The Grand Return of Weddings: 2022 Trends, Gift Ideas, and Tips

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This time of the year, two years ago, the COVID-19 pandemic shut the world down. This meant countless postponed and canceled weddings and just as many heartbroken couples and families.

Lucky for many of us, 2022 is expected to be “the year of the wedding” as the coronavirus loosens its grip, and there are fewer restrictions. According to The Wedding Report, approximately 2.5 million weddings will happen this year. Since summer and fall are the most popular wedding seasons, now’s the perfect time to familiarize yourself with the best 2022 big day trends, gift ideas, and guest style tips.

The Five Best Wedding Trends in 2022

If you had to delay your wedding due to the coronavirus pandemic and are ready to tie the knot this year, you might want to revise your big day plans and incorporate some of 2022’s top wedding trends. Don’t worry - not all of these trends require big changes. Read on to get inspired!

#1: Part Ways With Tradition

Your wedding day is supposed to be all about you, so why do things the traditional way if it doesn’t truly represent who you are as a couple? You can individualize your milestone day by going with a bold, colorful, nontraditional design that screams your names or by hosting a reception-only celebration. Incorporating a few culinary surprises is a subtler but equally great way to add a personal touch to your special day.
If you’re feeling extra playful, you can opt for a themed welcome party inspired by your favorite era (the Roaring Twenties and Old Hollywood are fantastic options), movie, or destination. You can achieve the desired result with the right music, scents, flowers, and, of course, a special dress code.

#2: Go Big(ger)

Tying the knot is, without a doubt, one of the absolute best reasons to throw a huge party, especially after having to hold back on so many things in our lives for over two years. To make your big day unforgettable, think in terms of abundance: long guest lists, lush floral installations, over-the-top focal points, champagne towers, and, of course, decadent wedding cakes. You deserve it all!

#3: Deck Yourself Out in Pearls

Pearls are going to be everywhere this year. The regal and elegant beauty of this beloved gem makes them incredibly versatile. You can have your wedding dress made with delicate pearl embellishments, complete your wedding look with a tasteful pearl birdcage veil, wear a personalized pearl necklace, or opt for a pair of chic pearl hoops. If you can’t get enough of this classic wedding detail, buy yourself a pair of pearl-embellished bridal flats or sandals. You simply can’t go wrong with pearls!

If you don’t really know where to start, let fashion icons like Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, and Grace Kelly inspire you. You can thank us later!

#4: Create a Unique Guest Experience

If there’s one lesson the coronavirus pandemic taught us all, it has to be the importance and value of people and community. After two long years of social distancing and FaceTiming, your wedding day is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with your loved ones and shower them with attention.
You can do this by enriching your wedding celebration with fun daytime activities and a day-after brunch so you can spend more quality time with your friends and family. You can also write personal welcome notes and put together thoughtful gift bags. Trust us, your guests will leave your wedding with their hearts filled with love and joy.

#5: Think Sustainably

Making eco-conscious wedding decisions is now easier than ever before. You can show your guests that you care for our planet by sending online save-the-dates and invitations, hiring plastic-free caterers, creating an entirely vegan menu, and recycling or donating the flower pieces to a nearby hospital or nursing home once your big day ends. Purchasing the food from local vendors is another fantastic way to make your celebration greener.

Three Thoughtful Wedding Gift Ideas in 2022

Weddings can be stressful for guests, too. Choosing a gift for the happy couple is no easy task, especially if you’re super close and want to show them how much you care about them. Here are a few of the most thoughtful wedding gift ideas in 2022 to help you get inspired:

#1: Custom Jewelry for the Bride

One of the most meaningful gifts for brides is custom jewelry. This can be a personalized pearl necklace with an engraved charm (the date of her big day, her initials, and a sweet childhood nickname of hers are all wonderful ideas). If the bride’s personal style is a bit more classic, you can replace the charm with a filigree or diamond ball clasp.

This is a foolproof wedding gift idea because pearls, particularly pearl necklaces, are timeless and extremely versatile pieces of jewelry. A custom pearl necklace can easily become a wardrobe staple as it can be worn with various clothes, from open-collar white shirts to strapless black cocktail dresses. As we mentioned before, pearls are an exquisite jewelry choice for wedding dresses as well, so you might want to surprise your daughter, niece, or granddaughter with this gift before she walks down the aisle.

#2: Cocktail and Margarita Machine

If the lovebirds enjoy relaxing with a cocktail or two at the end of a long day, getting them a nice cocktail and margarita machine might be a smart choice. If your budget allows you, you can buy the happy couple a machine that lets you personalize your drinks by choosing their strength. This way, they’ll be able to refresh themselves with a delicious mocktail when they’ve chosen to abstain for the evening.

#3: Personalized Couples Print

On a tight budget but still want to gift the happy couple something memorable? Then buying them a custom couples portrait in their favorite art style is a fantastic option. There are hundreds of great print shops on Etsy, many of which allow you to add pets, personal items, and text to the digital drawing. The great news is that most of them can have the portrait ready within just a few business days.

The Four Best Wedding Guest Style Tips in 2022

So you’ve been invited to several weddings this year and are wondering what to wear on each of these special occasions. Don’t worry; you don’t have to buy a bunch of brand new, expensive outfits to look striking yet appropriate at every wedding. All you have to do is follow these simple pieces of guest style advice:

#1: Pick and Rewear a Statement Dress

Unlike what fast fashion giants want us to believe, outfit repeating is nothing to be ashamed of, even at formal events. If you have a favorite statement dress or suit, feel free to wear it at as many weddings as you want. This can be a pearl-embellished chiffon midi dress, an open-back gown, a floral-print crepe midi dress, or a strapless cocktail dress. Oh, and remember: it’s perfectly fine to wear black.

#2: Opt for Comfortable Yet Stylish Shoes

Weddings are all about celebrating and having a good time. A huge part of that is, of course, dancing. You want to be able to hit the dance floor whenever the band/DJ starts playing a song you love, so make sure you opt for a pair of chic yet comfy heels or sandals. Heeled mules with oversized bows, heeled square toe sandals, platforms, and pumps are some of the best wedding footwear choices.

#3: Elevate Your Outfit With a Single Pearl Necklace

As we mentioned above, pearls are making a grand comeback this year, particularly in the world of weddings. A single pearl necklace will infuse every wedding ensemble of yours with effortless elegance and class. You can pair it with a minimalist silk shirt, a satin maxi dress, or your favorite LBD. If you don’t own such a jewelry piece, we advise you to invest in one as soon as possible as you’ll be able to combine it with casual outfits, too. Just look how supermodel Gigi Hadid did it!

#4: Finish Your Look With a Small Handbag

Large tote and shoulder bags are an eyesore when it comes to weddings. This type of special occasion calls for a micro or clutch bag for nothing but your essentials—your lipstick, perfume, and phone, to name a few. Leave your cumbersome bags for your daily walks and coffee dates.

And They Lived Happily Ever After

Whether you decide to celebrate your love with everyone you hold dear or just a small group of friends and family, do it in a way that honors who you are as a couple. Experts say 2022 is the perfect year to throw a nontraditional wedding, so why not break a few rules that limit your authenticity? After all, you’re not getting married every day. 

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