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More and more of you are able to schedule and reschedule the wedding you want in 2022, and might we say it’s long overdue! So much has evolved since early 2020, and one thing that we’ve learned is that weddings and events can be all about you, be amazing, and still accommodate the comfort level you desire. 

We sat down with the very busy events planning team at Robert Ryan Catering & Design to forecast what’s going to be hot in 2022. Check out this list of the five top trends to consider as you plan the big day:


Photo by Samantha Jay Photography


1. Next-Level Food and Beverage

  • Cake alternatives will be huge. Think: creative displays of donuts, macarons, ice cream everything, and desserts to go.
  • Zero-waste continues the green focus. Serve the appetizer course in edible vessels, like mini-tacos and cones.
  • Cheese and charcuterie presentations have gone wild. Stop your guests in their tracks with an entire grazing table.
  • Set menus aren’t required. Consider personalizing your menus from among the vendor’s offerings.
  • Alcohol-free options are winners. Most cocktails can become mocktails to serve alongside alcohol-free beers, and coffee and tea bars.


Photo by Lauren Fair Photography


2. Hybrid Ceremonies and Receptions Continue

  • Outdoor ceremonies and receptions are in demand. People love the alfresco vibe, and the weather protection offered by tents.
  • Virtual viewing will still be popular — really! You can host a bigger wedding and live-stream the ceremony and reception for those who can’t make it, and for those who are still uncomfortable with groups.


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3. Bride and Groom Attire 2.0

  • Save money on something you’ll wear once! Rented wedding dresses are all the rage.
  • Popular looks will employ floral appliqués and feathers, pouf sleeves, silhouettes and even skin-baring designs.
  • Gowns are not required. Look for shorter, mini dresses, two-piece dresses and even pant suits.
  • Men’s attire will follow suit with accent colors to compliment the ladies’ choices.
  • Tuxedos are not required. A wedding suit, particularly a fitted suit, with all the touches — vest, matching tie and pocket square, even a bowtie — is comfortable and trendy. Don’t miss microprints to accent simple trousers/pants and vests.
  • Matching accessories are a must. Think: shoes and belt dyed to match your suit or tuxedo.


Photo by Karen Ann Photography


4. Everything Floral and Bridal Party Accents

  • Nature takes over more than bouquet! Bridal party and floral will pull from earthy, outdoor themes.
  • Look for dress, and suit/tux accents in purples, olive, rich yellow, tropical orange and blues.
  • Fresh flowers will take a back seat to dried florals in bouquets and arrangements.


Photo by Annie Sharp Photography


5. Decor for the Win

  • Decor tracks with all of the above. Aim for earth tones but with a touch of vintage metallics — especially copper or gold.
  • DIY decor is huge. Look for Mr. & Mrs, Mr. & Mr. or Ms. and Ms., plus initials strung on rustic raffia or rope.
  • Did we mention dried florals? Earth tones? They’re your statement decorations.


What Matters Most …

You! It’s fun to run with the trends, but if you simply want to incorporate a few of them into your special day, then that’s perfectly fine. Talk to your event planner about your dreams, must-haves, negotiable and budget. Then, watch those dreams come true. Welcome, 2022!

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Ready to learn more about our menus and events? Schedule a consultation with one of our event managers today!Robert Ryan Catering and Design plans and executes over 400 events each year, boasts a five-star rating onWeddingWire and has received WeddingWire’s Couple’s Choice/Bride’s Choice Award seven years in a row. Learn more aboutRobert Ryan Catering & Design and tour our venues. Subscribe to our e-newsletter for exclusive offers, up-to-date news and recipes from our executive chef.Nina MaloneFeatured photo: Bigstock