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After a year of so many postponed weddings we thought it was time to look forward to the future with our favourite wedding trends of 2021, now that we have a roadmap for weddings to take place once again. Whilst you may have had to postpone, boy will your wedding be worth the wait. And after the year we've all had, our take home message is simple when it comes to wedding trends: follow your heart and do what works for you. Follow the trends or ignore the trends! Go with what you and your partner really love, and what is important to you two. If you don’t like the idea of wearing a traditional white wedding dress, then don’t. If you still only want an intimate wedding even though there may not be restrictions, then do that. As our friends over at Rock My Wedding would say, ‘It is your day, your way’.
One thing we have loved about weddings that have gone ahead in the last 12 months is that brides are still wearing exactly what they want for their big day. This might be a stylish two-piece suit from the likes of the effortlessly chic The Own Studio.
We have loved the creativity of the high street, and are obsessed with Rixo’s new bridal collection of affordable wedding dresses, jumpsuits and two pieces for stylish brides.
One of our favourite weddings featured on Rock My Wedding was that of wedding photographer Kate Cowdrey. Kate wore a midi length polka-dot Zimmerman white dress and espadrille wedges for her intimate Chelsea Registry office summer wedding.
In terms of bridal accessories, we are loving bold accessories such as capes, chunky headbands and bows in your hair. Wear what you really want to wear.
When it comes to planning your wedding food, we think that your wedding breakfast shouldn’t be all about pleasing your guests, instead it should be a reflection of you as a couple. If your favourite food is Pizza, then have a pizza truck! Or if food is really important to you as a couple, then push the boat out with lobster, caviar and champagne for a really indulgent meal!
A key wedding food trend that we know is here to stay is seasonal and sustainable wedding food options. This is something that caterers such as Peardrop, Doggart and Squash and Two Many Cooks are experts at.
One of our favourite wedding trends of 2021 is the resurgence of Champagne towers. Utterly decadent. We’ve been known to replicate this with espresso martinis in our showroom with the expert help of The Cocktail Service.
When it comes to sustainable wedding drinks, our go-to english sparkling wine is Nyetimber. Nyetimber are determined that enjoying a glass of their wine should not come at the expense of the land they cultivate. They use a sustainable and holistic approach on their land, using resources to reduce the carbon footprint involved.
Our sentiment carries over to wedding cakes when it comes to wedding cake trends. Choose a wedding cake that reflects you as a couple. Whether that's a novelty cake that pulls in special meaning to you both, such as a Christmas Pudding cake surrounded by Highland Cow cupcakes for a Scottish Christmas Wedding, or Bride and Groom giraffe toppers for a safari loving couple - adding a personal touch to your wedding cake will always be on trend.
Equally this chocolate cake by Lizzie Batchelour also gives us all the feels.
Don't fancy the fuss of a cake? Why not consider a cake table, where it is less about the intricate detailing or decoration but more about all the different flavours. More is more.
In terms of sustainable wedding trends, Sustainable Wedding Cakes is also a lasting wedding trend. Our go-to for eco wedding cakes is The Hazlebury Kitchen. Founder Poppy takes looking after the planet very seriously, running her business with as little impact on the environment as possible by using home grown ingredients where possible, british ingredients and only using recyclable or reusable packaging.
When it comes to your wedding gift list, take time to work out what you really use and what is important to you as a couple. If you find solace in the outdoors, then think about adding presents such as garden furniture and BBQs, as well as gardening tools, picnic accessories and indoor and outdoor planters.
If you find comfort in cooking from scratch, consider kitchen equipment such as the classic Le Creuset casserole dishes, the iconic Magimix blender, good quality kitchen knife sets and wooden chopping boards. These are all items that will last you a lifetime.
Building a wedding list of sustainable wedding presents is also very much at the front of a lot of people’s priorities. Ultimately when it comes to your wedding list, we always recommend quality over quantity. We can recommend products with lifetime guarantees for example, or ones that we know will stand the test of time and move with you from home to home. Our most experienced wedding list advisor, Tors, has been working with us as a wedding list advisor since 2002, and has been married almost 20 years. She still uses most of her wedding presents today, proving that if you choose well they will serve a lifelong memory of your special day.
We've loved creating beautiful tablescapes during lockdown. The tablescapes that are inspiring us at the moment nearly all involve patterned colourful tablecloths, fun cutlery from the likes of Sabre and Capdeco, combined with smart fine china dinner.
We've seen a rise in couples doing DIY wedding decor - for example cutting their own flowers from the garden and making their own place names, adding a lovely personal touch to the day.
Now that we have more certainty in terms of dates, invitations are going to be savoured. I for one, know that I will be so happy to receive the next invitation in the post. Beautiful wedding invitations will be treasured and not taken for granted. Hand calligraphered envelopes and stationery from the likes of ERA Calligraphy are certainly going to brighten your guests' day.
There are so many floral trends on our radar this year. From a riot of colour to large floral displays and dried flowers there is so much inspiration out there at the moment.
"With smaller-scale weddings still on the cards for 2021, we are seeing subtlety when it comes to floral design and a larger focus on the finer details. For example, our brides are requesting smaller bouquets with beautiful muted, pastels and monotone colour palettes. These are the types of colour combinations that we love and we're excited by the idea of single stem groupings, using the very best flowers in concentrated ways for a design that is less structured and moves away from formal wedding flowers."
Elspeth, Founder of Blume
There has been a real emphasis on tablescaping as well, with the desire to create a beautiful 'dinner' set-up with amazing stationery and considered florals, rather than a traditional wedding breakfast with all the formalities. We offer table-scaping at Blume as well as flowers, so this is really exciting for us and a trend that we plan to fully embrace this year."
Elspeth, Founder of Blume