2020 has had its ups and downs, but 2021 is shaping up to be a great year for weddings. If you’re planning your upcoming nuptials, here are five reasons why 2021 is looking like a great choice for your special day:

1. Chinese astrology

2021 is the Year of the Ox, and it only occurs every 12 years. Chinese astrologers have predicted that the upcoming year will be the ideal time to focus on relationships, so it’s the perfect opportunity to start a new life with your significant other. Even if you’re a little sceptical about astrology, it’s still nice to know that 2021 is seen as a particularly auspicious year.

2. Family gathering

After the turbulence of 2020, family time has become a priority for most people. A wedding is the perfect opportunity for a gathering with your loved ones, and getting the family together in 2021 will be particularly poignant if you have been separated from parents or grandparents for quite some time. You could ensure the focus is on personal reconnections by banning mobile phones from your special day. Whilst in previous years this may have raised an eyebrow, in 2021, your family is likely to understand your stance on unplugging.

3. Formal dining

Planning your wedding menu will be much more straight forward in 2021, as caterers make the move away from buffets and focus on providing plated meals instead. This makes it easier to prepare in advance, as you can include a tick box menu in the post with your wedding invitations, and your guests can decide before the big day on what they would like to eat. You won’t need to worry about hot food going cold, or cold food melting, as it will all be brought to the table freshly prepared.

4. Outdoor weddings

With the recent focus on fresh air and avoiding enclosed spaces, 2021 is set to be the year of outdoor weddings, and your guests won’t find this to be an unusual request. Some venues, such as Delamere Manor, have beautiful grounds and scenery that lend themselves perfectly to stunning outdoor ceremonies. Use canopies, arches or attractive outdoor decorations to make your 2021 outdoor wedding truly memorable. You could even travel in style in an open-top vintage car, or in a horse-drawn carriage.

5. Have it your way

2021 is going to be a year of doing it your way. If you’ve been waiting a while for your perfect wedding, now is the perfect time to go all out with a fairy-tale dress and ramp up the glamour. On the other hand, if you’ve always wanted a low-key wedding with a more casual vibe, you could opt for a stylish jumpsuit and simple accessories. Throw the traditional rulebook out of the window and have the ceremony that suits you the best.

Start your 2021 planning now and secure your date for your special day. If you begin your preparations now, you’ll be able to book your first choice of vendors and ensure your loved ones are all available to attend.

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