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2022 Wedding Trends

We know that weddings in 2022 and beyond are going to be a BIG DEAL. With thousands of couples choosing to reschedule their special days, and many more getting engaged during the lockdown, we predict that there will be more weddings than ever in 2022.

However, life as we know it might not be quite back to normal just yet. The days of packed dance floors and toasting to the happy couple might be a distant memory for now, but that doesn't mean that you have to miss out on the wedding of your dreams to enjoy with your nearest and dearest.

So, what does it mean for wedding trends in 2022 and beyond? Our team have shared what they predict will be the major trends we'll see in weddings this year.

Low-key Weddings

If the pandemic has taught us one thing, it's that large, extravagant weddings aren't always necessary, and therefore many couples are choosing to host smaller, more intimate weddings. Lockdown has given us more time to think, and couples now have clarity on what's really important when it comes to tying the knot. Micro weddings are weddings with less than 20 guests, which we expect to see more of throughout 2021 and 2022.

A small wedding doesn't have to mean a small budget; with many of our couples choosing to host luxurious wedding celebrations for their very nearest and dearest, splashing out on the things that really matter to them such as great food, or beautiful accommodation.

According to Pinterest, searches for micro weddings, small or casual weddings skyrocketed in 2020, and we expect this trend to continue throughout 2021 and 2022, as couples are still cautious about whether or not to plan a big wedding day. We're also seeing an increase in searches for elopement inspiration, as couples choose to take a more intimate approach to their wedding celebration.

At Anopia Events, we love planning all weddings - both big and small!

Boho Weddings

Boho weddings are ALL OVER Pinterest and Instagram - and with good reason! They're popping up everywhere; working well with most wedding venues and being the perfect theme for both small and large weddings.

The boho wedding trend is romantic and feminine, using neutral colours in a way that is calming and timeless. Venues are decorated in a 70's vibe, with dried flowers and plenty of foliage, as well as rattan and macrame touches. Boho wedding dresses come in many forms; but generally lean towards floaty, more casual gowns with lace detailing or long sleeves. You can also incorporate the boho trend into your hair and makeup; opting for flower crowns and beachy waves.

The great thing about boho decor is that you can incorporate as little or as much of it as you like into your theme.

Wedding Weekends

Forget just having one day to celebrate your marriage - in 2022 and beyond it's ALL about the wedding weekend. Wedding celebrations that span from Friday to Sunday are a great opportunity to get family and friends together - so why restrict it to one day?!

While this trend is the norm for destination weddings, we're noticing that more and more couples getting married in the UK are looking to plan a weekend getaway for their guests. If you've got the budget, a wedding weekend is a great way to prolong the celebrations and enjoy the company of your nearest and dearest. It will also relieve the pressure of having to mingle and catch up with everyone on the day, meaning you can take more time for yourself and really enjoy every detail.

If you're looking for some activity ideas, why not plan a group yoga session, spa afternoon or even a street food evening with catering vans and quirky bars.

Weekday Weddings

We get it - a wedding weekend isn't for everyone. Therefore, wedding guests should expect to see an increase in weekday wedding invitations, as couples do what they can to reschedule their 2020 wedding days. Competition for peak dates will be fierce, so if you're hoping to tie the knot you'll likely need some flexibility - after the year we've had, we're sure your guests will be THRILLED to celebrate your marriage with you - whatever the day of the week.

Sustainable Weddings

The topic of sustainability is an important conversation that is being had across all industries around the world. As we emerge towards a new normal, we know that sustainable weddings will be front of mind for couples as they consider their impact on the environment more than ever before. Sustainable weddings will not only be a 'nice to have', but will eventually be an essential part of the planning process for couples and planners alike.

But with weddings often producing huge amounts of waste and significant CO2 emissions, how can you incorporate sustainability into your wedding day without having to make any compromises?

Firstly, make sure you're using local suppliers and incorporate locally produced flowers, foliage, and food and drink; all of which will significantly cut down on the carbon footprint of your day. It's also important to try and minimise the number of disposable or single-use items you use for your wedding day; perhaps by sending e-invites, or by using potted plants instead of wedding favours. Another idea is to hire your wedding outfits or buy second hand. Doing this can give you access to designer gowns at a fraction of the price - leaving you more budget to spend elsewhere.

If you’re looking for more ideas, we've shared more sustainability tips on our blog.

The Sequential Wedding

Some 2020 couples are pulling out all the stops for their 2021/2022 wedding celebration. Many who chose to tie the knot at intimate celebrations locally (you might hear this being referred to as a 'Minimony'), are still hoping for larger-scale celebrations with loved ones who couldn't attend last year. This isn't an entirely new concept - in many cultures, multiple wedding ceremonies are quite the norm, but as we move into 2021 and beyond, we expect to see this become more prevalent in the UK.

Many couples have even saved some wedding traditions for their second celebration (we're talking first dances and bouquet throwing!), but others just want to plan a good old knees up with the people who matter. It also gives you a great opportunity for multiple colour schemes, outfits (yes, we wholeheartedly encourage having two dresses!) and catering options.

When it comes to sequential weddings, it’s not about losing out on the big wedding that you planned, but adding a more intimate, personal one too.

If you're looking for 2022 wedding colour inspiration - check out our guide here!

Feel like you need a helping hand planning the wedding of your dreams? We'd love to help. Get in touch!

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