As Lockdown slowly lifts, the 2021 Wedding season is opening up, giving patient couples and the rest of us the chance to dress up and celebrate. After the huge upheaval in the wedding industry after the last year, it’s no wonder there are some fresh and exciting new trends for us to learn about. Whilst it's likely weddings will be smaller and better ventilated then previous years, this has sparked creativity and allowed couples to throw off some traditions that they were not so keen on. Being fashion forward and interested in looking great is never just for the bridal party, so we want to explore what the top 5 trends this year mean for the groom and their groomsmen wardrobe.
1) Small but perfectly formed
Due to the limitations on numbers, weddings which are taking place this spring and early summer will need to cater for fewer people. This leads to a change in focus for spending for couples. The emphasis has switched to quality over quantity, with buffets switched to individual seated meals and intimate personalised gifts, including embroidered monogrammed face masks in pastel wedding shades as wedding favours.
With a smaller wedding party to consider, money spent on food, bands, large venues and multiple centerpieces can be redistributed. Grooms can therefore pay special attention to their wedding suits and the suits for any Groomsmen. Nothing caps off a wedding suit better than a beautiful brogue from our collection of dress shoes. Why not dress your groomsmen in a matching, understated brogue to match their suit, whilst opting for a statement shoe of the same design but a bolder colour palette for yourself. Our popular Gatsby brogue comes in a huge range of colours to appeal to any wedding aesthetic, as well as wide range of sizing. We even have a number of junior Gatsby brogues for any children in the bridal party to match.
2) Cottagecore weddings
Cottagecore aesthetic is a trend which first emerged in the late 2010s and this year we are seeing it become a particularly popular theme for weddings in 2021. With its nostalgic, romantic simplicity and quaint cozy, homespun details it’s no wonder that it is taking particular hold this year. With Grooms and Brides stuck in lockdown, there is lots of time to focus on handmade details, diy floral displays from rustic dried flowers and trawling through ebay to find vintage crockery and glassware for your intimate and low key outdoor drinks reception. And it has the bonus of sustainable and eco friendly.
With its cottage garden and folksy aesthetic we can’t think of a better pairing for grooms then our relaxed William Derby shoe in tan. The decorative broguing gives a smart vintage inspired finish creating a sense of occasion. Pair them with a smart chino or suit trouser, a crisp white shirt and navy tweed blazer, bow tie and dried flower boutineer for a relaxed countrycore grooms look. For an even more dressed down look embrace braces.
3) Wedding weekend
With much smaller numbers, and rules for outdoor gatherings and hospitality , lot’s of couples are opting for extending their wedding celebrations across the weekend for friends and family. For weddings further into summer it gives the best reason for family friends to reunite and spend some quality time after the months apart. This means more chances to look great and more outfits to consider.
For a wedding weekend away we suggest grooms opt for our Hamilton chelsea boot in leather which will stand up to most situations, and easily switch gear from a countryside walk with the family in the day to dinner and drinks in the evening with friends.
4) For keeps
Wedding waste is never on trend. In 2021, this is becoming increasingly a core tenant of weddings as couples strive for sustainable but beautiful solutions. With fewer guests, and smaller weddings, there has never been a better time for couples to opt for accents which work as well in their home as they do on their Wedding day. Succulent centerpieces, double up as house plants, statement making mirrors or vintage picture frames and crockery are later hung on walls or housed in dressers for future dinners.
Buying to last makes a lot of sense to us, so why can’t this principle apply to the Grooms wedding style? The timeless Arthur Oxford in Black or in Chestnut is the perfect future proof smart shoe. It pairs well with any well fitted suit to create a refined and elegant aesthetic.
5) Neutral retro colour palettes
In 2021 we are anticipating that warm but neutral retro colour palettes will be more prominent at weddings. Couples are opting for earthy terracotta, gentle mustards and dusky pinks in order to create glowing, calming and comforting atmospheres.
More paired back, neutral taupes, ivory or rose, bridesmaid dresses,will be reflected in floral arrangements of bleached greenery, pampas grass and softer wild hand tied bouquets. Without bright colours to generate points of visual interest, texture takes centre stage. Mixing and matching different materials in matching tones in unique ways helps to stop wedding aesthetics from feeling dull and lifeless.
For a unique grooms style which adds plenty of interest, try pairing a loose linen neutral suit with our Leonard monk shoe in tan. Fashion whilst relaxed and summery this shoe makes a statement through its distinctive buckle fastenings and decorative brogueing.