Reduced Guest Lists & Statement Pieces
As a result of the pandemic, couples have felt more freedom when it comes to reducing their guests list. A large majority of 2022 couples have begun planning more intimate weddings. Smaller weddings mean more room within the budget to binge on extras and unique details such as specialty rentals, floral installations, personalized signage, monogrammed menus, and extravagant guest book presentations. Couples are incorporating “the guests experience” by adding more comfort and nostalgia into their weddings by filling reception spaces with comfortable and custom seating and incorporating guests’ personalization into their décor.
Destination and Weekday Weddings & Events
While having a smaller guest list, couples are more apt to having destination weddings. Individuals are ready for a change of scenery. By having a destination wedding, couples and their guests are able to celebrate the marriage and have a small vacation. Another plus to smaller guests’ lists is flexibility. With 2020 and 2021 cancellations, reschedules, and couples still getting engaged, weekend bookings are hard to come by. During the 2022 year, many couples are opting for weekday weddings and brunch menus.
While planning a destination wedding, consider distributing it out over a few days. While everyone is together, take advantage of the opportunity to schedule pre- and post-wedding events. Having a three-day experience allows guests to not only celebrate with you but to create some additional memories with close family and friends.
Couples are now opting out of wedding day traditions such as the bouquet toss, the garter toss, reception toasts, and formal reception introductions. Couples are choosing to be more guest-focused and making sure their guests have a good time. Couples are beginning to incorporate their toasts and more intimate moments into their rehearsal dinner. Shifting these moments leaves more time during the reception for the guests to enjoy themselves and mingle with family and friends.
Recently, couples have been opting for a bolder color palette. They have been veering away from the traditional colors and designs and integrating personalization into their color pallets. The most popular tone couples are bringing in is metallic gold. Metallic gold is showing up everywhere from flatware, chairs, décor, and even linens. This gold hue blends nicely with every style from modern to classic.