Wedding dress trends for 2022

Oct 20, 2021

1. Cottagecore

Cottagecore isn’t going anywhere, and I think in the next few years we’re going to see it more and more in the wedding industry. A step past the “burlap and twine” vibe we’ve seen a lot of I can see really home made, simple, rural influences coming into weddings in a big way. Think wedding dresses with boots, no sparkles, messy plait up-dos and lush wild bouquets.

What I love about this trend is that it’s just as escapist and fantastical as Princess ball gowns and tiaras, but reimagined for the generation who grew up on Lord of the Rings, Pride and Prejudice (the Kiera Knightly version) and Mumford and sons.

My linen wedding gown, this fabric is just so beautiful to work with and it’s so unexpected and fresh in a wedding dress.

2. Ditching Veils

Capes. Elaborate headpieces. Flower crowns. I’m sensing that we’ll see fewer traditional veils and more diverse styling options with our wedding dresses over the next few years.

My most list-icled bride ever Abby rocking her cape. This look pops up over and over on blogs as an example of a banging cape and a gorgeous up-do with box braids
Love a bridal boater hat. What a Lewk.

I really loved Lilly Collins wedding look for a couple of reasons, first because she knows exactly how to style gown. The dress made a big statement so she kept her hair and makeup really neutral and minimal and it just WORKED. It made me think immediately of the stunning butter coloured silk cape she wore in the 2012 movie Mirror Mirror. I don’t know if it was conscious but I SUSPECT she loved wearing that big romantic 18th century hood so much that it influenced her choice of wedding outfit.

3. Off whites

Since Kate stepped out in her head to toe lace look, us bridal dressmakers have been murdering our eyesight with white lace. I think what’s happening here is that all our eyes will fall out of our heads if we have to sew any more chantilly lace onto a white silk, and so we’re seeing a lot of delicious colour coming into bridal design. Pewter, ecru, vanilla and other soft tones my husband will laugh at me for are coming in in a big way, and it’s a much much better way to see the detail and beauty of the lace we’re putting over it.

The delicate embroidered tulle I used on my sister’s dress would have been completely lost without the ecru silk underneath.

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