On behalf of my collaboration with Kay Jewelers and The Union, I am honored to share some of my favorite 2022 wedding trends and answer your most-asked questions about wedding planning.
First, wedding planning for the foreseeable future needs to account for guest safety and comfort. Go for quality over quantity and opt for a “mini-mony” with a small guest list.
Hybrid weddings provide guests the option to Zoom into the ceremony and reception. This keeps the in-person guest count low and allows guests the option of participating, regardless of their hesitations.
As for the venue, consider an outdoor location with a ventilated tent – or one with open sides. Remember the beach always has a natural breeze which makes it an optimal venue choice as well.
After so much social distancing, people are excited to dress up and celebrate together with flair. Many couples are incorporating English regency era-inspired romantic elements into their weddings: dreamy color palettes, empire waists, opulent furnishings, live musicians playing classical covers of pop songs, etc.
I love to see that sustainable weddings are on the rise! People are starting to incorporate sustainable elements into their weddings by selecting vendors with greener production, selecting a plastic-free caterer, using online save-the-dates and invitations, and recycling and donating the flowers after their special day. More couples want greater vegan options, and some prefer an entirely vegan menu, which is another way to make your wedding greener.
You can also increase sustainability through small details. One time in lieu of escort cards, we gave every guest a small reusable glass—each personalized with their name—for their drink(s) of choice. The glasses were not only practical but also doubled as fun keepsakes from the evening.
With all that said, even in these crazy times, some of my longstanding favorite trends are the most timeless. Some of my favorite elements are neutral color palettes, cream and white florals, clean lines, classic invitations, and calligraphic details. A gorgeous, smart, and well-made invitation sets the tone and stands out in the mail. It’s the first impression of the guest experience.
Not only is the invitation the best first impression of the guest experience, but a well-informed guest is a happy guest. It’s so important to share as much information as possible with your guests. If you are planning a destination event, I suggest you share a link to a website that clearly spells out the what, when, where, and how. Include every relevant piece of information that will make the guest experience memorable. I cannot emphasize how important this is in today’s world. The clearer the information, the less you will have to stress about and field random questions.
To all the newlyweds and soon-to-be newlyweds, Congratulations! Wishing you the happiest new chapter and sending you all the best in your journey ahead!