What a Year It Was: A Look Back at Weddings in 2021

Another year has come and gone, and what a year it was for weddings! After all the surprises and plot twists of 2020, we all learned to adapt and find our own ways of navigating the new world of wedding planning. From ceremonies in breathtaking locations to non-traditional choices in food and fashion, the sky’s the limit when it comes to the imagination and creativity of couples who were wed in 2021. As celebrations slowly started to make a come back, one thing was clear: love truly does conquer all. No matter what challenges lie ahead, know that marrying the love of your life is always worth it. Let’s take a look back at some of the things we loved about what weddings looked like this past year.

What a Year It Was: A Look Back at Weddings in 2021

Outdoor Weddings
Home backyards, sprawling garden venues, and al fresco restaurants—what do they all have in common? They’re considered a little safer thanks to the fresh air and circulation. Think strings of fairy lights, makeshift tents, minimalist styling, and you’ve got yourself a plan for an easy, breezy affair. Add to that a delicious spread and live music and you’ll surely leave your guests wanting more.


Photographer: Conspire the Universe | Real Wedding: This Couple Celebrated Their Wedding Under A Gorgeous Multicolored Sky
Photographer: Mara and Mike Photography | Real Wedding: This Couple Created Elegance Out of Simplicity in Their D.I.Y. Intimate Wedding


Boho Styling
Bohemian and rustic themes were a popular choice for wedding styling this year. The earthy tones of the decor seamlessly complement the natural beauty of the outdoors as well as the cozy ambience of intimate indoor venues. Boho is not only flexible on the venue, but on the budget too! You can consider trading fresh flowers for dried ones and incorporating a few D.I.Y. accent pieces to complete the ambience.

Photographer: The Local Folke Studio | Real Wedding: A Warm and Inviting Rustic Boho Themed Wedding in Baguio!
Photographer:  Conspire the Universe | Real Wedding: This Burnt Orange Boho Wedding Makes Us Wish There’s Autumn in the Philippines!


Drive-by Receptions
Intimate celebrations don’t always have to mean some get to enjoy, while others miss out on the fun. Aside from live streaming the event, another way couples have managed to involve more of their loved ones is by hosting drive-by receptions. More guests are able to see the blooming couple and extend their congratulations in person—all from the comfort of their own cars!


Photographer: Creators and Co. Photography | Real Wedding: This Couple Moved Their Wedding from Tuscany to the Philippines in Less Than Twenty Days!
Photographer: Mediarama Creatives | Real Wedding: This Couple Had a Filipino Street Fare and a Drive-Thru Reception in U.P. Diliman


Fur Babies in Attendance 
One trend we hope to see more of in the years to come is the presence of fur babies in wedding ceremonies and receptions. With weddings happening a lot closer to home, we’ve seen some pets dressed to the nine’s and other even walking down the aisle as part of the entourage. It doesn’t really matter what role you give them on your big day. We know your fur babies (as well as your guests) will appreciate simply being included in the festivities.


Photographer: Sunday Morning Studios | Real Wedding: 12 Guests Plus Dogs: This Fun Couple Were Surrounded with Everything They Needed
Photographer: Lula Images | Real Wedding: This Couple’s Non-Negotiable Was Having Their Dog With Them as They Said Their I Do’s!


Unconventional Bridal Fashion
A lot of thought goes into the different elements of a bridal ensemble. There are brides who make subtle, non-traditional choices like wearing sneakers or bright colored stilettos, and there are brides who choose to make a statement with a sleek jumpsuit or a bold colored wedding gown. The fashion choices we’ve seen this year are anything but standard and they’re making us look forward to each moment the church doors open even more!

Photographer: Love Train Studios Photography | Real Wedding: Chic and Unconventional: This Bride Wore a Beige Gown Paired with Sneakers!
Photographer: Hayag Studios | Real Wedding: This Bride Was Bare-Faced on Her Wedding Day and Her Groom Loved It!


Creative Food Choices
Gone are the days where couples follow the same template when it comes to weddings, especially when it comes to curating their menus. Say goodbye to long buffet lines and champagne bottles, and say hello to take home meals and alternative toasts. There’s more freedom to include food and beverages they actually enjoy together like their favorite street food stall for cocktails or a coffee cart for speeches and toasting.

Photographer: Toto Villaruel | Real Wedding: Take Home Meals and a Coffee Cart: This Couple Had a Chill yet Meaningful Intimate Wedding in Bataan
Photographer: CamZar Photography | Real Wedding: This Couple Chose Street Food as Wedding Cocktails and Everyone Had Fun!


Time for New Traditions
Traditions aren’t for everyone, so it should come as no surprise that some have taken this chance to create new ones that make more sense for them. It might be because they’re saving the tradition for a second, larger celebration or it might just be because they want to do something different. We’ve seen couples prep together, walk down the aisle together, and even give each other makeovers before the reception. Whatever their reasons, we are all for couples finding ways to make sure their weddings truly represent them and their love.

Photographer: Sunday Morning Studios | Real Wedding: This Couple Created Their Own Wedding Tradition and Walked down the Aisle Together!
Photographer: Nice Print Photo | Real Wedding: Jas Maierhofer Gets a New ‘Do From Her Husband After Saying “I Do”!


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