Top Sunshine Coast Wedding Trends 2021

Are you getting married in 2021? Well, to give your planning a kickstart, explore the Top Sunshine Coast Wedding Trends for this year.

Firstly, congratulations on your engagement! You are one step closer to marrying the love of your life and now it’s time to start planning! This can normally be a nail-biting experience; however, the following 7 trends for Sunshine Coast Weddings in 2021 will help get the ball rolling.

In this article, you’ll find the most popular Sunshine Coast wedding go to trends for this year:

  • Elopements and micro weddings.
  • Mid-week weddings.
  • Planet Conscious choices.
  • Include your fur babies.
  • Alternative food vendors.
  • Have your cake and eat it too.
  • Localmoons.

2020 was undoubtedly a year to remember, especially for our #COVIDBRIDES. With many couples having to postpone or cancel their weddings due to restrictions or lockdowns, this milestone has seen major shifts in how they would normally be carried out. 2021 has been no different, with a rollercoaster of sporadic lockdowns causing a few tears, heartbreaks, and of course, the bridezilla syndrome. For many, this is why the Sunshine Coast has been a popular wedding destination, as its pristine natural environment is the perfect way to keep calm, say your ‘I Do’s’ and dance the night away.

To make your life a little less stressful, we have found the most popular wedding trends on the Sunshine Coast for 2021. Let’s start by pouring yourself a champagne, getting out your wedding planner, pulling up your Pinterest folders and get this wedding under way.

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7 Go-To Wedding Trends on the Sunshine Coast for 2021 

1. Breaking tradition for personalisation. 

Planning a wedding off the back of a global pandemic definitely has its challenges. However, it has forced couples to truly understand and appreciate what is important in life. This type of self-reflection and considered thinking has shaped the way weddings are unfolding in 2021, as many couples steer away from the traditional white dress, sitdown dinner and formalities, to doing things that are more meaningful. Say goodbye to doing “the done thing” and say hello to doing “your thing”.  

Elopements and micro-weddings. 

The humble elopement and microwedding are becoming the norm and will continue to grow in 2021. They not only adhere to COVID restrictions, but they ooze romance and uniquely capture the essence of your relationship, making it a top wedding trend on the Sunshine Coast this year. 

There are two main options when having an intimate wedding: a Legals only ceremony or a micro wedding. An elopement traditionally is linked to the young ‘run away’ loved up couple. However, as we see a shift in trends after the Covid-19 pandemic allowing us to appreciate what is truly of value in life, we are noticing elopements gaining more popularity, especially this year. If you are not familiar with this custom, it is typically a ceremony that includes just the legal paperwork and performing the legally required verse from a celebrantPerfect for the Bride and Groom who want to keep things in the moment, this trend will help you maintain your privacy or the element of surprise.  

There is also what we call a micro wedding. This style of celebration is small in size but big in love. You can include your close squad for your ceremony and follow with a dinner or party of your choosing with all of your dearest and nearest family and friends.   

The Sunshine Coast offers many small businesses that can tailor a package for your elopement or micro wedding. This takes out the stress of tradition and planning and replaces it with more fun, champagne and smiles. 

2. Mid-week weddings — get everything you want for less. 

Another hot trend for Sunshine Coast Weddings in 2021 is mid-week weddings. If you are more of a traditionalist and want the whole shebang, but want to keep your wedding low-key and quirky, then this is perfect for you. 

Weddings are something that are always in the back of your mind. What theme you want, your dress and of course that jaw-dropping venue. Unfortunately, wedding venues can book out as fast as wildfire, especially this year with 2020 couples looking to finally say their ‘I Do’s’. Mid-week weddings are on trend for the Sunshine Coast in 2021 as they don’t book out as fast and gives you more flexibility to book that perfect place for your nuptials.  

Also, an obvious benefit to mid-week weddings is that they are much cheaper. Weddings are most traditionally held on Fridays through to Sundays, which are always more expensive. As such, venues offer discounts to attract couples to have weekday weddings, leaving room in the budget to splurge on more important things like a taco wall, mechanical bull or even a jumping castle. 

3. Say ‘I do’ to the planet. 

You would have seen Sir David Attenborough’s Netflix sensation ‘A Life on Our Planet’After this eye-opening show did its rounds in 2020, people have become much more environmentally aware.  

As such, planet conscious practices are a key trend for weddings on the Sunshine Coast in 2021. Your wedding day is one of the most beautiful days of your life, but it can also be one of the most wasteful.  

Top Tips for a Greener Wedding 

  • Have a small wedding. 
  • Confetti can be substituted with petals, leaves or herbs, and still lets you get that perfect shot! 
  • To reduce paper usage, guest’s names for table layouts can be written on green leaves. 
  • Bridal dress, bridesmaid’s dresses and groomsmen outfits to be secondhand, rented or made of organic materials. 
  • Seed paper or 100% recycled paper for invitations. 
  • No Balloons or plastic cutlery, because we LOVE turtles. Use dried flower arrangements and classy silver or gold utensils instead. 
  • Setup a gift registry instead of receiving things you don’t need. 

4. Fur-tastic Wedding 

One of the more adorable wedding trends for the Sunshine Coast in 2021 is having your fur baby be included in your wedding day. For most couples, smaller weddings will still be on the horizon this year due to travel and venue restrictions. But when you’re given lemons, turn them into something fun and memorable, but beware, their cuteness may steal the show. 

You can be creative with how you include your pet, but some of the trending ideas are having them as your ring bearer, your bestman or bridesmaid, or even walk you down the aisle; how a-PAW-rable. 

There are a few businesses on the Sunshine Coast who can help you co-ordinate this into your special day. 

5. No one wants a hangry guest. 

The three things a guest at your wedding will most look forward to is seeing you tie the knot, an open bar and the food! There is nothing worse than leaving a wedding hungry…Macca’s run anyone? 

Not to worry, the Sunshine Coast has a massive foodie scene and hamany trending options for you to choose from for your wedding in 2021.  

Essentially, a wedding is an extension of a dinner party, right? When I think about a dinner party, I get an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia. I think about that burn in your cheeks from smiling so much, the ache in your stomach from that uncontrollable belly laugh, the rush you get racing against your siblings for that last roast potato and that heart-warming feeling you get when reminiscing on old memories with family and friends. Well, what better way to enjoy elbow bumpingfinger licking good food with your loved ones, than some of Sunshine Coast’s best trending wedding food stations, fancy barbecues and share plattersThere is an array of local businesses you can choose from this year to help you have the night of your life.  

Also, as you may have seen on Instagram, food trucks are very on-point and can be tailored to any event. They are fun, edgy, make a statement and can add a unique element to your wedding that keeps your guests engaged and most importantly, FULL.  

6. Have your cake and eat it too. 

Tradition says a slice of cake should be consumed at the end of the wedding dinner to wish the bride and groom good fortune and luck. As you can see in this article, 2021 is the year to bend the rules. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?  

WellI am pleased to tell you not only can you eat your cake, but Sunshine Coast Weddings for 2021 are also welcoming whole dessert tables, donut walls and even gelato carts. That’s right, you can have whatever dessert ensemble you want, and if you want it allbe my guest, more is better right?  

7. Localmoons. 

You guessed it; the pandemic has even changed how we do honeymoons. Not to fear, Localmoons are here to the rescue. Your wedding day will be one of the most amazing days of your life and sets the bar high, but the Sunshine Coast is up for the challenge in 2021 to bring you the best Localmoon you could ever imagine. There is something for everyone: 

  • Noosa resorts and spas for the lovers of finer things in life. 
  • Luxury camping for the adventurers. 
  • Glass House Mountains cottages for the nature lovers. 
  • Tiny Houses on Sunshine Beach for the eco-conscious. 

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