The summer season is a huge wedding season, and for 2022, there are some trends that are not just popular but inspiring. Weddings are beautiful occasions, full of ceremony and celebration—perfect for getting you out of the house, away from your screens, and into the community around you. Whether you are planning your own big day or looking for some ideas for one of your own parties, these five trends are the ones to pay attention to.
Go big or go home! After a period of limited activity, things are opening back up with a bang! Guest lists are growing, especially since people haven’t seen each other in a long time. With larger outdoor venues still a strong feature of summer weddings, space isn’t a concern. Weddings are great occasions for reconnecting anyway, so people are taking advantage. Plus, it’s a celebration, so the more people can come, the more fun everyone can have. Bring your dancing shoes and wear a pair of ladies’ shorts underneath your dress so you can party with the best of ’em. Truly an instance of the more, the merrier!
Borders are opening, and travel is on the rise. It’s been forever since people have had a chance to go to a new place and have a fun experience, so engaged couples are thinking, why not give them an excuse? Pack those suitcases and extra-large tote bags, and dust off your passport because weddings located abroad are a blast! Full of exotic sights, mysterious foreigners, and a general sense of adventure, these weddings have “memorable” written right into the location. Weddings at domestic destinations are also exciting, with heritage, history, and natural beauty setting the stage for a stunning ceremony. Whether you cross a border or cross a town, a few days in an interesting new area is a great way to liven things up and entertain your guests.
Speaking of multiple days, wedding weekends are also starting to become popular. If you are going to celebrate, why rush it? The longer time period is an opportunity to showcase your hospitality and really make your guests feel special. Having a few days set aside for a wedding gives everyone the chance to relax into the scene and really connect with each other. Relationships have been virtual for so long that seeing people in person is a joy that should be appreciated. Use group activities before and after the ceremony to reestablish rapport, like a hike, a scavenger hunt, or an escape room. If you are getting married in a different city or country, a tour of the local attractions might be a great way to make memories. If your wedding is where you grew up, travel as a group to the different places that made you and your significant other who you are today. No need to pack everything into a single day. Take your time and have fun!
Since indoors and remote work have been the new normal, daily fashion has correspondingly shifted to the casual side. Seriously, are you going to wear a cute summer dress or a blazer at home? Probably not. That means that there are outfits in people’s closets just waiting to be worn. A wedding is an opportunity to really get dressed up and show off the formal wear you haven’t had a chance to wear for a few years. It’s not that casual weddings are out—many people are just happy to celebrate no matter what the dress code is—black tie and evening gowns really set an event apart and make a wedding the special occasion it is.
In line with bigger and better is the idea of brighter! Big, fun parties need audacious and stunning colors. Bold tones and blends are definitely in style, whether it is the alluring high contrast of a black-and-white monochrome or a vibrant floral explosion like fuchsia, sunshine yellow, poppy orange, and turquoise. Combining colors that oppose each other on the color wheel also makes for an eye-catching color palette like cobalt blue with roses in sunrise orange. Summer is definitely a season of bright colors (think tropical tones like lush jungle greens, aquamarine blues, brilliant sunset hues, and dramatic hibiscuses), so if you have ever wanted to have a colorful party, now is the time. It’s not someone else who is getting married but you!
These wedding trends are all fun and interesting, but remember, your wedding is about you and your commitment. Care should certainly be taken for your guests, but the occasion should reflect the style of you and your spouse-to-be and what makes you both most comfortable. The great thing about the modern era is pretty much anything goes, so choose what you like and plan your wedding with confidence!