2020 really interrupted the wedding and event industry with the Coronavirus pandemic cancelling all events for months. A year later and things are finally starting to look up in the event industry with 25% of the US vaccinated and social distance restrictions loosening in many states. A year with no weddings really made event professionals and couples rethink the way they approach weddings in 2021. Some couples have rescheduled their weddings, some eloped and are planning a party to celebrate, some are coming out of lockdown newly engaged and ready to say "I Do."
Covid is still very present and many venues will look to having some sort of tented space to make sure that people can socially distance and circulate fresh air. Wedding tents with mood lighting are set to be a very hot 2021 trend, with vows outside and the reception under the twinkling lights. Many venues that previously just had an indoor space are adding tents to accommodate more people while staying safe and within the state's guidelines. AirPac can air condition or heat your tent or barn wedding effectively and safely, contact us if you'd like to chat more about your special celebration.
With fewer guests allowed to attend weddings, couples have been looking to make the experience more personal as well as supply everyone with masks and hand sanitizer.
Individual Hors D'oeuvres
Obviously, it will be a while until passed hors d'oeuvres or large charcuterie tables are safe and acceptable to have at events. Caterers are creating individual appetizer plates for guests with a little bit of everything. Charcuterie board for one, please!
Single Tier Cakes and Individual Desserts
Fewer guests means that some of those cake tiers aren't needed and some couples are opting for individual cakes as well to decrease any spreading of germs. In years past, we've seen many couples opt to forgo the cake entirely and provide other desserts that they prefer like donuts or pies. Different dessert options are still very popular and we expect to see more people serving things other than just cake.
Color and Sentimental Touches
Couples are going bold with their color schemes. Gone are the days of all white weddings with rose gold accents. After being cooped up inside for a year, people are ready to get wild with their wedding décor, including personal touches and sentimental items. With smaller weddings closer to home, couples are using items from their childhood homes or servewear from their grandparents.
Curated "Announcement" Photos
With smaller guest lists, there are a lot of people who want to see photos from the wedding but can not attend in person. Couples are working with their photographers to choose an "announcement" photo or photos on social media that make those who couldn't attend feel like they were there.
Wed Now, Party Later
Getting married now and planning a party for later became popular in 2020 and is still happening in most states since limits on gatherings are just starting to lift a little. Planning an event takes time and hopefully the event industry will start to see dates filling up soon with celebrations for weddings that happened during the lockdown.
You could say that "quality over quantity" is the overarching theme for weddings in 2021. With more time to plan, couples are more deliberate and thoughtful about how they want to celebrate their special day. We have a feeling we will see some of the most unique and magical weddings coming out of the Covid quarantine...and we can't wait!
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