2021 Wedding Trends that are Here to Stay and Predictions for Next Year

Wow! What a fantastic wedding season we had in 2021. As the height of the season slows, and we begin to prepare for 2022, it’s good to look back at what wedding trends emerged, which are here to stay, and how to plan for weddings next year with all of this in mind. Read on to learn what to expect and how to prepare when planning your wedding in 2022.

5 Wedding Trends that are Here to Stay for Your 2022 Wedding

Every year, new trends come and go in the world of weddings. In 2020, we saw many creative ideas emerge as dedicated couples still found ways to get married during the pandemic. In 2021, we saw weddings return to a more “normal” state, but some things are forever changed. Now, as we head into 2022, here are five wedding trends that are here to stay that you can incorporate into your wedding plans.

1. Intimate Gatherings are a Top Choice

Intimate gatherings, like micro weddings and elopement celebrations, had their “day in the sun” in 2020 as many couples chose to marry amongst a handful of friends and family during the pandemic. And although regulations allowed for larger gatherings in 2021, intimate celebrations were still a top choice for many couples. As we head into 2022, this wedding trend isn’t going anywhere. Whether to save money, create an elaborate wedding on a budget, or for the unique experience of a small wedding, intimate celebrations are still a top choice for many couples. If you’re not sure whether to have a large, medium, or small wedding, check out our blog post, Tips for Determining Your Wedding Size, to help you choose.

2. Traditional Wedding Traditions Aren’t Here to Stay

Now, more than ever, couples are breaking and revamping wedding traditions to better align with their beliefs and experiences. One of the most prominent ways this wedding trend presents itself is in the language used when discussing certain aspects of a wedding. Couples and industry pros alike are beginning to use more inclusive language and breaking the tradition of “bridesmaids” and “groomsmen” to involve all loved ones without gender roles. Who says a girl can’t have her best male friend standing by her side on her most special day (or vice versa)? Wedding traditions revamped in the name of inclusivity are here to stay.

2021 Wedding Trends that are Here to Stay and Predictions for Next Year

Another wedding tradition that continues to be broken wedding after wedding is who walks who down the aisle. Nowadays, many grooms and brides choose to walk down the aisle with both parents, rather than the bride with her father and the groom with his mother. Again, inclusivity is the focus, and we love it.

3. Wedding Venues Don’t All Look Alike

While many couples still want to host their wedding at a traditional indoor or outdoor venue, we see more couples opting for unique ceremony and reception locations. The idea that you can pretty much get married anywhere so long as all of your guests fit started in 2020 with backyard micro weddings. However, this idea has expanded to encompass large weddings in unique venues, such as museums, historical buildings, vineyards, restaurant rooftops, and more. Check out this blog post if you’re looking for unique wedding venue ideas for your Texas wedding.

4. Weekday Weddings are the Next Big Thing

Saturday has always been the most popular day of the week for weddings. Most of your guests are off work and free to come to your wedding, even if it requires travel. It is a convenient day, but that doesn’t always mean it’s the best day. Having a weekday wedding is one of the wedding trends that is here to stay for multiple reasons.

First, because Saturdays are the most popular day to get married, they are also the most expensive. You’ll likely pay less for your venue and vendors if you choose a weekday over a Saturday. Even Fridays and Sundays tend to be more affordable. Also, because weekday weddings are less common, your dream venue and ideal vendors are more likely to have availability on your desired date. And while you may be concerned about your guests, especially those who must travel to your destination, keep in mind that travel fare is typically less expensive on weekdays as well, so it benefits everyone!

If you’re looking for more ways to save money on your wedding, discover how a wedding planner can make your budget go further in this blog post.

5. The Old Ways Become New Again

Sometimes old wedding trends become popular again, and we see that for 2022. For example, Polaroid cameras are back in style. A fun way couples incorporate this into their wedding is by having friends and family take a Polaroid picture and sign it at the wedding welcome table for the couple to use as their guest book. Unique wedding experiences like this are trending because they bring a personal touch to standard elements like a guest book.

2021 Wedding Trends that are Here to Stay and Predictions for Next Year

Consider 2022 Wedding Predictions for Your Wedding

Whether you’re recently engaged or ready to start wedding planning for 2022, keep these wedding trends and predictions in mind. You can decide which trends work for you as you design your wedding day. Also, remember that some aspects of the wedding industry are still affected by what happened in 2020. For example, many vendors are still working on rescheduled weddings. Because of this, it’s crucial to start wedding planning sooner rather than later. Check out our wedding planning timeline here. Then, contact us today so we can help you plan the wedding of your dreams.