Top Wedding Trends of 2022

Top Wedding Trends of 2022

Planning a wedding or tying the knot this year? Here’s what you need to know about the top wedding trends for 2022.

With so many life adjustments over the past two years, it’s no wonder that the wedding industry has experienced its fair share of challenges. That said, with the new year now in full swing and an estimated 2.6 million weddings on the cards for 2022, wedding celebrations are back with a vengeance, combining contemporary trends with traditional old-world charm that is guaranteed to dust off and shake up any event! We’ve researched and summarized the 10 most talked-about wedding ideas as a guide, so without further ado, let’s dive into what you can expect and look forward to in 2022.

1. Party Extraordinaire

It’s official – timid is out, bold is in! If you like making statements, you can’t go wrong by venturing off the beaten track this year. So what’s in and what’s out? According to Vogue online magazine, there is nothing like a theme to break loose from overused trends. Not only does it create an element of surprise for your guests, but it also puts whimsy, humor, and a generous helping of fun back into your special day. We’re not talking “Game of Thrones” or “Superheroes” themes (unless that’s what you would enjoy). Think themes such as a “Silver Soiree,” “Bohemian Nights,” “20s Gatsby,” or a “Magical Night in Paris” that will add a unique blend of flair and color to your day from start to finish and keep your guests toe-tapping all through the day (and night).

2. Aesthetical Décor

Unless you’re dead-set on twinkle light ceilings, muted color hues, and monogrammed dance floors, creating a wedding with your shared interests at heart can put an artistic spin on your event and make it completely unique. If art is your thing, it can be used as a central theme or incorporated into table center displays, used as a grand entrance backdrop, all through to the more minor details such as wedding guest gifts. Generally, flowers make up most of the wedding décor; however, due to the surging demand for postponed events, alternative design elements such as wallpaper accents can provide a similar aesthetic effect. Traditional colors such as pink, rose, and peach will always be in fashion; however, new spring and summer weddings trends include daffodil yellow, rose gold and blush pink, and yellow, blue, and gray.

3. A Big Affair

Restrictions over the past two years haven’t always allowed for Greek-style weddings that included a wide circle of friends and family. But all that is beginning to change. The new trend is “the more, the better,” depending, of course, on personal preference and budget. Event planner Stefanie Cove of Stefanie Cove and Company says: “As much as we loved the intimacy of 2020 weddings, couples are ready to go big. We’ve already seen guest counts increase by a lot.”

4. Stylishly Cozy

Having many guests doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to forfeit a sense of intimacy and familiarity. Special event planner Laurie Arons says transforming big spaces into cozy units is an exciting design challenge she enjoys. “Building little partitioned nooks in a large space, incorporating dining ‘booths’ in addition to tables and chairs, and designing a series of sheltered lounge areas are just some of the ways we’re making big weddings feel intimate and personal this year.”

5. Formal Dress-up

Just when we thought tuxedos and ball gowns were relics of the past, we see a resurgence of people wanting to and enjoying dressing up for weddings. No wonder, as getting dressed to go out has become a very casual affair of late, with more people spending time indoors and opportunities to embrace style and glamour few and far between. Outdoor, indoor, big, or small, there is a dress and tux for every wedding. Wear velvet, crepe, silk, or tulle, but make sure you are dressed for the occasion and make it a formal one! 

6. A Breath of Fresh Air

Another wedding trend for 2022 is having it in the great outdoors! Open spaces and open-air tents are popular choices due to the recent pandemic, and people have become used to open-air environments that make them feel more protected. Open-air weddings also allow for unique decorating possibilities and themed weddings designed towards a spot in nature. 

7. Eco-friendliness

One of the most exciting trends for 2022 is the movement toward sustainable, eco-friendly weddings, from using online save-the-dates and invitations to selecting plastic-free caterers and vendors with greener production. There is a greater awareness of the negative impact of specific décor items, such as balloons and sky lanterns, and a stronger focus on recyclable and reusable items such as glassware, non-toxic candles, and biodegradable confetti. More couples also prefer vegetarian or vegan menus, paving the way for greener weddings.

8. Distinctive Flowers

What would a wedding be without the richly scented fragrance of flowers? Besides putting together arrangements full of variety and texture, the primary trend for wedding flowers in 2022 is color, color, and more color! Unique designs, including hanging florals and large floral installations, are the statement-makers this year. Alisa Smalls, lead floral designer and owner of The Perfect Creation, talks about mixing floral and décor items when she says, “Whether it is a continuous runner of flowers going down the length of the table or a canopy of dripping wisteria above the table, it is sure to create the wow factor and have guests talking about the wedding flowers for days!”

9. Extended Celebrations

Gone are the days of months of planning and preparation to only enjoy it for one day. Many couples are showing that they favor the “wedding weekend” concept, initiating beyond-the-scope of the day welcome parties, brunches, and picnics to extend the celebratory activities and make it an occasion for guests of all ages to enjoy.

10. Refreshing Entertainment

Last on the list, but not least, is the upcoming trend to surprise wedding guests with a healthy dose of suitable entertainment that will make them remember your wedding for many years to come. Enjoying a band performance or Broadway set in the middle of dinner is becoming increasingly popular, including enjoying your favorite wedding drink at a pop-up satellite bar of your choice. 

Whatever your ideas for the perfect wedding, the age-old adage “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a sixpence in your shoe” rings true for the wedding trends of 2022!

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Tips for Planning an Outdoor Wedding

Tips for Planning an Outdoor Wedding

Weddings in the fresh air can be a lovely experience. The luxury of the natural elements, such as fresh air and an open sky, are unrivaled and romantic. That being said, any wedding, whether indoors or out, requires many moving parts. If an outdoor affair is the idea of your dreams, then we’re here with tips for helping you plan the best day.

There are many things to consider when it comes to outdoor wedding etiquette, with the comfort of your guests and loved ones being a number one priority.

Let Your Guests Know

First and foremost, if you fall in love with an outdoor venue, you’ll want to clearly convey this information to guests. Since being outdoors for large swaths of time can be uncomfortable, you want to do everything in your power to enable your guests to prepare ahead of time and take the necessary steps to ensure their own comfort.

We recommend including a note on your invitation or a section on your wedding website that directs people to this information so they can plan accordingly with attire, shoes and other items as needed.

Finding Your Vendor Team

Most professional wedding services, including that of florists, catering companies, rental companies, bands, DJs, officiants and others, are well-versed in outdoor events. You’ll need to do your venue research to be able to field questions about set-up and power needs, but trustworthy vendors will know the questions to ask or logistics required to create a seamless event. There are many inclusive rental companies that aim to supply a majority of outdoor items like tents, tables, chairs, generators and so on.

It’s worth a mention that tents and rental items are in high-demand due to delayed events stemming from COVID. After you secure your venue, you’ll want to knock out this item on your planning checklist sooner rather than later.

Decorations

One of the best things about open air spaces for weddings is that they require fewer decorative details. Whether a backyard, a beach, a mountain, a meadow or somewhere else, let the natural beauty of your environment shine and keep decorations simple. Flowers and lighting are two components that really make any outdoor venue pop.

Contingency Plan

The most critical aspect of planning an outdoor wedding is to create a thoughtful contingency plan in the event of bad weather. Inclement weather is beyond your control, but a backup plan is within your control. Most outdoor environments recommend renting a tent with sidewalls. It’s our recommendation to reserve one in advance, and then once the weather becomes more apparent closer to the day of your event, make the call whether you’ll need to use it or not.

Getting a Planner

All weddings are best served by a professional planner whose sole job is to make your day shine. Outdoor weddings in particular will benefit from their expertise. Since all elements of the party, from the ceremony to cocktail hour, dinner to the dancing party, occur outside, it’s great to have a professional onsite to manage flow and direct vendors. 

Understand Expenses

Couples opting for outdoor weddings should have a firm understanding of their budget. There are many small items that quickly add up and it can be a budget-escalating endeavor to undertake.

Don’t Forget Restrooms

Making sure that clean, accessible bathrooms are nearby is essential for the comfort of your guests. These days, there are a wide variety of rental companies that cater to this very niche.

Lighting

The quickest way to set a romantic mood is with soft lighting. Depending upon your location, you may need to bring in infrastructure and generators to do that. When walking through your venue, take stock of the pathways and figure out directional lighting to help steer your guests to where you need them to go.

Get Creative

Above all else, embrace the site of your dream wedding and find creative ways to make it work. At Villa Tuscana, we provide the best of both worlds. We have stunning indoor spaces and outdoor environments ready to host your perfect day.

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Bridal Suite

Bridal Suite

On our elegant grounds at Villa Tuscana, we have a stunning bridal suite that offers a quiet place of respite before the big event. This secluded and private space affords the bride-to-be and her bridal party the perfect location to socialize and get ready for the occasion.

Complete with sophisticated décor, full-length mirrors and impressive features that create a comfortable ambience, the bridal suite also provides the perfect backdrop for photographs. With beautiful light and classic furniture items, our dedicated space fosters intimacy and connection ahead of the event while delivering a timeless environment that captures beautifully on film.

Brides have access to the suite as early as 1:00pm on the day of their wedding, allowing ample time to sit back, relax and truly soak in the process as the day unfolds. Not to mention, it also creates an air of intrigue and mystique while your guests arrive for the ceremony. The bridal suite gives you one more chance to take in the day with a glass of champagne in your hand.

For the gentlemen of the day, we also offer a classy groom’s suite. Together, these private spaces give the gift of an environment of peace and seclusion as the final touches are executed before the ceremony.

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Tips for Getting Your Wedding Details Ready to Be Photographed By Arizona Wedding Photographers

Tips for Getting Your Wedding Details Ready to Be Photographed By Arizona Wedding Photographers

When planning your dream wedding, paying close attention to detail can help make the beautiful vision in your head a reality. The wedding details—or all the little things you wear and use for your wedding that make it uniquely yours—are some of my favorite parts of the day to photograph, because they help to tell the story of your wedding day from the beginning. 

For example, did you choose bold, colorful, and quirky invitations, or soft, elegant, and timeless letterpress ones? Do your florals consist of organic, free-flowing wildflowers, or chic peonies? Are you all about the handmade bowtie and suspenders, or a unique maroon tux? Every little detail gives your guests insight into your style, vibe, and the vision you have for your day. It’s so fun to see it all come together, and it’s important that you have it captured!

So what is the best way to get the most out of documenting your wedding details? Having everything together before the big day is helpful so that your photographer isn’t wasting valuable time walking around the room looking for things, and it also helps guarantee that they won’t overlook or forget something special that has been misplaced.

Here are some tips for getting your wedding details ready to be photographed:

– Ask your florist to leave you extra loose florals that match your bouquet. This way the photographer has florals they can add to your detail shots that will not only match your bouquet, but will also add beautiful colors and textures to your images and tie everything together. 

– Have all your jewelry ready for photos, without any tags on them. It’s really hard to take those tags out.  

– Save some invitation suites, which help set the tone of what to expect for the wedding day! Be sure to save more than one, so you can have photos of both the front and back of them.

– Bride shoes are so special. Give them to your photographer without any stickers on the sole. 

– Bring a nice hanger for your wedding dress; plastic hangers won’t do justice to your beautiful gown.

– Don’t forget your perfume bottle. You will love to remember which perfume you wore on your wedding day, and they add a super cute touch to your detail shots. 

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Recommendations on how do you find your wedding dress

Recommendations on how do you find your wedding dress

WHEN TO START LOOKING

You want to start searching for your dress about six to nine months before your wedding day. There’s several reasons for this but most importantly it has to do with ordering and alterations. It’s pretty common for manufacturers to take four months to make your dress and alterations can take as long as two months to make.

WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET

You will also need to come up with a realistic budget for your dress. Figure out how much you want to spend and make sure to tell your salesperson in the very beginning. You don’t want to lose your heart to a dress that you can’t afford. Don’t forget that your budget needs to include your veil, undergarments, alterations and any other accessories. If ordering your dress, you might also need to have it professionally pressed and steamed which can tack on even more fees. 

RESEARCH

Wedding dresses tend to fall into six different categories. Ballgown, Empire, mermaid, fit and flare, sheeth, and a-line. Do your research. Look at bridal magazines and websites. Heaven knows there’s a bazillion wedding dress quizzes you can take online to help you find the perfect shaped dress for your body type. Start a Pinterest board if you haven’t already. Who are we kidding? We already know you’ve had a Pinterest board for your wedding since you were 14 years old. But seriously, start pinning your favorite dresses and the latest styles. Hopefully after you’ve started pinning quite a few, you start to see a pattern emerge with your favorite look.

WHO SHOULD GO

Pick your favorite and most trusted family members and friends to accompany you to the dress shopping excursion. My recommendation is to pick one or two trusted people. Trust me on this. This bit advice will simplify your life. Hosting a large entourage while wedding dress shopping is going to add a lot of opinions and a lot of confusion which could result in one very overwhelmed bride. An opinionated entourage can be frustrating. Pick two trusted people who know your taste and who will be honest with you. Make it a special outing for just the three of you. 

HOW DOES THE DRESS MAKE YOU FEEL

Have you thought about how you want your wedding dress to make you feel? Are you going for a modern look? Traditional? Sexy? Are you incorporating something vintage in your wedding story? Also, keep an open mind. Some dresses might not look like much on the hanger but might look like $1 million on you. Try on everything. Even the styles that you’re not drawn to on the hanger. You might be surprised with what you end up loving. I will add, don’t confuse “looking good” with “feeling good” while in a dress. 

DRESS LOGISTICS

Make sure after you’ve tried on your dress that your trying out how comfortable your dress is as well. Can you sit down? Can you dance? Will it fit down your aisle? 

SCHEDULING APPOINTMENTS

It’s important to vet at least 2 to 3 bridal salons in your area and engage with the one that speaks to your needs the most. Brides do themselves a disservice by visiting too many dress salons. This can be unnecessarily overwhelming. 

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU

Take anything you know that you will want to wear with the dress such as a special necklace, or your grandmothers wedding veil. Some wedding dress shops will provide things like bustiers, strapless bras and shoes but if you know what you want to wear, you may want to bring your own. Bringing nude underwear is also going to simplify your life at these appointments. 

NAVIGATING DRESS SIZES

Remember when trying on your wedding dress that wedding dress sizes are in their own category. Wedding dress sizes tend to run smaller than your day today clothing. Make sure to take accurate  bust, height, hip and waist measurements. Don’t count on sizes that you hope to be on your wedding day. Go with your current measurements. So remember to focus on the fit, not the size. If you normally wear an 8, you may need to purchase a size 12 wedding dress. Forget the numbers and don’t insist on smaller sizes. Especially because you intend to “lose weight” before the wedding. Order the dress that fits now. It’s easier to take in a dress but much more difficult to let one out. 

And of course, go with the dress that makes you happy. Do not get talked into purchasing a gown that you’re not in love with. I recommend to take a moment to focus on what this day is really about. Figure out the feeling for your celebration and don’t lose site that you are marrying the love of your life!

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Neutral Wedding Decor

Neutral Wedding Decor

Neutral wedding décor is timeless and romantic. When choosing your wedding décor, consider neutrals such as champagne, ivory or white. These colors are perfect for any season. Having your bridesmaids in an accent color and incorporating that accent color in your centerpieces and bouquets really makes it pop and stand out a little more. This way, you don’t have to match your bridesmaid dresses perfectly with linens and your bridesmaids won’t blend in with your linens during your reception.
ivory wedding decor

Ivory wedding décor is perfect for any season. If you are wanting to keep your décor clean, we highly recommend neutral colors such as ivory or champagne. Champagne and ivory wedding décor is a timeless and elegant colors. We have a wide variety of table linens, chair ties and centerpiece options that are included in all of our packages. We do not charge upgrade fees on décor.

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