For so many reasons, both 2020 and 2021 were years like no other. Between the global pandemic, civil unrest in America, and a presidential election, the world changed. And so, weddings changed with it. But one byproduct of the difficult couple of years were all the ways couples got creative in celebrating their love, even if they couldn’t do it in the way they first imagined. Looking back, here’s how weddings changed over the last two years.
Weddings Got Small
Because of the pandemic, celebrations became smaller than ever. Enter the Micro Wedding, a family-only (or just a few loved ones) affair that stressed intimacy—and a small guest list. According to the 2020 Brides American Wedding Survey, 47 percent of respondents planned to trim their guest lists because of COVID-19.
Photography: Elizabeth Lanier
Weddings Went Online
Some couples chose to share their big day with guests via Zoom. That way, friends and family across the globe could “attend” safely. The Zoom Wedding has even altered the new industry for planners, who now could help make your broadcast beautiful, from adjusting angles to fixing microphones for your tiny big day. Bakeries got creative too, with some even sending mini cakes to all guests so that they could get a taste of the celebration.
Photography: Clark Brewer
Dresses Were Simple
Maybe it’s because weddings became less lavish affairs, but unembellished dresses ruled the year. From simple satin frocks to unadorned mini dresses, the wedding gown got a serious makeover—or should we say makeunder?
Photography: Clark Brewer; Anna Shackleford
Photography: Hannah Mayson; Rachel and Noah Ray
Because of travel restrictions, couples who did tie the knot in 2020 chose to go on smaller honeymoons than they first imagined. Whether it was a romantic long weekend in a woodsy retreat, or a charming cottage in the South, spending time together in a local location became the new honeymoon.
Photography: Clay Austin
Photography: Sarah Ingram; Kristin Sweeting
Photography: Ashley Sawtelle
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