The Wedding Trends That Are In—and Out—For 2022

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Wedding trends for 2022 sure are different from previous years. We’ve had to adapt to social distancing, remote gatherings, and everything else the pandemic has thrown at us.

However, nothing conquers love.


This year’s brides love showing off their wedding on their favorite social media platforms, and a wedding subscription box is a great way to make it happen. These bride boxes are delivered monthly – or at a custom frequency if you order a miss to mrs bridal box – giving the bride multiple opportunities to leverage the popular viral video format and show their audience what’s inside. WIth MisstoMrs, items often include fun apparel, party items, “I’m getting married” celebration products, and helpful planning resources.

Social wedding trends have been growing over the past few years, but this year is predicting a huge spike in popularity.

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The pandemic has forced pretty much everyone to get familiar with the likes of Zoom and Teams in order to work and communicate remotely. A host of other apps have also popped up to bridge a few creativity and productivity needs. The result of all of this is that we’ve discovered how convenient it can be for everyone involved.

One of the resulting pandemic wedding trends takes advantage of this with virtual ceremonies and reception. Brides and grooms love this because they can have their wedding any day of the year, greatly reduce costs, and invite an unlimited number of guests.


The other side of the virtual-ceremony coin is an absolute disdain for isolation. People want to be in the presence of others and are more than ready to make up for the past few years with one giant bash.

Wedding reception trends in 2022 will be over the top. Expect intricate themes, wild entertainment, hedonistic menus, and tons of technology that will WOW.

However, couples will still remain a little cautious and maintain a few of the habits we’ve picked up will remain intact. Expect single servers to replace buffets and family-style meals at the reception.

Retro Style:

2022 wedding style trends all point towards a retro ’60s and 70’s feel. Historical trends usually swing like a pendulum from modest to obscene. After the last few years, expect the vibe to embrace the free love, social justice, and cultural revolution of the ’60s and ’70s.

From outfits to accessories, to food, decor, and even playlists, expect this new wedding trend to make an appearance pretty much everywhere.

Of course, this means that more common wedding themes will be on the decline in 2022.

Digital Everything:

Stationery will be on a significant decline this year. Since a lot of the wedding planning and guest communication revolves around apps and a wedding website, it only makes sense to move to save the dates, invitations, and other paper-based online as well.

Eloping and Micro Ceremonies

You won’t be invited to many of the weddings in 2022. The reason being is that couples want to save money or make up for their delayed trips abroad. Others are still wary of the repercussions of large events and want to keep things intimate.

Whatever the reason, couples will be jet-setting to a foreign land or hosting an intimate event in their backyards.

Non-traditional Gowns

People have developed a new sense of self throughout the pandemic and are now completely comfortable forgoing tradition for a wide variety of different wedding styles. Expect weddings in 2022 to feature colorful wedding gowns with atypical silhouettes, pantsuits, and even a little cosplay.

Traditional gowns will never disappear, but they will slow down this year. Brides who will be sticking with tradition are predicted to go overboard with detailed embellishment, high-impact florals, and extra-budget venues.


After spending so much time social distancing and isolating, people are dying for some IRL entertainment. Couples are planning to hire magicians, comedians, pyrotechnic artists, hot air balloon pilots, and many other forms of wild entertainment this year.

Essentially, these new ideas for weddings are meant to harness the atmosphere of a music festival and produce lifelong memories that will greatly overshadow any social distancing we’ve had to endure.

What’s on the way out is pretty much the opposite. Say goodbye to dulled color schemes and multiple, dry speeches at the reception.

Author: Valeriya Istomina is a Wedding Forward expert on wedding budgets, etiquettes, ceremonies, and music. If you need tips for wedding planning, she will guide you all the way. She collects analytics and surveys, talks to experts; creates checklists, templates, and gives her take on wedding planning. Her other passions are yoga, photography, and reading.

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