The 3 Biggest Wedding Trends for the 21st Century

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Celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss has planned weddings for everyone from Nicole Richie to Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi. She’s even the planner behind the lavish nuptials of former Disney star Hilary Duff.

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With such an impressive background, Weiss has clearly made a name for herself in the wedding planning industry. She recently shared some of the biggest wedding trends of the 21st century, and what’s causing couples to choose to follow (and sometimes even set) these trends in their weddings.

1. Bridal gowns with sleeves

Even though it’s been more than two years since commoner Kate Middleton wed Prince William in England, more brides than ever before are opting to forgo the strapless gowns so popular in the past for a gown with sleeves.

The Duchess of Cambridge, according to Weiss, is so lovely, so feminine, and so famous that everyone wants to emulate her look on their wedding day. This effortless, elegant, and lovely look is the inspiration behind thousands of wedding gowns worn each year and the trend doesn’t appear to be dying off.

The recent arrival of Prince George of Cambridge only brings the Duchess further into the spotlight, and has made even more women want to emulate her style.

2. Indoor-outdoor receptions

When Weiss planned Nicole Richie and Joel Madden’s wedding in 2010, she incorporated the indoor-outdoor trend into their wedding reception. For the bohemian-rocker couple, Weiss used a lot of animal print couches and decor, and mixed the indoors with the outdoors for a creative look.

Everyday couples are using the same indoor-outdoor theme these days. Whether it’s by throwing outdoor receptions that look like they’re

indoors (beneath lavish tents), or outdoor receptions that look like they’re indoors because of the decadent furniture and lighting, it’s a huge trend in the 21st century.

One of the ways in which couples are using the indoor-outdoor look is by taking furniture that belongs inside and using it outside. This look provides a chic and elegant ambiance to any outdoor wedding ceremony or reception.

Couples are also choosing to bring gorgeous chandeliers outside, hanging them from trees and other fixtures to create an elegant ballroom look in the great outdoors. It’s an increasingly popular trend used by Hilary Duff in her 2010 wedding. She had Weiss hang more than 55 chandeliers throughout her reception.

3. Personalized wedding decor

One of the biggest wedding trends that planners such as Mindy Weiss have noted in the 21st century is personalized decor. Couples across the country are now personalizing just about everything they can, from their cake topper to the spotlight on the dance floor to their cocktail napkins.

Another huge personalized wedding trend is the signature cocktail. Couples meet with their caterers and bartenders to create signature, custom cocktails just for their wedding. You’ll find these during cocktail hour, often named something the couple came up with and provided with a personalized logo or glass.

With the growing popularity of personalized wedding decor, many guests are also taking the hint and ordering personalized wedding gifts for the bride and groom. The concept of personalized decor and gifts is big on websites such as Pinterest, a site where some women go to plan their weddings virtually these days.

Wedding trends in the 21st century are far more luxurious and high-end than past practices. No longer do you see the big, puffy shoulders and unflattering bridal party gowns you saw in the 20th century. These days it’s all about elegant simplicity and sophistication.