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2021 Small Wedding Trends

Even though celebrations may look a little different these days, there’s still many ways to say, “I do” in the company of those you love. The four-time award-winning weddings team at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort are here to help you plan the wedding of your dreams. Of course, part of the reason why we’ve received the Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice award four years running is because our dedicated event specialists know how to plan a wedding that is both trendy and timeless. Here’s a look at some of the wedding trends we’re keeping our eyes on in 2021.

Moments that Matter

There’s one thing that becomes crystal clear during times of crisis—time spent with loved ones is precious and memorable moments are priceless. This way of thinking has developed into a wedding trend that has couples looking to create personalized experiences and curated moments unique to them. Whether it’s including your ‘furbaby’ as your ringbearer or allotting time for loved ones to connect on a sunset boat ride, making magical moments part of our wedding experience is a way to make the day special for you and your guests.

overlooking groom's shoulder watching bride come down aisle with dad

Fresh Air

Restrictions on group gatherings and a desire to celebrate carefree have made an outdoor wedding and wedding reception all the more appealing in 2021. Not only is there space for everyone, nature provides a stunning backdrop for your vows and your reception. The Dunes House is one of the most popular choices for brides and grooms getting married at Palmetto Dunes, and it's easy to see why. Its beachfront setting and wide-open patio are perfect for nature-inspired nuptials.

bride and groom dance in outdoor reception

Creative Seating

Couples are going beyond the banquet chair and incorporating creative seating choices like settees, lounge furniture, and benches that create defined spaces with character for their guests. These seating spaces also double as personalized places to take editorialized wedding photos that keep in theme with the wedding.

lounge chairs and table setting at formal wedding

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If there’s one wedding trend that the past 12 months have only strengthened, it’s getting couples getting married their way. From casual clothes to intimate gatherings to special mementos that eschew the traditional old, new, borrowed, and blue, cookie-cutter weddings are definitely out of style. So, think outside the box! Work with your wedding planner, florist, and caterer to plan a wedding as unique as you are.

bride and groom in red outfits eating cake

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Celebrating Together

Perhaps as a response to being apart and in our separate homes for so long, venues that accommodate all guests so that everyone can spend as much time together enjoying each other’s company is a trend we’re seeing more and more. Weddings are more than a few hours spent together but a joyous excuse to get away with family and loved ones to a safe destination where a whole weekend can be spent celebrating. Consider a larger vacation rental that accommodates the whole family or booking a number of units in the same building so that everyone can be comfortable and close.

bride with bridesmaids in blue sitting on bed


Whether it’s lush pastoral blooms inspired by recent English royal weddings or bright modern hues, brides are making a statement with their florals. From simple to dramatic, the right florals can add a touch of glamour and romance to a wedding no matter its size.

green and white floral bouqet

Wedding Photography

Trends like micro-weddings and the reality that travel to your nuptials might not yet be possible for everyone makes photography an integral component of the big day more than ever. Capturing moments, and finding unique places and spaces to take wedding photos, will allow guests to get a sense of the feeling of the day even if they are unable to attend.

groom dipping bride on beach

One thing is for sure, in 2021, quality is what matters. The people you surround yourself with, the food and drink you consume, the setting and surroundings—couples are realizing that weddings aren’t about how big and how much, but creating a celebration fit for the moment, for each other, and unique to the love they share.

Thinking about planning your own Hilton Head Island wedding? Learn more about exchanging your vows at Palmetto Dunes.



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