Happy New Year, lovelies!
Now the dust has settled, the diets have started, and the Wedding Planning is underway- I thought I’d take some time to reflect on what has been my biggest, most rewarding, challenging year of all; 2021.
And it seems that ’21 Season was just a warm up, with 2022 set to be the biggest year in the Wedding World so far. But, let’s take it back a little.
I wanted this Blog to be short, sweet, and a little round up of the year. I’ll be sharing some of my favourite moments, venues, looks, and memories.
2021 was a funny start; with a lot of couples rightly so getting spooked about the headlines and constant click-bait from News Outlets. It was horrific to watch yet another year appear to be affected by the C-word, and while all suppliers stood firm and knew we had to remain positive, our couples did just that- and got to planning the most special day, ever!
In the early days, there were some limits to Weddings, but that didn’t stop my girls from going ahead. I think a huge reason why 2021 was so busy for Wedding Suppliers also had to do with the amount of Weddings that had two days. Couples opted for the ceremony with restrictions and a smaller guest list, and then a second date with the real party starting later in the year!
Not only this, but it made us all so resilient to change; no matter how last minute. I know a lot of us swapped back to pen and paper diaries to keep up with the amending of dates, and this definitely made everyone think on their feet.
2021 took me all over the country; quite literally! From the beautiful Grantley Hall in Ripon, to the incredible Saltmarshe Hall, Howden. To the brand new East Yorkshire Barns, and back to the stunning and grand Rise Hall, no two days were the same. Year on year, you often see trends occur- whether that’s in bridesmaid dress colours, floristry, or venue decor; but this year couples really came into their own and were unapologetically original in choosing their day; their way. And I was forever in constant awe at the incredible ideas my couples created for their day.
This year I truly saw it all too; from baby announcements, to family pets joining in on the day. Lost Wedding Rings (which were found around 7 minutes before the ceremony!), takeaway pizza’s, hungover brides, hungover mother of the brides!, 6am celebrations that felt carried on the evening before’s antics, positive LF tests, a forgotten hair appointment, literally anything and everything happened!
So here’s to you, my 2021 Brides, and my soon to be 2022 Brides- you have been bloody brilliant!!! I still have SO many images to upload from this year, after painting hundreds of faces, my camera roll is definitely paying for it. So keep an eye on my instagram for more uploads being drip-fed soon @nataliekatemua