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Wedding trends of 2021: Digital invitations, tiered cakes and bigger celebrations
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Summer 2021 is going down as one of the biggest wedding seasons in recent memory.

As COVID-19 restrictions lift and vaccinations increase, many couples are walking up the aisle in record numbers. Some delayed their dream days from last year, while others have subsequently picked 2021 as the year to get hitched.

As a result, wedding vendors are scrambling to keep up with demand.

Many couples have post-pandemic ideas about their big day. Here’s a few trends industry experts in central Pa. have noticed:

Weekday weddings are hot

Because dates are filling up quickly couples are settling for any date they can get.

“We are finding that many newly engaged couples have become very flexible with their wedding date since they are finding most wedding venues are already booked out over a year and a half in advance on prime weekend dates,” said Michelle Hare, director of marketing for The JDK Group in Camp Hill.

She said they are producing more Friday and Sunday weddings and notice an uptick in weekday weddings. They are also accommodating more requests for outdoor weddings and receptions hosted at private residences.

Bigger weddings

“Minimonies” were big during the pandemic and suited social distancing restrictions. But now as rules are relaxing, couples are going all out with larger receptions.

“You see a mix of both, but primarily bigger just because it’s becoming a way to celebrate. Everyone just wants to have a big celebration and see as many family and friends,” said Joy Boudreau, co-owner of Joy of Events in Harrisburg.

Others she noted are having small, intimate ceremonies and scheduling larger receptions at a later date.

Ben Cavallaro, director of weddings and events for Klock Entertainment in Susquehanna Township said he’s receiving inquiries for larger weddings with an average of 125 guests, up from the 20 to 40-guest affairs Klock entertained during the pandemic.

Outdoor weddings

With the pandemic, many couples relocated weddings outdoors. It’s a trend many wedding industry experts say will stick around.

“I think outdoors are going to be a thing that’s going to stay,” Boudreau said.

Couples are looking for indoor/outdoor venues, which accommodate the weather as well as give guests room to social distance.

Non-traditional celebrations

Emma Santana, director of sales for JDK, said the desire to celebrate lends itself to non-traditional celebrations.

“This is everything from a very short and sweet ceremony to more of a relaxed party atmosphere with guests moving amongst different areas of the reception versus being asked to sit down to watch toasts/dances/being told when they have to eat,” she said.

She said they’ve noticed minimal formalities and a heavier focus on food being available to guests for a longer duration.

Digital Invitations

The pandemic definitely fueled the push toward digital invitations, especially as dates have been shuffled around, Boudreau said.

Digital “save the date” and invitations are popular mostly because they allow for flexibility in case of last minute date changes. Another bonus? They are cost-effective.

Bigger, fancier cakes

“I have seen a lot more of my couples doing big tiered cakes,” said Darmayne Robertson, owner of Sweet Confections Cakes in Lower Paxton Township. “They truly want to feel like they are having a wedding.”

She noted the trend is moving away from cupcakes to formal wedding cakes.

“I think it’s the trend they are moving to and I think because they are coming out of the pandemic they want to feel special,” she said.

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