After a year full of delays, cancellations and downsizing, weddings are finally taking place again. (“Let’s try again,” says the recently updated wedding website of a friend who acknowledges she didn’t have to postpone her date once, not twice, but three times.) And, well, as Bronson van Wyck, exceptional event planner She sums it up: “People are ready to party.”
However, it is naive to assume that the celebrations will simply return to normal. The pandemic has changed our path to the altar. Some of these changes are due to inevitable technical details: There will certainly be more home weddings as many venues are firmly booked and backlog of postponed events. But many reflect evolved values: There will also be more weddings at home, because in the past 13 months couples have realized how useful it is to get married in a life full of memories and not in an impersonal hotel ballroom.
So Vogue asked seven wedding planners to weigh the wedding trends they see for this summer and beyond – and what they think will fall by the wayside. (Here’s a preview: Buffets – the self-service style still violates CDC guidelines – and muted color palettes are out. Hug the big and brave folks!)
Below are the wedding trends she and her clients are adopting this year.
All eyes on the vows
“The ceremony has become so much more important because couples have realized what a blessing it is to meet and affirm their love in front of loved ones. Vows are much more in focus when planning and are now a major highlight of the day. ”-Mindy Weiss
Simple wedding celebrations
“Say goodbye to the wedding party (or no more than 3, please). With a limited number of guests, our couples really had to limit themselves to the essentials. The hair and make-up hours saved have opened up a whole new world in our timeline. I look forward to continuing this trend. ”-Fallon Carter, Fallon Carter Events
“I believe that in 2021 we will see the appreciation and acceptance of more intimate weddings. This allows the couple to focus on specific details and details that will be seen and appreciated by a smaller number of guests. COVID has given couples and families the freedom to invite a smaller number of guests without being to blame for family / friendship commitments. ”-Jennifer Zabinski, JZ Events and co-founder of Celebration: Home
Fun with formality
“I will convince all of our customers to accept a formal dinner service. No more family style or wooden bowls passed around the table. I hope for tuxedos and elegant waiters in white cotton gloves. ”-Rebecca Gardner, event planner and founder of Houses and Parties