Haven’t you heard? 2022 is set to have over 2.6 million weddings in the U.S.—a record 40-year-high—which means there’s a whole lot of couples curious about wedding trends and ideas for their milestone day.
So Vogue decided to ask some of the world’s top event planners to share what, exactly, they've been seeing and doing for their trendsetting clientele—as well as what they’ve stopped seeing and doing. Due to the proliferation of social media, wedding styles can quickly feel overused, unoriginal, and even worse, dated. So without further ado, here are the wedding trends to consider in 2022, and what to avoid.
“Now that we’re all double-vaxxed, weddings are doubling down on both fun and tradition. But rehearsal dinners and welcome parties are all about fun, with themes that are all about fun and humor and whimsy: the circus, outdoor bonfires in the woods, masquerades with a point of view, even a rhinestone rodeo.” -Bronson van Wyck, Van Wyck & Van Wyck
“We've gotten so many requests for "themed" weddings or welcome parties—think Monte Cristo, disco nights, Old Hollywood. These are just a few. It feels like clients want an entire concept from start to finish, but executed in a way that doesn't feel trite but rather modern and fun. We have actually really loved this and welcomed any non-traditional viewpoints on celebration.” -Francie Dorman and Britt Cole, 42 North
“Silver touches, moreso than gold. Silver has the ability to add some old-world charm to any modern space.” -Stefanie Cove, Stefanie Cove & Co
“If you added a wallpaper accent wall during the pandemic (or just liked Instagram posts showing before and after), then you’ll welcome wallpaper to wedding design! Whether it’s your grand entrance backdrop or the scene behind the band, these are the perfect places to bring in your signature wedding colors.” -Mindy Weiss
“Wedding guest style is trending in a way where we are seeing people pull out the stops with their looks—head to toe—really using attending weddings as an opportunity to get dressed and wear very special pieces. Wedding guest dressing has become quite theatrical in nature.” -42 North