Small, Intimate Weddings
Small, intimate weddings are stunning—not that large unions aren’t, but the pandemic has really forced couples to reevaluate who the most important people in their lives are. Small weddings give the happy couple a chance to do what they want without breaking the budget. They also get to spend a little more money on the honeymoon!
Weddings are stressful, and we all know this. That’s exactly why wedding planners are coming into play. They’re just like regular planners, but it has a list of everything you need to do and when it should be completed. They basically create a plan for you without costing an arm and a leg.
Mountains Over Beaches
People will always have weddings at beaches, but many couples are rediscovering the beauty of the mountains. The expansive landscapes make for some striking pictures. Any wedding in a mountain-esque area will be unforgettable.
Live Streams for Weddings
With guest lists being downsized or relatives choosing to stay home because of the pandemic, live streaming has become increasingly popular. It isn’t unusual for a couple to have a live feed of their wedding so all of their friends and family can watch!
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Larger Floral Arrangements
Instead of smaller arrangements, brides and grooms are going all out for larger floral arrangements. This is more expensive, so many couples opt to spend less on other items that spruce up the area. You could save a little money by arranging the flowers yourself.
Live Bands Over DJs
Something is to be said about a live band. DJs are great because you can play pretty much everyone’s favorite something, but a live band automatically jazzes up any wedding – not that they have to play jazz.
Admittedly, capes seemed a little odd at first, but after seeing pictures, they look beautiful. It’s an elegant way of adding a touch of style to your wedding. Capes are coincidentally making their away across fashion runways elsewhere, as well.
Favors have long been a waste of money, especially if they’re not edible. In fact, most guests forget their favors when they leave. If you want to do favors, do something that can be munched on throughout the wedding—or better get, offer Germ-X or disposable masks—but no one would blame you if you ditched them completely.
Retro weddings are making a massive splash in weddings this year. Decades like the ‘20s, ‘50s, and ‘80s are pretty popular, but none more than the ‘70s. Something about that boogie oogie woogie gets people happy and dancing.
Couples Getting Ready Together
The whole “don’t look at each other until the altar” tradition is so passé. Couples are ditching this little superstition in favor of getting ready together. They’ve already seen each other, and many brides get their fiancé’s opinion on their dress anyway.
Break Between Wedding and Honeymoon
There’s no need to run off the moment you get married! Some couples choose to stay and enjoy spending time with their family. Most people have friends and family fly in, and it may be one of the few chances everyone’s together. And with the ongoing pandemic, some couples just aren't comfortable jetting off just yet, so they're choosing to host an intimate ceremony and postpone their honeymoon for when it's safer.
Long Ribbons in Bouquets
Ribbons are in, and not just any ribbons. We’re talking about long ribbons on bouquets that accentuate the flowers and add a little bit of flair without spending too much more. It just makes the bride look that much more elegant on her big day.
Skipping Garter Toss and Bouquet Throw
The garter toss is just a little awkward, and I think we can all admit that. The groom is going up his bride’s skirt to get her garter to throw to a bunch of guys. No, thank you. The bouquet throw is also disappearing in weddings, probably because the bride wants to save it for later.
Unique Unity Ceremonies
Unity ceremonies aren’t new, but unique unity ceremonies are becoming more ubiquitous. Instead of sharing cake, handfasting, or a glass of wine, couples are choosing to have coffee together. Some even go as unique as eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! Delicious and different.
Out with the symmetrical in with the asymmetrical. Overall, asymmetrical has popped up on the runway, so it was only a matter of time before brides used it as inspiration. We like this trend because it takes a lot of stress off of having the “perfect” bouquet.
One dress for the wedding, one for the reception, and one for the after party. While this has been popular in the past, it’s becoming increasingly so thanks to the royal weddings. It bumps up the budget but changing into another dress is definitely more comfortable than dancing in your wedding gown.
You want your wedding to be memorable, so people are beginning to think of unexpected ways to entertain their guests. While some may choose to have lawn games, others include theater performances, sketch artists, and even tarot card readers.
Pantone Color of the Year
We’ve always been a huge fan of minimalism. Instead of going bigger and better, many couples are going small. They’re accentuating what few decorations they really have. Most of them choose to include a lot of nature like large green leaves and stunning bouquets that shine without a dozen balloons.
Photobooths aren’t going anywhere. Couples love them, for some reason. Our suggestion is that when you do a photo booth at your wedding, make sure to still have a photographer around. You’ll want high-quality pictures later in life.
For most people, their pet is just as much a part of the family as their brother or sister – sometimes more so! That’s why couples want to put their pet somewhere in their wedding. Whether the ring bearer or a groomsman/bridesmaid, it’s time to include your little buddy.
Ditching Something Borrowed, Something Blue
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue – it’s a tradition that’s literally been around since the 1800s. Brides are ditching the tradition, possibly because blue doesn’t go with their color scheme. We think it’s a tradition that’s long past it’s prime.
Top Hats and Eye Patches
Top hats and eye patches? We don’t mean that most people wear them together, but it’s an accessory that many men are donning. Top hats have a vintage effect to them, but eye patches feel a little too pirate-y for us.
Roses are beautiful and classy, but other flowers are just as stunning, especially if you love color. Whether you’re having a destination wedding or it’s a theme, we suggest using birds of paradise, protea, and other flowers that thrive in the tropics. This works especially well if you’re having a summer wedding in a hot and humid area.
Because weddings are getting smaller, brides and grooms have more money they can spend on smaller details like invitations. The invitations are becoming more intricate, and some people even hire calligraphers from sites like Etsy to give it that extra special touch.
Emphasis on the After-Party
You want your wedding to be beautiful, but most couples are spending the bulk of their budget on the after-party. That’s understandable considering that’s one of the biggest parts of your wedding, and one of the parts many of your guests look forward to. Better drinks, better food, live music – people go all out!
Asking for Cash Instead of Gifts
Let’s be honest: cash is better than gifts. No one needs a second panini press, but it would be nice to have some extra funds for the honeymoon. Cash can also help pay off the wedding if you didn’t pay cash outright. Don’t be afraid to ask for cash cause it’s all the rage.