The 2022 Wedding Trends You’ll Want to Know
Next year is going to be B-I-G. Wedding-wise, anyway.
With almost every couple being glad to see the back of 2021 (and the endless chat around how to plan, postpone or survive a wedding during Covid), there’s a high-voltage buzz around being able to celebrate again without having to jump through a long list of ever-changing government hoops. We say this, knowing they’ll still be around and there’ll still be very real challenges we’ll face with this pandemic (staying virus-free at the time of your own wedding being one very real concern) but here’s hoping we’re not eating our words in 12 months when we say we’re making p-r-o-g-r-e-s-s.
The silver lining in all of this wreckage though, has been the way it’s fast-tracked a mass shift in perspective. Couples have had time to consider what’s important to them and why they’re getting married in the first place.
The knock-on effect is a surge of weddings that are inherently more personal and meaningful. Couples are creating their own traditions, ditching any that no longer seem relevant and basically eating, drinking and wearing whatever the hell they want.
It’s helped couples to reimagine the way we celebrate love and how individual that looks for everyone, and it’s this way of thinking that’s dictated most of the 2022 wedding trends we’ve expanded on below.
One thing we won’t see in 2022 is couples investing in traditions simply because it’s the “done thing”. Moving forward, couples will be very intentional about what elements they decide to include in their big day. The way this looks for every couple will be different but some examples include:
- Mum walking down the aisle.
- No wedding party or mismatched, gender mixed wedding party.
- Either no readings or several, non-traditional readings.
- Personal vows full of laughter rather than full romance.
- No cake cutting, bouquet toss or first dance (but perhaps an alternative to these instead).
- Bride speaking instead of the groom.
- Getting ready together in the morning.
- Signing marriage certificates discreetly post ceremony.
Sustainability – it’s the way of the future and while we’ve still got a long way to go, we’re pleased to see more couples making more eco-friendly choices when it comes to their wedding. That might mean shopping for gifts locally, hiring a wedding dress, eliminating any single-use items in favour of hired items, throwing biodegradable confetti, sourcing local and seasonal food and flowers, recycling waste and using cleaner products for hair and makeup.
All the postponements due to lockdowns and restrictions have mean that weekend availability can be hard to come by for many venues. For this reason, we expect to see a surge in weekday weddings in 2022 as couples choose to hold their nuptials on any ol’ day of the week. Mon through to Thurs is fair game (and sometimes comes with a discount too, so it’s not a bad thing for the budget).
Non-white wedding dresses
Not exactly a new wedding trend but one that’s been a little slower to really take off has been non-white wedding dresses. That’s all about to change, especially given the number of micro-weddings and elopements, which lend themselves to less traditional attire and the shift in attitude around bucking tradition in lieu of things the couple actually like (which may just happen to be a non-white wedding dress).