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Wedding Trends in 2021: Team LLA's Favorites

It’s finally time to bid 2020 adieu, and its ouster comes not a moment too soon.


It all started so promisingly, with glitzy galas and Great Gatsby toasts ― the skies lit by fireworks at midnight. 2020 roared on the scene pointing the way to the glamorous, fashionable and endlessly fun “Twenties” we had in store.


How did the year skid off the tracks so quickly?


We watched, with jaws agape, as a “novel” virus decimated Italy and swept like wildfire across Europe. Soon it was on our own doorstep, filling the United States map with ever expanding red dots. The entire world found itself in quarantine and we all learned the meaning of the phrase “a new normal.”

In no time at all we looked like Nick Nolte from Down and out in Beverly Hills ― with wild hair, scruffy beards, unkept nails, and loose fitting clothes.


To borrow words from the deeply wise and passionate Deepak Chopra - "All great changes are preceded by chaos."


We're looking ahead to 2021, which offers a glimmer of light at the end of a long tunnel. This year's impact on weddings will remain, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Think of thoughtful guest counts, more intimate dinner parties, and an emphasis on the things we can control—like fashion, food, and personal details. Team LLA is looking forward to the future.


Here they are, Team LLA's top wedding trends of 2021 that we LOVE!

 

1. Adventurous Elopement

Kellie Jane Photography


If the mere thought of wedding planning, the high costs of the affair, or walking down the aisle in front of many eyes is enough to make you shudder, then the intimacy of an elopement may be right up your alley. And why not? Eloping is becoming a more popular, chic way for couples to express themselves. It can be more romantic, cheaper, and less stressful—not to mention: You can exchange your vows anywhere, which adds the possibility of an adventurous element and a unique bonding experience.


More couples are choosing epic outdoor locations that they feel passionate about, and opting to celebrate their wedding day with the things that matter most to them. Eloping isn’t about running away for a quick ceremony – it’s about being intentional with your wedding and having a relaxed, FUN day.


For any couple who wished they could abandon the big wedding plans required by family or societal pressures for an adventurous runaway elopement, this is a year. With health-conscious family members unlikely to RSVP “yes” to a wedding anyway, you can elope without any sense of guilt. (Although, you should never feel guilty for planning the wedding you want, regardless!)


"The main reason why we chose to elope was to have this day be just about us, an intimate experience full of love, laughter and adventure. We want to take in every second of the day’s natural surroundings and breath taking views by incorporating some hiking, dancing on the beach, toasting bourbon on the rocks.." – Megumi & Glen

2. Outdoor Weddings


Outdoor weddings have been “the trend” rather than the exception for quite a long time now, but we see 2021 turning wedding celebrations exclusively to outdoor events for safety’s sake. With more room to stay socially distant & indoor gatherings accounting for most of the world’s Coronavirus outbreaks, we say celebrate your nuptials with the birds and the bees, please!


An at home wedding provides a very special memory as well as complete control over the place you are getting married. For 2021, luxurious backyard parties are making their mark. Reinvent your outdoor space with extravagant lighting, elegant tablescapes, rugs, runners and decked out floral decor.


Hosting your wedding at your home or your family’s home has always been one of my favorite places to create a wedding backdrop—there is something so magical about seeing a bride coming out of her home to walk down the aisle. A home wedding immediately creates a sense of intimacy and hospitality. Plus, in 2021, clients feel they have more control over regulations and shutdowns if it is on their own property. - Jennifer Zabinski, Vogue

3. Minimony and Micro-Weddings


Elopements, Mini-Monies and Micro-Weddings are all the rage now! With Covid-19, couples have been left wondering what they are going to do. There are two main options for anyone who would like to get married and celebrate now.


So what is the difference between a Minimony and a Micro Wedding?


Minimony– This has been a popular option for couples who are still holding out for that larger event. ‘COVID Couples’ get legally married in a small ceremony, usually with 10 or fewer guests and hold out until the larger party later.


Micro Wedding – This is a cross between an elopement and a big traditional wedding. These events of 50 people or less will still include all of the elements of a large wedding. With the micro weddings, we typically see couples really leaning into their design and elevating the experience for their guests and themselves. The budget goes much further and they are able to really treat their wedding day as a once in a lifetime event. These micro weddings offer so many options for creative execution as larger weddings are harder to scale.


4. Mini Dresses

(WE LOVE THIS)



Short wedding dresses have been giving floor-length gowns a serious run for their money and it's easy to see why. From modern silhouettes to allover lace minis to sequin and beaded styles, these leg-baring beauties are versatile and undeniably statement-making. Whether you're considering wearing a short dress for your rehearsal dinner, ceremony or afterparty, a little white dress is always a stylish addition to any bridal wardrobe.


5. Extravagant Transformative Attire


Let's not forget about Chrissy Teigan & John Legends' stunning wedding in Lake Como, With not just one gorgeous Vera Wang Gown, but THREE Vera Wang Gowns...We're drooling too.


“Nothing will make you want to be dipped in glitter like a year in sweats,” says designer Varca Bridal.

From pieces that can be worn in multiple ways to dresses that can be adapted to a different look, adaptability is the name of the game in fashion right now. Thankfully, this trend works well for weddings when brides want to switch up a look for the reception or even re-wear a frock for their sequel wedding.


Changing wedding ensembles may seem like a recent trend, but it actually has a long history in the modern American wedding. As early as the 1930s, brides would change at the close of their reception into a “going away dress” for their grand exit, where guests would wish them well as they headed off to their honeymoon. Typically their going away dress would be some sort of chic bridal-inspired skirt and jacket suit set.

For a modern take on this concept, many bridal designers today are creating ​​“cake-cutting Dresses” for brides who want to switch things up. Cake-cutting dresses tend to be fun, shorter frocks that are meant to be worn toward the close of the reception when you cut the cake and dance until the end of the night.


Hailey Bieber


6. Eco-friendly Choices


Last October, we noticed A LOT of bridal designers commit to not only supporting environmental causes through donations, scrap recycling & tree planting programs but also committing to use more eco-friendly fabrics. It's out of this world cool.


The designer of The LAW Bridal introduced a range of eco-friendly fabrics that are supposed to feel super luxurious and even come with green certifications in her 2021 collection. She wasn’t the only one, either! Check out Loulette Bride, too.


Digital invites are on the rise, too. With plans being so frequently changed & sending out new, amended paper invites being quite costly, it’s beneficial in so many ways to opt for online wedding invitations like those from Greenvelope.


7. Alternative Engagement Rings



What do we mean by alternative? More and more couples are opting for colorful gemstones rather than traditional diamonds.


“Even though the pandemic has put many wedding celebrations on hold, couples still want to celebrate their love in their own way,” says Etsy Trend Expert Dayna Isom Johnson. “… We have seen interest in emerging styles for engagement rings, like 1800s-inspired gemstones and diamond and pearl combos.”

Other overarching trends include customization, gender-fluid styles, unique stones and cuts, along with yellow and vintage golds.


Emily Ratajakoswki & Ariana Grande flash their unique rocks.


8. Intimate Guest Lists


Bride.com announced that, "According to our recent American Wedding Study, 47 percent of our followers are now planning on downsizing their guest lists."


When it comes to the number of guests you invite, couples are likely going to keep things small in 2021. Guests will have different reactions to showing up to a large wedding—even with a vaccine. We will have those events again, but that doesn't mean you need to host one right this second. Instead, couples will continue to host incredible, nothing-spared, small events, and plan to throw a killer anniversary party next year or the following.


With smaller guest counts come more elaborate options to wine and dine your guests, or just the two of you for an over-the-top elopement. This couple is the perfect example; the two opted for an elopement at


Digital invites are on the rise, too. With plans being so frequently changed & sending out new, amended paper invites being quite costly, it’s beneficial in so many ways to opt for online wedding invitations like those from Greenvelope, which we love by the way.


9. Quality over Quantity



This trend is simple and straightforward: quality over quantity—from food and beverage to design and the guest count.

When it comes to the number of guests you invite, couples are likely going to keep things small into the new year. Guests will have different reactions to showing up to a large wedding—even with a vaccine. We will have those events again, but that doesn't mean you need to host one right this second. Instead, couples will continue to host incredible, nothing-spared, small events, and plan to throw a killer anniversary party next year or the following.

But with smaller guest counts come more elaborate options to wine and dine your guests, or just the two of you for an over-the-top elopement.


This couple is the perfect example; the two opted for an elopement at Cathedral Rock Trail in Sedona, Arizona. Complete with a Jasmine Bridal gown, and a candlelit dinner for two overlooking the views.


Not bad eh?

10. Out of This World Entertainment


A year of Netflix binges, endless podcasts, and countless hours spent on Instagram has us all desperate for some live entertainment. Guests are ready for an all-out, no-holds-barred party. After dozens of at-home workouts and dance parties in our pajamas, we're now looking forward to the day (or night) that we can get up and move to the music until the sun comes up.


Dance floors may still be limited for health, safety, and social distancing measures as we enter the new year, but no matter your guest count, a wedding is a wedding—plain and simple. Celebrations should be filled with love, joy, music, and entertainment, no matter the size or scope. Couples will opt for unique ways to surprise and delight their guests—from large bands that rival the size of the guest list to DJs remixing your favorite hits, and alternative entertainment, like stand-up comedians, illusionists, aerialists, and other performers, aimed at keeping guests entertained while they stay safely in their seats.

No matter the size of your event, from the ceremony to the reception, music and performances are not where you should cut back in the coming year and beyond.


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