this trendy new combination of wedding events, whether it’s Ibiza, Santorini, Bali, or Lake Como.
A Much Needed Treat
On our wedding day, we all want to imprint our own stamp. But it can be demanding to come up with original ideas.
Areas such as food and drink are becoming more unique and personal, from custom signature bridge and groom cocktails to unique canapés and desserts that reflect the couple.
And what a trendier way to enjoy your favorite tasty treats than an Artisan mobile wedding caterer, more and more couples are choosing stylish options such as; vegan street food vendors, Crêpe and Waffle bars, prosecco vans, retro-style gin bars and even vintage VW ice cream vans.
Wedding donut cake trend Wedding treats Wedding treats
You can enjoy what you love on one of the best days of your life and have a real talking point at the same time, whether you are a coffee connoisseur, gin addict or pizza fanatic.
Live Streaming Your Wedding
Wedding trends in 2021 will include a shift in how we involve loved ones on our big day as disturbing as it might seem circumstances might prohibit those we love from attending in person, but this is where live streaming & videography comes into its own. Having your wedding day captured as a film is becoming more popular and a perfect way to relive your day and be able to send live footage will be championed by many over the next few years.
With this being said, we can also see the rise of drones being used, ideal for capturing your big day’s atmosphere and your venue’s beauty from above.
Do It In Your Own 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. Whatever 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.
Planning your Wedding is always exciting and full of endless choices. Aegean Special Weddings can make life easy for you. After all, planning a wedding is what we specialize in. Send us an email with your personal details, special requests, and so on and we’ll get back to you with our wedding proposal.