The Top Bridal Trends for 2022
While 2020 and 2021 were certainly not the years we were anticipating, with the bridal industry one of the worst affected by the lockdowns that gripped the nation, 2022 has already sparked feelings of hope and optimism as we charge towards our goal of a fully vaccinated populace. For many couples, this troubling time has fuelled an already stoked fire to celebrate the positives in life and bring people together. To ensure your day is everything you could ever imagine and more, the team at the Wedding & Bride Expo delve into the top bridal trends of 2022.
The term anniception is a relatively new one that has become a relatively popular addition into the general vernacular following on from COVID. Combining the terms ‘anniversary’ and ‘reception’, the anniception is a larger celebration of your wedding for those who may have had their initial plans fall by the wayside. While an anniversary is a celebration of one’s marriage after a year of being officiated, an anniception seeks to celebrate your wedding day a year after the event.
This bridal trend is perfect for those who may have had to have a more intimate wedding ceremony due to restrictions in place but who still want to host a large celebration where all their loved ones can join in on such a momentous occasion. For those who had to scrap their plans for a big wedding, this is the perfect way to get the best of both worlds!
A DASH OF COLOUR
The ever-present pallor of COVID has frayed our psyches. Though we have all collectively faced many challenges over the past couple of years, it is clear our spirits have not been broken as the world has emerged with a new appreciation for life’s little pleasures. As a result of the oppressive nature of the past couple of year’s brides and grooms are seeking to break from the status quo by incorporating colour and joy into their wedding day – extending to bridal fashion, groom’s fashion and even wedding themes.
Blush will remain an ever-popular colour choice for those seeking to break from the traditional white gown. As with blush, we can also expect to see the classic shades champagne and ginger remain a popular choice. But perhaps more surprisingly, sophisticated tones of pistachio, lavender and sky blue will also make an appearance. An ever-influential event, the 2018 MET Gala’s renaissance theme’s influence on fashion trends can still be found today with soft colours and intricate patterns also a popular choice.
Grooms are also not immune to the alluring appeal of colour and crisp whites, elegant cream linens and even opulent red velvet suits all are enticing options to elevate your look and let your personality shine on a day where the attention will be inherently on you and your partner.
The incorporation of colour is not limited to fashion, and we can expect to see colour incorporated into the styling of the event too. From bright floral displays, to carefully considered centrepieces, incorporating bold shades is a simple way to make a stylish statement.
NATURE INSPIRED WEDDINGS
Bolstered with a newfound gratitude for what truly matters in life, many are turning to a ‘stripped back’ wedding that is centred around the gorgeous natural surrounds we are so blessed to have in this magnificent country. Getting back to our roots, earthy-palettes and alfresco weddings are expected to be an enticing and popular choice for many brides and grooms.
With a range of wonderful scenery in Western Australia, with scorched red sands against bright blue skies a staple sight, why not capitalise on what nature has already provided by choosing a venue immersed in nature? Particularly as the weather continues to improve as we move into the warm summer months, an outdoor wedding is the perfect way to spend the day soaking in the sunshine and enjoying the wonderful atmosphere.
For those in a metropolitan or indoor location, it is still possible to welcome nature into your wedding by incorporating warm earthy hues into your wedding’s colour palette, or incorporating lots of fresh floral blooms and foliage – eucalyptus branches are always a stunning addition that is in abundance in this country.
VEGAN FRIENDLY FOOD
As more and more people convert to vegetarianism and veganism, it is only natural that we can expect to see more plant-friendly catering options available at weddings. No longer limited to salads and roasted vegetables, vegan culinary endeavours have progressed immensely over the past few years and there are many exciting options that will tantalise your tastebuds.
From heavenly pillows of aquafaba meringues to tangy bruschetta, there are so many different options available to couples planning their day that are not only guaranteed to satisfy your cravings but that also have the added benefit of being kind to the environment.