Every year, new trends emerge in almost everything. From slang words to fashion style, nothing is off limits. And, of course, weddings are no exception. While some traditions seem to stay for eternity—like diamond rings and wearing white—others ebb and flow. With that said, here are some of the new wedding trends to look out for in 2022.
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Wedding Trends for 2022
1. Digital Age
We live in a decidedly digital era, so it only makes sense to see more technology in matrimony. Digital invitations, which are popular in almost all of our modern events, have started to seep into weddings now, too. This really kicked off during the pandemic when so much uncertainty and constant lock-downs made planning large gatherings almost impossible. And, due to the fact that the pandemic is, in fact, not over, I get it. But, I kind of hope this one disappears in 2023.
Another digital trend that’s on the rise? Registries. I’m not talking about creating an online gift registry (we’ve been able to do that for quite some time.) Rather, there’s a burgeoning market for digital registries (also known as ‘Honeymoon fund registries’) which allow couples to ask for money instead of gifts.
For the last few years, there’s been a huge push towards sustainability. Eco-friendly weddings, then, are all the rage. From lab-grown diamonds to using locally sourced vendors and natural materials, we’re seeing a lot of environmentally friendly wedding trends in 2022.
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3. Destination Weddings
The destination wedding trend is alive and well. This one’s no surprise either given how restricted our travel has been lately. Finding a way to combine your wedding and honeymoon is a great way to celebrate your love. A lot of people opt for beachy locales, but just as popular are mountainous regions like Montana or Colorado.
During the pandemic, it was pretty much impossible to have a large wedding. So, instead, couples opted to have small, intimate gatherings, called micro-weddings. While some industry experts predict that weddings will be more grandiose to compensate for the last two years, others seem convinced that small weddings will continue to take precedence.
5. Weekday Weddings
Here’s another pandemic-inspired trend that’s continuing in 2022.
Due to Covid, wedding venues had limited weekend spots and, since so many couples had to postpone or reschedule, those got booked quick. The solution? Have your wedding on a weekday instead! And, for couples who are already having a small gathering, it makes a lot of sense to opt for a weekday wedding—they’re a lot cheaper!
6. Weekend Long Weddings
On the flip side, you’ve got the 3-day, weekend wedding, which is also popular. Especially for couples who are planning a destination wedding.
Even for those who are staying in-town, having a muti-day affair is becoming far more common. The rehearsal dinner, done the night before, has been a staple for some time, but couples are also opting for a post-wedding day brunch with some of their closest friends and family.
7. Bridgerton Inspired
OK, so I actually haven’t watched Bridgerton yet (am I the only one?), but I do know that it’s a smash hit. People absolutely love this show, so it’s really no surprise that they’re drawing their wedding day aesthetic from it.
This is most apparent when it comes to fashion. Regency-inspired wedding dresses are hugely popular this year. Think lots of lace, empire-waist silhouettes, and sleeves.
8. Alternative Trends
Aside from the super traditional Bridgerton-esque dresses, a lot of modern brides go for alternative wedding attire. Dresses that are short, colorful (really, anything other than white), or that come in two pieces instead of one. Pantsuits are also a new trend, and one that I am absolutely here for!
In addition to the dresses, other alternative wedding trends happening in 2022 include mix-gendered wedding parties and flower-grandmas (adorable!)
9. Blue and Greens
The big, trending wedding colors for 2022 seem to be lush and nature inspired. Earth tones are in right now, and lots and lots of green. And, for the most part, it seems like people are going for bolder, darker greens rather than muted pastels.
But, pastels haven’t disappeared. Light blue is also a big wedding color, again harking back to the Bridgerton thing. And finally, gold and silver are trending colors.
10. Celestial Themed
This one is super fun and pretty unique compared to the others on this list. A lot of people are opting for themed weddings and one of the biggest themes is celestial. Which means you’ll be seeing a lot of stars and moon decor.
Those are the top 10 wedding trends I’ve seen for 2022, but of course, there are plenty of others out there. Personally, I’m looking forward to being invited to an astrology-heavy wedding. Fingers crossed!
What do you think of the wedding trends for 2022? Are there any others that I missed? Let me know in the comments below!
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Absolutely loved this post! The way you have structured this is so professional. If I was to get wed a small wedding with digitally released invites would be the way to go. I think we would all love a Bridgerton style ceremony, imagine the Queen turning up haha. Great ideas here x
Lol; I haven’t seen the show, but I think I’d be intimidated to have the Queen at my wedding!
Wow, lots of trends for sure! I find the Bridgerton trend for a wedding funny – I love the show but not sure I’d base my wedding on it. I am totally here for the eco-friendlyness of weddings. My cousin got married last year and had dried flowers for confetti which I loved x
That’s a really neat idea! I definitely agree about eco-friendly weddings. I actually haven’t seen Bridgerton, but I guess I could see how people like the style of dresses.
Oh I love this! I didn’t know about any of these wedding trends before but a destination wedding sounds like a complete dream, and I love blues and greens as a colour scheme too – that’s so pretty! Thanks for sharing x
I’m a huge fan of blue, I think it’s one color that genuinely looks good on everyone. Plus, it’s just a calming color.
I came here expecting maybe a few trends, but Katie – this many?! You can clearly see I am not about to get married because I did not know about a single one in this list. Though, if I was to, I would happily get into so many of these trends! Micro wedding at a destination? Yes please!
Lol, I know – it seems like every year, there are so many “new” wedding trends, but especially this year. Likely because so many weddings had to be canceled or postponed, that now it’s going to be huge.
I had no idea there were so many wedding trends for 2022. I haven’t been invited to any wedding for this year yet but it would be interesting to see if they follow any of these trends.
I did see a digital registry where just money was requested this year, which is a new one. I get it, but I prefer the old registries.