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COVID-19 boosted the popularity of the Zoom wedding — only close family and friends attended a ceremony in person, while others joined in virtually via video./Unsplash

Looking back on 2020, there were a lot of new wedding trends that emerged — out of necessity more than desire. We’re looking at you, Zoom weddings.

And while 2020 was a disappointing year for many couples, they found new, smaller-scale and more intimate ways to celebrate one of the biggest days of their lives. In 2021, wedding cancellations because of COVID-19 are a thing of the past — pandemic or not, the (small!) show must go on!

Two top wedding industry services recently shared their trend predictions with Recreation News:


As we officially say goodbye to 2020 — and usher in a new year of celebration — WeddingWire predicts that couples will be bold, bright and loud in 2021’s official trends:

Weekday Weddings — With so many couples from 2020 opting to reschedule their wedding celebrations due to COVID-19 and having to accommodate their vendors availability in the coming year, weddings on days other than Saturday and Sunday will be the norm in 2021!

 Big, Bold & Hyper-Detailed Decor — Smaller, more intimate weddings will result in an increased focus on the details. Expect decor to be bigger and bolder than ever before in 2021, including exaggerated florals and larger-than-life lighting to make big space seem cozier or to highlight the unique decor even further.

Nod to Nostalgia — From incorporating details from their parents’ generation or memorabilia from their childhoods, to-be-weds will be tossing tons of nods to nostalgic details throughout their upcoming weddings.

Restaurant-style Vibes — With the rise of plated dinners and live entertainment, weddings may start to feel like dining at a fine restaurant. Reception tables will come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and seating assignments will be based on family or living situations, rather than disparate groups of people placed together.

Emphasis on Entertainment — With dance floors at weddings limited due to the pandemic and social distancing measures, couples are finding unique ways to entertain their guests. DJs or live bands will continue to facilitate events. Plus, couples are leaning into alternative entertainment, like stand-up comedians or performers, as an add-on to keep guests entertained from their own tables.

Provided by Wedding Wire


The Knot

With their 2021 trends, The Knot is showing that no matter the size or shape, weddings will happen and continue to adapt to the changing times.

Visual Planning — The rise of virtual invitations, Zoom weddings and the use of updated communications via wedding websites is resulting in new technology for visual planning experiences, including AR & VR.

Welcome Boxes — Though the norm now is to have hand sanitizer and even masks available at weddings, the guest entry touchpoint is another way to make your loved ones feel that they’re cared for on your wedding day. Couples will be leaning into welcome boxes to elevate guest experience in a new way.

Tiny Toasts — With 2021 likely to be much more intimate affairs, it’s not just the best man or maid of honor that will be toasting the newlyweds. Many planners, along with our editorial team are predicting to see a spike in “tiny toasts” given by a variety of loved ones.

Single-Tier and Mini Cakes — Expect to see smaller or even mini individual portioned wedding cake options in 2021. The Knot editorial team forecasts that cakes will grow smaller in size, but more dynamic in detail.

Mindful Vendor Curation — Across the board, there’s an uptick in intentionality when it comes to purchasing power, and this certainly applies to the wedding planning process. From Black-owned small businesses to sustainably-conscious vendors, wedding pro teams curated by to-be-weds will be increasingly intentional in 2021.

Provided by The Knot

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