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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!

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