The past two years have seen countless nuptials postponed, plans endlessly changed and newly-engaged couples putting off commitment until the pandemic was at bay – and so, now that the majority of restrictions have been lifted, 2022 is already being dubbed the year of the wedding, in whatever form it may take.
In the two years previous, we saw the rise of the micro-wedding, initially out of necessity and later becoming a voluntary option. 'The micro wedding is here to stay,' says Jess Kaye, co-founder of The OWN Studio. 'People have realised the benefits of a smaller wedding – from keeping your guest list really intimate to being able to splurge on things you wouldn’t have been able to when hosting a larger gathering.'
And on the other side? With normality slowly returning, the more party-prone couples will be damned if they're not going to make the most of it. Think lavish celebrations, impeccably thought-out details (well, they have had some extra time to think...) and ultra-personal touches to make guests feel extra special and appreciated.
But while 2022's couples seem to be in two very distinct camps when it comes to scale of their weddings, one thing all brides seem to be tending towards is going all out on the outfit. Bridgerton-inspired Recency-core is still a big trend, while huge bows, statement sleeves and off-the-shoulder gowns are the most popular styles of the moment.