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.

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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.

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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.

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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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A Texas State Capitol Wedding Brimming With Unique Details

January 15, 2021 | riley

When most people think of a State Capitol wedding, they probably think of a small elopement or a private civil ceremony. But Liliana and Cesar’s Texas State Capitol wedding included 250 guests for some not-so-traditional courthouse “I do’s.” With the help of planner XO Moreau Weddings, the couple turned the House Chambers into a romantic backdrop using only burgundy and ivory florals from Stems Floral Design to enhance the natural beauty of the space.

After tying the knot, the newlyweds, accompanied by Mariachi Relampago, held their first dance in the Capitol’s rotunda, surrounded by hundreds–talk about a memorable detail. We love that they continued the party at the Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt, where they drank, danced, and enjoyed a cake replica of the Texas Capitol building created by Michelle’s Patisserie. Oh, and did we mention that this was the first Hispanic couple to say their vows in the State Capitol? There’s nothing like making memories and history.

So keep scrolling to see every stunning detail, captured beautifully by Junebug member Nikk Nguyen Photo!

The Couple:

Liliana and Cesar

The Wedding:

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Using The Texas State Capitol As Decor Inspiration

The architecture and design of the House Floor is so intricate, and a lot of the elements we couldn’t move (House Representative desks, chairs, podiums, etc), so we structured the ceremony design to enhance the natural beauty of the space. The florals matched perfectly with the draping behind the podium and were carefully placed to frame the space where Liliana & Cesar said “I do.”

A First Dance In The Heart of it All

Mariachi Relampago led Liliana & Cesar from their first kiss, down a grand staircase, and into the rotunda for their first dance. Hundreds of people stood on the balconies of all levels in the rotunda to watch and cheer. The mariachis then took Liliana, Cesar, and all 250 wedding guests outside to continue the performance and celebrations.

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Nikk Nguyen Photo
Event Planning – XO Moreau Weddings
Ceremony Venue – Texas Capitol Building
Reception Venue & Catering – Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt
Floral Design – Stems Floral Design
Cake – Michelle’s Patisserie
DJ – ULoveI
Live Music – Mariachi Relampago & Trio Los Vigilantes
Makeup Artist – Marisa Warren Artistry
Hair Styling – Hair by Kourtney Esch


Congratulations again to Liliana and Cesar on their Texas State Capitol wedding! We’re so glad that Junebug member Nikk Nguyen Photo was there to capture the beauty of the day and share it with us. To see more of Nikk’s work, check out his profile in our directory of wedding photographers from around the world.

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Stunning Torres Del Paine National Park Elopement

January 14, 2021 | olivia

A pandemic clearly has not stopped 2020 power couples from exchanging their I do’s, and Ashley and Javi are no exception. This resilient couple originally wanted to throw an intimate wedding in their hometown, but the idea of eloping felt more spectacular. So they packed their backpacks and went hiking to the Torres Del Paine National Park and eloped with the mountains as their witnesses. 

With help from wedding planner and Junebug Member The Creative’s Loft, this couple promised their love to each other at a gorgeous, snow-capped mountain range. The saying “love is in the details” was a theme for this elopement from a beautiful headpiece, white boots, and matching vow books. If you’re itching to hike up the mountains, let these photos by Anni Graham whisk you to the Torres Del Paine National Park.

The Couple:

Ashley and Javi

The Wedding:

Torres Del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Anni Graham
Event Planning – The Creative’s Loft
Wedding Dress – Rue De Seine
Headpiece Designer – AmaroQ Design
Groom’s Apparel – Joseph Abboud


Congratulations to Ashley and Javi on their stunning Torres Del Paine National Park elopement. We are so excited that Junebug member The Creative’s Loft shared this surreal day with us. To see more of Adriana’s work, check out her profile in our directory of wedding planners from around the world

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