4 (Budget-Friendly!) Modern Wedding Trends for 2021

Aug 2, 2021 | California Prenuptial Agreements, Relationships, Wedding

In a previous post, we went over a few wedding traditions that millennials seem to be ditching. The outdated traditions are stepping aside and making room for more modern trends that will also save you money. If you’re engaged, or just making mental notes of what you want your wedding to be like, this is for you.

These four wedding trends have been and will continue to be big this year. Modern couples are starting to see that there are ways to make your wedding not cost an arm and a leg, and still have the special day exactly how you want it. Budget-friendly wedding planning doesn’t have to be miserable! Keep reading for the scoop on four unique money-saving ideas to incorporate into your wedding.

Weekday weddings

Not having your wedding on a Friday or Saturday may seem super weird, but it will really work out in your favor. We can all agree that the most popular days for weddings are weekends, right? And because of this, pricing for venues, caterers, photographers, and so on are higher for weekend weddings. Not to mention just the availability for these things.

If you choose to have your wedding on a weekday, you’ll have an easier time booking that dream venue you’ve had your eyes on for years. Your photographer, caterer, coordinator, and DJ most likely won’t have any scheduling conflicts, either. Pricing for most things will also be lower, since weekdays are not typically in high demand for weddings.

This option is especially great for smaller weddings, since making sure everyone can make it there on a weekday might be a concern. With less people, you have less to worry about when it comes to everyone’s schedules agreeing. But remember that a Sunday wedding could check both boxes: people being able to attend and still being an “off-day” for weddings. Long story short – don’t resign yourself to a weekend wedding right away. There might be better days for your big day.

Well wishes and marriage tips station

If you don’t mind a simple DIY project, you can have something better than just a book for guests to sign. Guest books are overrated and end up being another cost for the wedding that you don’t ever look at again. Do you want something more special to commemorate the people that attended your special day? This is where a note station comes in.

All you have to do is set up a table with paper, pens, and a jar. But of course you can dress it up however much you want. Paper with a nice design cut into hearts or the shape of your choice can make all the difference. Encourage your guests to visit the table sometime during the reception and write any well wishes or marriage advice on the paper and place it in the jar.

When the wedding is over, you’ll have a handwritten note from each of your guests to look back on forever. And they don’t have to just sit in the jar – you can make a collage out of them, laminate them, put them in a scrapbook, or whatever else your heart desires. There you have it: a nicer keepsake than a guest book that costs virtually nothing. A win-win in our book!

Mismatched chairs and glassware

Who said you have to sit in matching chairs and drink from matching glasses at your wedding? Maybe tradition implies that everything has to be uniform, but it’s definitely not a law. If you want something a little different at your wedding, consider going thrifting for different pieces of glassware. Ask family and friends if they have any chairs you can borrow for the ceremony, especially if they are nice looking and unique.

When done right, mismatched chairs and glasses look beautifully eclectic. After all, who’s really going to care if things don’t match? If it’s what you want, do it. Remember it’s your wedding and you can have it however you want! Renting the classic matching white chairs can get expensive. Buying multiple sets of the same glasses will be pricey, too. If you’re a natural thrifter, this is the tip for you. You can even make an event out of it: take your bridal party or family with you to look for interesting items that can be thrown together and look good.

The 2021 wedding scene is seeing more and more of this mismatching trend. Although it’s not everyone’s style, it is a great way to put a unique twist on your wedding and save some money while doing it.

Mini wedding cakes

The traditional style of wedding cake is a huge, multi-tier white cake with vanilla buttercream and some flowers. Having a big cake can seem like a great idea but it’s undeniably pricey. A wedding trend that’s currently gaining popularity is mini cakes. Having a smaller bridal cake has many benefits.

Not only are mini wedding cakes adorable, they are much cheaper than their 5-tier counterparts. If you have lots of mouths to feed at your wedding, consider having a smaller “main” cake that you get photos of and cut into, and then have several sheet cakes that everyone else eats. This will cost much less and still make everyone happy.

If you’re having a small wedding, you might not even need the extra cake. Having a small cake that everyone can eat a bit of without leaving you tons of leftovers could be a good thing. It all depends on what you want. The cake is typically a pretty big cost in a wedding, so know there are other options if you don’t love the idea of a gigantic cake. And you don’t even have to have cake if you don’t want it! Cupcakes, donuts, or any of your favorite treats are perfect, too. It’s your wedding, remember?.

Here’s a bonus modern wedding trend: considering what a prenuptial agreement will do for you! These days, couples are doing things a bit differently, including looking into ways they can be more financially confident and secure. If you’re engaged and on the fence about prenuptial agreements, take a minute to look at our FAQ page for helpful information.


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