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 event elements, technology, and services brought to light in 2020, weddings and large gatherings in Illinois will never be the same! Learn more about these popular wedding features to stay in 2021, and some to stay for years to come!
Wedding Features to Stay in 2021
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 the best option to add to your day!
This service had a big spike at 2020 weddings in Central Illinois! 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 livestreaming was new to the wedding world in 2020, videography is definitely not new in Central Illinois, 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’ reactions 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 in the Central Illinois area, 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 element 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.
One thing that happened for weddings in 2020 with all the reschedules and new bookings was a huge increase in the number of weekday weddings. One thing we know for certain is that 2021 seems even busier! Really the only way for everyone trying to get married over the next year to actually get it done is the move a few weddings to a weekday. To some, this sounds a bit less enjoyable or maybe a bit less special. However, we’ve seen that it tends to work extremely well! Weekday weddings might dwindle the amount of people able to attend but if you’re planning on having a smaller wedding it likely won’t change your guest count. Plus, weekday weddings bring the overall cost of your wedding down! We think weekday weddings will be extremely relevant this next year.
2021 Weddings in Central Illinois 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 livestreaming, videography, or Complete Interactive to your big (or micro) wedding day!