After a year of delays, cancellations, and downsizings, weddings are finally happening again. (“Let’s try this one more time,” reads a friend’s recently updated wedding website, acknowledging that she’s had to push her date not once, not twice, but three times now.) And, well, as Bronson van Wyck, event planner extraordinaire, sums it up: “The people are ready to party.”
Yet it’s naive to assume that celebrations are just going to revert back to normal. The pandemic has altered the way we head to the altar. Some of these changes are due to unavoidable technicalities: there are bound to be more weddings at home because lot of venues are booked solid with a backlog of rescheduled events. But many are a reflection of evolved values: there will also be more weddings at home because, over the past 13 months, couples realized how meaningful it is to marry amidst a lifetime of memories rather than at an impersonal hotel ballroom.
So, Vogue asked seven wedding planners to weigh in on wedding trends they’re seeing for this summer and beyond—as well what they feel is falling to the wayside. (Here’s a preview: Buffets—serve-yourself style is still against CDC guidelines—and muted color palettes are out. Embrace the big and bold, people!)
Below, the wedding trends they, and their clients, are embracing 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 get together and validate their love in front of loved ones. Vows are much more of a focus during planning and a bigger highlight of the day now.” -Mindy Weiss
Pared-Back Wedding Parties
“Say bye-bye to the wedding party (or, please, no more than 3). With limited guest counts, our couples truly had to stick to the essentials. The hair and make up hours that were saved—it opened up a whole new world in our timelines. Happy to keep this trend going.” -Fallon Carter, Fallon Carter Events
“In 2021, I feel we will see the appreciation and acceptance of more intimate weddings. This allows the couple to focus on special details and touches that will be seen and appreciated by a smaller guest count. COVID has given couples and families the freedom to invite a smaller number of guests without the guilt of family/friend obligations.” -Jennifer Zabinski, JZ Events and co-founder of Celebration: Home
Fun With Formality
“I’m going to convince all of our clients to embrace a formal dinner service. No more family style or wooden bowls passed around the table. Hoping for dinner jackets and elegant servers in white cotton gloves.” -Rebecca Gardner, event planner and founder of Houses and Parties