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5 Wedding Trends You Will See Everywhere in 2021

From chartered wedding flights to intimate backyard weddings and much more, Ankur Sarawagi of The Knot Worldwide shares the hautest wedding trends right now!

Arpita Kala
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    Digitally ever after...
    From live-streaming their backyard weddings to booking vendors online, the Internet was a big help for many couples whose marriage plans fell prey to the pandemic.
    "Couples are now choosing to host their weddings with smaller gatherings, with friends and families across geographies by connecting virtually. They are also going digital with their wedding announcements and sending e-invites, making bridal wear purchases online. With bridal wear designers launching their websites during the lockdown, couples have grown accustomed to virtual tours over video calls to shortlist designs," says Ankur Sarawagi, India Country Head, The Knot Worldwide. 

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    Even wedding planning has become a virtual possibility. He adds, "Online wedding planning through wedding tech platforms such as WeddingWire India helps connect engaged couples with over 60,000 vendors across categories to help with their big day. These tech platforms have now enabled the entire wedding planning process to be shifted online - from virtual venue tours to having vendor meetings online. One can plan their whole wedding for the safety and comfort of their homes!"

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    Keeping it close and personal
    As we see the lockdown easing out and gradually moving back into a world not as normal as before, we will see a remarkable rise in the number of small weddings taking place due to guidelines set by the government. As per a COVID-19 study conducted by The Knot Worldwide earlier this year, three-fourths of the couples (76 per cent) were confident that they will go ahead with the wedding ceremony on the scheduled date, and not wait for a big fat Indian wedding celebration. 

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    "Our study also revealed some interesting insights. Most couples would reduce the size of their guest lists (68 per cent) and hire fewer vendors (60 per cent) to ensure that COVID-19 norms are followed and complete measures taken. Many couples have opted for an intimate Roka, followed by a pre-wedding ceremony of their choice and then the wedding. For those who planned a ‘big fat Indian wedding,’ this year have rescheduled their weddings to the next to accommodate a larger guest list. Some have invested in engagement ceremonies aka Roka for 30-50 guests instead." 

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    Intimate weddings have drawn importance to the classic mandap. Mandap decorations and planning a spaced-out seating arrangement around has become integral to a COVID wedding. Spread out seating around the mandap, floor seatings, creating 'seating bubbles' as earmarked seats for guests, small tent seating setups across the venue have picked up as trends, this year.

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    Celebrating love, loving the planet too
     
    The pandemic may have had its worst effects but it has also brought in the culture of leisure and relaxation activities allowing people to be more creative. Couples have shifted towards a more sustainable preference and have been trying their hand at newer, DIY projects for the first time. The pandemic has led people to create and appreciate the authenticity and details of what already exists. 

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    Styling heirloom accessories or jewellery set and pairing them with new pieces. Designers are also reviving the age-old charm of handwoven natural fibre. 

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    Big wedding planning brands are not shying away from using sustainable decor items like cane baskets, cane lanterns, plants and flowers and earthen pots to complete their desired wedding aesthetic even at more intimate smaller gatherings at home. 

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    Finding hidden location gems
    Choosing a venue for wedding celebrations and the big day itself can be quite challenging. Several couples opt for international destinations to host their weddings. With the pandemic playing spoilsport, couples have resorted to hosting grand celebrations in forts in Rajasthan.

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    Many prefer hill stations around their home cities as guests would be more comfortable with a car ride over a train or flight journeys. Outdoor weddings have gained popularity. 

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    Couples host celebrations in their very own backyards, gardens and outdoor spaces to make their celebration more personal and keep their guests in a safer and more secured environment.

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    Getting creative with social distancing 
    Abiding by local rules and regulations, a vast majority of to-be-weds (80 per cent) will encourage social distancing - between people and tables. The Knot Worldwide study also revealed that almost 33 per cent of the couples are seeking different venue options that can accommodate smaller groups of guests. 

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    This has also given rise to the popularity of private chartered plane among wedding parties. The families now prefer to book the entire plane to fly to wedding destinations instead of risking travelling in shared flights. 

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