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2021 & Beyond Wedding Rental Trends
    The busy season for 2021 weddings is wrapping up, so it’s time to think ahead to 2022. Based on what’s been seen this year, we have some 2022 predictions that we’re excited to share. It’s all in the details Many couples are opting for smaller weddings due to restrictions — or out of an abundance of safety. With fewer guests, the budget is freed up to focus on meaningful details, allowing the couple to create an experience unique to them. This may translate to custom food experiences or a stunning floral installation, but the possibilities are infinite. Party under the stars For many reasons, couples are moving wedding celebrations outdoors. Safety precautions are a factor in this decision as the bride and groom want their guests to feel comfortable, but the understated beauty found in nature is an equally appealing factor. Portable event tents, portable bars, a variety of lighting, generators, heating and cooling devices, and portable dance floors can help bring the indoor celebration outdoors. Opting out of traditions Since weddings were put on pause throughout the U.S. in 2020, there’s a surge of weddings happening in 2021 and into 2022. A lot of couples simply don’t want to wait any longer to get married, resulting in nontraditional decisions such as getting married on a weekday. While many venues and vendors may be booked up on weekends, couples can still achieve their dream wedding using this increasingly popular hack. Similarly, couples are choosing unexpected venues, which again, aren’t booked up. Aboard a boat, at the couple’s home, or at a relative’s home. An intimate, unique celebration can create extra special memories for everyone involved. Have a number of people who cannot attend? Couples aren’t simply forgetting about them! The bride and groom are putting an increased emphasis on those who can’t physically attend the wedding by sending celebratory care packages filled with desserts or a custom cocktail kit. This allows those guests to celebrate in honor of the couple — even if they’re thousands of miles away. Added Safety Precautions  Pared down guest lists are an easy way to limit virus exposure. Some couples are even opting for “micro weddings”, a term used to describe nuptials with fewer than 50 guests in attendance. Such changes can create a more personal experience for the bride, groom, and attendees alike. Other safety actions to consider include mask-wearing, adding hand-sanitizing stations, and pre-plating entrees instead of serving a buffet. Couples have even offered individual, mini wedding cakes You can also limit the number of guests per table to 4 or 6 and choose live music, allowing them to converse with each other instead of mingling on the dance floor. A jazz band or talented duo can create a reception-style concert experience instead of the traditional dance party experience.  A focus on sustainability One big way to incorporate sustainability (and save money) is with digital invitations. Think about the stacks and stacks of paper saved from this alone — not to mention the stamp investment. Using “wedding to home” or “home to wedding” decor is another great idea.  You can get multiple uses out of a singular item by planning ahead. For example, use pieces from your home to style wedding centerpieces — or the opposite — use centerpiece decor for your wedding that can be repurposed in your home following the celebration. More ways to incorporate sustainability include renting attire, flowers, and decor. Take inventory of the items you need, then contact your local, ARA-affiliated, rental store for information on available rental products. You may be surprised by the variety of items available for rent. To locate the rental store nearest you, use the Rental Store Quick Locator above. Don’t forget, you can plan ahead for ways to donate leftover items following the reception (if you won’t be reusing them). Frequently Asked Questions What is the wedding color for 2021? The 2021 wedding color trends have been dominated by natural, muted colors and neutrals. For example, mauve, dusty blue, champagne, sage green, and terracotta paired with simple greenery. Of course, the classic combinations of black and white, and navy, white, and gold have also remained mainstays. What is trending for 2022 weddings? The biggest 2022 wedding trend we expect to see is the continuation of individuality. That means incorporating unique aspects that reflect a couple’s  personality. Maybe that’s an unconventional type of food, a curated playlist, or a special addition to the ceremony. Whatever it is, it’s sure to tell a story about the interests of the newly wed couple. Is it worth having a photobooth at your wedding? Photo booths are a fun activity for all ages, giving guests a break from the dance floor, and providing a common topic for them to talk about. They can be a significant added cost, but if you can swing it, your guests are sure to have a blast.