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WEDDING BLOG

2021 Wedding Trends

January 16, 2021 | kailey

Image by Ariana Tennyson. See more of this real wedding here.

This year is a celebration of uniqueness—weddings included. 2021 will be filled with trends that will have weddings looking a little different from years passed. A year that will have many steering away from tradition, prioritizing meaningful-intimate details that make a wedding unique. This will be a year where quality over quantity is cherished and weddings are planned with purpose. But that’s not all.

The past year has shown us that love conquers all and we can’t wait to see the unique and detailed celebrations coming our way. Here are just a few trends we are looking forward to seeing in 2021:

Less Is More 

In 2021, less is definitely more when it comes to guest size. With a growing number of postponed celebrations, many are choosing to trade their large over-the-top guest lists for smaller and more intimate micro-weddings and elopements

These smaller celebrations take the stress out of planning and allow you to focus your energy on making memories that are oh-so-special. Due to convenience, and the pandemic, these celebrations have become increasingly popular and we don’t see them going away anytime soon.

Images by Cedar & Pines. See more of this real wedding here.

Images by Map and Compass Photography. See more of this real wedding here.

Home Is Where The Heart Is

As couples look for fresh and creative ways to host celebrations this year, backyard weddings have become increasingly popular. These venues offer more than just budget-friendly costs and convenience. Backyard weddings allow couples to get creative and truly bring to life their dream wedding space. 

For those dreaming of an adventurous destination wedding, not all is lost. Many couples have also decided to forego extravagant destination wedding venues for over-looked and beautiful domestic locations that are close to home—proving you don’t need to spend your life savings to get the destination wedding experience.

Images by Peyton Rainey Photography. See more of this real wedding here.

Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies

Outdoor ceremonies are quickly becoming the new norm and we’re totally here for it. With safety being the number one priority, many are opting for outdoor ceremonies and receptions over traditional indoor nuptials. Not to mention the unlimited style possibilities that allow couples to personalize beautiful outdoor backdrops with jaw-dropping details like dreamy twinkle lights and fully personalized tents. 

Images by Jessie Schultz Photography. See more of this real wedding here.

Images by Liz Osban. See more of this real wedding here.

Bold Colors

From fashion to florals—bold colors are the way to go in 2021 and Pantone agrees. The Pantone Color of the Year is a union of Ultimate Gray and Illuminating, which is a vibrant yellow. These colors represent strength and positivity—two attributes many couples will look to incorporate into their big day in 2021.

This year’s all about personalization, making the day unique and anything but traditional. Want to wear a purple dress? Wear a purple dress. A yellow suit? Go for it. The use of bold and eye-catching color palettes are sure to bring a strong, eclectic, and positive energy to any space in 2021.

Image by Let’s Frolic Together. See more of this real wedding here.

Images by Carlos Elizondo. See more of this real wedding here.

Image by Dallas & Sabrina. See more of this real wedding here.

Image by Sharon Pye. See more of this real wedding here.

Buffets Are Canceled  

Goodbye buffets, hello plated meals. With smaller celebrations and safety concerns, buffet-style meals are a thing of the past. Plated meals are a great way to create a relaxed, stress-free, and intimate dining experience for your wedding guests. It’s also an excuse for over-the-top and unforgettable reception table setups. 

Images by Sophie Berard. See more of this real wedding here.

Overlooked Wedding Dress Styles

With micro-weddings and elopement-styled ceremonies taking center stage in 2021 short wedding gowns—though often overlooked— are sure to give glamorous floor-length gowns a run for their money. 2021 is the year of planning with purpose—whether that purpose is practicality or unique style there is a short dress fit for everyone

Image by Tida Svy Photography. See more of this real wedding here.

Image by Lighthouse Photography. See more of this real wedding here.

Image by Emiliano Russo. See more of this real wedding here.

Casual And Natural Hairstyles

There is beauty in simplicity—which rings true for both wedding fashion and wedding hairstyles. One trend that won’t be going away in 2021 is the easy, elegant, and classic curl. It’s a versatile hairstyle that can be easily dressed into any wedding style, with a veil or headpiece, and allows personality and natural beauty to radiate. 

Image by Valerie Thompson Photography. See more of this real wedding here.

Image by Jessie Schultz Photography. See more of this real wedding here.

Image by Bridelope Productions. See more of this real wedding here.

Image by For Love & Light. See more of this real wedding here.

From color palettes to wedding destinations and sizes, there are many trends that make us here at Junebug Weddings excited for celebrations to come. We can’t wait to celebrate your uniqueness with you. Don’t forget, after you’ve got your images back from your talented photographer, submit them for a chance to be featured on Junebug Weddings.

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4 Comments

  1. Great post, would like to see some different hair textures in the casual and natural hair part of this post.

    • Hi Kayla, thanks for the comment! You’re right. We’re updating that section to be more inclusive of different hair textures.

  2. interesting colors promise to be this wedding season

  3. Great post :o Perfect wedding trends – nothing to add :)

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