The last few years have been an utter nightmare for those with wedding plans. Postponements, cancellations and regulations have taken centre stage, but as we come out of 2021 with some sense of normality when it comes to getting hitched, the future's looking bright.
As we head into a brand-new year (finally), we thought we would take a look into what we can expect from our gorgeous brides, with the top trending wedding dresses for 2022.
We spoke to Claire Thompson, senior wedding planner at The Wedding Travel Company to gauge an idea of what exactly brides are after for their big day. The business works with many wedding dress designers in the UK and abroad and is aware of the latest trends, trends to come, and what brides are looking for.
Claire helped us identify four major trends, all of which have been seen in 2022 bridal couture collections:
1. Lace, Lace and more lace
2. The bridal power suit
3. All the ruffles and tulle
4. The pastel bride
Below, we’ll go into detail about what each trend means and how it’s shaping the wedding dress trends for 2022, as well as some handpicked styles in a range of pricing you can shop for each trend.
To start with, we wanted to ask Claire some wedding style questions to gain a sense of the 2022 bride and how the pandemic has changed the wedding industry.
Wedding dress trends 2022
Which silhouettes will be most popular for 2022?
“Feminine and romantic figure-hugging dresses, with square necklines and corset bodies, are going to be very popular next year,” says Claire. Corset bodies have been a huge trend for 2021, stemming from our love of Bridgerton, so this trend will very much follow through into the new year.
Claire also went on to add, “cut out dresses are also becoming increasingly popular, as brides opt to show a little more skin, whether that be by having a high leg slit or a plunging neckline. High-low hemlines will take centre stage next year, and again this asymmetrical look works well for destination weddings, as brides want something fun, floaty and ethereal.”
Untraditional accessories – wedding trainers, gloves, embellished face masks, are they here to stay?
With the pandemic not looking to die down any time soon, we wanted to get a sense of what this meant for brides looking to wed, face masks and all.
“As someone who facilitates weddings abroad in a whole host of countries, this is something I’ve seen a lot of in 2021, and I think these trends are here to stay. After speaking to many brides due to wed next year, face masks and the appropriate footwear are already being considered.
“I’ve seen brides at their beach weddings in diamond-encrusted flip flops, and embroidered face masks made from the same material as wedding dresses.”
Diamond-encrusted flip flops? Yes, please - sounds a lot better than stiletto heels to us.
Now let’s delve deeper into these trends; follow us as we go through the four trends that are taking over the bridal world in 2022 and shop some amazing dresses if you’re tying the knot in the new year.
Lace, lace and more lace
2022 will see a larger focus on romantic and elegant silhouettes, with lace making a big comeback. While lace isn’t new for the world of bridal, its 2022 revival couldn’t have come at a better time.
“Brides have different priorities since the pandemic has unfolded, and what we’re seeing is that many want to strip things back and focus on nothing but simplicity and elegance - which is exactly what lace embodies,” explains Claire.
Similar to when Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, wore an effortlessly charming lace bridal gown for the royal wedding, “we’ll see classy, figure-hugging dresses that are made of lace from head to train.”
Whether brides are looking for the perfect Kate-inspired princess gown or their own effortlessly romantic dress, lace is very much back in style.
We’ve hand-picked our favourite romantic lace bridal dresses that are both affordable and elegant for any ceremony.
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Lace wedding dresses for 2022
Head-to-toe lace is done brilliantly with this modern yet modest Bardot dress. Crafted from delicate floral lace and featuring a scalloped sweetheart neckline, it's effortlessly romantic and will make any bride feel beautiful on their big day.
Perfect for a wedding abroad, this dress embodies ethereal beauty. The plunging neckline and shoulder detailing give this dress its proper wow-moment and we're in love.
If you're looking for just a touch of lace, this Tadashi Shoji bridal dress is eye-catching yet refined and perfect for the modern bride.
On the hunt for a second dress for the after-party? This lace mini is gorgeous and an ideal relaxed look for the reception or a cool elopement.
Combining two big trends for 2022, this bridal dress combines airily layered tulle with feminine floral lace, to create an angelic gown that's sure to mesmerise. The Bardot bodice invites a touch of understated glamour, whilst the beautifully flared skirt will sway with a regal quality.
Anyone order lace with a side of lace? This lace panelling gown is a great option if you're inspired by Kate's royal wedding. Decked out in beautiful dainty lace around the neckline and sleeves, this dress perfectly combines a traditional lace dress with a modern and romantic twist.
This showstopping gown is what our dreams are made of. Nothing will make your big day feel complete like the perfect cake... and this gown. Elegantly crafted from white lace, this Christopher Kane dress is detailed with shimmering crystal detailing on the front. You've met your match.
The bridal power suit
2021 saw a large increase in the popularity of bridal jackets and blazers, for 2022 this trend will grow, and we’ll see more matching sets and tailoring. Claire reveals we’ll be seeing more brides “wearing applique and embellished jackets, which brides choose as the statement piece of their outfit rather than having one dress which is a statement within itself.”
The modern bride strives for effortlessly cool and comfortable, something that can take her from ceremony to after-party. Claire spotlights “2022 is the year of the wedding day jumpsuit and this is the way forward for the modern bride.” We’ve seen the bridal jumpsuit done before, but never like this.
Tailored and formal jumpsuits have been spotted on the likes of Solange and these are here to stay, however, there is a new wave of the bridal jumpsuit.
According to Claire, “while some are bold and fitted, others are wide-legged and lightweight with bows and ruffles, and even look like dresses, so brides can pick a style that suits them best.”
Shop our favourite bridal jumpsuits and suits for the ultimate powerful and cool look to take you from ceremony to party.
Bridal pantsuits and jumpsuits for 2022
The Kinsale two-piece pantsuit is perfect for the modern bride. When accessorised with a veil and a gorge bouquet, there's no doubt this bride came to impress.
This stunning all in one is pure perfection, with its statement feather trim, silhouette enhancing tailoring and elongating wide legs with pintucks. Cut from a premium stretch crepe, this jumpsuit will hug your curves while ensuring comfort and freedom of movement... gorgeous.
Tadashi Shoji's signature balance of elegance and ease is showcased in this sleeveless jumpsuit. Featuring a showstopping cape design, it's unlike any jumpsuit we've seen before making it perfect for a bride looking to make a statement.
Talbot Runhof's jumpsuit is an elegant option for brides looking for something a little different. Cut from ivory crepe in a wide-leg silhouette, it's softly gathered through the bodice and turns to reveal a dramatic train that will sweep along the floor as you walk down the aisle.
At an amazingly affordable price point, this jumpsuit offering from Hope & Ivy is figure-flattering and perfect for an elegant bride.
Romance and drama meet with the Bella jumpsuit in white. The nude lining provides coverage, whilst accentuating the intricate sequin embellished lace detailing. This style was crafted for the modern bride or entire bridal party, ready to rip up the rule book and walk down the aisle in style.
All the ruffles and tulle
Go big or go home. While some brides will strip things back, others are choosing to make up for lost time due to the pandemic and want to go all out. For an eye-catching look, “next year, we’re going to see lots of different types of ruffles on wedding dresses,” explains Claire.
Already featured in many 2022 bridal collections, stand out ruffles will make any bride feel like a princess on their big day. There will be options to go theatrical and big with tulle tiered skirts and even shoulder accents, as well as smaller details for a simpler look.
We’ll see brides “wear flamboyant, fun, ruffled dresses that are as eye-catching as ever,” because if there was ever a time to stand out from the crowd, it’s your wedding day.
Shop our pick of the best show-stopping tulle dresses, perfect for your well deserved WOW moment on the big day.
Showstopping tulle bridal dresses for 2022
Go big or go home, right? Featuring exaggerated sleeves and a full tulle skirt, this bridal gown was made to turn heads.
Decoration in abundance, Loulou's expertly crafted bridal gown boasts a semi-sheer construction with floral lace detailing. Textured elements of gathered tulle appear throughout the dress for an eye-catching look.
If it's a princess dress you're after, we'd love to introduce you to this beauty from Chi Chi London. With a full tiered tulle skirt and dramatic plunge neckline, this dress is on-trend and will make any bride feel like royalty.
This gown proves you can never have too many ruffles. Covered head to toe in diamond tulle details and trims, this dress is crafted with multiple layers of ruffled, frothy tulle sculpted for dramatic effect. In a beautiful champagne tone, you'll make the ultimate style statement this wedding season.
This dress was designed for the after-party. Perfect if you're looking for a second dress, this mini will see you through your fun-filled reception and have you ready for any and every picture moment.
Lace & Beads has nailed affordable bridal wear, all super easy to shop on ASOS just like this gorgeous tulle maxi. Featuring a ruffle skirt and gorgeous draping details on the sleeves this bridal gown is a steal priced at just over £100.
The pastel bride
Blush dresses were big for 2021, and following on the lines of this, we’ll be seeing a whole lot more brides experimenting with colour. While most brides aren’t reaching for black or red as of yet, pastels are all the rage.
Through 2022 “brides will be experimenting with other pastel colours, such as blues, lilacs and yellows.” This trend is for the bride that’s not afraid to experiment and have fun because white isn’t for everyone.
Blush, champagne and rose are the easiest colours to start experimenting with, but the new year sees a large increase in lavenders, pistachio and pale yellows.
If you’re deciding to stray from the traditional white gown, remember it can be more than just your favourite colour. Think colours that would work perfectly with your wedding location, a pistachio green for an outdoor forest ceremony, or baby blue to match your beach elopement - the world of bridal wear is no longer just white.
Find some great colourful ideas with our selection of beautiful bridal gowns that are gorgeous and far from traditional white.
Pastel wedding dresses for 2022
Pretty in purple, this evening gown would make for a lovely wedding dress for the far from the ordinary bride.
If you're looking to bring a touch of colour to your wedding dress, this bridal gown from Needle & Thread is quite literally perfect. Featuring subtle pink highlights, it's both romantic and super flattering perfect for making a statement.
Ideal for the low-key bride, this dress would work wonderfully for an outdoor wedding, photographing beautifully with all the greenery.
Every head will turn as you make your grand entrance in this stunning blue gown. This exquisite formal dress features hand-sewn pearl embroidery with excellent attention to every detail. Let this dress transform you from a gorgeous woman to breath-taking ethereal beauty on your special day.
Combining both the ruffle and pastel trend, this ice blue gown has winter wonderland wedding written all over it, and we love it.
This utterly feminine mauve gown speaks for itself. Perfect for all seasons and a multitude of locations, this dress is ideal for the laid-back bride that still wants to feel gorgeous at their wedding.
Are short ceremony dresses here to stay?
“In a nutshell - yes! Gone are the days when many women feel the need to adhere to specific style conventions. As the years go by, we’re seeing more and more brides reinventing what a ‘wedding dress’ really is. Brides want to feel confident and powerful on their wedding day, and those who know a shorter dress suits them and their body shape more than a typical wedding dress would, are opting to go with what they deem as the perfect outfit to wear.
“Brides are wearing more casual but still very glamorous party dresses, too, as more and more high street and fast fashion brands bring out bridal collections that live up to the expectations of the modern-day woman. The bridal collection by NADINE MERABI is a good example of this - think shorter dresses that are stunning, showstopping and embellished with feathers, sequins and more.
“These dresses are typically much cheaper than standard wedding dresses, which suits the more cost-effective bride who would rather spend her pennies elsewhere. The pandemic has made a lot of couples realise that splashing out thousands of pounds on a wedding isn’t a priority to them."