The 11 biggest wedding trends of 2022 – according to a wedding planner

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Short dresses are back, along with twisted candles and anemones (Image: Getty/

It’s officially wedding season, and this year you might notice a few different trends at the weddings you attend.

It’s going to be the biggest wedding season ever – with so many events being postponed and canceled due to the pandemic. People have some catching up to do, so expect bigger and bolder celebrations than ever before.

But what will be the hottest looks for brides and bridesmaids? Which table decoration will the girls fight over? What color themes are you going to see all over your Instagram soon?

Illy Goodall from Illy Elizabeth Weddings shares her insider knowledge of what wedding trends are hot this year.

According to The Wedding Report, an estimated 2.5 million weddings are expected to take place this year. So here’s everything you need to know about 2022 wedding trends, according to Illy:

Pantone Color 2022 – Very Peri

The Pantone color for 2022 is a shade of blue with purple undertones.

“The peri color is actually a color that can calm the mind, perfect for post-Covid wedding stress,” says Illy. “It gives us more of a summery feel, it also reminds me a lot of lavender, which could be another reason why we associate it so well with its calming influences.”

“When you use a bold color like this in your wedding design, you want to add a touch of it and pair it with other shades of purple/blue. Keep neutral undertones in your floral palettes like white to make sure it matches your color scheme.


“The modern monochrome palette is still very popular at many weddings this year,” says Illy.

She adds that you really can’t go wrong by keeping it this simple.

“Most modern venues or urban industrial spaces will fit in perfectly, especially if you add decorative details with black metals,” she says.


Anemone hupehensis var. japonika

So pretty (Image: Getty)

Illy says anemones are one of the most popular flowers for the upcoming wedding season.

“We see a lot of couples choosing these in a lot of the winter months because of availability,” she says. “Ranunculus, lisianthus and garden roses are close behind, and many couples are trying to source English flowers to support local flower farms.

“We’re seeing filler flowers growing in popularity with Snapdragons, Queen Anne’s Lace and Wax Flowers.”

Virtual save the dates

With many couples choosing to get married in 2022 with a short timeframe before the wedding, it’s no surprise that the number of virtual save-the-dates has increased, according to Illy.

“In case you didn’t know, there’s actually a shortage of cards right now, so we’re seeing big delays in stationery stores,” she explains.

“Couples need to give out their dates to ensure everything is reserved in time, so we’re moving to online platforms to quickly store the dates while we wait for the stationery to be printed.

“It’s also eco-friendly, so what’s not to love?”

Alternative candles

“With a lot of new stores opening during the pandemic, candles was definitely one area where we’ve seen an increase in creativity,” says Illy.

She says that candles with a customized shape – such as twisted candles – were seen in stores like Liberty London.

“Hand-painted modern candles are another popular style that we’ve seen in wedding designs,” she says. “Often these include scripts that can be personalized with your vows to make them completely bespoke.”

Rent wedding dresses

“Because of the high demand for wedding dresses this year, brides have turned to renting for their big day,” says Illy.

She says that in a normal wedding year, bridal designers can take anywhere from 6 to 9 months to create a dress, but this year, as it’s a busy season, we’re anticipating a longer lead time.

“This isn’t ideal for couples who are just booking to get married this year, so alternative options like renting your wedding dress are becoming increasingly popular,” she says.

Short wedding dresses

“Oh yes, short hems are making the rounds again and 2022 is expected to see a big increase in these wedding dress designs,” says Illy.

“Many of the city weddings taking place now seem to be the reason for the popularity, a little white dress is the perfect style for a luxurious City Hall wedding.

“Big puff sleeves are also very popular with many brides who opt for this modern style.”

Midweek weddings

As weekend dates fill up, Illy says weekday weddings have seen a surge in popularity this year.

“Couples really don’t want to delay their wedding plans any longer, so they’re opting for weekday weddings to make sure they can happen this year,” she says.

“While some couples are increasing their budgets, many are cutting them, and weekday weddings are a great way to do that.

“Many venues offer more competitive rates for weekday weddings.”

Country Weddings

Due to the lack of availability of wedding venues this year, many couples have chosen to marry in family homes, particularly in the countryside, according to Illy – but you must have the space.

“As a result, we’ve seen an increase in marquee weddings,” she adds.

“Country weddings are gorgeous in summer, with stunning views and the opportunity to create any wedding design concept you want.”

Light chain installations

“We’re seeing an increase in fairy lights and backdrops this year,” says Illy.

“The addition of a romantic ambiance makes them perfect for evening receptions. As the wedding season rolls into the winter months, it gets darker earlier, so couples are using this as an alternative to illuminate their wedding venues.’

Unusual reception table layouts

“Couples always want the next new trend to stand out, as 2022 becomes awash with weddings, unusual reception table arrangements will be called for to keep things modern,” she says.

“Many wedding planners and stylists have created some unique floor plans to keep guests at a distance during last year’s weddings. As a result, we find that S-shaped tables are as popular as square tables and U-shaped tables.”

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