What are the biggest fall wedding trends 2022 has to offer? What trends should you avoid? We found what’s in and what’s out for autumn wedding season. Read on for more + subscribe for the latest to your inbox.
Fall wedding vibes have arrived and we’re here for it!
But you may be surprised by some of big wedding trends for fall 2022. Some traditions have been replaced with practicality, as couples personalize each aspect of their wedding day from start to finish. We’re also seeing some useful picks for favors, while boring take-home gifts get sent packing. :)
From elements like dessert tables to wedding invitations that make your life easier (amen to that!), we’ll show you exactly what fall 2022 wedding trends are in — and what is out — for the new season. After all, you don’t want to be the last one to know about which wedding trends to avoid. We’ll keep you in the loop!
Let’s get started!
Fall Wedding Trends 2022
Here’s EXACTLY which 2022 weddings trends for fall we promise will delight your guests, your budget, and your perfectly-customized celebration. Enjoy!
1. Destination Weddings vs. Local
Now that weddings are back in full force, couples are taking the opportunity to get married in unique locations. Destination weddings are on the rise, particularly big for fall weddings. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a far-away destination, either. Many couples are finding places only a few hours’ drive from their hometowns and making a nice long vacation weekend out of it.
2. Dessert Tables vs. Wedding Cake
A traditional wedding cake is taking a seat next to niche dessert tables this year. When guests think of the fall, they imagine rich desserts. You can swap a classic wedding cake in lieu of a platter of offerings including pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, cheesecake rolls, apple pie, cider donuts, baklava, and one of my favorites, caramel apples. (Speaking of, many are offering caramel apple wedding favors. Good idea!)
3. Edible Wedding Favors vs. Impractical Ones
Also big this fall is take-home treats as favors. Couples are skipping the impractical take-home gifts in lieu of more practical favor ideas. Since desserts are popular because of the fall, think donuts, cookies, or, as guests are imagining Halloween, candy, in take-home bags like these.
And if you need inspiration, here are tons of useful favors for fall you’ll enjoy, as well.
4. Seating Charts vs. Escort Cards
If there is one customizable element to their wedding, couples are opting for seating charts vs. escort cards, which are big this fall. A seating chart is easier to design and takes up less space, which fits in nicely with the smaller, more intimate wedding guest list sizes. Place on an easel near your entryway and you won’t lose out on valuable table space for other items (like that giant dessert table, ha!)
5. Customized Ceremonies vs. Traditional
With the cooler weather and outdoor ceremonies (although indoor ceremony spaces are also popular this fall), we’re seeing a huge uptick in customized everything when it comes to the ceremony.
Couples are writing their own vows and writing them in these vow books, popular because of the fall palette, skipping the more traditional wording.
6. Custom Playlists vs. Traditional Tracks
Ceremony music isn’t the typical wedding march: couples are opting for acoustic versions of their favorite melodies to walk down the aisle.
In addition, playlists are getting a lot of attention. Couples are customizing every track from start to finish, kicking off the fun with grand entrance songs which are big this fall. Bridesmaids and groomsmen are making dramatic entrances to some throw-back favorites (like these).
7. QR Codes vs. Mail-Back RSVPs
Technology is trending for fall weddings: QR codes saw a huge uptick on wedding invitations, giving guests the ability to submit a digital response of yes or no with QR code wedding rsvps. We’re here for it because sending mail is so 2021. ;)
8. All-in-One Wedding Invitations vs. Standard
Couples are looking to make wedding tasks more efficient. One giant task that is now downsized and one of the most popular fall wedding trends is the all-in-one wedding invitation. Instead of one card — and then many enclosures and other envelopes — couples are sending wedding invitations that open up to reveal everything you need, including a tear-off RSVP postcard that goes right in the mail.
9. Unique Bachelorette Party Themes vs. Clubbing
Ah, the days of bachelorette parties where clubbing, dancing, or heading from bar to bar are not as popular this year as they used to be! Instead, we’re seeing the bride and bridesmaids choose a more intimate setting, as cabin bachelorette parties are big for fall weddings this year. Grab your gals and head to the woods for a long weekend of relaxation! Don’t forget the flannel shirts, woodsy coozies, and plaid-inspired champagne flutes. :)
We’re also seeing many bachelorette parties that tie into the bride’s core hobby or theme: a Taylor Swift bachelorette party is just one fun idea, while Friends themed bachelorettes continue to be a huge trend that continues long after fall wedding season.
With the cooler weather, you can bring the fun indoors and rent an AirbNb, grab a hotel suite for the weekend, or invite everyone to your place for an evening in with board games, fun music, and cool drinks, no cover charge required!
10. Dried Flowers vs. Fresh Blooms
The bride is opting for dried flower bouquets more than ever before! Instead of a fresh bouquet, you’ll see dried floral bouquets trending this fall, especially with pampas grass, sola flowers, dried and preserved flowers, and botanicals. This example is big for fall and is handmade by HBotanicsWeddings.
Here’s another option also by HBotanicsWeddings: this bouquet is brimming with taupe pampas grass and burnt orange straw (lovely!):
In addition to dried, we’re seeing faux flowers are popular for weddings. This style is great for autumn! By RomancePlace.
These are popular for fall, as the bride can keep the bouquet after the wedding is over (instead of throwing it away, what a waste!)
And hey, leftover pampas grass for my living room? I’ll say yes to that any day of the year!
11. Cozy Sweaters vs. Tailored Coats
Get yourself ready to be cozy because boleros and bridal cardigans are big this fall, in lieu of more tailored bridal jackets from years past. One of the most popular sweaters for the bride is this one by MODACrochet.
12. Ring Boxes vs. Ring Pillows
One of the answers to what trends to avoid for fall has to be the ring pillow. Although I think a pillow will always be known as a wedding staple, big for fall is swapping the classic pillow for a more reusable option, like a velvet ring box to hold your rings when you’re cleaning, working out, etc.
In addition, ring dishes, like this one by The Painted Press, is another autumn trend that everyone is going crazy over! Who doesn’t love a cute little ring dish you can use after the wedding?
What Trends to Avoid 2022
What do you think of these fall trends? Which trends will you avoid in 2022? Tell us in the comment box below!