The wedding industry may have taken an unexpected hit in 2020, with many celebrations big and small having to be postponed or cancelled––or going online––due to the outbreak of Covid-19, but whether you’re re-thinking your plans or starting from scratch, we’re listing the trends that are set to be huge for next year.
From wedding sizes, location to the all-important decor, expert planners, Joan Auyang from Hong Kong based White Bridal and Lelian Chew, of The Wedding Atelier tell us what to have on your wedding radar for 2021.
1. Micro weddings
First things first, when it comes to wedding size, it's no surprise that celebrations are having to stay on the smaller side for now, with this continuing to be the case well into 2021.
Joan tells us that "government regulations on guest size have changed a few times, but no matter what, couples have at least been allowed to hold ceremonies", with the current maximum of people permitted in Hong Kong capped at 20.
In light of this, Lelian states that "the couple will have to select families and friends who they cannot live without to join their celebrations." With this in turn leading to us seeing "more intimate and smaller scale weddings in 2021".
Joan also adds that "given this situation, more and more couples are becoming keen to the idea of tying the knot in a small and intimate setting first, and then hold off their large celebration banquet/party until 2021 or even 2022", noting that "the great thing about holding off the fantastic large celebration until 2021 or 2022 is that it can be planned properly without the pressures of the actual wedding day."
Editor's note: From October 23, wedding ceremonies in Hong Kong will be allowed up to 50 guests.