wedding trends in an ever changing world pandemic
As we enter into 2021 with high hopes for gatherings to resume quickly, couples are more now than ever looking for what’s to come and what to expect. So, we have gathered a few of our industry predictions to share what we think may be in-store for 2021. First and foremost, we predict that weddings will resume more than ever before, no matter your guest count, but with many new traditions as we adapt to the pandemic era of weddings. Love will continue over all else – I couldn’t be happier about that. While guests counts will be smaller and intimate (micro-weddings and elopements) couples will indulge on guest experiences and visuals.
1. Welcome Box
It’s a given that hand sanitizers and masks will continue as party favors, but we are also seeing a high volume of personalized welcome boxes to kick off your special guest experience with personalized special treats, bringing in a welcoming and tangible experience.
2. Tents and Twinkle
With outdoor weddings being the future of 2021 we will see more and more tents for both warmer and cooler weather. Adding a little ambiance flair with string or twinkle lights.
3. Coordinated Guests Dress Code
Guests counts are small and bridal parties may or may not be a thing of the past, but what are seeing more formal wear with color coordinated palettes and style. We are big fans of this, as your guests are part of your photography experience and nothing flows more in photos than a color coordinated palette and style.
With micro weddings and elopements, guests count typically remain under 25 – a more intimate affair – couples are going big on details and accompanying experiences. This intimate guest count allows couples to become more spontaneous and, in our opinion, most importantly it allows the couple to bring out more of their personalities – be it traditional or not, and seen to guests as spontaneous and magical.
You guessed it elopements will grow in 2021. Once it is safe to travel, we will see more and more smaller destination weddings.
6. Live Streaming
I am gonna guess that you attended a live stream wedding in 2020 and if not, you for sure know someone that did – and live streaming is here to stay. 2020, for better or worse, changed how we can involve our loved ones, and as shitty as that may be, it introduced live streaming for those who can’t attend in person, a way for everyone to still attend and be involved. However, couples will still ask guests to remain present and in the moment and leave the photo/video and live streaming to the professionals.
7. Voluptuous Florals
A spike in voluminous florals will hit weddings this year for a breathtaking view. While guests count may be smaller, details have gone bigger, making large visual statements.
Thoughtful touches through the wedding, like personalized thank you notes to guests, luxe linens, crystal glassware and layered china will flourish this year as couples want to make their guests feel extra special and thank them for coming to their wedding.
Photography by Krista Mason Photography
And on a personal note, our own personal wedding was ahead of the trend. Aldo and I eloped to Costa Rica in 2018 with 26 of our nearest and dearest friends and family. Guests were treated to a personalized welcome bag, including our own signature word – flug (fucking love you guys) – personalized on bags, handkerchiefs, and stationary. Our small, yet intimate wedding was beach side, with a formal color coordinated palette and formal style (blush, nude, navy, and grey). While we ended up moving our wedding from twinkle lights outside to an indoor ballroom due to rain and heat (it’s summer in Costa Rica after all) we still kept the lights and added the draping – being spontaneous.
We hand stamped wooden chargers with flug on them, and personalized handwritten notes to each and every guests, which brought tears to quite a few eyes (thank goodness for those handkerchiefs), and our personalized touch was 9 different quotes – signed from different booze. (Think trust me you can dance – Vodka) Does it get anymore personalized? We even attempted to live stream our wedding via facebook as a surprise for those that could not be in attendance, such as Aldo’s parents. (I will say I wish I had planned that one better and set it up on a tripod with a mic, but my lesson is your gain).
With all that I wouldn’t change a thing… okay maybe a couple things like better livestream, more florals, better linens (which I did try, but that was a miscommunication)! The experience was everything I wished for and more and that was what was most important to me. It wasn’t just a wedding day, it was a spectacular 10 day event, from the moment we arrived to the moment we left, and the wedding and surrounding “wedding” events were the cherry on top! Take a look for yourself, click here. If you want to know more about how we planned it or our experiences, feel free to hit me up. I am happy to share anything I can!