Following the news that 2021 is set to be the year of the wedding, with more weekday weddings and second celebrations taking place than ever before, we asked leading wedding suppliers from key sectors in the industry to share their predictions of major wedding trends in 2021…
Seven Key Wedding Trends for 2021
Bridalwear Trends for 2021
“Wedding dress trends in 2021 are going to be inspired by the weddings of 2020,” says Anna-Marie DeSouza, editor of leading bridal trade publication Bridal Buyer. “Expect minimalistic, simple styles to be prevalent for brides in 2021 and beyond – as weddings get smaller and guest lists are more select, dresses will be understated to reflect the style of wedding.”
Wedding Jewellery Trends for the Year Ahead
When it comes to picking their wedding rings, more and more brides-to-be are going for extra sparkle, albeit in an understated way: “As a specialist bespoke wedding ring jeweller we are noticing more brides looking for delicate fine set diamond wedding bands, platinum is the most popular,” explains Coo Jewellers.
Groomswear in 2021
Grooms in 2021 will be adding more personality to their looks, says House of Cavani: “Accessorise! Add flare with accessories to a plain tonal suit, as a classic way of adding your own style and twist on tradition.”
Wedding Flower Trends
When it comes to wedding flowers, the pandemic has made couples reassess how they utilise flowers at their wedding. Sorcha Herbert Flowers explains how they’ve seen couples put a twist on tradition: “I think that couples who have gone ahead with their weddings this year despite reduced numbers have looked at their flower budget in a completely different way.
“No longer considering about 10 or 12 table centres which takes a big chunk of the budget they have concentrated on keeping an intimate and relaxed vibe for one table to accommodate all their guests- lots of candles and simple bud vases. This has allowed them to have a larger, statement design that really wows guests.
“I think this will continue even as guest list numbers (hopefully) begin to grow again. It’s made everyone really re-think what really matters to them on their wedding way rather than what the tradition is or what others expect of them.”
Wedding Décor Trends in 2021
The enforced limits at weddings this year will be counteracted with statement displays and lavish details in 2021, reveals Qube Events: “My biggest trend prediction is ‘Go Big or Go Home’. What’s one of the most important things you will remember from your wedding day? It’s what you see in your photos, what your friends share on social media.
“Feature decor is going to be massive. The use of luxurious faux florals will be huge as they can create high impact at a fraction of the cost of fresh flowers. Statement pieces where all your guests want to take photos are a must have.
“This trend is so important as we are living in an experiential era, guests expect more and the ambience you create through the use of decor is such a huge part of this. Think giant chandeliers with cascading flowers, showpiece 12ft trees, themed photo areas and impressive centrepieces.”
Catering Trends for Weddings in 2021
Wedding catering will be more sustainable and chosen to suit the season in 2021, says Jonathan Carter-Morris, the co-founder and executive chef at Caviar & Chips: “The big wedding catering trend we’re expecting to see in 2021 is food and drink menus being created with seasonality as the key ingredient. Choosing food and drink that is fresh, locally sourced and in season so that the flavours are at their very best.
“Also being mindful of provenance and where our ingredients are coming from and how they are produced. We’re really lucky in this country that we have some fantastic ingredients available in each season.
“Fresh vegetables and Lamb in Spring, Strawberries in Summer, Game in Autumn and Beetroot, Artichoke and Wild Mushrooms in the Winter. We love this example of a Spring/Summer dish of a Courgette Salad: Marinated slices of Courgette, Topped with a Stuffed Courgette Flower & Mint Dressing.”
Wedding Cake Trends in 2021
Wedding cakes will get more creative than ever before in 2021, says bakery Jack & Beyond: “Classic flavours such as Victoria sponge or red velvet will never cease to be popular, but in 2021 we can expect to see some ‘boozy’ flavours emerging for a twist to the classic wedding cake. Prosecco & elderflower cake or pina colada flavour anyone?”
Read more about wedding cake trends in 2021 here.