Discover the biggest wedding trends of 2022 and how to include them in your big day
After the year we have all had, and after all the delays and cancellations engaged couples have had. It's no wonder that we're all looking forward to 2022, and feeling that there's renewed hope and excitement for the near future. Big parties, packed dance floors and photos full of smiling (non-socially distanced) guests. And with this fresh enthusiasm for 2022, comes brand-new wedding trends. New styles, themes, and ideas that are, and are not, inspired by the year/year's just gone.
In particular, 2022 wedding trends will keep the guest experience at their heart, and speak to the couple's shared passions. Covid-19 has left a lasting impression on 2022 trends, and you'll certainly still see micro-weddings and destination elopements, even when big celebrations are possible.
Sustainability and supporting small businesses will also remain important factors in many couples' wedding planning. And they'll balance those priorities with a need to let their hair down and catch up on all the celebrations they missed out on over the last 18 months.
6 Wedding Trends to Fall in Love with in 2022
Anni-ceptions. Yes, you read that right. It's a blend of anniversary and reception, and this trend comes off the back of lockdown sequel weddings.
Lots of couples went ahead with a small wedding ceremony (a minimony) during lockdown, with a larger reception party in mind for a later date. These bigger celebrations are now being planned to fall on the first year anniversary of their original wedding date. And therefore blend a classic reception, with an anniversary.
While this trend has come about because of lockdown, we can see it continuing in different forms for years to come. Couples who have a micro-wedding or elopement may decide they want to celebrate with all their loved ones after the event, and your first year anniversary is the perfect time to do this.
Earthy, Nature-Inspired Palettes
In 2022, there will be an increased focus on the environment, due to the amount of time people have spent outside in the wild, because of the pandemic. This newfound appreciation of nature will inform colour, and style choices, creating a palette that is moving towards earthy, natural colours and away from the whites and pastels of old.
Embrace earthy textures with terracotta pots, driftwood and linen napkins on your table, with honeyed neutral colours and pops of brighter rust, amber and coral tones. Flowers that can be used to create this look: Café au lait dahlias, Japanese Wabara Ioli Rose, Majolica Spray Rose, Caffe Latte Rose, and Golden Mustard Rose.
For 2022 weddings, couples will really be looking to provide some unusual entertainment. They'll be grasping the opportunity to do weddings differently, and offer something that is far from the norm! We'll certainly see a lot of focus on music, with an aim to bring dance floors alive, and give their guests something that we've all missed. Alongside that, we'll see a lot of other entertainment options, such as audio guest books, adult playgrounds with beer pong, axe throwing, bouncy castles, petting zoos, circus performers… anything goes in 2022!
Maternity wedding dresses have been massively popular in the last six months, indicating there will be a lot more pregnant and brides with newborns on their wedding day. From the couple to guests, we can expect more children than ever at weddings in 2022 and with that comes ingenious ways of keeping them entertained.
Wedding crèches and nannying services will be huge next year, with couples looking to hire trusted sitters to care for their little ones, while they dance the night away! This trend ensures that guests who might have otherwise needed to drop out of wedding plans due to childcare commitments, can attend. And it also gives parents a chance to let their hair down and enjoy themselves without worry.
After the restrictions of 2020/21, wedding couples will want to give their guests a genuinely unforgettable experience. And this can involve multisensory elements, for example, food and drink that doesn’t just taste and look good but feels exciting to the touch, sounds different when eaten or uses unusual ingredients.
Smell will also be a 2022 wedding trend, and we’re not talking just scented candles here. Think scented stationery, a different scent for each room at venues, and new scents for each song the band plays. We all deserve a great party, so why not take it to the next level!
Vegan Wedding Food
Health-conscious guests won't just be abstaining from alcohol in 2022. In fact, the pandemic may have changed their whole diet, with many people changing to vegetarian or vegan diets during lockdown, and we're sure to see these dietary lifestyles impact weddings in 2022. For those eating meat, seasonal and local will be king.