Weddings can't come back soon enough, obviously. But there were some lovely trends popping up over the last 12 months that we'd love to keep.
We are finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, Covid-19 wise, and the thought of weddings happening again is such a wondrous thing. Throughout the past year we have felt endlessly upset for our couples, as they cancel, and then re-cancel their saga of a wedding. It has not been easy for them, or anyone during the pandemic to plan anything at all. However, there were some brave souls and smart couples who managed to tie the knot during these difficult times, and they did so by using many different ingenious ideas. And by doing so, they created brand-new, and unexpected trends that we actually hope will stick around post 2021.
These post-Covid trends may well have been rejected out of hand pre-2021, but after the year we've all had, our feelings towards friends and family for example, has certainly changed. Now, for many people, the idea of a huge wedding doesn't seem quite so appealing. And in fact, lots of couples would rather celebrate with just the loved ones they missed the most. Those people you Zoom call'd every day, and were the first to invite you out for a Sunday afternoon coffee and a walk. The people you just didn't realise you were so attached to, until you were kept away from them. Covid-19 has opened our eyes to the possibility of not only planning a smaller wedding, but also being more selective with our guest list.
Positive Post-Covid Trends for 2021
Mindful Guest Lists
We touched on this above, but it's worth expanding. We've all heard the predictions that post-pandemic weddings will be smaller. But we are confident that if so, it's only in the short term. After all, large weddings are an important part of many cultures. And once everyone is vaccinated, normality in mass numbers should certainly re-start.
However, because so many couples had their plans ruined while trying to marry in 2020/2021, we may see lots of people deciding to play it safe, and keep numbers small. But more than that, couples will start to think more mindfully about who, and why they are inviting certain people to their big day.
So, small/medium and big weddings will be back, but couples will just spend a bit more time deciding who they really and truly want to have with them on their special day, prioritising people they care about, over obligation invitations. Those invites to distant relatives you haven't seen since you were little, or to co-workers you actually don't like - they don't need to be invited any more. The pandemic actually did us a huge favour in opening our eyes, and making us work remotely, so we don't have to put up with Steve's passive-aggressive looks after not receiving his invite!
This goes hand-in-hand with the previous point, as we start to see couples celebrate it in a much smaller way. The idea of a micro-wedding is one that involves only your nearest family, and dearest friends, with a capacity of no more than 75. The benefits of this type of wedding are many, and of all the positive wedding trends to arise from Covid-19, we would say this is the strongest.
When choosing to host a micro-wedding, you are opting for quality, over quantity. Not just in terms of people (harsh!), but also in terms of the items you booked for your big day. Imagine catering for example. You invite 250-300 to your wedding, and you'll need a big room to accommodate them, and caterers to feed them. That's expensive, and the quality will vary depending on your budget, but will never be the same as a restaurant for example. And if we take that example, say your favourite restaurant has a private room for hire, and you fill that space with 25-30 of your loved ones, and have the finest, funnest meal of your lives!
That's just one aspect, you also have gifts, stationery, bridesmaids, booze, wedding dresses, centrepieces, group honeymoons! - the list goes on. What it boils down to is this, do you still long for a big wedding? Is the wedding you always dreamed of full of hundreds of people in one room, there to celebrate your big day? If the answer is yes, then a micro-wedding is not for you.
What the heck is a Minimony...? Yeah, we know, the name is a little silly, but hear us out. During the last 12 months, many couples have needed to have a tiny wedding/reception, and then plan a much larger celebration further down the line. Therefore, a minimony is a small ceremony and a mini celebration all in one day.
Following on from above, we can certainly see this idea sticking around, with couples wanting to have the best of both worlds. Exchanging vows and celebrating with just their close friends/family. And then going all out with a big party with everyone invited. That way there's no real hurt feelings, and you still get to go a little crazy with hundreds of guests.
Moreover, a wedding ceremony is so intimate and heartfelt, so it's not weird to think that to have a relatively big audience to witness it, is a little odd. Plus, smaller ceremony numbers definitely suit some couples if nerves are an issue. Not everyone feels comfortable, confident or wants the whole guest list to hear their future promises and vows to their partner, and you can understand why. We're all different.
A Focus on Live Entertainment
For most of us, the only entertainment we have had over the last 12 months has been via the multiple streaming platforms we frantically signed up at the beginning of Lockdown 1.0. But when it comes to live entertainment, we have been devoid of anything. Even Glastonbury wasn't streamed live...!
So why not treat your wedding guests to an experience more exciting than your average DJ. More invigorating than your local wedding band. Bring the music that will get them on their feet. Entertain them at their tables with magic, make them laugh with comedians and amaze them with acrobats. Think outside the proverbial box, and gift your guests something real, that they can feel, and see right in front of them.