Best Wedding Designs of the Year: Our Favorite Decor + Details from 2021

Colorful Brooklyn Stoop Elopement

Next in our round-up of the best of 2021, we’re taking a look at the most creative details featured in weddings this year. And to be honest, it was a year that required a lot of creativity. Thinking on your feet, being open to last-minute changes, working on budgets large and small, and generally being prepared for anything and everything to happen. Add it all to the list of qualities made absolutely necessary for designers in 2021 — and be even more in awe of the magic they made in the face of the unknown.

With that in mind, we selected our top 18 wedding design + decor details of 2021. We’ve got them below in no particular order — let’s have a look!

This Southwestern-Inspired Backdrop

Spain Eclectic Elopement

photography: Lara Onac | planning + event design: Bodas de Cuento Styling & Design | florals: Savia Bruta | rentals: Numero Once Home Decor

We absolutely love the combination of dried palms, bright flowers, and the stunning textile that brought it all together.

Featured in: Europe’s Only Desert is the Best Setting for a Colorful Elopement

This Combination of Pampas + Dried Palms + Neon

Pampas Grass Neon Sign Backdrop

photography: Halle Morgan Photography | planning: Caroling Carter Events | florals: Marble and Pine

You don’t always need color to make a statement piece! This monochrome backdrop with a neon sign gets the job done and done well.

Featured in: This Modern Boho Wedding

This Romantic Serpentine Table

Long Serpentine Dining Wedding

photography: Yulia Longo Photography | planning: LeccEventi wedding planners | florals: Rollo Fiori

Serpentine tables are for lovers and we LOVE this one. Set beneath twinkling lights at dusk, it doesn’t get anymore romantic than this!

Featured in: IG post on Green Wedding Shoes

This Color-Blocked Modern Backdrop

Drive In Wedding Ceremony

photography: Joe+Kathrina | event design + planning: Tasteful Tatters | florals: Rogue & Fox Floral | specialty rentals: MTB Event Rentals | lighting: Waveform Events

This drive-through wedding featured one hell of a show! And the colorful modern backdrop was the most stunning setting for it all.

Featured in: Drive-In Wedding Ceremony

This Whimsical Aisle of Roses

photography: Kristen Kilpatrick | florals + design: Nancy Kaye and roses via Grace Rose Farm

We know, this hardly seems real! And maybe that’s why we love it SO much. Can you just imagine the sweet scent of all those roses?

Featured in: IG post on Green Wedding Shoes

This Pop of Color Against a Brownstone

Vibrant Brooklyn Stoop Wedding Inspiration

photography: Sylvie Rosokoff | planning: Julie Lindenman Events | florals: Brooklyn Blooms

Hello, contrast! What’s stopping more New Yorkers from giving their brownstones a colorful makeover? This dreamy setup was an immediate favorite!

Featured in: Vibrant Brooklyn Stoop Wedding Inspiration

This Backyard Wedding with the Most Romantic Garden Reception Table

Backyard Wedding Floral Installation

photography: Metrophoto | florals + styling: Gideon Hermosa and House of Hermosa | tableware: Casa Luxia

It’s as if springtime all landed in one perfectly pruned garden. And we cannot get enough!

Featured in: IG post on Green Wedding Shoes

This Iron Backdrop Made by the Bride’s Parents

Mulholland Drive Chapel Wedding

photography: Laurken Kendall | planning + event design: Salt and Sparrow | florals: Good Seed Floral

The story behind this wedding day is truly worth the read, but the chapel backdrop will win you over in a glance!

Featured in: Outdoor Wedding Backdrop: The Mulholland Chapel

This Disco + Terrazzo Escort Display

Disco Ball Cups

photography: Brogen Jessup | planning + event design: Fawn Events | florals: Joy of Bloom Florals

This wedding took our love for disco ball decor above and beyond! So many fun disco details including this escort table…I mean, all our favorite things combined into one? Pass the disco ball, we’ll cheers to that!

Featured in: Stunning Black and White Wedding Dress + Terrazzo and Disco Ball Decor

This Color-Blocked Floral Reception Table

Flower Chandelier Installation

photography: Aurelia Baca Photography | event design: Shootout Society | planning: Xo Moreau Weddings | florals: The Good Seed Florals | tabletop rentals: Table Manners | furniture rentals: Moontower Rentals

This reception inspiration is proof of the magic you can create with a blank space!

Featured in: Modern Austin Wedding Inspiration

This White Wedding Bouncehouse

Bounce House Wedding in the Forest

photography: McKenna Kleiner Photography | bounce house: Luxe Bounce

A bounce house at a wedding…need we say more?! Okay, just one thing. We’re all about aesthetics so the fact that the bounce house kept things looking stylish with its all-white design is a major yes!

Featured in: Wedding With a Bounce House

This Boho Twinkling Tent on the Beach

Boho Beach Picnic Pampas Grass Design

photography: Chris & Ruth | planning + event design: Tie the Knot Santorini | florals: Betty Flowers Santorini | wood structures, textiles, table: Weddings & Whimsy

Imagine a more magical private elopement setup than a twinkling boho tent on a beach in Santorini. (We tried — it’s impossible)

Featured in: Boho-Chic Surfer Wedding Inspiration

This Framed Macramé Backdrop

dried flower ceremony decor

photography: Julieta Amezcua | planning: Momentos Weddings & Events Los Cabos | florals: Baja Botanica | furniture rentals: Baja Boutique Rental Company

Macramé was still showing up in 2021 and we’re not mad! Plus, the flower petals on the ground add all the whimsy and romance to this lush backdrop.

Featured in: Mexican Destination Wedding in a Mango Grove

This Modern Seating Chart

Whiskey Favor Escort Display

photography: Carmen Lopez Photography | event design: Luna Design Studios | planning: The Walk Down the Aisle | florals + furniture rentals: Luna Design Studios

We love an escort display that does double duty! This one served up drinks and table numbers all in one. Plus that bold design is the perfect statement decor!

Featured in: Palm Springs Wedding with Improv

This Boho Luxury Picnic Tent

miss mays luxury picnics

photo from: Miss Mays Picnics

Hardly an explanation is necessary except to say that we’d like to be here now, please! A mix of irresistible Moroccan textiles and laid-back luxury will keep this image on our mood board all through 2022.

Featured in: Luxury Picnic post

This Sign of the Times

Modern Black Wedding Signage

planning: Luxe Productions | sign: Hey Halle

Couples who tell it like it is — literally. We love to see it.

Featured in: IG post on Green Wedding Shoes

This Pastel Rainbow Table

rainbow tablescape settings

photography: Abby Jiu Photography | planning + design: Grit & Grace | florals: Sophie Felts Floral Design | production + tables: Social Supply Design | tabletop rentals: Something Vintage Rentals | chairs + glassware: P.O.S.H. Couture Rentals

Which seat would YOU choose? We love how every detail signals the movement of colors — even down to the napkin rings.

Featured in: IG post on Green Wedding Shoes

This Terracotta Frame in the Desert

Boho Tuscon Elopement

photography: Ashley Taylor Photography | florals + arch: Cultivated by Faith

Finally, we wrap up our favorite details + decor of 2021 with this sweet, simple, and perfect geometric frame in the desert. Will we see more frames and fewer arches in 2022? Time will tell…!

Featured in: Saguaro Cactus and a Geometric-Inspired Elopement

Here’s more from the best of weddings in 2021!