2021 Wedding Trends: Entertainment + Guest Experience
It's no surprise that weddings are looking different these days. All the rules, regulations, and safety precautions of the Covid era have changed the wedding industry in a lot of ways. There's no denying that it's been an incredibly tough year for couples and industry professionals alike, but not all of the changes have been bad; in fact, we foresee many of them becoming the norm! Here are some of the trends that we're expecting to see last well into the new year - and beyond.
With many venues reducing or eliminating dance floors altogether, couples are getting more creative with their entertainment. Whether it's hiring a band to provide a show instead of just some dance hits or introducing a more interactive performer like a magician, celebrity impersonator, or tarot reader, our clients are looking outside of the box for vendors who will keep their guests engaged - even without the Cha Cha Slide.
Hosting a Zoom call for faraway guests has become a major element of Covid weddings this year, but we foresee it continuing into future celebrations, too. So many couples have far-flung guest lists these days, and why should we forget about guests who can't travel for the occasion when we could so easily Zoom them into the party too - and send a bottle of champagne and a party popper to them so they can enjoy the festivities with us?
One of our top new trends in favors: welcome baskets! Instead of having koozies at the bar, programs at the sign-in table, and sparklers outside the back door for send-off, couples are looking more toward curated gift boxes that encapsulate the entire wedding experience - from hand sanitizer to custom masks to fun wedding-centric items - in a more personalized way. Why spread interactive elements out across the venue when you can package them together in a beautiful box for each guests that also includes favors and heartfelt Thank You cards?
Looking for more trends to get inspired by? Check out the rest of our blog series:
1 - Brides
2 - Wedfully
3 - Martha Stewart