Welcome to 2022: the year of new beginnings, flashing vax cards like golden tickets, and celebrating all we have endured. A lot has changed, but don't worry, we have all the bases covered so read on to see what's new in wedding trends.
WEDDING STYLE AND DECOR TRENDS
GRAND, YET INTIMATE
It's time to leave the abbreviated guestlist (safely) in the past, but that doesn't mean you also have to ditch the intimacy. Think: a big blowout wedding with a more personalized twist. You can artfully achieve this by writing handwritten letters to every table of guests or by curating your couple story and sharing it as blog posts on your engagement website. Your guests want to know all the adorable details of how you two met, your first date, your engagement story, favorite date ideas, funny stories and favorite memories throughout your relationship.
2022 wedding trends are expressing the “we made it!” sensation to which we can all relate by leaning into a relaxed vibe with a true feeling of luxury and intention. Don't be afraid to indulge—with a little bit of creative thinking, it's easy to push out those stuffy traditions that you felt like you had to partake in pre-Covid. What is it that you truly want to do or see at your wedding? 2022 weddings are more about raging fun and creating memories in the present. Try adding some fun decor like a wallpaper accent wall to tie in your signature wedding colors or having multiple dance floors where guests can groove together with reckless abandon.
ALL ABOUT EXPERIENCE
With the increased demand for in-person wedding dates, many couples have accepted Thursday evening (or just a weekday, in general) weddings and choose to take the whole following weekend to celebrate. Here are many positives to this such as you can stay closer to home and support local businesses as you plan a whole experience-based few days. Imagine this: Wednesday night your guests roll into a themed welcome party (get fun with it—disco night, roaring 20's, Montecristo!). Thursday is the big day to say I do, but maybe start it off with a morning backyard bridal brunch. Friday follows with a round robin tennis tournament or luxury picnic lunch with an afterparty when the sun sets. Saturday hit a winery, brewery or adventure on a boat outing. By putting everything into one all-inclusive whirlwind weekend, you are able to limit travel and travel-related expenses for the guests. Many brides are also adding an emphasis on self care with an IV drip bar or spa activities like facials, manicures, or massages during the downtimes.
2022 WEDDING DRESS TRENDS
We can all agree that the dress is definitely one of the most important parts of your wedding day. Shop Alexandra's Boutique to find your perfect fit and keep these following 2022 wedding dress trends in mind as you do.
Old styles are being reimagined with current high fashion trends in mind. Many brides are opting for puff sleeves, statement bows or corset waists in order to accentuate the natural beauty of the bride beneath. Consider diving deeper into the intimacy mentioned earlier and create special memories by wearing your mother or grandmother's dress with alterations. A visit to Alexandra's Boutique will help you ditch the front buttons and ruffles in no time.
It's 2022, there are no rules! Well, there are a few, but none of them pertain to wedding dresses. 2022 brides are showcasing gowns with pops of pink or blue (really anything but white!), sporting patterned head scarfs, and donning birdcage veils. Some are even choosing to slip into two (or three) looks over the course of the evening or wearing bridal separates in an effort to easily transition into a new look after the ceremony. Bridesmaids are following suit as they show off trendy jumpsuits or matching sets on their bestie's special day. It's your day—let your unique personal style run free.
TRENDING WEDDING COLOR SCHEMES
Rust hues create a very retro vibe that is becoming popular for 2022 weddings. Pair this with some neutrals for a more earthy look and to bring the focus on your eco-friendly choices at the gathering such as farm to table food options, vegan drinks and appetizers, and reusable guest favors. More brides are choosing to decorate each table with potted plants as a way to remain sustainable and kind to Mother Nature. Or, choose to go the other direction and focus on the sky blue side of the natural. Think daydreaming, wistful romance. Be sure to pick flowers that are both in season and local.
Cerulean blue, fiery red, mint green and imperial yellow are the lucky colors of 2022 and trendy brides aren’t afraid to use them. Bright pops of yellows, greens, pinks, and blues create a bold statement that normally would be associated with summer and spring weddings, but in 2022, the bolder the better so why not flip it and have bright colors all year around? Brides today know how to bring the sunshine.
Combining your signature colors with different textures such as velvet, feathers, crepe silk, chiffon, lace or satin is an adventure for the senses (and bonus, they photograph well too). Having an in-person wedding means you are able to have the experience of not only seeing the beauty, but you’re able to feel it too.
WEDDING INVITATION AND FAVOR TRENDS
2022 brides and planners are choosing to put an emphasis on photography when it comes to wedding invitations and announcements. Many luxury vendors are offering aerial photography packages for engagement and wedding day shoots in order to capture these special days in a unique and new way. Perspective is everything, and over the past few years, we all have been blessed with the opportunity to adopt a new one.
Similar to the wedding decor, asking your best friends to stand beside you on your day is all about personalization. They are some of the most important people at your wedding and, in an effort to show how special these girls are, we are beginning to see many brides choose a variety of little favors to put in their proposal box such as a monogrammed champagne flute, hand-painted mini wine bottle, personalized jewelry or satin pajama set. Bridal subscription boxes are also becoming a go-to for 2022 brides. These packages contain everything you need to plan, pamper, and prep yourself as your wedding day gets closer.
2022 WEDDING FLOWER DESIGNS
When dried, flowers can last a lifetime so you'll be able to relive the most magical day with just a glance across your living room. Following the earlier theme of sustainability, dried flowers are a great alternative to cut flowers that many brides are capitalizing on. Not only are they beautiful, but they also have a bit of a rustic feel that is timeless just like your love.
Flowers are always stunning, but flowers in the form of an arch that flows from the floor to the ceiling are next-level breath-taking. Florals are no longer simply used in bouquets—brides and planners are flaunting their creativity and working flowers into the ceremony and reception decor. Flowers in the form of an elongated chandelier-type structure that hangs over the length of the table is also a trend we are currently seeing and loving.
PAIRED WITH LIGHTS
The perfect lighting is the key, but pair this perfect lighting with stunning flowers and your wedding will be the most memorable of 2022. A curtain of string lights as the altar backdrop, rain shower lights above the reception or dining area, and lighted Mr. and Mrs. name signs are all becoming popular because of the way these twinkles exude romance and magic.
LATEST WEDDING CAKE TRENDS
Brides are covering all the bases with multiple different kinds of cakes and desserts such as chocolates, candies, and macaroons. Mini cakes are allowing brides to be the ultimate hostess and ensure that every guest is able to indulge in their favorite dessert. These minis are also easier to distribute and just as delicious as the classic tier cake.
HEAVY ON THE TEXTURE
If mini cakes aren't your thing and you do opt for a large multi-layer cake, be sure to add in lots of texture. Just like a Van Gogh, these patterned brushstrokes will create an intriguing image that is not easy to forget. Many 2022 brides are pairing this unique technique with neutral colors or one signature color and a neutral. A unique sense of identity paired with rich flavor is truly a culinary dream.
DISCOVER THE TOP 2022 WEDDING DRESSES AT ALEXANDRA'S BOUTIQUE
We are so ready to help you create your perfect day. Visit Alexandra's Boutique to check the most exciting part of your planning process off your 2022 wedding to-do list: finding the most stunning dress (or three)! Our team of professional and passionate experts are able to provide insider knowledge on wedding fashion trends and assist you as you complete your perfect look. Schedule an appointment with us today and pop the champagne–this is going to be unforgettable!