What’s New For Weddings


Ask anyone in the wedding industry and we will all say the same, weddings are back and they are back with a bang. After being restricted for so long engaged couples are now planning their big day with renewed confidence, a revived passion and an abundance of new and exciting ideas. From supporting small businesses, a full vegan menu and the newly found Anni-ception. Take a read to see what I believe we will be seeing lot’s of now weddings are back.

Garden weddings

Although they have always been a popular choice with couples planning their big day, garden weddings are going nowhere fast, and with lots of couples choosing to marry in their local childhood church, bringing the celebrations back to their parent’s garden to host a relaxed and fun filled reception seems to be the obvious choice.

Some couples are also choosing a marquee celebration to mirror the destination wedding they once wanted but no longer feel is  possible due to travel restrictions. Instead they are choosing to plan a garden wedding incorporating alfresco dining, romantic taplescapes, creative lighting and roaming musicians.

Supporting small businesses

Couples are also looking to support small local businesses when choosing their wedding day suppliers. From working with a local stationer to create their dream invitation suite, choosing caterers who can serve locally sourced produce, through to booking their village florist to create eye catching florals purchased from nearby flower growers. It seems that after spending extra time at home over the past 18 months couples are all the more aware of small local companies that can help them create their dream wedding day.


There has been a steady rise in couples making sustainability a priority when planning their wedding day, with many choosing to provide group transport for their guests in order to cut down on the number of vehicles being used by their wedding guests. Another popular sustainable choice is incorporating potted plants that can be used as centrepieces, which are then gifted to guests at the end of the evening and as mentioned above couples are also making a conscious effort to work with local food suppliers to keep their food miles down.

Vegan wedding food

Tying in with sustainability as well as an increase in newly found vegan diets throughout lockdown, an increasing number of couples are choosing to offer their guests a full vegan menu on their wedding day. From tempting canapés, a delicious three course meal, eye catching evening snacks and not forgetting the much needed wine and beer, all vegan and selected by couples to keep their ethical values at the very heart of their wedding day.


New for 2021 the anni-ception is set to be popular throughout the coming months.

A number of couples that chose to go ahead with an intimate wedding ceremony in 2020 and beginning of 2021 abiding by the restrictions in place at the time, are now planning to host their restriction free reception on or near their first wedding anniversary.

Some couples are planning to include a church or celebrant lead blessing following a traditional wedding day structure, whilst others are jumping straight into the evening celebration and inviting their friends to party the night away with them celebrating their first wedding anniversary in style.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my thoughts and ideas on what will be popular with couples planning their weddings in the coming months. If you would like further ideas, inspiration and planning advice head over to the blog page on my website where you will find a whole host of posts talking all things weddings. And if you would like to discuss the planning services I offer please do contact me to see how I can help you.

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With a keen eye for detail, organisational skills that are second to none and the love of a “to do” list it was inevitable that Hayley would become an events planner. She started her career within the legal profession and was a Personal Assistant for 14 years before training with the UKAWP to become a professional wedding and events planner and then going on to launch “Hayley Jayne Weddings & Events”.

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