With each year that passes, we see trends come and go. Some play the test of time and stick around, however this year there has been a huge shift in trends, as many of us have been dealing with far more than anyone had planned. Coronavirus has affected everything; from the way we interact with other people, to the way we’re planning ahead. Sadly, many of our couples have had to postpone their weddings until 2021, as have many couples all over the world. But with every dark grey cloud that hangs over our heads, there is sure to be a silver lining…
For our 2020 couples who have had to postpone until next year, they will now be able to enjoy our brand-new wedding garden, which offers a stunning space to take beautiful wedding photos and enjoy welcome drinks in the sun.
So for those of you who’ve postponed, or have been planning your 2021 weddings, here are our favourite trends for next year
- Local Suppliers
There’s no denying that the pandemic has hit the economy hard. Many local suppliers have had to close their doors, even some who have been trading for years and years. That’s why for upcoming weddings both later this year and well into the next, there’s going to be a huge rise in couples sourcing local suppliers in support of others. Local suppliers will be in high demand, as will locally sourced food and drinks.
- Micro Weddings
Micro weddings are set to be one of the biggest wedding trends of 2021. Couples are opting for smaller, more intimate weddings for a host of reasons. Whether they’ve lost money due to cancelations or postponing or scaling down in preparation for possible ‘socially distanced weddings’, couples are cutting their guest-lists to 30 people or less. The Waltham Barns is the perfect setting for these more intimate and romantic weddings. Weddings of this size allow you to splurge a little on the finer details, and celebrate with those who really mean the world to you.
Since the coronavirus pandemic began, many of us have learnt to treat others with kindness. There has been a huge rise in charitable acts and many of us have felt the urge to offer help to those who need it. We’ve picked up an elderly neighbours shopping, or we’ve baked a cake for our local NHS workers, and for 2021 weddings, we’re expecting to see this act of giving to carry over into the planning of many weddings. Lots of couples, all across the globe are planning to ask for donations to a cause for wedding gifts or are using their floral arrangements as gifts to their local key-workers.
This year alone there has been a huge increase in the amount of people doing everything they can to live more sustainably. Flexitarian diets are becoming more and more common, and people are finally beginning to realise that global warming is a real thing, therefore sustainability is the way forward. 2021 will see a rise in couples planning highly eco-friendly weddings, from recyclable invites to vegetarian menus to cut their ‘wedding footprint’ down as much as possible.
- Pretty Pastels
Last but not least, the predicted trend of subtle pastel pallets has made our top 5 favourites. Pastel colours are beautiful for weddings throughout the year. Pastel colours also suit our venue particularly well, with chalky pink tones being a huge hit with many of our couples last year.