Summer 2021 wedding day trends

For certain, 2020 marked a firm out with the old, and in with the new, with an entirely fresh wave of wedding trends for this summer.

2021 wedding trends - the practicalities

That so many couples have had to rework their plans as a result of Covid-19 is well documented. Safety concerns continue which have seen a dip in demand for the traditional wedding buffet, downsized guest lists, more assigned seating and

at-home celebrations.

We’ll see concert-style entertainment in place of dancing, restaurant-type dining, and an emphasis on every invitee being made to feel truly appreciated.

Micro weddings have gone big and sequel nuptials are incredibly popular among those who had to abandon their big plans in 2020 but who want to celebrate with a splash this summer.

English garden ambience

Be it inspired by The Crown or Bridgerton, English garden sophistication is the elegant theme of the summer. Outdoor celebrations may be safer, but they’ll blossom with a whimsical intimacy and delicate flowers galore after a year spent indoors.

Simplicity, quality and quantity

Quality over quantity extends right through the guestlist (smaller and cherished), to the formalities, entertaining and wining and dining. Smaller numbers mean bolder opportunities for more spends per head and giving is just as important as receiving. Expect personalised favours and individualised food portions to be big.

Lighter, mood-boosting hues

With a return to basics comes key colours but toned down with a softer feel. Blues and greens are everywhere but navy and sapphire have given way to cornflour and lilacs with pops of pink and accents of emerald and sage with peach and ivory at the edges.

With the average age of newlyweds now well into their mid-30s, we’re also seeing throwback theming from the 80s and 90s. That’s yellows and bright reds blushing into fuchsia, teal and cobalt. Burnt orange, deep burgundy, and vibrant purple are also making a big statement in floral displays.

Wedding dress trends for summer 2021

Effortless and chic is the order of the big day this year. Brides have had more time to think outside the box than ever before. Short wedding dresses are here to stay, as are minimalist gowns, and even suits and separates.

For those seeking elegance to match their cottage theme, there’s ethereal lacy detail, flowing ruffles and microfloral patterning.

And for the grooms in 2021…

As ceremonies and celebrations are simply becoming more practical and intimate than ever, the trend for 2021 in wedding suits has headed firmly into classic cuts that can double as work and formal wear.

Closely tailored touches are in to give a sleek and lean appearance, and for the more daring there’s geometric patterning and colours featuring heavy darker blues, reds, oranges, and richer burgundies.