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Small wedding trends for 2021

You may have heard a lot about micro weddings this year. The pandemic has caused many couples to either completely change their wedding plans or cancel and reschedule to a later date. As it stands, couples can only have a certain number of guests attend their wedding, so micro weddings are more popular than ever before.

COVID-19 aside, micro weddings are beautifully intimate and a great option if you want to keep your budget small. They’ve been slowly becoming a popular option, especially amongst millennials, but in 2020 the demand for smaller ceremonies has ramped up and looks likely to continue into the new year.

To help you plan for a smaller wedding reception in 2021, here are some of our favourite small wedding and wedding reception trends and tips.

Virtual ceremonies

If you’ve had to cut numbers, why not arrange for your ceremony to be livestreamed to family and friends who can’t be there? There are a number of streaming services available that allow you to send private invites, so everyone can still be with you in spirit to celebrate your big day.

Open up the speeches

Speeches are a big part of wedding receptions. With smaller guest lists, it’s a great idea to open up the speeches and pass the mic around for anyone who would like to say a few words. This can be a nice way to use up some of that extra time you’ll have from not needing as many group photos!

Food trucks

Many couples choose a more casual reception for micro weddings. By opting for a food truck, you can keep the menu simple, with delicious finger food, such as pizza or mini burgers.

Food being served from a truck


A trend that’s taking off in seemingly every area of life, many couples are looking for ways to make a wedding more sustainable. Whether that’s cutting back on waste, opting for bio-degradable confetti or choosing to use local produce, eco-weddings are a great way to host responsibly in 2021.

Ambient lighting

If your micro-wedding is in a venue that usually holds a large number of guests, you will need to use lighting and décor to make the space feel comfortable and intimate. A great way to do this is with concept lighting, fairy lights and candles. It will also add an extra touch of romance to your special day.

Romantic concept lighting

Double celebrations

A big trend amongst couples having micro weddings is to say ‘I do’ now and throw a big party later. Event restrictions won’t be here forever, so if you’re happy to hold off the big party for a little while longer, there’s no reason you can’t have double the celebration.

When it comes down to it, you should always do your wedding, your way. Whilst these trends might spark some ideas, create your own style and a wedding to remember.

Find out more about the advantages and disadvantages of a small wedding here.


Here at The Grubstreet Author, we have three beautiful venue spaces that can be tailored to the needs and requirements of your micro wedding. Each space has been carefully styled with luxurious finishes to complement the striking original features, and we can also decorate the space to fit with the theme and style of your wedding.

With complimentary Wi-Fi you can easily livestream your ceremony to friends and family, and our inhouse team will work closely with you to ensure the day runs as smoothly as possible. We also have exquisite catering on offer, so you can curate a menu of contemporary cuisine and wine with our team of professional chefs.

If you would like to make an enquiry and find out more about The Grubstreet Author as a potential venue for your micro wedding in 2021, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.