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5 fab wedding trends for 2022 (and beyond)

What are the hottest wedding trends in the post-pandemic world? We asked the team behind the Muddy-approved Worstead Estate for the inside line.

1/”Off-season” weddings will boom

Gone are the days when most brides planned their big day around bright sunshine. Thanks to Covid, more of us than ever before are choosing to get married all year round – including in traditionally “off season” months, such as January and February. (A great choice, too – we love a winter wedding!)


“There are now a lot of people who ultimately just want to get married,” says Emily Hardesty, Venue Manager at The Woodyard on the gorgeous Worstead Estate. “Couples are choosing to get married at the tail end of this year and next year, as opposed to waiting until 2024 and beyond. It’s going to be a bumper year next year.”


Another bonus of getting married in off-season is that you’ll have more options for accommodation, as it’s not prime time for staycationers. Worstead Estate have three gorgeous luxury cottages on the estate for your wedding guests, and a fourth will be ready next month.

2/Outdoor weddings will be even more popular


Lockdown may be over but The Rona keeps rearing her ugly head – so it’s zero surprise that couples are more keen than ever to get married outside (whatever the weather).

Outdoor weddings at licensed venues have also just been legalised on a permanent basis, meaning the trend looks set to run and run. Worstead Estate have noticed a real surge in couples who want to get hitched outside.


“We have 300 acres of private parkland which couples can hire for an exclusive three day hire period,” says Gavin Paterson, The Woodyard’s owner. “Plus, you can even get married outdoors on our Lake Island. The outside space factor will definitely be a top priority for couples this year and beyond.”


3/Eco-friendly weddings are set to become huge

Weddings may be fun, but they’re not always great for the environment. Think of all those glitter balloons, confetti cannons and discarded party favours across the country. However, the burgeoning eco wedding trend is set to go properly mainstream. Green is the new white!


“Sustainability is a big trend,” agrees Hardesty. “Couples have become way more intuitive about this, and some are choosing more wisely. We like to do our bit by harvesting rainwater at the venue. We’ve found that a tank can run the entire wedding. The building and landscape around the venue has also been designed to minimise light and noise pollution for the surrounding wildlife.”

4/ Suppliers will go hyper-local

Going hand in hand with the eco trend, post-pandemic brides are thinking hyper local when it comes to their suppliers. (And it’s a no-brainer, when East Anglia has so many fab independent businesses.)

“Couples really care about supporting amazing local suppliers now,” says Paterson. Worstead Estate couples can choose amazing products from the estate for their big day, including Wagyu beef reared on the grounds and local beer.


“We are all much more conscious of supply chain carbon, but disruptions in global supply chains and hikes in fuel prices have also made local produce more appealing,” he says.

5/ “Sweetheart” top tables are on the rise

Unsure who to seat at your top table? The answer could like in one of 2022’s biggest wedding trends, the “sweetheart table,” where couples sit together on their own.

“With more couples than ever now navigating the family politics of extended families, the sweetheart table is definitely becoming more attractive,” says Hardesty. “Plus, they offer some truly amazing styling options.”


Wedding bells ringing in your future? Visit The Woodyard at Worstead Estate’s website take a peek around this gorgeous North Norfolk venue.

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