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6 Post-Lockdown Wedding Trends That Are Here To Stay

Your wedding day is extremely personal to you, but – ahem – not immune to outside influence. And not just the aesthetic Pinterest mood board kind.

Wedding trends come and go, in general life and in a global pandemic. 2020 has changed everyone’s daily life— altering how we live, love, and mark key milestones like weddings. A study by wedding app Bridebook has found that Coronavirus has directly impacted 64% of 2020 marriages— affecting when, where, and how weddings take place.

 

While we hope that much of this will soon come to pass, here are the post-lockdown wedding trends which look set to stay...

Elopement weddings
Elopement weddings

The elopement wedding is the antidote to the strained self-conscious display some weddings become.

 It’s lighter and more carefree, like flying away with your love— but no longer furtively, in a race to Gretna Green. You can even invite your in-laws. Or not.

A modern day elopement is an intimate wedding done on your terms, focusing on what you want. That might be a three day holiday, with the ceremony just one part of a romantic getaway with plenty of delicious food and quality time together in an idyllic location.

Or maybe you’d like your close family and friends to join you, but you want to sidestep the ‘wedmin’ and simply get started on the rest of your lives.

Elopements are spontaneous by nature. If you’d like one, get in touch and we can help.

Micro-weddings
Micro-weddings

The trend for small, intimate weddings has given rise to the term micro-weddings. Less is more. The day is stripped of insincerity, the theatricality of ‘dressing to impress’. It’s all about making memories in a beautiful setting, with a select few.

Micro-weddings are more personal and infinitely more relaxed. Instead of being generic university reunions to some guests, and awkward encounters with estranged relations to others, it’s all about you.

Two part weddings
Two part weddings

‘I do, again’.

Having two parts to a wedding is already common, with many couples having a legal ceremony and then a larger and more lavish wedding reception.

What's changing is the gap between the two. Many couples have already married in a low-key socially distanced ceremony and plan to celebrate next year and beyond.

 

Your dream menu
Your dream menu

We all have different tastes. Your wedding isn’t the place for other people’s.

Instead of trying to please all parties with a painstakingly labelled spread of food, more couples are opting for seated dinners of thoughtful and genuinely delicious food. It's the perfect excuse to design your dream menu. 

Provenance is also important, with couples looking for ‘locavore’ themes of local and seasonal produce for their wedding breakfast. Sound good? At the Great House great food is our specialty, have a look at our menus here or enquire about a tasting session.

Upcycled wedding wear
Upcycled wedding wear

Climate emergency was Oxford Dictionary’s word of 2019, and with came growing awareness of the prevalence of single-use items and throwaway culture.

Weddings are often guilty of huge amounts of waste, from the catering to the confetti, with a fuel debt from guests travelling far and wide along the way.

One of the biggest single-use items are wedding dresses. It’s obscene, really, to spend a small fortune on an outfit you can only get away with being seen in once. Luckily, upcycling is here to ease the burden on your pocket and the planet.

The trend for vintage dresses and tuxes gives beautiful clothing a second spin, while co-ord separates allow you to deconstruct your wedding outfit after the big day— and enjoy it again and again.

Flower power
Flower power

Floral displays are growing in popularity and size in post-lockdown weddings, as we rethink space in light of Covid-secure measures. Fronds of fern, blush roses and wildflowers don't just look (and often smell) amazing, they also make subtle natural spacers.

Festoon your venue with beautiful blooms. It'll be interesting and impressive, but also an aesthetic alternative to one-way signs and social distancing.

Celebrate Your Day at the Great House
Celebrate Your Day at the Great House

An unforgettable wedding begins with choosing an incredible venue. The Great House is one of the most popular South Wales wedding venues. With exclusive use of our spectacular house and grounds, you can make your special day truly personalised and unique. 

Everyone deserves their dream wedding. As each couple have different ideas, tastes and budgets, the ingredients for a perfect wedding always differ. That's why we let our guests choose as much or as little as they want when building their unique wedding package. We're flexible on everything from the menu to the flowers, the seating arrangements to the cake and, of course, the price.