As both a photographer and a previous bride too, I love keeping in tune with wedding designs and trends. In 2021, we saw some amazing themes and trends – both new and old – pop up. I’ve recently shared predictions for what we’ll see more of in 2022. But as we move into the new year, I wanted to share some things that I’d personally love to see more of at weddings. Here’s my top 5 list of experiences and installations that I’m craving for 2022 and 2023 weddings:
When planning for the big day, it’s easy to think of all the bridal details: dresses, hangers, jewelry, shoes, perfume. But for any grooms, sometimes details can be overlooked or not thought about until it’s too close to wedding day. In 2021, I saw some amazing grooms details. From bespoke suits with personalized design touches to heirloom items and fun socks. While a classic suit is sharp, bring on all the non-traditional, colorful and custom suits for my guys! I hope to see more oversized prints, bold colors and statement accessories.
If you had a sneak at some of my 2021 photos on Instagram, you know what I’m talking about: glow sticks. Foam and glow sticks are gathering whirlwind momentum at weddings right now, and I am here for it. From my experience, I can tell you that it’s so much fun for the kids and the adults. It also creates gorgeous and fun wedding reception photos (massive bonus!). You may have considered having a glow stick send-off, but consider breaking them out on the dance floor early too. It makes for some fun and festive photos while all of your guests are dancing.
Dessert bars are a popular choice for couples who want an alternative to the traditional wedding cake stand. Your dessert table usually ends up being the most visited spot of the night (aside from the dance floor and the bar!). With a dessert bar full of post-dinner treats, they are a great way to infuse your personalities and also give guests the flexibility to choose a dessert that satisfies their sweet tooth too. Favorite dessert spreads that I hope to see more of: mini cakes, herb, and floral-inspired, luxury donuts, etc.
Many couples incorporate pretty details to wear for their wedding day. But I love seeing couples have reception details too. Whether it’s a jean jacket to layer on top of your wedding dress. Maybe fun light-up sneakers to exchange with your dress shoes. Or a separate reception outfit like a second dress that’s sparkly and short or a more casual colorful suit. I love seeing a bit more of the personality come out in the outfit details for the couple once the lights drop and the dance floor begins.
The range of options when it comes to selecting your wedding invitations is close to infinite these days. From artsy and eclectic to minimalist and elegant, invitation styles and designs are endless. Your wedding stationery is the first glimpse of your wedding that your guests receive – and often as a home on someone’s refrigerator or bulletin board for months. You can find some amazing wedding invitation artists with just a quick scroll on Instagram.
What would you like to see more of in 2022? Let me know in the comments!