While these crazy pandemic times have been less than ideal, it has caused us to slow down and reflect. Consequently, couples tying the knot in 2022 are looking for more ways to infuse authenticity, family traditions, and personalized details into their weddings. 2022 wedding trends seem to lean toward elegant, vintage-inspired design; but most importantly, they emphasize connection above all else. Beautiful backyard receptions, family-recipe dishes, tabletop games and conversation cards, and cozy lounge areas all point toward reconnecting with loved ones after a hard two years. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate your special day in a real, authentic way, check out these beautiful 2022 wedding trends.
Outdoor Seating Areas
Keep people safer and enjoy a cozy backyard feel with an al fresco outdoor seating area. Dress it up with cushions, blankets, rugs, candles, and alllll the sparkly string lights. Or, hang chandeliers from beams or tree branches for an extra luxurious look.
Bespoke Micro Weddings
You’ve waited this long, and you want your wedding day to really feel like you. Micro weddings and destination elopements allow you to focus on what matters most to you. You have more flexibility to personalize the details and spend quality time with guests. Customized micro weddings also emphasize the experience so you can truly savor every moment of your wedding day. Make memories and take it all in with a day you’ll never forget! Airbnbs, family estates, and private homes or venues provide the perfect ambiance for a small, bespoke wedding. Get in touch with me for more info on the best micro wedding venues near Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Sustainable or Earth-friendly Décor
Show the Earth a little love, surprise your guests with living party favors, and have beautiful housewarming décor all in one! Great floral design is worth every penny, but don’t you wish it lasted a bit longer? Decorate with live, potted plants instead (or use a mixture of both).
Here are some live plant décor ideas to try:
- Colorful potted centerpieces
- Succulent rosette wedding favors
- Mini potted herb favors
- Hanging pots and arrangements
- Potted ferns at the ceremony arch
- Potted garden plants at the reception
Live plants bring such a warm, inviting, and colorful vibe to the celebration. And you can keep them long after the wedding day as a special memoir! Your guests will appreciate the thoughtful gift, too.
Texture & Earth Tones
Textiles were a growing trend last year that seems to be continuing on into 2022. Velvet, lace, sheer fabrics, macramé, tassels, drapes, ribbons, and floral fabric add depth and dimension for an elegant feel. Adding fabrics into your design are an easy way to elevate your look. Meanwhile, earth tones like terracotta, sage green, and dust rose, turmeric yellow, tan, and even shades of muted blue really bring out the vintage look beautifully!
Eclectic Vintage Items
On that note, many couples are using a variety of materials and second-hand goods for an chic, eclectic look. It beautifully balances the elegant, luxe style with a warm, homespun feel. Try pairing colorful mix-and-match vintage glassware, taper candles, bronze utensils, assorted dining chairs, rugs and throw pillows, and worn wood décor. Authentic family heirlooms will make it even more special.
Memoirs & Meaningful Details
Food brings everyone together—especially if it’s traditional food or family recipes your guests will appreciate. You might also consider serving food or drinks from your favorite café—maybe a place where you had many dates and meaningful conversations. Alternately, you could serve a dinner dish the two of you enjoy making together. Bring on all the nostalgia and sweet reminiscing. Family-style dinners at banquet tables have been popular in the last few months as well.
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Dawn Marie is a professional engagement & wedding photographer serving North Carolina couples in Charlotte, Raleigh, Asheville, and beyond. Her style is authentic, timeless, and candid–a true representation of your wedding day. View recent work, and find inspiration and wedding planning tips on the blog!