Our Favorite 2021 Wedding Trends

mini cakes on a table with tapered candles

If you’re planning a 2021 wedding, you and your partner are most likely already busy looking into all the details. You are probably nailing down the guest list, checking out design ideas, color palettes, attire shopping, all the fun is beginning! Or maybe you feel a little stuck and you aren’t sure where to begin with all the planning. No matter what kind of inspiration you need, now is the time to start looking for it – as the decade’s biggest (supposedly the new decade starts in 2021!?) wedding trends are coming out, we have a few to share with you!

bride and groom sitting at sweetheart table Wild Floral Expressions (with bright colors or monochromatic palettes!)

Unstructured, wild, and dried florals will continue into 2021’s wedding season. From bouquets to centerpieces to unique ceremony installations, it continues and we are still loving it! There’s more variety, colors, and textures that really make the flowers pop. Overall, bright colors have been on the rise in weddings and it’s no surprise that “Illuminating” (essentially yellow) was named one of Pantone’s colors of the year. We love all the different tones of yellow and there is a shade to suit every season. Not only does it look lovely in a floral arrangement, but yellow palettes work well with rich fabrics like velvet and satin that you could consider incorporating into everything from table runners to bridesmaid dresses. Alternatively, we are also loving those retro monochromatic palettes, featuring mustards, terra cotta, and pinks.

Pro Tip: Take a look at your color palette and see if you can add in a more vibrant color. Add colored napkins for a pop, or add a different hue into your florals, or choose bright colors as the main focus and downplay the rest of your tablescape. 

wooden table set with place setting Intimate Gatherings, Outdoor Affairs & Unexpected Venues

Micro weddings and elopements will continue to be popular, which is not surprising with the current climate. We are continually loving the idea of hosting a smaller, more intimate wedding, yet totally going over the top for your nearest and dearest! Since wedding guest lists are smaller, couples are able to put more budget towards creating unique details. We love how Aly and Bryan’s recent micro wedding featured modern, slate paper goods with a menu that featured each guest’s name. 

Outdoor venues and backyard weddings will also continue to be set as the center stage (to help with social distancing) but also to include more of those natural, outdoorsy vibes. Couples are thinking outside of the box by saying their “I-Dos” in nontraditional wedding venues, such as on boats, parks, Airbnbs or in even more remote areas like national forests, alpine lakes, and mountain tops. 

mini cakes on a table with tapered candles

Individualized Food Displays and Mini Cakes

In 2020, we all had to look at food service a little differently due to the pandemic – yet some of these trends are going to be here to stay! We will continue to be seeing more individual appetizer plates/charcuterie boards, french-style served appetizer stations and much less of tray passed hors d’ oeuvres. For sweets, who wouldn’t love their very own mini wedding cake!? Adorbs and yummy! Also, there will be focus on locavore menus, featuring local, fresh and sustainably made dishes, which you can’t go wrong there!

women wearing moon shaped earrings Fashion – Anything Goes!

Okay, we are so excited for this! For attire this year, we are going to be seeing more fun colors, bold prints, fashionable cuts, (hello sexy slits and above the knee dresses), along with long and puffy sleeves! We will also continue to see extra big and bold accessories whether it is chunky earrings or wide brimmed hats. 

We also have a serious crush on transformative attire, why do a full outfit change if you can change up your look with the same dress!? Mind blowing! After 2020, aka the year of sweats and yoga pants, we will see more throw-out-the-rule-book bridal styles and anything goes!


Pro Tip: Check out these fabulous, half moon, polymer clay earrings by Bend-local Peaces by Lauren. Her entire collection is full of funky finds!

reception tables with lighting outdoors Immersive Ambience Lighting

As more and more outdoor weddings continue, naturally wedding tents and mood lighting have continued to be popular. Why not transform a completely unexpected area into an event space with concept lighting!? Think creating curtains fashioned from innumerable fairy lights to bring a romantic and airy ambiance to your celebration. Lights can set the tone and mood for your evening. From Edison bulbs, to bistro lighting and string twinkle lights – the options are endless!

Other trends to keep an eye out for: 

  • 70’s materials and aesthetic – macramé, crochet, block colors, wooden beading and textured linens (yes, please!)
  • Lots of different textures to feel, from velvet table runners to pampas grass aisle decorations (pampas grass will be sticking around!)
  • Extended wedding celebrations – long weekends or even a week with your guests (cheers to that!)
  • Non-traditional wedding parties (bring on the pets!)
  • Dried floral crowns (swoon!)
  • Hints of Metallics (bling, bling!)

bright colored flowers Consider adding a little more spunk and creativity into your wedding by playing with some of this year’s trends. However, you don’t want to go overboard, remember to stay true to your vision by adding small elements. These are all great for ideas and inspiration, but make sure you do it your way!

For more wedding day tips, design, and information about The Indigo Bride, check out our real wedding portfolio and blog and follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.


Photo Credits in order of appearance: Anna Caitlin, The Indigo Bride, Hannah Pickle, Rosemary and Pine, White On Black Studio, Sylvie Rosokoff

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