We can all agree 2020 was uncharted territory. For those ready to get married, 2020’s restrictions and mandates posed many challenges, but fortunately, wedding professionals continued to help guide couples to wedding day success! With new wedding elements, technology, and services brought to light in 2020, weddings and large gatherings will never be the same! Learn more about these popular wedding elements to stay in 2021, and some to stay for years to come!
Wedding Elements to Stay in 2021
Custom Food Stations or Plated Dinners
Self-service food buffets are an easy way to serve the masses, but potentially not the most sanitary if guests have not recently sanitized their hands or are not wearing a mask. Thus most event caterers in 2020 have switched to having their staff be the only individuals to touch serving utensils, or they have encourages guests to have a plated dinner. These options help to elevate the dining experience, and when you have staff on had to help to prepare your meal, more opportunities arise!
A plated dinner minimizes the contact between individuals at events, and the food can come to you! This is great for elderly guests, plus it keeps the effort low for you guests as they can stay seated and simply enjoy the dining experience at their table.
Another option is for the catering staff to prepare a customized meal on-site, similar to a carving station where a guest lets them know how the size of the meat slice they want. If you don’t want mushrooms, onions, or nuts, no problem! With these custom food stations, guests can request certain items, from vegetables to sauces, be added or left out of their dish, creating a more personalized experience for guests, versus a standard buffet with all pre-cooked and prepped items. Royal Fig Catering dives into more wedding food options like plated dinners, plus they list all their event catering COVID-19 precautions to help guests feel at ease.
With live streaming, you now have endless invites to the viewing party! Whether you are limiting your costs or trying to limit in-person interaction due to the coronavirus or any health concerns, live streaming is one of the best, and affordable, wedding element to add to your day!
This service had a big spike at weddings this past year! While live streaming has been common at corporate conferences, the service is new to the wedding world, with couples wanting extended family or far-away friends to still be able to tune into the big day. Contact us to learn more about having a live stream at your wedding ceremony!
While live-streaming was new to the wedding world in 2020, videography is definitely not new, but it sure was a top choice this year! Videography is much more the norm for millennials and generation Z, (where boomerangs and Tik Tok videos have become a part of daily life), so it’s no surprise this increasingly popular wedding service reached new heights in 2020.
Hiring a videographer has become a no-brainer for the couples of today, and we know this service is a game-changer. Couples’ reaction to seeing their wedding video is a one-of-kind experience, and some couples have shared they watch their wedding video way more frequently than viewing the day’s photos.
Packaging photography and videography together will be a trend to stay in 2021, and bundling the two with Complete Weddings + Events can help you save on the services as well! Contact us to see examples of wedding videos, and learn more about videography options for your day!
Another element that was typically only experienced in the corporate event world has also crossed-over to weddings this year. Complete Interactive uses technology to engage your guests with fun, fresh activities that elevate your big day. These services are also perfect if wedding guests want to stay seated at their table but still be engaged in the event safely.
Complete Interactive brings a unique feature to your day that all guests can see, take part in, and enjoy. You can customize and choose from the four main elements to bring the best experience for you and your day.
- Live voting on song choices to customize the playlist to what guests want to hear
- Wedding party quizzes between the bridesmaids and groomsmen
- Trivia on the couple all guests can complete in
- A social wall that brings your wedding’s social media to feed to the full screen
With size limitations on gatherings throughout 2020, many couples knew the show must go on! Thus the popularity of micro weddings grew. These smaller weddings typically only have 15-25 guests, but can still feel grand at unique venues with plated meals and customized experiences, from decor to Complete Interactive, that still make the day unforgettable with your dearest family and friends.
Weddings with Complete
We love the creativity couples and wedding professionals have had this year in making wedding celebrations just as meaningful, romantic, and as unique as ever! Our team at Complete Weddings + Events will continue to innovate and craft wedding experiences as unique as each couple, adding these new elements to only bring more laughter, involvement, and excitement to weddings in 2021.
Contact us to learn more about our wedding services or if you’re interested in adding live streaming, videography, or Complete Interactive to your big (or micro) wedding day!