What trends can we look forward to this coming year?
With 2021 just about over and Christmas a few weeks away, you are probably not the only one feeling time race by. For those who are planning their special day, I am sure the time moves faster still. With so many weddings in 2020 and 2021 cancelled or delayed, 2022 is set to be chock full of rescheduled ceremonies as well as all those that were already booked for next year. If you are newly engaged or amid wedding planning, you might be wondering as to what the latest trends might be; specifically colour palettes, flowers, venues and of course, the dress.
While timeless classics like periwinkle and white continue to captivate brides-to-be everywhere and will always remain popular choices, here are some of the latest wedding ideas for 2022 to perhaps inspire you.
Before we begin however, it is important to note that combining all these elements into a complimentary wedding plan can be a challenging task. Where do you start? If there is an element you are 100 percent on, for instance you KNOW you want roses in your bouquet or which venue you are holding the ceremony, you can use these decisions to inform other choices in the design. If you are truly unsure as to where to start, try picking items, venues, or colours that you like and work from there. Have fun and be open to change and trust in the creative process. Let us begin:
What is the first thing you visualise when you think of a wedding? It might be the flowing dress or decadent catering, charming altar or blooming florals. We draw inspiration from weddings we have attended in the past, celebrity ceremonies that pervade the media, and of course the picturesque scenes depicted in films. Though different elements of a wedding ceremony may hold varying levels of significance for different people, there is always one often understated component of the event design: the colour palette.
While subdued neutrals with golden accents remain an ever-popular choice, you might want to consider the rising popularity of warm earthy hues ranging from a delicate burnt sienna to stunning marigold. These colours lend themselves beautifully to both spring and autumn ceremonies while similarly rustic tons of sand, taupe and tan are very well suited to a beach or summer wedding. Depending on your tastes, these colours can go as far as to influence the dresses of the bridal party, or they can be used to accent a more traditional “white wedding” to create a warm homely atmosphere.
Beachside weddings are also on the rise as people come out of lockdown and into open air ceremonies. Neutral sandy tones will compliment this venue while tan shades present an understated alternative for those who prefer a non-white wedding dress. Other popular venues complimentary to this colour palette include hardwood rooms, beaches and piers, barns, and cellar doors.
On the same note, another trend rising in popularity for the 2022 wedding season is to complement vintage design with metallic elements. Common combinations include gold and midnight blue to invoke a mid-century Art Deco feel or teal and copper for soft glamour approach. Similar rustic venues with warm, especially vintage hardwood tones with soft lighting work well to complement these shimmering tones.
For 2022, dark moodier hues and vibrant jewel tones offer an alternative to more traditional colour palettes. Tasteful deep blues, smoky greys and of course midnight blacks both an alternative to the more traditional white and an interesting array of décor and venue options, depending on your taste. Fans of this colour option might consider churches, woodlands, or other venues with environmental texture to complement the deeper tones. Conversely, jewel tones are seeing popularity as well. These vibrant colours, inspired by natural semi-precious stones such as ruby, sapphire and amethyst can be used either as accent colours or to inform the entirety of the design for the ceremony.
Colour is an influential component of your wedding décor that should not be ignored. You can either start with your ideal palette and pick your other elements from them, or your wedding colours could be inspired from other wedding facets such as the venue, the dress or the flowers. Whatever hues you end up choosing, ensure that they work together to create a cohesive, styled ceremony.
With colours covered, another element you might be thinking about when planning your wedding might be flowers. From the bouquet to the centrepieces, flowers are often a staple of the décor. Floral jewellery is rising in popularity for 2022, with wrist corsages becoming an increasingly common request for floral designers and blooming backdrops and entranceways appearing more often at ceremonies.
In terms of the flowers themselves, small local seasonal blooms are currently the pick of the bunch with arrangements commonly featuring a combination of both dried and fresh elements layered together. A trend of casual, laid-back wedding atmospheres lends themselves to more couples experimenting with design and selecting blooms and colours that hold sentimentality or are more representative of personal style. Specific bloom ideas include dried Queen Anne’s lace, sweet peas, canonical waratah, hellebore, and celosia. Other trends to consider for wedding flowers include monochromatic colour palettes and more petite, understated bouquets.
Possibly the most important component of any wedding is the wedding dress. It is often the first thing we think of, and we all have a specific style that first comes to mind when we think of them. This Spring’s 2022 Bridal Fashion Week has unveiled exceptionally beautiful styles including plunging necklines, high thigh splits and three-dimensional flower appliqués. Contributing brands also presented some interesting alternatives to the traditional wedding dress, including wedding separates and transitional pieces. This showcase of both traditional and modern styles that featured feathers, corset bodices, sleek silhouettes, and regal puffed sleeves. These elements cause for dress shopping inspiration, but we are sure you will know the perfect dress for you when you wear it for the first time.
We do not think any two people could agree on what the perfect wedding would look like. Matters of such personal tastes are seldom often agreed upon. There are certainly elements that are timelessly popular, and trends will come and go but it’s important to remember that ultimately a wedding is a celebration of those who are to be married. The ideas discussed here are not set in concrete, but rather aim to inspire your own planning and design. Congratulations and happy planning!
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