Summer Wedding Trends for 2021

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Well, the warm weather has returned and it’s time for Winter-themed weddings to take a step back. Summer weddings are my absolute favorite–yes, I know I say that about every season—and I can’t wait to see what this year has in store when it comes to Summer wedding trends for 2021.

While I obviously pay attention to the details of the weddings I attend, I also make sure to read up on the latest tips and trends whenever possible. I love to see how accurate my predictions are, so this year I’ve written down my predictions of the summer wedding trends for 2019:

  1. Eco-friendly

Being eco-friendly and ethical was an important factor in Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding, and this definitely started a trend. According to Brides Magazine, “From foam-free flower installations to wedding dresses that use ethical practices and wedding cakes made of locally sourced ingredients, the options for hosting an eco-conscious and ethical wedding are rising.”

While I don’t think Harry and Meghan were the first couple to make eco-friendly decisions when planning their wedding, they definitely helped make it more mainstream—that and the general dislike we all have for straws nowadays.

  1. Alternative engagement rings

More and more often, I’ve seen couples opt out of the standard diamond engagement ring. Colorful stones, such as opals, sapphires, and emeralds are in right now. So are going for more artisanal, locally-crafted rings.

It’s all about finding the engagement ring that means the most to you. Couple’s aren’t bucking tradition just for the fun of it, they’re searching for something more personalized and tailored to them. If a traditional diamond ring is for you, go for it. If not, many couples are figuring out that there are a lot of alternative engagement ring options out there. Choosing a quirky ring yet another way to tell your love story in your wedding.

  1. Smaller weddings

Yet another Summer wedding trend for 2019 is the small wedding. This is something I’ve already written extensively about in my article “Downsizing Your Wedding: The Newest Trend”. Needless to say, there are some good reasons to have a smaller wedding, one of which is the ease to which you can add personal touches. It’s not just an alternative engagement ring that can scream you, but aspects such as the décor, food, and games.

Smaller weddings are also more budget-friendly, less stressful to plan, and better suited for good conversation among friends and family.

  1. Bringing the outside in

In 2019, greenery and flora will continue to play a large role in the décor of many couples. This will create a natural, fun, and romantic feeling that many couples desire when they say their vows. According to Brides Magazine, “Another interpretation of the ‘bringing the outdoors in’ trend, is by using grasses instead of foliage to decorate your wedding…pampas grass appears incredibly romantic when used to decorate arches and aisles.”

  1. Minimalism

While people are still seeking to add personalized touches to their weddings, this doesn’t mean they’re going overboard with kitschy decorations. Minimalism is still going strong. Minimalism isn’t just cold colors and a lack of warmth. It’s simply making the most out of every element of your décor, and being smart about it. Minimalism can be just as homey and friendly as other décor options, it just takes strategy.

  1. More inventive food options

Gone are the days of “fish or chicken?” Wedding reception food is only getting better and better, and nowadays, personalized food options are in. So, what does this mean?

It means your favorite foods. Comfort foods, breakfast for dinner, a cereal bar, savory pastries—there’s no end to what you can serve. As I mentioned in my article “Incorporate Your Love Story into Your Wedding”:

“If mac & cheese is your favorite food, serve it. If you love breakfast dinner, I’ll be the first one ‘egging’ you on. Food has so much personality, and many couples go with traditional options that say nothing about their own preferences….”

  1. Statement lighting

Lighting is more than just string lightbulbs or chandeliers. It can be a way to enhance the atmosphere of your wedding. Too often couples forget how powerful statement lighting can be when it comes to creating a mood, or setting a scene. Lighting is atmosphere. It’s just as much a part of your décor as a centerpiece. In fact, I’d argue that it plays a bigger role than most centerpieces.

If you play your cards right, lighting can actually pretty cheap in comparison to some of your other wedding expenses. So, why not take advantage?

Not sure how much to spend on décor? I’ve also written an article on wedding budget allocation! Couples spend different amounts on their weddings, but they often stick to a standard budget allocation.

Know of any other Summer wedding trends for 2021? Comment below!

Incorporate Your Love Story into Your Wedding

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As a Wedding DJ & Master of Ceremonies based in Arizona, I’ve been to a lot of weddings—and that’s an understatement! Over the years, I’ve noticed that I remember some weddings more than others. So, I began to ask myself, “What made these weddings stand out?” 

In the end, it wasn’t about the budget, the venue, or even the décor. It was about the people. I remember the weddings that really allowed me to feel like I was a part of their love story—no matter how small a role I played. Even though I only knew those couples for a short time, their weddings had a way of telling their story to the world. 

Finding a way to incorporate your love story in different aspects of your wedding is important. You don’t want your wedding to look like anyone else’s, and personalizing your wedding is the best way to truly make it yours

Below are some of the most creative ways I’ve seen people incorporate their love story into their wedding. Enjoy!

1. Make the Most of Your Vows

This is the moment where you stand in front of all your friends and family, and declare your commitment to one another…and they definitely will sit and listen. Make the most of this captive audience! Talk about the moment you first met, the moment you knew you loved each other, any other milestone the makes your relationship special. 

Don’t go overboard and spend fifteen minutes each on vows, but make them special, and make them personal. Your loved ones can’t truly celebrate with you unless they know what they’re celebrating. This is why it’s so important to incorporate your love story into your wedding day. It’s the culmination of everything you’ve been through together, and you should be able to celebrate it with everyone. 

2. Don’t Ignore the Programs

Many couple don’t utilize the programs to their fullest potential. It isn’t just a piece a paper detailing the events of the evening, it’s a blank canvas for you to get creative with. Incorporate your love story by including a timeline of important milestones, or a blurb telling your loved ones about the proposal. There’s no limit to the number of ways you can make your wedding program special.

3. Showcase Photos

Using photos of you both together is another great way to incorporate your love story into your wedding day. Yes, it’s been done. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great way to give your friends and family a sneak peak into your lives together. Instead of just reading or hearing about your love story, this is the perfect way to really help them visualize it. Even the silly selfies you take together can tell a story.

4. Have Fun with Table Names

Like the programs, table names are also often ignored when it comes to incorporating your love story into your wedding. Why use regular, boring table numbers when you can do just about anything else? You could use the dates of important milestones in your relationship, name the tables after your many dogs, or even use the names of locations that are special to you. The possibilities are endless, and it’s amazing how playing with table names can get guests talking.

5. Serve Your Favorite Foods

If mac & cheese is your favorite food, serve it. If you love breakfast dinner, I’ll be the first one “egging” you on. Everyone goes with chicken or fish solely because they feel like they have to. Food has so much personality, and many couples go with traditional options that say nothing about their own preferences. That said, there’s no shame in going traditional if that represents you. I’ll always encourage you to do what makes you happy.

6. Include Special Memories in Your Favors

Not all couples decide on handing out favors, but for those that do, why not make them personal? “Special” doesn’t have to mean expensive, it could just mean “special to you.” Incorporating your love story into your wedding is more important than handing out the small soaps and champagne bottles that guests have come to expect. Simply adding your initials doesn’t make an item “yours.” A special memory, however, does. This is your last chance to remind guests why they’re there, don’t miss it!

7. Personalize Your Soundtrack

Okay, I may be a bit biased here. I am a Wedding DJ & MC after all. Despite this, I firmly believe that a soundtrack is the perfect way to incorporate your love story into your wedding. Maybe start the night off with the first song you danced to? Or choose a beach-themed song if you met at the beach? Create a timeline. Have some fun with the lyrics. Use music to tell your love story in a subtle, yet still meaningful way. This is your chance to get creative! 

Still interested in the ways you can incorporate your love story into your wedding? Check out this Wedding Wire article!

Can you think of another way to personalize your wedding? Let me know below!