Destination wedding trends you’ll want to incorporate in your 2021 wedding

Wedding postponed for obvious reasons? As tough as delaying your destination wedding might be, the bright side is that you get more time to plan the best wedding ever! More good news? If you’re planning a 2021 Bahamas wedding, you’ll get to add in some of these totally celebratory wedding trends! Let your 2021 wedding be a time full of festivities you and your loved ones will never forget.

 Eliminate stress

Let’s face it: 2020 brought a lot of stress. We’re 100% certain that you, your beau, your family and friends could use a stress-free getaway. Why not have a two-in-one with your destination wedding? The number one way to eliminate stress is to hire a wedding planner to help take a load off. Staying within budget and going more casual and relaxed also help with keeping stress levels low. 

 Micro weddings

These times of quarantine have helped us to cherish the people closest to us. So why not have an intimate wedding ceremony and celebration with the loved ones nearest and dearest to your heart? Micro weddings will be #trending for a while and we are here for it. Fewer people mean more opportunity to dedicate time and attention to the ones who matter the most. It also gives you a chance to splurge on some items you normally wouldn’t be able to afford with a larger group. 

 Go big 

More time to plan also means more time to save, which gives you more options to go big for your wedding. If you’re not into going casual or keeping it small, why not add in a little extra something? Go for the extra glitz and glam, hire some amazing entertainment or perhaps plan a one-of-a-kind wedding weekend getaway to one of the Family Islands. 

wedding decor bahamas

Photo credit: Braxton Gardiner Photography

 Dress up

Speaking of going big, what better day to go big on fashion than for your wedding day? Wedding dress trends for 2021 are all high fashion. Think all the puffy sleeves, all the lace, all the beads, all the bows and all the flow you can ask for. There is no way you won’t be the star of the show.

 Reuse, reduce, recycle

More than ever, couples are getting more aware of the importance of sustainability, even when planning a wedding. Think wedding invitations printed on recycled paper, wooden decor or ceremony signs that double as home decor or donating leftover food from the buffet to the local hunger relief program. 

 Go local

From using local vendors to indulging in local foods, going local is definitely trending. Couples choosing a destination wedding are more than ever looking to experience something different, allowing their guests to be a part of what their destination of choice has to offer. Think Junkanoo rush-out, an on-site conch salad stand, local talent to entertain you and your guests and even local trinkets for your goodie bags. “Local everything” is certainly the wedding slogan of 2021.

junkanoo bahamasPhoto Credit: Braxton Gardiner Photography 

 “Charcuterie” it

THE trend of 2020 is very likely to make a move into 2021 since we haven’t had much time to enjoy these boards of snacking goodness together (you know, because of all the social distancing and all). Do a quick search on Pinterest and you are likely to get highly inspired (and hungry) from all the beautiful and delicious options out there. For a more Bahamian flair, add in some fresh seafood, locally sourced jams and jellies, and of course some local favorites like conch fritters or cracked lobster with calypso sauce!

 Crafty cocktails

Cocktail hour? Yes, please! Cocktails (or mocktails if that’s your thing!) have always been a must-have item on the wedding menu, but 2021 highlights fun names, whimsical colors and out-of-this-world flavors your guests will love. Have your bartender whip up a signature cocktail that represents where you’re from, where you and your fiancé met or your favorite pastimes. 

whimsical wedding reception

Photo Credit: Whimsie studios- Source: Pinterest

 Wedding registry fund

One thing that 2020 has shown us is that being able to have unforgettable experiences while it’s possible is extremely important. Instead of registering for blenders and Instant Pots, couples are choosing to create a fund they can use for one-of-a-kind adventures as newlyweds. Alternatively, couples are also choosing to give back with charity registries, especially during these uncertain times. 

What trends are you thinking of adding to your 2021 Bahamas destination wedding?