This Year's Wedding Trends

Like many of us, you may have been truly disappointed with last year’s wedding season cancelled, but with better days on the horizon, whether it’s your own wedding or as a guest, this year you can expect a bigger celebration. This summer, it’s all about embracing nature and love with traditions and uncomplicated yet aesthetically pleasing accessories.

2021 weddings are proving less is more. With a simple yet tasteful soft pastel palette and distressed designs, the rustic country cottage theme is as popular and stunning as ever and is a fantastic theme to adapt for even those on a smaller budget. Smaller accessories such as plaques and buntings add subtle yet effective personality to the décor, making perfect accessories for both the home and wedding day – meaning features from your wedding don’t have to be stored away afterwards. Larger prop items are also fantastic for adding to a shabby chic theme. Natural-appearing display stands such as carts are great solutions for displaying accessories in all spaces while contributing to the theme. 

Although traditions are a focal point this year, one thing that’s evolving is the focus on purely white and ivory hues. This year, bolder statement colours are being incorporated to bring energy, positivity and personality. Nature-inspired tones are taking the stage – particularly bold and beautiful blues, greens, yellows and greys – and are being applied in a variety of ways; the cake, the gowns and across the décor.

With many urging to finally say ‘I do’, micro weddings are providing a more intimate and promising wedding ceremony. If this plan is for you, there are still many ways you can accessorise!

Concept lighting is a simple yet effective way to set the mood and add a magical touch. With outdoor weddings on the rise – weather permitting – lanterns, fairy lights and candles are an effective way of creating a fairy-tale wedding. Simply place them to mark the isle or hang loosely from branches and accessories. These look stunning in tipis which have become a popular choice in
rainier cities.

When it comes to small and intimate, a little DIY goes a long way – especially for those on a smaller budget. Even as simple as personalisation, plaques, table cards and signs add that unique touch to wedding days, making them that little more special and adding personality. Simple wooden accessories are the best choice – this way, you can accessories to adapt them to your theme or even embrace the natural beauty that brings rustic aesthetics.

In uncertain times, it’s no debate that we’ve all had some additional time to reflect on what matters. Coming out of the duller days, we’re still adopting these established values. With smaller guestlists negotiated, gifts of gratitude from the bride and groom are on the rise – particularly when it comes to more personal keepsake items. Engravable cufflinks, flasks and trinkets make stunning sentimental and timeless gifts – particularly for members of the party that make the day so much more special. For other guests, self-care packages including sanitisers, masks and other safety equipment are making thoughtful takeaways and useful safety precautions for those attending the big day.

With interaction still limited, many feel as though they have been missing out on the opportunities to share their milestones with their nearest and dearest – but this doesn’t have to be the case. Milestone cards are a new and creative way couples have been announcing their special news to the world: whether it’s your engagement announcement, the booking of the venue or the exchanging of vows, no one needs to miss out on the excitement.

With virtual weddings being a new approach, couples are finding new and creative ways for the guests to feel maximum involvement. Letterbox gifts, champagne and glasses are being sent in advance to enable guest to participate in the activities – particularly in the toasts.

Although many things have changed over the past year, many traditions remain just as important. Not only do garters and horseshoes make great memorabilia, but they also make stylish accessories in any home and are perfect for those on a budget. Although, practicality is a big trend for gifting this year. Ring holders are handy functional gifts, that can too hold great sentimental value.

Although the past year has seen many disappointments and uncertainties, weddings are providing a positive way to come back out the other end with a smile, warmth and the best of all, new memories with loved ones.

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