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Updated: Dec 10, 2020

Since we have launched our High Tea To Go Box, we have seen a lot of interest and a lot of orders for families to enjoy or as gifts. Thank you so so much! We would like to create a magical afternoon tea environment for you and curated some music to go with your tea. Please enjoy!

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Planning is underway for so many couples for 2021 weddings. It is going to be a mega-year for weddings as so many brides and grooms postponed their original 2020 weddings and we have also the newly engaged couples. The weddings may be small but they will continue. Love is not cancelled. With the new year just around the corner, here are the hot trends for 2021 weddings.


Intimate weddings
Transparent tent weddings

Photo Credit Lynette Giesbrecht

Guest list

Prepare to have multiple guests lists. As health rules constantly change prepare to have at least two to three guest lists to cover your best, worst and realistic scenarios. If you would like to host your wedding this year prepare for intimate weddings with mostly just your family and very close friends. To comply with the number of guests allowed, many couples will have an adults only weddings with exception of flower girls and ring bearers.



Wedding date & time


“I do” right now and party later may be the mentality for some couples, others will strive for smaller weddings but bigger experiences. We have started seeing this trend in 2020 already where instead a wedding day, people are booking a wedding weekend in the destination (within the province), creating a wedding getaway for everyone with stay, activities like golf for guys, mani-pedi for girls, with your closest group of family and friends.


Although Saturday weddings will still remain the most popular option, as venues start to get booked up, couples will look for alternative and more economical weddings dates. We may see more weekday, especially Friday weddings as well as Sunday weddings, in particular for long weekends.

Daytime brunch, luncheon types of weddings in 2021 is on upward trend, but there is still that special fabulousness about evening receptions.



Venue


As much as people love destination weddings, this year destination may be a venue within your province if you would like your beloved family and friends to be present at your wedding.


“Tented weddings are the new ballroom” says Jove Meyer wedding planner and designer. Fresh air and nature is safer for both your guests, vendors and yourselves. Outdoor glam tents with bistro style seating (where each household sits at individual tables) will be the way to go for the upcoming year. Mood lighting your reception area with whimsical fairy lights or loads of candles will give your wedding a magical feel. In choosing venues, couples will look for value, convenience, safety and seamless experience.


Create dreamy receptions by adding fairy lights and adding candle and lots of it
Mood lighting

Photo by Tulle and Chantilly

Decor


Living room decor with comfortable furniture will be the trend as weddings are becoming less formal and people would like to lounge around in between things.


Individuality and personalization will remain big, with more themed weddings. On a smaller scale, it’s now possible to pay more attention to details and bring your theme to life. Speaking of details, sentimental tabletops, layered china, goblets, intricate silverware are in the plans for this year.


Layered china, detailed stationery with wax seal
Sentimental tabletops

Molly Carr Photography,Venue: Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé

There is one item that no wedding can go without in 2021 and that’s hand sanitizer. Why not do it in style? We have seen brides craft beautiful hand sanitizer containers by glueing mason jars to candlesticks or gifting personalized hand sanitizers with witty quotes like “Spread Love not Germs”.

Florals


Lush greens and lots of it in any form and anywhere; off the arbor, attached to the ceremony aisle chairs, off the tent ceiling, green garland on the tables or by gifting succulent favors to your beloved guests. With smaller weddings couples are saving money on the food and drinks, some of that budget has been allocated to large and ultra pretty florals. We are talking about low and lush centrepieces as well as premium flowers and adding color for uplifting mood.

Invitation

The biggest change in stationery is the return of the “Save the Date” cards. With health rules constantly changing it is smart to send those out with a link to your wedding website where you can provide up to date info about your big day. Other couples may opt for for e-vites from the very beginning. What almost every wedding will want is to set up live streaming through Zoom, Webex or other platforms.

Photography & Videography

Photography is another area where couples will go big or go home. We wouldn’t be surprised if there were more editorial style of photography as well as incorporating new angles through drone photography. Videography - shooting wedding highlights will also gain momentum, as many friends, family and colleagues would not be able to attend.


Finding new angles for wedding photography and videography
Drone wedding photography

Divine Creation ©SkyPixel User | Equipment: Mavic Pro

Attire


Let’s start with the bride and groom. As weddings are turning towards more informal setting, the couples attires also heading to less formal too. For brides that may be unstructured, gentle, flowy dresses topped with a timeless fresh and elegant make up. For guys, they will say “bye” to black ties and tuxedos and choose colour suits or ditch the jacket entirely and just go with dress pants with white shirt and suspenders.


Mismatching bridesmaid dresses with dresses in the same hues gives a fresh look to the wedding party. As for the wedding guests attire, it will be casual-but-coordinated. In a microwedding, it would be easier for the couple to coordinate attires with their guests and that would be seen as part of the wedding aesthetics.

Ceremony

Embracing the nature and outdoors will be the new norm. Live music either vocal or instrumental has been popular in 2020, we anticipate this trend to continue to 2021. Depending on the season, but adding a little favor of a fan in the summer or a cozy blanket in the fall will always be a welcomed touch.

Reception


The area that we will see the most changes is the reception area. With no buffets allowed, we need to start thinking of everything individualized, mini-ourderves for one, mini individual cakes, cupcakes, parfaits. Speaking of sweets, single tiered tall cakes are the way to go. If you have a larger gathering, you may like the idea of a trio of single tiered cakes, mix and matched styles with different flavours but still creating a cohesive look.



Tall wedding cakes with pop of colour
Trio cakes

Photo by Chic Vintage Brides


Sadly, 2021 may not be a big year for DJs, with smaller weddings and no dancing (assuming the same health rules as last year), 2021 couples may choose to rent speaker systems from the venue and assign someone to press play on their playlist from their guest list (therefore also saving another spot in their wedding list as vendor personnel also count towards the quota).

If 2020 weddings were a good indication, the source of entertainment may be coming from small bands or the guests themselves, like outdoor activities (eg. lawn games), games during the reception as well as tiny toasts from lots of guests instead of the traditional select few.

Honeymoon


Couple’s travel plans to far lands may be on hold for a bit. Nanomoons, exploration of regions and parks close by followed by "massive moons” or one single “minimoon” within Canada.


Explore wedding venues within your province
Destination wedding and minimoons

Photo Credit Lynette Giesbrecht

Flexibility


If there is one skill that every couple (and their guests) will develop is flexibility. We are so impressed with so many couples who have planned and replanned their weddings. Bravo to all the couples who despite the challenges of 2021 are brave enough to take their chances and planning to get hitched.


Updated: Dec 7, 2020

There was a time when intimate weddings were just one of the many choices brides could choose from, now it is the only choice. Instead of fighting against it how about we try to embrace it?



What is Happening to My Dream Wedding?

First, let’s first talk about wedding sizes; elopement wedding is just the two of you and your witnesses, small weddings are under 50 people, medium wedding are between 50 and 150 people and large wedding is over 150 people. In any given year, those would be your choices. The average wedding according to Knot in 2019 was 131 guests. Most brides that we talked to at the Wonderful Wedding Show in Winnipeg, were planning medium to large weddings. Now with new health regulations the number of guests can range from 5 people to 100 people (depending on the geographic location and the date of your wedding). That really puts a damper on wedding planning for so many couples. In many wedding groups, I have seen brides cry out for help because they planned and had to replan their weddings again and again. Maybe the new date is a year apart from their original plan, they may have changed their venue, theme, dress. It is just financially and emotionally exhausting. If this describes your situation, please step back for a couple of days from wedding planning. Spend some time reconnecting with your fiance. Go on dates, walks, watch a movie or just have a good chat over coffee or wine with him or her. Get reminded about what brought you to today after all.


In the peak of our wedding planning, a month before the wedding, Chris and I got so overwhelmed, we were standing in the mud room of the castle and Chris said that he said that he would marry me right there. Frankly, at that point I was ready to elope too. We had a little weekend getaway before the wedding, courtesy of my wise mother in law. After a break, refreshed we tackled the wedding preparations and got married in front of our friends and family at Bella’s Castle. If we could pull ourselves together, you can too.


Secret to Planning Successful Covid Wedding

This Summer, we have met and experienced very resourceful brides who planned or replanned their wedding within a week or two and they turned out just perfect. The secret to having a great Covid wedding is to be flexible, there are things that are out of our control, like the maximum number of guests or rules about dancing. We just have to accept them and go with the flow. In the end, you are marrying the love of your life with the closest family and friends around you. We had a few grooms who told us, that their guest number will be whatever is allowed at the time; if its 10 then then will have 10, if its 50 then they they will have 50 people. Often times, that's exactly the couples they operated, they invited the right number of people to fit the regulations.


There are alternative ways to "expand" your guest list or wedding experience. We have seen couples stream their wedding to their overseas guests or shooting a wedding video to share with their family and friends, some couples have arranged drive-by for congrats, some couples instead of a wedding day created a wedding weekend for the closest 10 people in their lives. If you are planning or replanning your wedding, we are suggesting that you send the invitations to the family and friends that you can’t go without first. To the rest of the guests, you can send a save the date card. Depending on the regulations you can choose to invite them by livestream or if regulations relax then you can invite them to the actual wedding closer to the date. It is way easier to invite than un-invite your guests (however with the current situation anyone would be understanding). There is beauty in smaller intimate weddings, we just have to learn to see them. On the big day or a small wedding under 50, you will be more relaxed, you can connect with your guests better and your bank account will be happier leaving you with more funds for honeymoon, new house or that grand party for your anniversary. Florals by Floral Scents Make up and Hair by Fringe Salon

Photo by Lynette Giesbrecht


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