10 post lockdown wedding trends

01 Oct 2020

Following the restriction on 2020 weddings, we've got 10 post lockdown wedding trends which we think we will continue to see in 2021

Never in our lifetime did we think weddings would be illegal in the UK, but after the COVID-19 outbreak earlier this year, many couples' dream big day had to be cancelled - flipping the wedding industry upside down. After easing and further measures cut 30 guests to 15, couples and businesses have had to quickly adapt to, not only government guidelines, but to couples wishes for their special day. 

However, as we get used to these new measures, we have witnessed a change in wedding trends. From 'staycation' mini moons, personalised PPE and live streaming of 'I Do's', here are 10 post lockdown wedding trends we predict will continue into 2021. 

1. Mini Ceremonies

With ceremonies cut from 30 to 15 guests, couples have had to make difficult guest list decisions on who they share this special moment with. However, for many it has made them realise who matters most in their life and has relieved some pressure of hurting peoples feelings or feeling like they need to invite friends of friends to their big day. In 2021, intimate ceremonies will continue, followed by a larger celebration or reception in the future. 

Wedding photographer and owner at Micaela Karina Photography, Micaela Karina says: “I’ve noticed more and more couples focus on smaller weddings. As Instagram and blogs showcase more alternative ways of getting married (like eloping), more couples were already moving away from big, expensive, debt-inducing weddings. The pandemic has only encouraged this more as couples are ‘forced’ to consider downsizing. I think smaller weddings (less than 50) will be a common theme for a long time to come.” 

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2. Mini Moons

Following on from last year, mini-moons continue to be top choices for newlyweds. Travel experts at Kuoni have seen an increase in couples taking two honeymoons, one short trip 'staycation' to places in England, Scotland, Ireland immediately after their wedding ceremony, followed by plans to take a long-haul trip next year or the year after.

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3. Personalised PPE

Although this is probably the last thing you expected to have to take to a wedding, face masks are important to keep yourself and others around you safe. Offer personalised Team Groom and Team Bride masks with your bridal party's initials and your wedding theme colours, or get creative with the sewing kit and design your own, there are loads of templates online for both beginners and experts - they also make great re-usable wedding favours. 

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4. Outdoor venues

According to research by Ramsdens Jewellery, there's been a 115% increase in the number of people searching for garden wedding inspiration, when you compare June 2020 to June 2019.

Alice Higgins, Managing Director at The Events Executive Ltd says: “Here at The Events Executive we specialise in outdoor weddings and have seen the increase in their popularity. Not only does it give people more reassurance regarding restrictions, but it also gives them more flexibility and freedom to design their day exactly as they want to.”

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5. BYOB

Currently, catering and drinks are limited for celebrations, with wedding receptions only allowed in Covid secure venues, not in people's back gardens. However, as weddings become smaller, less grand affairs, we predict that couples will choose relaxed outdoor locations for later 2021 weddings with a BYOB (bring-your-own-booze) policy and buffet style dining options. 

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6. Midweek dates

The amount of postponements has seen the mid-week wedding rise in popularity and this is set to continue as a more affordable option. Prices and demand for Saturday weddings can be significantly higher, in some cases double the price, for the exact same venue and service that you would get on a week day. 

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7. Mini Cakes

With fewer mouths to feed, there has been a rising trend for mini single tier wedding cakes. From dramatic icing, bright colours and stand out cake toppers, little cakes can still make a big statement, so chat with your cake maker to discuss how to make a big impact for your big day. 

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8. DIY Details

With some wedding businesses closed and many booked up with re-scheduled weddings, couples have had to get creative with decorations for their big day; add ‘wedding this way’ arrows at your venue to guide guests through a one-way system and to ensure safe distances for guests, print out your own wedding labels for guest's hand sanitiser bottles, re-purpose old photo frames to diplay table numbers or seating plans - the possibilites are endless. 

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9. Less is more

Minimal weddings are taking over from rustic and boho trends, as more couples are considering what really matters for their big day. Do you need 10 bridesmaids, an OTT bouquet and two wedding dresses? Couples are scaling down for covid measures and their budgets. 

Many busnesses have also notice that, as couples are spending less on the guest list and catering, couples are choosing to ditch some of the extra details they'd originally planned to invest in one statement item to help bring their day together - such as a stand out floral arrangement that they might not have be able to afford alongside all the other details.

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10. Live streaming

The introduction of sites such as Zoom has allowed couples to include more than the 15 allowed guests to witness their ceremony. This will continue into 2021 with many also using Facebook and Instagram Live to stream their weddings to friends and family across the UK and around the world. As well as the ceremony think about live streaming the other stand-out moments like the speeches or cutting of the cake so everyone can feel involved.

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Are you planning a covid secure wedding? Email megan.goodwin@archant.co.uk for a chance to be featured. 

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