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January 18, 2021 - No Comments!

Unique 2021 Wedding Trends

Happy new year! The shift that the wedding industry has experienced this past year has resulted in a few new trends that are here to stay for a while. Many couples are choosing smaller weddings with alternative twists. While we love to celebrate big, we can't help but get excited over these unique intimate events. If you are a wedding professional or a couple planning your wedding, these are the 2021 wedding trends to look out for!

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Backyard Weddings

With the uncertainty that comes along with planning a wedding currently, we are seeing more and more couples stay local. A backyard wedding at your own home or even a local Airbnb can alleviate a ton of stress. You can celebrate with your closest family and friends without missing out on many traditional aspects of a wedding. There is so much room to get creative with decor and you can still wear the wedding outfit of your dreams! Check out our tips for planning the ultimate backyard wedding.

Photo by DOSKOFOTO // Planning by 'Cause We Can Events // Florals by Leta Verbena

One Tier Wedding Cakes

A smaller guest list means less cake! If you are eloping or choosing an intimate wedding, you can still feature a cake within your design! Work with your local bakery to create a unique one tier cake that is almost too pretty to eat. Even if you are hosting a larger event in 2021 and want a small cake just for you and your future spouse to capture photos will, this option is for you.

Adventurous Elopements

This trend might be our favorite! In the new year, many couples are choosing an adventurous elopement. We recommend considering a national park for this trend! There are so many places to explore. You can select a desert elopement at a place like Joshua Tree National park, escape to the beach, or even bring your ceremony to the woods in the Smoky Mountains. Be sure to bring along our elopement must-haves for your special day!

Photos by Tess Laureen // Florals by Hearts and HoneyDo Events

Alternative Wedding Outfits

This year is all about breaking away from tradition. Wear what you want on your wedding day! Whether that means choosing matching outfits or including fun accessories like a faux fur jacket, there are endless options. If you are still including a veil within your wedding day look, be sure to check out our favorite wedding veils!

Photo by Cody and Allison 

Love this blog? Read How to Plan a National Park Wedding next!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Wedding

January 4, 2021 - Comments Off on How to Plan the Ultimate Backyard Wedding

How to Plan the Ultimate Backyard Wedding

If you and your future spouse want to keep your special day intimate and low-key, a backyard wedding is the way to go! Enjoy all of the romance of a traditional wedding day without the need to travel. With the challenges of last year, many couples are opting for a smaller celebration. A backyard wedding still allows you to celebrate with friends and family in style. This is also a budget-friendly option! There are so many considerations and options to choose from even with an intimate event. We are sharing what you need to know to plan the ultimate backyard wedding!

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Bride and groom walking outside while holding hands and smiling

Narrow Down Your Guest List

A backyard wedding is for an intimate celebration! Typically, this means one location as well for the entire event. So, you will want to spend time narrowing down your guest list. We recommend inviting 5-25 guests depending upon the space. That way you will have plenty of room to walk down the aisle and create room for a dance floor during the reception!

Choose the Right Decor

Since you will be using one area for the entire event, it is important to choose versatile decor. Choose your favorite florals or lanterns that can easily be moved for the next portion of the day. We love repurposing ceremony decor for the reception! Check out our wedding day must-haves as you create your vision board.

Follow a Timeline

While a backyard wedding is definitely more relaxed with programming, it is still a good idea to follow a general timeline. That way you will be sure to include structured time for aspects of the day that are important to you. Family dances, cake cutting, and the bouquet toss will not be forgotten as you celebrate your big day! We always advise adding extra time for photography as well. You and your future spouse may want to explore the local city or parks for your couple photos.

Bride and groom cutting cake at wedding
Bride and groom smiling in car

Make it Personal

This intimate wedding option is a great opportunity to include personal aspects into the day! You may choose to celebrate at a family member's home or decorate with photos of you and your partner. Maybe you ask each guest to bring their favorite dessert and written recipe as a wedding gift! You could also invest in personalized wedding favors for your guests to remember the day. Some of our couples have included sentimental heirlooms or attire into their wedding day style. There are endless options to choose from.

Photography by Amanda Doskocil // Planning by 'Cause We Can Events // Florals by Leta Verbena

Ready to plan your backyard wedding? Contact us today to chat about your special day!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Wedding