If you ask anybody the lessons, they’ve learned from 2020, they could probably write you a whole book. It’s been quite the year and so much has happened. Honestly, at one point, people didn’t even know what to expect anymore.
The wedding industry has not been left out either. From an outright ban on weddings to a spike in elopements, we’ve all seen a lot. We’ve also seen restrictions in guest numbers, and the many ways that weddings have had to adapt due to the pandemic.
Going forward to 2021, many lessons have been learnt. For example, couples now know to never joke with their wedding insurance. If you’re a bride-to-be planning your wedding in 2021, then you probably have a huge book of lessons to apply. Here are some of the things 2021 brides learned from 2020 Covid.
Mini Ceremonies Are Not So Bad
Restrictions due to the pandemic have had guest numbers ranging between 15 to 50 for most of the year. So loud boisterous celebrations were out of the question in 2020, and mini ceremonies became the order of the day.
This trend has led many couples to have another look at their priorities. We saw beautiful and intimate small celebrations with big parties planned for later. These mini ceremonies were outstanding as couples said their vows with those most important to them.
So, for 2021, the trend will continue. Couples will either elope or hold small ceremonies. They could even choose to downsize their weddings completely. They’ll also be aiming to keep all their wedding guests safe from the pandemic.
Mini Moons Are Not That Bad Either
2020 was the year of simple ‘baecations’ after a small and intimate wedding. That leaves rooms for a much bigger honeymoon when things are safer, and we’re loving this trend. Brides in 2021 will probably continue with short local trips to relax after their ceremony. Then plan a long trip for the next year or the year after that.
Your Wedding Can Still Rock with Personalized PPE
Imagine telling a couple having their wedding in 2015 about face masks, you might have been laughed to scorn. In 2020 however, couples took it in stride and rocked them. We saw bridal masks, masks in your wedding theme and even personalized hand sanitizers. You could order them online or even DIY, but the results were lovely.
Outdoor Wedding Themes Can Be Fun
There was a marked increase in outdoor weddings in 2020 and for good reason. This led to couples working with numerous outdoor wedding themes and their details. We saw Boho-chic celebrations, garden-themed weddings and many more. You can even use a do it yourself uplighting rental service to work in outdoor colours with lights. Brides in 2021 will certainly be looking to replicate the idea. Outdoor weddings make social distancing easier and can be very exciting.
Weekday Weddings Are Okay Too
Due to the number of postponed weddings, weekday weddings became popular in 2020. Couples looking to get married who could not find a weekend date went ahead and had mid-week celebrations. In 2021, we’ll be seeing lots of those too. Many of the weddings postponed to 2021 chose weekend dates, and that means prices will go up. Venue availability will drop too. A weekday wedding will boycott most of these potential problems.
Smaller Wedding Cakes
Why have a mountain of a cake when your guests are few? 2020 saw a rise in delicious and creative single tier cakes. It’s a trend that will continue in 2021 because micro weddings will still be a thing. You can still make a statement with a small cake for your 2021 wedding.
Sadly, many wedding businesses closed up in 2020. Lots of the ones still left will be booked up for 2021 too. As a result, many couples in 2020 decided to go the way of DIY, and they did not regret it. The possibilities are endless and the creative opportunities beautiful. You could even get a DIY company to ship you wedding drapery rentals instead of having to settle for an expensive local vendor. It’ll be easier on your budget and savings.
Keeping in line with micro weddings, minimalism came to the fore in 2020. Couples in 2021 will probably be going for the same rather than the traditional big wedding. What do you really need ten bridesmaids for in 2021? When what really matters is the love you both have for each other? A minimal wedding will cost less and is also less stressful to plan.
From digital invites to wedding websites and live streaming, couples found ways to share their ceremony with those not physically present in 2020. This is a trend that has come to stay, so we’ll be seeing brides incorporate this into their weddings in 2021 for sure. Besides, online RSVPs are so easy and straight to the point! Who knew you could get your accurate guest numbers at just the click of a button?
Brides of 2021 have a lot to learn from 2020 and the couples who had their wedding during this pandemic. We’re hoping that this results in a great year for the wedding industry in 2021 and every couple involved. Best of luck!!!