7 Wedding Ceremony Trends for 2022

A small wedding ceremony set up on the dock of a lake.

The marriage ceremony is the focal point of the wedding as it’s the moment when the couple exchanges vows. While the core of ceremonies has stood the test of time and remained true to its original structure, trends, of course, come and go. Here’s what you can expect for 2022 wedding ceremony trends so you can decide if you want to incorporate them into your big day.

1. A Small Guest List

Intimate ceremonies are becoming more and more popular with each passing year. Smaller weddings in general are here to stay, and including just your closest family and friends in your ceremony is becoming more of the norm these days. This is something that’s expected to stick around in 2022 and beyond!

2. Garden Venues

A wedding ceremony in a garden.

Gardens have long been a symbol of elegance and beauty. In 2022, couples are expected to use this beautiful backdrop as a place to exchange vows. The serene nature and dreamy vibes of a garden make for a perfect place to say “I do.” This comes off the tails of COVID-19 causing a resurgence of backyard weddings. Why not take that to the next level by using a backyard garden for the ceremony venue? It provides an intimate and unforgettable experience for the couple and guests alike.

3. Alternative Florals

This trend is taking the wedding industry by storm. Alternative florals will be popping up at weddings across the globe in 2022, offering an earth-friendly version of beautiful plants. From paper flowers to fabric designs, these are a fresh take on a wedding decor staple. Feel free to pepper your ceremony with these alternatives to traditional decor. Not only is it better for the planet, but it can also be a way to save money on your wedding day, since most fresh florals are not cheap!

4. A Sensory Experience

A wedding ceremony site decorated with candles.

When Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot, the Duchess made it a sensory experience for all who attended. By outfitting the day with Jo Malone Orange Blossom candles, their their big day was trademarked with scent. Why not choose a signature scent for your wedding day ceremony and reception? This can be done via candles or even scent diffusers. This is such a fun chance to brand your event from start to finish, allowing you to appeal to the senses of your guests from the moment they walk into your ceremony. Plus, you’ll always remember walking down the aisle to this signature scent.

5. Hand-Painted Details

A hand-painted sign at a wedding ceremony.

Another trend on the rise for 2022 weddings is hand-painted details. This includes detailed bouquet ribbons, hand painted programs, and handmade wedding ceremony signage that spares no detail. These artful additions are yet another special touch that will make a wedding unforgettable and unique, giving couples a chance to put their own style and stamp on their wedding ceremony.

6. Live Wedding Portraits

Speaking of painting, many couples will opt to have an artist present at their 2022 ceremony to capture the romance of the moment with a live painting of exchanging vows. This is an amazing keepsake that will be forever treasured, offering the artist’s perspective on such a beautiful and momentous occasion.

7. Bows as Decor

A row of wood church pews decorated with bows for a wedding.

Bows are a classic decor piece that are making their mark on 2022 weddings already, whether tied elegantly around flower arrangements, adorning rows of seating, or even worn by flower girls on their dresses. There are many ways to add this feminine and delicate touch to your wedding ceremony, whether it be in a subtle way or as a big statement.

There are so many ways to personalize your wedding ceremony, and these trends are just a few of the ways that you can make your own memorable, unique, and special.

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