Weddings

Expected Wedding Attire Trends for 2022

Revised 9/8/2021

At a wedding, everyone’s eyes will be on the bride, groom, and the rest of the wedding party. It’s important for them to look their best. Here are some expected wedding attire trends for 2021 to help make this happen.

Brides

The 2022 wedding attire trends still include dresses with at least a touch of color, one-shoulder dresses, and bridal separates (including pants) that have been popular since 2020. Long puffy sleeves, cap sleeves, bishop sleeves, exaggerated ruffles, lace, bows, square necklines, and floral patterns are among the wedding attire trends that continue from 2021. Some women are choosing mini-dresses or shorter tea-length dresses, while others are choosing more sleek and minimalist designs, including slip dresses, in luxurious fabrics. Brides are more likely to wear capes or shoulder veils than in the past. Many designers now offer 2-in-1 dresses that give brides multiple looks by removing sleeves, capes, or overskirts. This is great for brides having multiple wedding events due to COVID-19 restrictions that want to be able to change up their look slightly without having multiple dresses. Newer trends for 2022 include thigh-high slits, pleats, side and/or waist cutouts, deep V necklines, statement veils, feathers, and corset dresses.

Grooms

Grooms are choosing slightly more tailored suits. They’re more likely to choose a more informal suit that could later be worn to work or other events. They may include pieces with different patterns or fabrics to add interest to their attire, including tweed, microprints, and large checks. Grooms are increasingly opting for blue suits over black, and some are even choosing jewel tones in the fall or pastels for spring weddings. Tan, beige, and cream are increasing in popularity. There’s also a focus on accessories, including ties, cufflinks, contrasting buttons, and socks.

The Wedding Party

Couples are choosing their favorite people of either sex to stand up with them. They are having gender-neutral wedding parties, instead of sticking with the more traditional bridesmaids and groomsmen. They are also considering less traditional wedding party members, sometimes including parents, grandparents, children, and pets in the wedding party. Wedding parties are likely to be smaller. Whatever the size and composition of your wedding party, both men and women are choosing a more mix-and-match look. Couples are allowing their wedding party to choose from a variety of options within a  color palette. The wedding party need not wear outfits that match exactly. As with bridal wear, bridesmaids are starting to wear more gender-neutral outfits like pantsuits and jumpsuits. Colors gaining in popularity for bridesmaids include white, blush, light blue, and sunset colors, such as terracotta and rust. Expect to see more cowl necklines, florals, separates, ruffles, silk, and satin dresses.