Getting married in 2022? Congratulations! Your nuptials are officially this year. Now, either the thought of that fills you with excitement, or it fills you with mostly excitement, but also a little dread. Not because you've got cold feet (we hope not, anyway), but because you've still got lots of planning to do.
Well, from someone who's planned a wedding before let me tell you—try not to stress. I'm sure I'm not the first person to tell you to "enjoy the process," but really, you only do it once and if anything goes wrong no one will even notice! (Probably.)
If that advice doesn't help calm your nerves in the slightest, hopefully, this guide to 2022's biggest bridal trends will. And while you certainly don't have to follow trends on your big day, they may just provide some inspiration for what's left on your list.
The pandemic has changed bridal trends in ways we couldn't have foreseen. Plenty of brides have opted for more pared-back looks to match more low-key weddings— think suits and simple shift dresses. On the flip side, some brides have just wanted to wear something spectacular, regardless of how many people, if any, they were able to invite to their big day.
As we've all learnt the hard way, nothing is certain—but for now, the return to normalcy around weddings look set to continue into 2022. To find out more about what this year brings I got in touch with various experts across the industry, from bridal designers to the founder of Rock My Wedding, and all of them gave me some fascinating insight. If you're planning a wedding or just want to see some pretty frocks, keep scrolling to see the bridal trends that are coming our way.
1. Romantic Silhouettes and Materials
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Natasha Knights, the occasionwear designer at Phase Eight, told me that this coming year is all about romance. Think lace, tulle, oversized sleeves and a touch of boho. "It's a bit of escapism from everything that went on with covid. So many brides had to cancel their weddings, some even three times. It's giving them something to feel really beautiful in."
For plenty of brides, the idea of going a bit over the top is very appealing. Charlotte O'Shea, managing director and founder of Rock My Wedding, says that "following such a restrictive year, brides really want to have as much fun as possible, and therefore silhouettes need to lend themselves to an entire day (and evening!) of dancing and frivolity. As a result, we are seeing the emergence of shorter hemlines combined with frills, flamboyance and statement embellishments."
As O'Shea says, shorter hemlines are here, and it's easy to see that when you look at some of the current collections available from brands like Rixo and The Vampire's Wife. Queens of Archive Co-founder Sarah Plunkett tells me that "brides are longing to step outside the traditional wedding dress and go for something different to ensure they feel comfortable in their own skin on their day." While the brand isn't strictly bridal, it's been commissioned to make bespoke silk wedding dresses, which are based on its Patti and Chrissie NYC dresses and come in an ivory-white colour.
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As Knights mentioned, lace is back, and you need only look at the current 2022 collections for proof. Marchesa's 2022 bridal looks all have lace details, and over at more affordable brands like Whistles, the material is going strong. According to Knights, Phase Eight has also included a lot of lace in its 2022 collection.
5. Party Dresses
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If Lyst's 2021 bridal report taught us anything, it's that brides are wanting to party, which isn't surprising considering how many brides have had to rearrange their nuptials because of the pandemic. Brands like Galvan have included sequin frocks in their 2022 bridal looks, and there are plenty of other fun, frivolous and fabulous dresses from a host of cool designers, including 16Arlington and bridal favourite Naeem Khan.