Wedding trends for 2021

If you’re looking for 2021 wedding inspiration, look no further.

As we all know, 2020 was an unprecedented year that caused numerous wedding cancellations and forced many couples to reschedule – multiple times! So, whether you’re newly engaged and just starting your planning journey, or a couple looking at their options due to cancellations, we’ve got you covered.

Our expert wedding planners share 2021 trends and predictions for the year ahead to inspire your wedding planning.

Micro weddings

Of course, the most notable trend is micro weddings. The pandemic caused plans to be turned upside down, but many couples decided to reduce their numbers and go micro to avoid waiting. We still don’t have an exact date for when large-scale weddings will resume, so for now the micro trend is here to stay.

Smaller ceremonies have been on the rise over the past few years, and Covid-19 aside, they are a perfect option if you want a beautifully intimate day with your nearest and dearest. They’re also great if you don’t want to spend a load of cash or want a more laid-back celebration.

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Sustainability and ethical practices

Sustainability has been a big consideration for many couples in recent years, and this is set to continue throughout 2021. Examples of how couples are choosing to reduce their eco-footprint include using foam-free flower installations, cutting back on waste, using bio-degradable confetti, finding wedding dresses made using ethical practices, and sourcing their wedding cakes from local companies that use seasonal, local ingredients.

Virtual ceremonies

With micro weddings on the increase, so are virtual ceremonies. For some, micro weddings mean having to compromise on who can attend the celebration in person. That’s where virtual ceremonies come in. Thanks to the world of technology, you can now live stream your wedding ceremony, so everyone you love can be together digitally to celebrate your big day.

Remote wedding planning

Currently, wedding planning is completely remote and will continue to be this way for some time. With wedding fayres cancelled and wedding planners working from home, couples will need to take care of arrangements over the phone or online.

Here at the Brewery, we offer remote wedding planning to assist you with your online wedding preparation and help make sure everything is in order. Whether you want us to take charge, or you just need support with some of the more demanding tasks of planning a wedding, we can help online or over the phone. We can assist you with everything from the menu and flowers, through to the décor and evening entertainment.

Virtual venue tours

Choosing the perfect wedding venue is important, and under normal circumstances you could visit the venue to look around before booking. Following 2020, the trend is to explore venues virtually. Whether that’s a tour that has been created by a venue, or perhaps a facetime call with your wedding planner, navigating your way round will be slightly different this year.

Here at The Brewery, we have a virtual tour online that takes you around all of our stunning rooms with clickable interactive buttons, providing interesting facts and highlighting key features and areas.

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Open speeches

With smaller wedding receptions, you may have more time during the day as you don’t have as many guests to socialise with. It’s a great idea to open up the speeches and instead of just hearing from the father of the bride and the groom, pass the microphone around to anyone else who would like to say a few words.

Double celebrations

Future planning celebrations is another trend that goes hand-in-hand with micro weddings. Due to the shake up the pandemic has caused; many couples are now choosing to say ‘I do’ now and planning to throw a big party once restrictions allow us to again. Of course, the restrictions won’t be around forever, but if you want to declare your love as soon as possible, there’s nothing stopping you having double celebrations!

Guest dress codes

Most couples have a vision of the aesthetic of their wedding before they start planning. With the shift towards micro weddings, it’s easier to have control over the aesthetic and have a dress code with limited guest numbers. Rather than gowns and formal suits, many couples are choosing a more casual style of formal wear and providing guests with preferred colour schemes.

Ambient lighting

From fairy lights and candles to marquee letters and signs, ambient lighting can completely change the feel of your wedding and set the tone for the day. Whether you change the lighting at different stages of the day, change the colour or have fun concept lights, you can add a new depth and dimension to any venue.

Going ‘au naturel’

Another trend continuing on from last year is for brides to opt for a more natural look. Think luminous dewy skin, soft shades of eyeshadow and nude lips. It’s all about looking like yourself and letting the dress do the talking.

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Classic and traditional

We predict 2021 to be the year tradition returns, with classic and timeless dresses, traditional speeches and sentimental moments that are personal to the bride and groom.

Weekday weddings

With many 2020 weddings postponed or cancelled, there will be an influx of weekday weddings as they move to 2021. Not only that, more couples are opting for weekday weddings as both venues and suppliers are often cheaper.

Pastel shades

Pastel shades are popular year after year for weddings, especially during spring/summer. However, this year, it’s thought colours such as sage green, lilac and pastel pinks will overtake the classic blush and ivory themes.

Go big, or go home

If large wedding celebrations resume in 2021, it’s thought couples who have had to postpone and reschedule will adjust their plans to go even bigger. From adding extra people to the guest list and arranging more entertainment, couples want to celebrate bigger and better than ever before.

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Plan your wedding with The Brewery

If you’re still in search for your perfect venue, we’d love for you to take a look around our virtual tour of The Brewery. Located in the heart of London, The Brewery is steeped in history and you can choose from several beautiful spaces to host your wedding ceremony and reception.

Milena, our wedding manager, will help you to create a celebration as unique and individual as you and your partner. With six event spaces, a delicious selection of food and drinks, we will help you create a celebration that you and your guests will never forget.

Congratulations on your engagement. We look forward to hearing from you.