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2021 weddings and the COVID-19 vaccine

The Impact Covid-19 Vaccine Will Have on Weddings

Here we go! We are into a new year and the Coronavirus is continuing. But for couples looking to say “I Do” in 2021, there is a glimmer of hope. Now that we have a “vaccine” can weddings honestly get back to normal? Are you wondering what impact the COVID-19 vaccine will have on weddings in 2021? Here are some things to think about.

With the arrival of the coronavirus vaccine, you may think that your 2021 wedding can be more normal than the 2020 weddings. Sure! The Coronavirus vaccine might just have us on a route to managing the virus better. But for weddings taking place in the first half of 2021, there are still going to be restrictions and safety measures needed. Sorry, we know that is not what you wanted to hear.

But! The good news is, there is hope and today we’re going to share some incredible ideas for you to make your 2021 wedding off-the-chain and totally unforgettable.

The COVID-19 Vaccine And Your 2021 Wedding

Ok, so here is the real truth on why the COVID-19 vaccine won’t mean your 2021 can be normal.

  1. The vaccine for COVID-19 was created at super warp speed.
  2. The rollout is not going as fast and smooth as expected
  3. Dr. Fauci says to get herd immunity close to 85% of the US population has to take the vaccine
  4. But many people just don’t want to take it
  5. There are a lot of side effects, many that are serious.
  6. You can still catch the virus even after being vaccinated
  7. You can still spread the virus to others after vaccination, even though you may not have symptoms
  8. The vaccine may not work on new strains (which are already in the US)

For more information on how the Coronavirus vaccine will impact your 2021 wedding click here.

How to Have an Unforgettable Wedding in 2021

Add Unique Experiences for Extra Razzle & Dazzle

In 2021 weddings will be all about “experiences.” You can expect to see everything from playing games, interactive stations, and yes! even sparklers. Are you having an outdoor wedding in 2021 under the stars? Why not use wedding sparklers to create a backdrop at your ceremony altar? Our 36″ wedding sparklers are perfect to create this magical, and unforgettable wedding ceremony in 2021. Your guests will be amazed and your wedding photos will be incredible.

For indoor weddings in 2021, our wedding cake sparklers will light up your event. Add them on your cake or around your cake for some extra excitement. This trend is really taking off in 2021.

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Self-Service Bars

No, we’re not talking about DIY full-service bars that will have your wedding guests totally overindulging (remember you are responsible for them). In 2021, one of the hottest wedding trends is having drink stations. This is absolutely great because it means that your wedding guests can social distance because everyone won’t be at one bar trying to get cocktails.

Set up wall-mounted champagne dispensers, beer taps, and maybe even a wine dispenser area. It is an interactive wedding experience that your guests will never forget.

New View on Gift Registry

Don’t get us wrong, in 2021 wedding couples will still love to receive and open gifts. But the most coveted wedding gift in 2021 will be good ol’ green cash. And why not? We know that many, many years ago it was thought of as taboo to give cash. But in today’s modern times, most couples live together before getting married so there are fewer “household items” needed. And let’s face it, many couples probably return a lot of their wedding gifts to get things they really need.

The 2021 wedding registry trends will include asking for cash, charity registries and having a honeymoon registry. And for those that have a “traditional wedding registry”, the gift items that will make it to the list are the super expensive stuff that they don’t want to splurge their money on.

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Impact Covid-19 Vaccine Will Have on Weddings

The COVID-19 vaccine is not going to remove any level of danger when it comes to the Coronavirus, at least not for a while. Plan to still have hand sanitizing stations, ask that your wedding guests wear masks, have masks on hand for those that don’t bring theirs, and implement social distancing measures. Outdoor weddings will still reign supreme in 2021 because the fresh air helps to lower the chances of spreading the virus and it gives you more space to spread out.

For more 2021 wedding inspiration check out our Pinterest account.

2021 Valentine’s Day Proposal Ideas

Are you planning on giving your love something even sweeter than chocolate on Valentine’s Day? Here are 7 fun and creative 2021 Valentine’s Day proposal ideas that are sure to sweep them off their feet.

Red roses and a box of chocolates usually does the trick on Valentine’s Day. But if you’re thinking about making 2021’s February 14 extra-special by popping the question and pledging your eternal devotion to the mix check out these seven 2021 Valentine’s Day engagement ideas. These will no doubt help to inspire your own 2021 proposal plans on the most romantic day of the year.

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The Best 2021 Valentine’s Day Marriage Proposal Ideas

Sure! Proposing on Valentine’s Day may seem a little cliché, but without a doubt, it is still one of the best days to pop the question. And in 2021 there is no better day to do it. Here are some incredibly creative ways that are sure to have your Boo saying YASSSS! And for more 2021 wedding proposal ideas, click here.

Treasure Hunt

One of the cutest 2021 proposal ideas is to create a treasure hunt. The treasure hunt can have a few subtle hints of wedding proposals in the clues and be scattered throughout your house, or throughout your city at your favorite spots. But make sure that your love relates to them, so they don’t give up. Finish your marriage proposal treasure hunt at the place where you went on your first date or your favorite restaurant. When you get to the final destination, get on one knee, and pop the question.

Light It Up!

Nothing is more romantic than candlelight and sparklers. For your 2021 Valentine’s Day proposal create a beautiful setting filled with rose petals and sparklers that light up the night. We have an amazing selection of sparklers that will do the job just right. From 36″ sparklers, 20″ sparklers, 14″ sparklers, heck! We even have heart-shaped sparklers.

Beach Picnic Proposal

Who doesn’t love a trip to the beach? So, why not make your 2021 proposal a romantic one on your favorite beach? Nothing could be more romantic than sand between your toes and the sound of the waves crashing.

14 Days of Love

Show your love and devotion over the 14 days leading up to Valentine’s Day. Each day give your partner a special heart-inspired gift and on the big night cook a delicious candlelight dinner, and then present your final gift – pop the question. Your partner will LOVE this!

Snowy Wedding Proposal

If you live in a cold location, you may just get lucky enough to have a snowy wedding proposal. Find a location that has a large area of untouched snow. Make a huge heart symbol in the snow by walking the pattern out. And create your initials in the center with beautiful and romantic red roses. Pack a thermos of hot chocolate then go for a walk. When you get to your heart creation, drop to one knee and pop the question. And for an extra kick, you can add a little peppermint schnapps to your hot chocolate.

What are your 2021 engagement ideas?

2021 proposal ideas

Mind-Blowing Wedding Proposal Ideas

Well, 2020 sure has been one heck of a rollercoaster, global pandemic, election, travel bans, social distancing it’s all a big mess. While the wedding industry was one of the hardest hit, one thing is for sure…Love is not canceled. We are excited to be heading into the holiday season and know that many of you love birds will be getting engaged. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and New Years’ is the most popular time to pop the question. If you are ready to propose and need some ideas, we have you covered. Here are 5 mind-blowing 2020 proposal ideas.

Creative Proposal Ideas for 2021 & Beyond

Intimate Home Transformations

In the past wedding proposals varied widely from elaborate public spectacles to private and intimate moments. With the global pandemic altering life as we know it, wedding proposals in 2020 and 2021 are looking a little different.

One of our favorite 2021 wedding proposal ideas is to transform your own home into an Insta-worthy proposal setting. At home proposals are becoming more popular due to social distancing restrictions but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring or not worthy of going viral.

Marquee Letters & Sparklers

If you really want to blow the mind of your Boo with your proposal skills, go BIG! Check out these illuminated “marry me” marquee letters and sparklers. Our 36″ wedding sparklers will help you pull off this unforgettable 2021 wedding proposal. Talk about a WOW proposal…how can they say no!

2021 proposal ideas
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What Will Marriage Proposals Look Like in 2021?

Adventure Wedding Proposal

If travel allows, why not whisk your Boo off to your favorite outdoor adventure destination? Plan it like it is any other adventure together so that it can be a surprise. And don’t forget to snap photos!

Private Venue Rental

Sure! At home wedding proposals are definitely on the rise, some proposers really want to keep it a secret so popping the question at home may be difficult. Renting an entire venue just for your proposal may be a bit too expensive, but many venues will allow you to use a small area to set up your proposal and pop the question. Just make sure to have a photographer on hand to document the experience.

Unforgettable & Mind-Blowing Wedding Proposal Ideas

Incorporate Your Fur-Babies

We know how much you LOVE your fur-babies so why not include them in the proposal. Tie the ring around the neck or position it perfectly on their nose. It will be a 2021 wedding proposal to remember for sure!

We hope you enjoyed these Mind-Blowing Wedding Proposal Ideas, for more inspiration check out our Pinterest Boards.

Happy New Year's Eve 2021

Best New Year’s Eve 2021 Party Ideas

Say goodbye to 2020 and ring in 2021 with these incredible New Year’s Eve party ideas! There is no doubt 2020 will be an unforgettable year, from a Presidential election, racial unrest, and the looming global pandemic – we’re happy to see it go. And if there was ever a year to throw an amazing New Year’s Eve Party it is this year. Time for some fun! Here are the best New Year’s Eve 2021 party ideas.

So, how do you make your 2021 New Year’s Eve party unforgettable under these circumstances? We’ve got tons of ideas for you, but remember when hosting any type of gathering or party it is crucial to follow ALL CDC guidelines. Social distancing and masks are essential at your 2021 New Years Eve party!

Genius New Year’s Eve Party Ideas to Ring in 2021

Outdoor Event

This is the most important one on our list. To make sure that all of your guests are in a safe environment, it is best to host your 2021 NYE event outside. Doing this will give ample space to move around and social distance. We know it’s not ideal, especially if you live in cold climates but safety has to come first! Not to mention having your New Year’s Eve party to ring in 2021 outside are key to some of our other items on our list.

Light it UP! – Sparklers

New Year’s Eve always includes great food, festive drinks, fireworks, and sparklers. And with the year we have had, we definitely need some fire & excitement. If you want your 2021 New Year’s Eve event to be unforgettable, you have to have tons of sparklers on hand. And since you are going to host it outside, your guests can light sparklers and have fun all night. New Year’s Eve sparklers are a MUST! We have colored sparklers8-Inch Sparklers, or 10-Inch Sparklers, 14-inch whistling sparklers, 10-inch crackling sparklers, and more. Don’t have a dud of a party, you gotta have New Years Eve sparklers!

DIY Ball Drop

The Times Square 2021 NYE Celebration will have to be virtual this year. Ugh – COVID-19!! So, why not create your own DIY ball drop? Giggles Galore gives you all the details you need. Seems pretty easy and it will totally WOW your guests! And since you are hosting it outdoors why not have your New Year’s Eve ball drop from a tree. Super cool and Insta-worthy photo ops.

Serve Elegant & Unforgettable Cocktails

No party can be complete without festive and fun cocktails. We love cotton candy champagne drinks. Simply put some cotton candy in a champagne glass and pour the champagne over it! Super simple, and will look great if you are hosting a virtual or Zoom party!!

New Year’s Eve 2021 Theme Party

To elevate the level of fun, make it a themed event. Roaring 20’s, disco or anything your heart desires. People have been missing parties and clubbing and will LOVE to dress up at your 2021 New Year’s Eve party.

Have a Boozy Dessert Bar

In our experience, all New Years Eve events are better with two things – sweet treats and booze, so why not combine the two? Spike some sweet treats like whiskey ice cream, spiked eggnog Bundt cake, champagne cupcakes, pecan bourbon balls and more.

Festive Photo Backdrop

A party ain’t no party with photos! And you know everyone is on the hunt for the perfect Insta-worthy viral photo, so create a festive photo backdrop for your New Year’s Eve party to help them achieve social glory.

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7 Mind-blowing 2021 Wedding Photography Trends

There is no doubt that classy, aesthetic, and top-notch photographs are the essence of most weddings nowadays. Anyone miss the old days when all the photos just went into an old dusty album? At any rate, 2021 wedding photography is a bigger deal now than it has ever been so you need to have all the latest trends on your fingertips. Couples are using their wedding photographs as beautiful home décor, so having a selection of incredible photos is key.

Here Are the Top 7 mind-blowing 2021 Wedding Photography Trends

  1. Pastel and Candy Colors

The color scheme of pastels and candy colors seems very in for the upcoming 2021 and will undoubtedly be a feature in most professional photo-shoots you will see (of course depending on the couple’s taste).

One of the reasons candy color palettes has become so popular is because it ties in well with different aspects of décor such as flowers and drapery, making it a photographer’s dream come true. Not to mention it goes well with most versions of traditional wedding makeup.

2021 Wedding Photography Trends You Don’t Want to Miss

2. Sustainable Options

World trends are increasingly shifting to sustainability in everything from clothes to the lights you put up. No, it is no longer okay for you to throw paper cups on the floor after a party, okay?

Design your photo-shoot around the sustainable and environmentally friendly elements of your wedding. This is a great message to put forward especially to a diverse Instagram or social media following. Choose to be an example! One of the most popular 2021 wedding photography trends that you will see everywhere is using props for extra pizzazz.

For an Epic Wedding Exit – Release Sky Lanterns

A great prop to add to your 2021 wedding photos are Sky Lanterns. These are illuminated lanterns that when lit, float effortlessly into the nighttime sky. Talk about an incredible wedding photo. Our sky lanterns are available in white or in an assortment of colors. 2021 photography trends are definitely leaning towards photos that are creative and our Sky Lanterns are a perfect way to do it!

Our sky lanterns are one hundred percent biodegradable, flame resistant and non hazardous. come fully assembled and guaranteed to fly! A 2022 wedding photography trend that will result in Insta-worthy photos for sure.

3. Old Hollywood For The Modern Wedding

Old Hollywood looks are becoming very fashionable for modern wedding photography and especially so in the coming year. Think winged eyeliner and red lipstick but also an overtly glamorous décor in rich vibrant colors, and don’t forget jewel crusted shoes. Old is gold and old Hollywood is a style that making a big comeback.

4. DIY Décor, Personalized Deets

There is nothing better than hand-made décor like hangings, place settings, message boards, and pecking tables. They add a touch of your personality which can sometimes get lost when a wedding is over-reliant on consumerism or on following magazine trends. Don’t let your natural vibe and taste get lost in all the confusion! If you want high collars and a vintage wedding, go for it, it photographs beautifully! Don’t be afraid to stand out.

Wedding sky lanterns - 2021 photography trend

5. Casual, Bohemian, Calm, and Gorgeous

A very clean color palette is a photographer’s best friend because it opens the event up to any kind of interpretation or edits. Not only do Bohemian styles photograph well, but they also lend themselves to beautiful videography. If you want a stress-free, nourishing environment for your wedding day, opt for soft neutrals, natural elements, and an effortless play at décor and table setting.

6. The Flower People

There is no hand-made decoration or wedding-planner textbook created décor plan that will top a magnificent flower display especially if it is as colorful and magical as possible and isn’t too carefully curated. Not to mention how amazing it is going to look in drone shots. Sometimes the simplest idea wins over elaborate planning. The wedding photography trends in 2021 will definitely include drone shots. And what an incredible way to see your wedding.

7. Food, Food Food

Food and dessert enthusiasts just know off the bat they need their wedding and wedding photography in 2021 to revolve around different entrées. Think big like giant cookies, sweet stuffed wedding favors, chocolate fountains, pecking tables with obscene amounts of cheese, and a general ‘live to eat’ vibe.

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