Hottest Wedding Trends for 2022 Hottest Wedding Trends for 2022
Whether you want a small or large wedding, these HOT wedding trends of 2022 will guide you to create the day of your dreams!... Hottest Wedding Trends for 2022

Whether you want a small or large wedding, these HOT wedding trends of 2022 will guide you to create the day of your dreams!

Trend: Boho-Style, Barefoot Luxury Weddings

A direct flight from many US cities, Puerto Vallarta draws in couples with its mountains-meets-the-ocean landscapes, colorful culture, culinary delights, and of course, its refreshing beaches and many water activities. Just a five minute drive from Puerto Vallarta’s international airport, The Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta — a former palm tree plantation turned luxury wellness resort — offers a lush setting for a romantic escape. Outdoor, beachfront restaurants serve up fresh, daily-caught seafood and locally inspired cuisine paired with some of the best views of Banderas Bay. Take the romance factor up a notch with a brand new oceanfront picnic catered by Arrecifes restaurant, featuring a gourmet selection of charcuterie, sandwiches and of course, bubbly, to accompany the majestic sunsets Puerto Vallarta’s bay is known for. Of course the view from culturally inspired accommodations isn’t bad either, with a select number of rooms and suites featuring private whirlpools on the terrace from where you can toast to your love and, if you’re really lucky, witness humpback whales breaching around the bay. Get the perfect night’s rest on Westin’s signature Heavenly Beds — and do it all over again the next day. Rates start at $189 per night. Visit www.westinpuertovallarta.com to book.

Trend: Adventure Weddings/Elopements Go Global

Recognized for its colorful colonial architecture, rich history, diverse culture, more than 35 beaches to choose from and some of the Caribbean’s most iconic dive sites, Curaçao is an adventure-lovers paradise. The Dutch Caribbean island makes the perfect backdrop for the adventure-chasing couple looking to make their wedding or elopement a bucket list, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Moving into 2022, the trend of intimate, adventure elopements will continue to grow and merge with the staple destination wedding trend as couples begin to take advantage of open borders and softened restrictions worldwide. From tying the knot in the remote, uninhabited island Klein Curaçao, known as “Little Curaçao,” which is only accessible by boat or helicopter ride, to eloping at the top of Mt. St. Christoffelberg, the highest peak on the island, offering infinite views and a feeling of being alone “on top of the world,” Curaçao is a diverse and versatile destination that offers couples ample adventurous opportunities to choose from for their big day. Newly launched in 2021, the truly thrill-seeking duo can opt to elope while rappelling the historic Queen Julianna Bridge in Willemstad. This iconic landmark is recognized as the tallest bridge in the Caribbean and is not for the faint of heart.

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2022 Trend: Intimate Weddings

Thompson Zihuatanejo | Zihuatanejo, Mexico
Why not take the plunge by buying out a boutique resort on the beach in Mexico complete with post-party pozole, a traditional hangover cure? With private, more intimate and guest-centric weddings continue to trend, the Thompson Zihuatanejo is offering bridal parties the opportunity to go all out in 2022 with a buyout of the off-the-beaten beach boutique hotel hidden along the white sands and surf and swim-friendly waters of Playa La Ropa on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. For those seeking a personal piece of paradise to host their big day, the hotel’s recently renovated villas offer private plunge pools and terraces ideal for a full property party for family and friends (even the furry variety) post pandemic. Couples that book a 2022 buyout of the hotel now through December 31, will receive 25,000 World of Hyatt Bonus Points, up to 5% credit toward your master bill, a complimentary hangover cure amenity for all guests post party which includes a signature bowl of Zihaua’s pozole, and a custom thank you gift for the bride and groom. Minimum of 45 paid room nights per night with a minimum 2 night stay and reception/event must be hosted at the hotel. Room rates start at $209 and blackout dates apply *call hotel for details

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2022 Trend: Non-Traditional Wedding Parties

Hotel Ranga | Iceland
You can now have a different kind of “Bridle” Party in Iceland. Hotel Ranga recently saddled up with Skeiðvellir so now Icelandic Horses can be a part of your ‘Bridle’ Party – perfect for a post-pandemic world, when large gatherings are still discouraged and the social anxiety is even more real. Opt for a “Mane of Honor” and a “Best Mane” to play witness to your exchange of vows with a bridal (or engagement photo shoot) alongside Iceland’s iconic horses. Those looking to do (or re-do) their I Do’s this year, have the unique option to not only get married in the epic land of fire and ice with the help of the secluded boutique and celeb hot spot Hotel Ranga (candlelit cave ceremony or waterfall wedding anyone?) but also make it a local affair with the island’s treasured and most beloved and majestic creatures (with amazing hair). For more information, visit www.hotelranga.is.

2022 Trend: Unusual Entertainment

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino | Aruba
Sound the alarm – weddings in Aruba are going loca – in the best possible way. The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino recently debuted an ‘Hora Loca’ wedding add-on experience that takes the big day to a colorful and energetic new level. Typically booked for the last hour of the reception or as an out-of-the-box transition from ceremony to reception, as soon as those lights go down and the beat switches, wedding guests can go all out by selecting colorful beads, glowsticks, masks, hats and noise makers to form a conga line and ‘go crazy’ for the special hour. The experience also includes Carnaval dancers in traditional colorful and over-the-top costumes traditionally worn during the annual, island-wide Carnaval festival, for wedding guests to dance and dance photos with. The one-of-a-kind add-on will leave guests (and the bride and groom of course) with an unforgettable night. The Hora Loca add-on is offered as three separate packages for couples to choose from, ranging from $450 to $950 depending on the type of props and performances that are presented.

2022 Trend: Vegan Weddings

Jade Mountain | St. Lucia
Arguably one of the most mesmerizing resorts for couples to tie the knot, Jade Mountain is known for its spectacular guest ’sanctuaries’ that are missing a fourth wall so guests are entirely open to the elements, with features that include en-suite infinity pools, butler service and sweeping views of St. Lucia’s majestic twin Pitons and Caribbean Sea. An innovator when it comes to vegan cooking in the Caribbean, the resort is home to the Emerald Estates Regenerative Farm, which produces a wide array of vegetables, fruit, herbs and spices less commonly found on the island (so as not to compete with local farmers) and offers cooking lessons led by the property’s Vegan Chef de Cuisine. In addition to offering a 100% vegan restaurant on property, Jade Mountain’s culinary team will whip up just about anything a vegan couple desires for their big day, from crispy cauliflower accras with lime and scallion to Saint Lucian mango chutney and breadfruit gnocchi for an affair that’s just as healthy as it is jaw-droppingly beautiful. Yoga workshops, sunset sails, (vegan) chocolate making and touring the resort’s new indigneous-inspired medicine garden are the perfect way to unwind in the days following the celebrations. www.jademountain.com

Photo by Anna Shvets

2022 Trend: Nature Filled-Elopements

Caerula Mar Club | South Andros, The Bahamas
After a year of lockdowns and cancelled weddings, couples are leveraging the growing trend of outdoor elopements as a pandemic-friendly way to keep things intimate without sacrificing the gorgeous wedding pics. Located on South Andros — one of The Bahamas’ largest, but least inhabited islands — Caerula Mar Club is a stunning, yet laidback retreat where nature is the star of the show. Designed by a famous couple from HGTV, the boutique hotel features private villas and suites steps from the turquoise shoreline on a beach dotted with palm trees where guests are likely not to spot a single footprint in the sand. From boating across the ocean to hiking to caves and mystical blue holes, there’s endless adventure for the couple that loves to explore outdoors. Book the resort’s ‘Secret Service’ elopement package and receive 7 nights in stunning oceanfront accommodations, a wedding license application, officiant, witnesses, and marriage certificate. Plus a private dinner, Champagne breakfast and an idyllic backdrop of one the Caribbean’s most untouched beaches for postcard-perfect wedding photos. www.caerulamar.com

Photo by Polina Tankilevitch

2022 Trend: Sustainability / Conscious Travel

Casa Palopó | Guatemala
Virtuoso predicts 2022 will be the year of travel’s conscious comeback with consumers choosing to be more international about their travel decisions — including destination wedding bound brides and grooms. Casa Palopó is perched on the hills that surround Guatemala’s spectacular Lake Atitlán — famous for its natural beauty, three majestic volcanoes and 12 colorful Mayan villages that dot its shores. The private home turned boutique hotel offers just 15 uniquely decorated guest rooms and suites, adorned with colorful walls, Latin American artwork and locally handwoven textiles — all perfectly complemented by its invigorating views. Cultural experiences include Mayan shaman blessings on property, tours through Lake Atitlan’s villages, and visits to local artisans – as well as voluntourism opportunities via Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo. Through its “Palopo Activo” program, the hotel gives guests 10% of their nightly rate back in vouchers so they can shop from local weavers, artisans and shop owners — ensuring the return of tourism directly benefits the town’s indigenous residents by aiding in their recovery. This includes wedding guests, meaning 10% of revenue from buyout requirements will benefit the local community.