Wedding trends that have emerged from the pandemic

26 Oct 2021

Wedding planner Mary Briscoe of Weddings by Mary shares her top wedding trends as a result of the pandemic

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If the last 18 months have taught us anything, it is to truly be ourselves and not follow the crowd. And this is true when planning your wedding.

Weddings should be as individual as the couple are. No two wedding are ever the same, because no two couples are ever the same.

Couples, who were set to marry during the pandemic, already had so many choices and decisions to make while planning their wedding pre-Covid. However, when they were finally permitted to venture out again and pick up their wedding planning reins, for some the look, feel and size of their wedding had changed considerably from their original plans.

However, they also felt a sense of freedom by not following the herd. Acknowledging what they truly wanted for their wedding and being given the gift of time and space to think about the vision for their day has been liberating. Whether that is a large scale wedding celebration surrounded by family and friends or something more intimate and cosy is very much a personal choice for each and every couple... and for no one else to decide.

Here are a few trends that have emerged as a result of the pandemic, with Mary's tips for working with these trends for your own big day. 

Smaller guest lists 

Couples have yo-yoed from large scale weddings to small and intimate and back again, but gone are the days of separate day and evening guests. You’re either invited or not, so don't be afraid to cull your guest list. 

Planning a smaller wedding is easier? Don’t be fooled. Family politics, sadly for some, are not put aside for what should be a happy occasion and can be an additional bone of contention for couples to have to deal with. Although, as the saying goes: ‘we can choose our friends, but we can’t choose family’ – although you can choose your guest list. 

However, for those couples whose plans have changed with a now reduced invite list, taking the time to write a simple, personal note informing a guest that their presence at the wedding is no longer possible, goes a very long way.


Open air celebrations

With activities and events still encouraged to take place outside where possible, it wasn't long before weddings followed suit. Pinterest has reported a 190% increase in searches for ‘small back garden weddings’, so it appears couples are opting for outside celebrations with plenty of space for friends and family to feel safe.

Outdoor catering can even even be embraced in the colder months with hog roasts and hot drinks vans providing the perfect way to keep guests warm when stood outside.


Natural beauty

For many of today's brides-to-be, they can’t even remember when they last wore a full face of make-up, their mascara has run dry, and lipstick is only ever hastily applied just prior to that important Zoom call. They've got comfortable wearing little to no make-up, so the natural look is therefore back and bigger than ever.

Brides want to be the best version of themselves on their big day, and are embracing their natural beauty again with fresh, dewy skin and minimal make-up. Less can definitely be more. 


Weekday weekends

Engagement season is nearly upon us, as Christmas and the New Year beckons, and there will undoubtedly be many couples who can't wait and want to marry in the next 12 months. 

The last few years have taught us that we never know what is around the corner, and couples are seemingly embracing the here and now by setting the date sooner than their guests may have thought.

With an immense number of weddings crammed into this year’s wedding season, and venue and supplier availability at an all-time low, many couples have chosen to tie the knot during the week. Who says you can’t marry on a Wednesday? This will continue in 2022 and it’s a compromise that couples are happier to make now than in days gone by.

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