The past two years have been tricky for many brides and grooms, with coronavirus restrictions causing cancellations. As a result, 2022 is set to be jam-packed with celebrations as couples who postponed and those who are newly engaged get their chance to say ‘I do’.
With searches on Esty for wedding items increasing by 145% in the last three months, couples are getting stuck into planning again.
This year, it’s all about fun, unique trends as the Etsy Wedding Trend Guide predicts bridal bows, personalised details, colourful accents and heirloom-worthy gifts will all be big.
Many brides will be looking to the swinging ‘60’s for inspiration when it comes to choosing their dress, while others have been inspired by lockdown favourite Bridgerton to include Regency-era details in their day.
Top wedding trends for 2022
After two years of micro weddings and cutting back on guest lists, the brides and grooms of 2022 are going the extra mile to make everyone feel special.
Etsy has seen a 47% increase in searches for personalised place cards and a 107% increase in searches for custom wedding favours in the last three months.
With a 51% increase in searches for bow gowns or dresses and a 114% increase in searches for bridal or bridesmaid bow accessories, expect to see them on everything from veils to shoes.
With bows coming in many shapes and sizes, brides can use them to add a touch of drama, romance or whimsy to their look.
The ‘60’s were a time of change and revolution. Hemlines got shorter and women ditched the feminine shapes for pared-down looks.
Post-pandemic, it seems brides are taking a leaf out of the same book with styles inspired by the swinging ‘60s. Searches on Etsy for short wedding dresses up 29%, alongside an increase of 22% for A-line dresses up 22%.
And it’s not just the dresses that are getting shorter – the site has seen a 41% increase in searches for shoulder-length veils.
Other retro veil alternatives are also on trend with a 37% increase in searches for blushers and a 10% increase in searches for pillbox hats in the last three months.
Next up, is gifts. When you’re thinking about what to buy a couple, skip the formal china and choose something that can be cherished for generations.
Look for something that can be personalised or made especially for them, incorporating their style and personality.
On Etsy, there has been a 77% increase in searches for personalised wedding or couples cutting boards, a 129% increase in searches for custom wedding or couples illustrations, and a 34% increase in searches for custom cake knives or cutting sets.
Another trend is to buy a gift to help them remember their special day, with a 128% increase in searches for wedding bouquet preservation items and a 45% increase in searches for wedding keepsake boxes.
Destination (& destination-inspired) weddings
With the pandemic bringing travel to a halt for most of the last two years, many couples might be suffering from a touch of wanderlust.
Searches for destination-themed details on Etsy are soaring – passport-inspired wedding invitations are up 140%, beach-inspired favours are up 92% and tropical decor is a favourite too, as brides and grooms try to bring the getaway to their guests.
Bridgerton was a lockdown favourite and with the second series about to hit Netflix, the “regencycore” trend is set to stick around.
Many couples are feeding elements inspired by the 1800s elite into their big day – think opulence, elegance and romance.
Etsy has seen a 121% increase in searches for bridal gloves, a 93% increase in searches for puff sleeve wedding dresses, and a 78% increase in searches for pearl veils.
For the big day itself, there’s also been an increased interest in tea-party inspired weddings, with vintage homewares like candle sticks, tea sets and mismatched china place settings.
Searches for tea wedding favours have increased by 66% and Etsy predicts we’ll see luxe fabrics, pastel tones, brass accents and soft delicate details.
In a change from the muted, neutral tones that have been the feature of wedding days for the last few years, Etsy predicts colour is back on the cards.
Searches for colourful wedding items are up 327% in the last three months, with couples incorporating bold hues into everything from invitations to florals, to tablescapes and even down to the bride and groom’s attire.
Expect rainbow confetti, bright place cards and playful details like touches of color on the veil or a bright pocket square – this trend is full of personality.
Beyond the day itself, colour is also feeding into engagement ring trends, with a 249% increase in searches for ruby engagement rings, and a 105% increase in searches for emerald engagement rings and a 12% increase in searches for sapphire engagement rings.
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