2022 Wedding Trends We’re Anticipating
Inspiration - 07.12.21
After a rough 18 months of restrictions and lockdowns, engaged couples are looking forward to 2022 with renewed hope and excitement for their long anticipated ‘big day.’
Every year, the team at Combermere have a lot of fun predicting the emerging wedding trends we think are going to feature greatly in the next 12 months. With the easing of Covid-19 restrictions allowing for bigger, more raucous celebrations, weddings are beginning to look more and more like their pre-Covid counterparts. But what else will set them apart?
2022 couples are looking to create a day that’s unique, creative, and fun, featuring personal and unexpected elements to wow their guests and cement this day in memory. Featuring… well, it’s all listed below, but we can say for certain that these trends have us extremely excited for the year ahead!
The UK’s obsession with Bridgerton shows no sign of diminishing as 2022 is set to welcome the hotly anticipated second series. This Regency period fascination will find its way subtly into weddings, with literary-inspired touches and splashes of Regency Blue – a signature shade from the times that used the newly invented Prussian Blue pigment.
Think a quintessentially English cottagecore aesthetic with empire-waist wedding dresses and ruffles of lace, elegant gloves, pops of blue pastels, dainty ballet pumps, trailing wisteria, handwritten notes and literary quotes, and afternoon tea with vintage china tablescapes.
eBay has even reported a 205% rise in searches for ‘puff sleeved wedding dress’ as inspired by Daphne, Lady Whistledown and co.
Rented Wedding Dresses
Carrie Symonds made headlines when she married Boris Johnson this year – predominantly for her rented wedding dress. She wore a Christos Costarellos-designed ivory tulle and silk gown that retails at £2,870 but was rented for just £45.
Carrie joined a wedding dress revolution that will continue strong into 2022, with brides choosing to hire one or more outfits for their wedding, meaning they can afford designers they may not be able to purchase and can change up outfits across the day without guilt. With the average bride spending £1,313 on her dress, brides-to-be are set to save a fortune and still wow the party.
It’s long been a tradition for grooms to rent their suits and budget- and eco-conscious brides are now taking up the mantle. You can hire a high-end designer gown for a fraction of the cost of buying, you don’t need the waiting time you would for a dress to be made-to-order, and dry-cleaning costs are included!
“Sober Curious” Weddings
Traditionally, alcohol has always been seen as an essential feature of a “good” shindig, however, experts predict a rise in so-called “sober curious” weddings. Newlyweds are choosing to avoid or reduce their alcohol intake for personal or wellness reasons.
The majority (89%) of couples surveyed said they will have guests who aren’t drinking alcohol at their wedding, so we can expect to see an increase in mocktail menus, alcohol-free beers, and coffee/hot beverage bars at weddings across the UK.
We swear it’s not like ‘fetch’: it will happen! A portmanteau of anniversary and reception, this trend comes off the back of lockdown sequel weddings.
Sequel weddings saw a 9,900% uplift in Google searches this year. Lots of couples went ahead with a small wedding ceremony (a minimony) during lockdown and are saving up their large reception party (the sequel part of their day) for the first-year anniversary of their original wedding date.
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 for it.
Earthy, Nature-inspired Palettes
Many people have spent more time outside because of the pandemic and have fallen in love with nature all over again. We feel that the colour palette is moving towards earthy, natural colours, the subtle brown tones, shades of green, red, and cream, 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.
In terms of flowers, we predict nude palettes will be a winner for 2022, perfectly complementing the earthier tones of the décor. Choose flowers such as Café au lait dahlias, Japanese Wabara Ioli Rose, Majolica Spray Rose, Caffe Latte Rose, and Golden Mustard Rose to create this look.
There has been an 80% increase in searches for maternity wedding dresses in the last six months, indicating there will be a lot more pregnant and recently popped brides 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 creches and nannying services are predicted to boom in popularity into the next year as couples hire trusted sitters to look after their little ones. It ensures guests who might otherwise need to drop out over childcare commitments can attend and gives parents a chance to let their hair down and enjoy themselves without worry.
Two-piece Wedding Dresses
Searches for ‘two-piece wedding dresses’ were also up by 176% this year (figure from Hitched) and, with wedding dress shopping typically starting nine months ahead of the big day, beautiful bridal separates are likely to show up at weddings across 2022. Popular due to their versatility, two-piece gowns can easily transform from day to night, and their re-wearability is popular among sustainable brides.
Following the pandemic, elopements and micro-weddings are continuing to rise in popularity. Brides are also looking away from tradition in favour of more modern, minimalist styles, with a 197% increase in searches for ‘casual wedding dresses’ since March 2020, and searches for bridal suits up by 167%.
And that’s all for our predictions this year. We hope this coming year will see bright and joyous festivities, something we’ve all been desperately dreaming of during these gloomy times! Congratulations to all our future Bride and Grooms!
If you’d like to find out more about our award-winning wedding venue, based on the Cheshire/Shropshire border, you can get in touch with our team on firstname.lastname@example.org.