And just like that it’s 2022, and we’re bringing you all our wedding predictions for the year ahead.
After a whirlwind couple of years that hit the events and wedding industry HARD and caused many to change their detailed plans in return for last minute micro-weddings, it’s safe to say we’re ready to celebrate again. We’re predicting positivity and as a result, couples going bigger and bolder with their styling choices than ever before. We’re ready to get back on those dancefloors now please.
Brides will continue to look beyond the traditional when it comes to their bridal wear in 2022, with a focus on modern, minimalist tailoring for those looking for something ‘cool and contemporary’ (the white suit isn’t going anywhere).
Bridal separates will also be more popular, with mix and match elements allowing for multiple looks throughout the day with minimal effort. Charlie Brear have some of our favourites.
With the likes of Daily Sleeper we’re also seeing feathers in abundance and are sure they’ll be sticking around too. We’re particularly obsessed with this matching set from Act Label.
Bold colour palettes
We’re going BOLD, and integrating brighter pops of colour into existing schemes that add to the overall vibe.
Colour blocking will also be popular, with colour being used in curated sections for impactful, design-led looks.
Wondering what colours to use? Pantone have predicted the top colours for Spring & Summer 2022 will be pink-purple Orchid Bloom, Super Sonic blue, playful Bubblegum Pink, vivid Coral Rose and cool Cascade blue amongst others. Their colour of the year, Very Peri, is sure to make an appearance too.
Photography: The Shannons
Flowers: My Lady Garden
With the rise of brands like By Rotation and Hurr making it increasingly easier for us to rent our dream outfits within realistic budgets, it’s no surprise that rentals will continue to thrive this year within the wedding industry. Why buy a dress when you could rent one from your dream designer for a fraction of the price?
Millennial and Gen-Z couples will continue to guide the industry into more sustainable choices and will be less likely to compromise, asking themselves throughout planning how their ideas will impact the environment and if elements can be reused, recycled or repurposed post wedding day.
At Studio Dine, this is something we always consider, and particularly love using seasonal florals (which we believe will become the mainstream), caterers that prefer local produce or a ‘farm to table’ approach and recycled paper invitations.
2022 is all about atmosphere. We’re ready for full dance floors and big celebrations, and we’ll see this reflected in entertainment choices. From music to less traditional acts, couples are thinking more about how to guests talking and keep spirits high.
Music: One Repeat
Photography: Craig Williams
Florals have always been big in our book, but during the past two years we’ve noticed couples going bigger and better than ever, really pushing the boundaries of what you can create with flowers. We’re sure to see really creative installations, as well as more delicate sporadic floral table styling using bolder blooms to create impact.
Ok, so we’ve seen the resurgence of nostalgic, tightly piped, kitsch-like icing over the past 12 months and we’re sure this will stick around through 2022. With more people throwing out tradition for weddings that feel more ‘them’ (as they should if you ask us), we’re seeing a more ‘anything goes’ mindset towards these previously traditional elements. Plus, they’re the best and most impactful way to add colour - A real feast for the eyes. We’re seeing many cake makers experiment with clever ways to apply icing in a more abstract way.
Smaller wedding cakes will also make more appearances, with couples seeking detail.
Cake maker: The Maison Pe’lumi
Cake maker: Isobel Bakes
Photography: The Shannons
Here at Studio Dine, we’re always looking for effective ways to add your personalities into your big day and embroidery is an amazing (plus super versatile) option! From veils, to napkins, to bridal wear, there are endless ways to incorporate this trend into your wedding.
In particular, we’ve really seen the rise of embroidery with small imagery or meaningful writing added to veils, and it goes without saying we’re also incredibly into Sarah Espeute’s tablecloth detailing.
Designer: Rebecca Anne DesignsDesigner: Sarah Espeute
With couples prioritising what’s important to them this year, we’re likely to see many opting out of providing wedding favours, and those that do going for something their guests will be able to use there and then. We’ve seen this in our recent weddings, with one couple including an Italian, pre-bottled Aperol Spritz at each setting.