COVID-19 turned the wedding industry on its head last year, and, unfortunately, it will continue to affect couples in 2021. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t tie the knot and have an awesome time doing it. We’ve highlighted five trends below for 2021’s wedding season that will keep you and your guests safe while ensuring you have a fantastic event.

1. Plated Meals

While buffet catering is typically most popular for weddings as it is easy to set up and allows guests to choose what they want, in the COVID-19 era, plated meals are becoming more popular. Fewer hands on food and serving utensils is safer for everyone. Additionally, skip a candy or dessert bar in favor of prepackaged desserts and plated slices of cake.

2. Welcome Boxes

Another COVID-19 addition, couples are now providing guests with welcome boxes that contain 2021’s essentials: hand sanitizer, masks, programs, etc. These personal boxes are more sanitary than communal sanitation stations or program baskets. Many couples are even including their favors in these boxes, as well.

3. Yellow and Gray

Pantone’s Colors of the Year for 2021 are PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating Is there anything more perfect for 2021? According to Pantone, “A message of happiness supported by fortitude, the combination of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is aspirational and gives us hope. We need to feel that everything is going to get brighter – this is essential to the human spirit.” Expect to see this pairing in many upcoming weddings as couples look to embrace a bright and cheery color palette.

4. Informal “Wed Now, Party Later” Events

With ever-changing rules on gatherings, 2021 couples are planning more intimate “micro-weddings” of 25 guests or less with larger receptions down the road. For these ceremonies, brides often choose a simpler dress (or even a pantsuit!) and save the more ornate details for later. The overall mantra is that saying “I Do” is most important while the celebration can wait.

5. Weekday Weddings

Couples who postponed their weddings in 2021 have had to compete with those already scheduling for 2021. To be able to snag a desired venue or date, many are opting for weekday weddings. The costs associated with these dates are usually much cheaper, allowing couples to save for a potential “party later” reception. And who doesn’t want to skip out of the office for a mid-week wedding?!

To discuss your 2021 wedding, contact Sound Precision Entertainment at (216) 870-4513 or scott@spedj.com.

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