The Top 15 Elopement and Micro Wedding Trends for 2022

December 23, 2021

This coming year, micro weddings and elopements are going to remain popular amongst couples as they will be focusing more on what they value most — crafting celebrations to feel most like themselves and being surrounded by only their favorite people. In short, couples want to make their weddings more special than ever before. With that being said, we’re loving some of the popular trends coming up in the wedding industry. We can’t wait to see how our couples incorporate them into their intimate celebrations this year! Here’s a look at some of the top wedding trends for 2022.

The Top 15 Elopement and Micro Wedding Trends for 2022
Photo by Camilla Arnhold Photography via Wedding Sparrow

Bridgerton-Inspired Weddings

We have the hit tv show to thank for this fresh wave of literary-inspired and cottage aesthetic details. In line with this style, you’ll find pops of blue pastels, empire waistlines, puff sleeves and vintage tablescapes with unique china. After all, who doesn’t want to feel like royalty on their wedding day?

Photo via The Knot

Registering for Experiences, Not Gifts

Couples are moving away from registering for more household items and starting to select experiences instead. This coming year, it’s time to normalize the cash fund options as newlyweds are placing a higher priority on their honeymoons and time together, rather than a new set of towels for their home. 

The Top 15 Elopement and Micro Wedding Trends for 2022
Photo via Junebug Weddings

Anni-ceptions

With the number of cancelled or rescheduled weddings over the past few years, there will be a rise in anniversary celebrations. But for those couples that tied the knot during the pandemic and put their reception on hold, this will serve as the perfect opportunity to gather with their family and friends to finally celebrate their wedding. 

Photo via Cactus Collective Weddings

Weekday Weddings

Similarly, the demand for weekend dates at wedding venues or locations will have a lot of couples opting for weekday weddings. Not to mention, they’ll be able to save quite a bit on rental and vendor costs for those days of the week! We always recommend our couples to consider a weekday option when available to make the most of their experience. 

The Top 15 Elopement and Micro Wedding Trends for 2022
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Individual Servings

While everyone loves a buffet, this year will be the year of individual servings at the cocktail hour and even some items for dinner! Think mini charcuterie cups, late night snack bags and customized dessert options that are easy to grab and go. Especially for those considering outdoor venues, we think that these personal and portable items will be a hit.

The Top 15 Elopement and Micro Wedding Trends for 2022
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Mocktail Creations

There’s no need for a crazy hangover the day after your wedding. In 2022, we’ll see couples trending towards mocktail and custom creations for themselves and guests that prefer not to drink during the celebration. There’s been a rise in pregnant brides (especially those that had to postpone during the pandemic), so this will be a fabulous option for those looking to keep their event dry, but still fancy!

The Top 15 Elopement and Micro Wedding Trends for 2022
Photo via Modern Wedding

Nature-Inspired Palettes

Soft colors will continue to dominate color palettes at weddings while incorporating earthy elements throughout the event. Couples are utilizing different textures, branches, leaves and more to bring outside elements inside their venues. Pastels and neutrals will serve as the primary colors in palettes allowing any accents to shine.

Photo via Wedding Wire

Bold Pops of Color

Neutral weddings are extremely popular, but in 2022 we’ll see more couples playing up pops of colors or going bold with florals and decor. Bright table arrangements, colored stemware and statement escort card displays will be some of the top placements for these brighter colors. We’re all for stepping outside of the box when it comes to colors!

The Top 15 Elopement and Micro Wedding Trends for 2022
Photo via WeddingOMania

Two-Piece Wedding Dresses 

Brides are ditching the long gowns and opting for functional designs that they can wear for different events. Bridal pant suits, two-piece dresses and transitional skirts will be the outfits of choice for both ceremonies and receptions.

Photo via ProAerial Media

Aerial Photography and Video

It’s all about capturing the surroundings and special moments for weddings in 2022. As couples venture off to magical destinations for their weddings and elopements, they want to make sure that it’s documented appropriately. Drones and aerial photos will be a must-have for their photo galleries and wedding videos.

Photo via Stephanie’s Sweet Treats

Unique Cake Flavors

Step aside chocolate, vanilla and marble – couples are getting wild with their dessert flavors! From cookies and cream to pink champagne, they’re using the cake and sweet treats to really express their style. We love that couples are being playful with their wedding cakes! What once was a rather basic tradition is being totally revamped. 

The Top 15 Elopement and Micro Wedding Trends for 2022
Photo via Modern Wedding

Petite Wedding Cakes

As they’re selecting different flavors, they’re also opting for smaller sizes! Let’s be honest, most guests are too busy on the dance floor to even eat the wedding cake that’s set out. Couples have caught on to that fact and instead of lavish 5-tier cakes are choosing smaller designs or incorporating other treat options like donuts, fruit tarts, chocolate covered strawberries and more.

Photo via Brides

Backyard Celebrations

Micro weddings and elopements aren’t just happening at venues and travel hotspots, couples are having them at home! Not only are they saving on venue and permit costs, but it allows them to focus on all of the other elements on their wedding day that take priority. We’ve seen some incredible backyard transformations with floral installations, tents, seating rentals and more!

Photo via Martha Stewart Weddings

Multi-Day Experiences

Who says the wedding celebration should only be one day? Let’s turn it into a long weekend vacation! For our couples choosing destination elopements, it’s a perfect opportunity to kickstart the honeymoon or invite guests early to enjoy a few days together taking advantage of everything the location has to offer. 

The Top 15 Elopement and Micro Wedding Trends for 2022
Photo via Wedding Chicks

Destination Elopements Around the World

While some domestic locations continue to be a popular choice, we’ll see a rise in the number of couples selecting to tie the knot overseas at a bucket list foreign destination. Especially for our pandemic wedding couples that have always dreamed of visiting a new place together. It makes it easy to pick their spot for a magical ceremony, celebration and any honeymoon plans!

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