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2021 Wedding Trends

Get inspired with our comprehensive guide to the year’s most inventive and aspirational wedding trends.
Enchanting Natural Backdrops
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Enchanting Natural Backdrops

With outdoor weddings set to continue as the place to party in 2021 think outside of the garden and take things into the woods. Plan to have your ceremony and reception in the forest—at golden hour to make things extra-magical—and rock a statement dress for maximum style impact.

Dress by Eddy K. Necklace by Michelle Ross. Photography by Alvaro Goveia. Styling by Tara Williams. Makeup & Hair by Robert Weir.

Effortless Tablescapes
Details & Décor

Effortless Tablescapes

A soft, tonal palette, breezy linens, classic tableware elements and tons of candles invarious shapes, sizes and heights create an easy and very modern-feeling table setting. Also at the heart of the table: an organic feeling centrepiece that’s not too wild, not over-styled and in a pretty palette of romantic soft shades.

Photography by Erin Leydon shot on location at Lune 1860. Planning by Vivian Lytte Events. Flowers by Atelier Josephine. Stationary by Statue Rue. Decor Rentals by Simply Beautiful Décor.

Backyard Weddings
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Backyard Weddings

They say home is where the heart is, and weddings are no exception to that rule. For 2021, luxurious backyard parties are making their mark. Reinvent your outdoor space with extravagant lighting, elegant tablescapes, rugs, runners and decked out floral decor.

Photography by Rob Lloyd. Wedding planning by Shannon Kennedy, Kennedy Event Planning. Decor and Florals by The Gathering Event Co. 

Monochromatic Neutrals
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Monochromatic Neutrals

Chic and neutral tones are top of mind for 2021. When it comes to your special day look to add layers of beige, cream, latte, and mocha for a heavenly look. Incorporate the romantic shades in everything from your flower arrangements down to your groom and groomsmen looks.

Photography courtesy of Brandon Scott Photography.

Travel Themed Details
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Travel Themed Details

International honeymoon destinations may still be a little bit of a wait away, but there’s no stopping you from including dreamy locales in your wedding day. From romantic Parisian themes to tropical motifs, there’s plenty of ways to add a touch of travel to your wedding day. For an easy fix, show off your travel-inspired day via your stationery.

Invitation courtesy Koket Design.

Heirlooms & Vintage Objects
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Heirlooms & Vintage Objects

Looking to add a personal touch to your celebration? Something Old comes back in a big way for 2021. Gather family heirlooms, antiques and found objects to surround your day with character and meaning.

Photography courtesy of Inna Yasinska Photography. Planning & Design by Party With Chloe.

Rattan
Details & Décor

Rattan

Known for its woven texture, rattan has been a huge hit in the home design industry, so it’s no wonder stylists and planners are finding ways to weave this boho look into their celebrations. Expect a reception scene filled with everything from rattan chairs to wicker lights, which is perfect for couples seeking a shabby chic vibe with a modern twist.

Photography courtesy of Warehouse 84.

Studio Style Photography
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Studio Style Photography

From engagement sessions to first look photos, a beautifully styled photo studio space is a trend that continues to grow. Plan to dream up impactful styled backdrops stacked with whimsical props to enhance the scenery.

Photography courtesy Hello Inspira.  Shot at Mint Room Studios.

Intimate Luxe Indoor Decor
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Intimate Luxe Indoor Decor

With intimate weddings we anticipate celebrations with overflowing with lavish touches. Indoor venues that are on the more intimate scale (to cater to the guest count) will be at the forefront of most couples’ choice. Keep the decor elegant by adding candlelight and chic chairs.

Photography courtesy Rebecca Wood. Styling and planning by Blue Lavender Events.

Tropical Tones
Flowers

Tropical Tones

Brights feel so right for 2021! We love colours with punch when it comes to wedding florals—think a mix of corals, raspberry reds, zesty orange and magenta, punctuated with just a hint of greens. Mix and match these hues in all your floral décor to bring some electric energy to your party.

Bouquet by Lobo Florals. Photography by Maureen Im Photography.

Something Blue
Flowers

Something Blue

Our must-have colour palette for 2021? Think fifty shades of blue. As a calm hue, blue is the perfect wedding colour choice. We love the colour blue for everyting from your florals, cakes and wedding accessories. It especially makes a statement when used in floral installations as it’s not a conventional colour choice.

Photography courtesy L’Estelle Photography. Creative Planning & Design by Luxia Jewelry and RojaLux Luxury Event Decor. Flowers by  Arbutus Florist . Cake by Cakes In A Box. Dress by Luxx Nova . Jewelry by Luxia Jewelry. Hair by Hair By Nasim. Makeup by Makeup by Supernova.

Flowers

Cascading Bouquets

Floral arrangements that literally overflow with big, beautiful blossoms are on point in 2021 (it’s a very ‘80s-inspired vibe). While a huge bouquet can add up, we suggest asking your florist for reccos on seasonal blooms and to add more greenery into the mix, which should keep your bouquet budget from growing.

Bouquet by Ashton Creative. Photography courtesy Aya Dajani Photography.

Ball Gowns
Style

Ball Gowns

Going big—we are always all about that! The classic ballgown is having a moment and we are here for the timeless elegance, drama and red-carpet dazzle of this dress style.

Dress by Morilee Signature by Madeline Gardner. Photography courtesy of Morilee.

The New Bohemian
Style

The New Bohemian

Effortless style bordering on minimalistic is the freshest way to spin bridal boho this year. Voluminous manes and rosy makeup paired with a billowy dress void of excessive detailing and crafted from an ethereal fabric like silk chiffon or tulle creates a romantic and very modern wedding style.

Dress by Monique Lhuiller from White Toronto. Accessories by  The Loved One. Photography by Erin Leydon shot on location at Lune 1860 using iPhone 12 Pro Max. Planning by Vivian Lytte Events. Bouquet by Atelier Josephine. Hair & Makeup by Bespoke Beauty Inc.

Princess Diana-Inspired Gowns
Style

Princess Diana-Inspired Gowns

Thanks to the latest season of The Crown, all things Princess Diana are having a moment most notably her 1981 wedding dress. The most iconic Royal wedding dress of all time, Diana’s over-the-top taffeta, sequin, pearl and frilled lace gown had the most extraordinary puffed sleeves, a statement detail many designers have incorporated into their 2021 designs.

Dress by Galia Lahav Couture. Photography courtesy of Galia Lahav Couture.

Easy Hair
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Easy Hair

Forget fussy updos or voluminous beach waves. The freshest wedding hair for 2021 has a polished, elevated, every-day-chic appeal. Think a simple chignon or better yet a polished ponytail finished with a few dainty jewelled hairpins to add a touch of luxe.

Dress by The Law Bridal. Pearl hair pins by Kaitlyn Mae. Hair + makeup by Allyssa Helm Beauty & Co. Photography courtesy of Esther Lee Hollywood.

Swiss Dot Lace
Style

Swiss Dot Lace

This delicate, airy fabric has long been a love of ours and it’s having a moment. It’s a perfect choice if you want a luxe boho vibe and it’s absolutely perfect for garden and backyard weddings.

Dress by Lihi Hod Bridal. Photography courtesy of Lihi Hod Bridal.

Statement Earrings
Style

Statement Earrings

Our favourite way to dress up a minimalist bridal look is with one seriously beautiful accessory and our choice for maximum impact are bold earrings. Keep hair and makeup simple to showcase your bling—how incredible are these rattan shoulder dusters!

Earrings by Sugarcane and Co. Robe by Daughters of Simone. Hair + makeup by Allyssa Helm Beauty & Co. Photography courtesy of Esther Lee Hollywood.

Separates
Style

Separates

The best way to create a bespoke bridal look in 2021 is by mixing and matching separates to create a look that’s uniquely you. This allows you to easily convert your wedding look from ceremony to reception to party—customization is key.

Dress by Claire Pettibone/Ready To Wed Collection. Photography courtesy of Claire Pettibone.

Style

Convertible Gowns

Love a train but don’t want to wear it for the entire day? Designers are embracing convertible silhouettes—we’re seeing detachable peplums, skirts, trains, capes and sleeves. Choose a look a look that has all the drama but can be easily converted into a simpler, sleeker, sexier look throughout your day.

Dress by Ines By Ines Di Santo. Photography courtesy of Ines Di Santo.

Style

High Necklines

If you love all things Jane Austen, this trend is for you. Elegant, Austen-esque high necklines are a romantic and feminine style trend for 2021 brides and we adore the timelessness and simplicity of this throwback design detail.

Dress by Elizabeth Filmore Bridal. Photography courtesy of Elizabeth Filmore Bridal.

Elevated Cocktail Menus
Eats & Sweets

Elevated Cocktail Menus

With the experience of dining being so important, having cocktails as part of the full dining experience is on brand for if you are especially into the foodie scene. Having cocktails available as guests arrive before dinner is a great option or we like to serve a specialty cocktail or two by bar cart at tables for a fun interactive experience!

Mini Munchables
Eats & Sweets

Mini Munchables

Instead of passed canapes at cocktail hour, create individual charcuterie boards for guests. Mini plated food stations are also a trend on the rise and one that can be done safely: guests each get a plated experience but in mini meals at chef stations around the reception. Each plate is beautifully presented to make each plate a unique experience and a mini component to a full meal. We love this elevated but a casual dining experience!

Plated Meals
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Plated Meals

This elevated style of service is most popular now as it has been deemed the safest service style during the COVD-era and suited perfectly to more intimate weddings. It allows you the opportunity to spoil your guests and create a super indulgent and really customizable food. Consider also incorporating a wine pairing to create a full food service experience (also this means less time at the bar during the reception).

Victorian-Inspired Sweets
Eats & Sweets

Victorian-Inspired Sweets

Take a retro approach to your sweet table by presenting an array of treats that feature a romantic, feminine and whimsical design. Look for cake design ideas in your mother or grandmother’s china collection—this cake was inspired by the classic Royal Albert pattern Old Country Roses.

Cake and sweet table by Nadia & Co. Photography courtesy of 5ive15ifteen.