2021 Wedding Inspiration

Nov 30, 2020

Now is the time to get excited about 2021 weddings. Since 2020 weddings all but went out of the window, unless you chose to opt for a small affair with a limited number of guests. Let’s start planning with optimism for 2021 weddings in the hope that at some point next year, they’ll be back with a bang.

Your wedding cake can be inspired by so many other parts of your big day. My wedding cake designs are created so that your cake will fit seamlessly into what you’re doing for your wedding day vision as a whole. Floral installations, the way you serve your food, your venue, your outfits, the traditions you create can all inspire how your wedding cake looks, tastes and how it’s set up, displayed and eaten.

 I’ve come up with a number of inspiring ideas to get you thinking about how your 2021 wedding, whether postponed or newly planned, can go off with a bang and really stand out.

Floral Installations

Instead of opting for your standared wedding flowers, why not get creative with your florist and go foir something seriously maximalist?! Statement floral installations are going to be huge trend for 2021.

Ceiling hangings, plinth designs that’ll work alongside your cake set up, or even floral decorated neons… Look at these incredible ideas for inspiration…

Modern floral neon

Image Credit: Megan Coles

Floral plinth

Image Credit: Mumu Weddings

Floral ceiling hanging

Image Credit: Megan Gray


The possibilities are endless when it comes to what to have on the menu for your wedding breakfast. It might not be a formal sit down meal you want, in which case you might go for canapes and bowl food. You could go really casual and have a barbeque buffet, a traditional sharing plate like Paella or pick your favourite street foods like tacos. It can be all about how you serve your food too with companies like Gingerline who combine performance, sound, set design and creative menus to create immersive experiences. See just some of the ideas I found inspiring below…

Sabel Food

Image Credit, my highly recommended London based caterer: Sabel Food

Grazing table

Grazing Table: Image credit: Wedding Venues UK


Tacos: Image credit: The Knot

Your vows

When it comes to actually making your vows to eachother, after all we have all been through in 2020, it’s worth promising that something extra special with a ceremony that was made just for you. You can create your own ceremony by hiring a humanist celebrant and creating a ceremony and vows that not just the two of you will treasure forever, but that your guests will never forget either. I receommend Nat Raybould or Katie the Celebrant.

A wedding stylist with an edge

Get a stylist in to help you with bringing your wedding vision to life. There are wedding stylists and then there are wedding stylists with an edge. I highly recommend Ashleigh from Pink Palms Events. Her organisations skills as well as her eye for detail and stylish design are second to none. You can find out more about here over on my supplier love blog. Just look at some of the amazingness she has created…

Supplier love series- Pink Palms Events Photo by Elena Popa

Image credit: Elena Popa

A photographer who ‘gets you’

It’s so important to make sure your memories of your big day are safe forever. But it’s also important to get the right person to help you do that. There is nothing worse than feeling awkward, uncomfortable and totally sstressed out infront of the camera. A wedding photographer should put you at ease, meet you before your big day and help you get used to being infront of the lens. Sophie Lake Photography provides a relaxed, fun and couple led approach to wedding photography. She’ll put you at ease and provide some epic shots like the ones below, capturing the feel of your big day…

Sophie Lake Photography Nick and Charlie Stour Place Wedding
Sophie Lake Photography Emma and Matt Finsbury Town Hall
Sophie Lake Photography Algarve Wedding

What to wear

From modern patterned grooms braces, ties and bow ties from my firm favourite fabric designer Francis + Louise to bridal wear from the most forward thinking wedding gown boutique I know Halo and Wren, there are so many alternatives to the traditional bridal party outfits of yesterday. How will you be dressed to impress on your big day? Will it be a jumpsuit over a dress? A colour instead of the traditional white? i wish I could get married abain just so that this time I could do a costume change (a few times).

Wedding jumpsuit

Image Credit: Rime Arodaky

Photo by Click and Rec

Groom and groomsman’s accessories by Francis + Louise


If not a backdrop for your ceremony with an arch, modern coloured backdrop or floral installation, then you could go for a backdrop for your cake, dessert table or buffet to really make it a standout feature. Below are just some of the wedding backdrop ideas that’ll help make your 2021 wedding go viral on Instagram and Pinterest…

Wedding backdrop

Image Credit: Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding backdrop

Image Credit: Lovely Bride

neon backdrop

Image Credit: 100 Layer Cake

2020 has been a tough year for those wanting to plan a wedding. I hope these ideas have given you the kickstart you needed to get going again with your wedding planning if you were feeling stuck. And if you’re planning a modern and creative wedding in London for 2021, you’ll need a cake to go with it. You can find out about my wedding cakes here.

K x

About the writer and cake enthusiast…

Hi! I’m Katie and I have been fully cake obsessed since, forever…

Malarkey Cakes is built on a mixture of all my passions. My work is inspired by my background in art and design and I’m honoured to make wedding cakes for couples in love in London and the South East.

I’m passionate about blogging to share my knowledge and give guidance on the ins and out of ordering a wedding cake, making the most of it and making sure it gets the attention it deserves. I also share my tips on wedding planning and team up with fellow suppliers I am lucky enough to work with and who I highly recommend.

When I’m not designing, making or eating cake, you’ll find me trying out new food in London’s amazing restaurants, drinking great coffee, taking in stunning architecture, on long walks, smashing a decent weights workout or exploring the world.

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