Okay, y’all, we LOVE trend forecasting for brides. Being able to keep a pulse on what our brides find unique, interesting, and customizable is important for our business. We want our brides to trust that we have their wedding visions in mind and we are always on the lookout for cool new trends in the wedding industry. Here a few trends we’re seeing for 2022 brides and we are SO STOKED. Fall in love with some of these?! Let your consultant know and we can help style you with these in mind!

Trend #1: Bridal Bows

We are LOVING the bridal bow trend! Whether you’re willing to wear one in your hair, on your shoes, on your dress, or more, bows are a cute and flirty way to add a little drama to your wedding day look. They’re the perfect accent for a bride who wants a traditional, yet modern twist. We’ve seen brides style their looks with tulle hair bows, bow-tie shoes, and even gorgeous bows on the dress themselves!

Trend #2: Bridal Jackets

So bridal jackets aren’t really ~new – we’ve seen a lot of brides create personalized denim/leather jackets for their wedding day. But instead of a coverup for cold weather, we’re seeing brides include bridal jackets as part of their ceremony look! Dainty, feminine jackets out of tulle have been most popular, but we’ve seen some gorgeous lightweight bridal cardigans, fun bell-sleeves, feathers, and more! Don’t be afraid to try something cool and different, especially if your dress is simplistic.

Trend #3: Western-Inspired Accents

Maybe it’s because we’re in Kansas, but our brides are LEANING into the Western-inspired design features and we are HERE FOR IT. Whether you’re wanting leather details, turquoise jewelry, cowboy hats, dried florals, cow hide…..the lists go on and on! Western-inspired weddings mixed with fun, modern pieces are having a MOMENT right now and we love it. This is a great way to personalize your wedding while also showcasing something you love. Plus, we love the option of pairing your bridal look with bold squash blossoms – totally chic yet ultra cool!

(See that gorgeous Western bride? That’s #dgbabe, Kayla, who was featured in Western Weddings Magazine!)

Trend #4: Bridal Headbands

So if Blair Waldorf was getting married in 2022, she would ROCK this look. Preppy yet fashionable, we are loving the idea of pairing such a traditional hair piece for such a formal event. Instead of traditional bridal crystals, brides are opting for pearls, padded, and even attaching the veil to create a totally new look! The hair accessory of your youth is getting a sophisticated makeover for the ultimate bridal statement.

Trend #5: Nontraditional Menswear Ties

Don’t forget about spicing up your groom’s look! Menswear is really taking a front seat in wedding planning these days with many grooms wanting to make as much of a statement as the brides. We love grooms who decide to accent their look with unique details, particularly ties! Bolo ties are definitely having a moment, but we’ve seen grooms choose ascot/cravats, floral/patterned shirts, and even jewelry instead! Don’t sleep on having your man look just as fashionable as you do.

Would you rock some of these 2022 trends?! Tell us your favorites at your appointment or in our Facebook comments!

5 2022 Wedding Trends You MUST Try


Okay, y’all, we LOVE trend forecasting for brides. Being able to keep a pulse on what our brides find unique, interesting, and customizable is important for our business. We want our brides to trust that we have their wedding visions in mind and we are always on the lookout for cool new trends in the wedding industry. Here a few trends we’re seeing for 2022 brides and we are SO STOKED. Fall in love with some of these?! Let your consultant know and we can help style you with these in mind!

Trend #1: Bridal Bows

We are LOVING the bridal bow trend! Whether you’re willing to wear one in your hair, on your shoes, on your dress, or more, bows are a cute and flirty way to add a little drama to your wedding day look. They’re the perfect accent for a bride who wants a traditional, yet modern twist. We’ve seen brides style their looks with tulle hair bows, bow-tie shoes, and even gorgeous bows on the dress themselves!

Trend #2: Bridal Jackets

So bridal jackets aren’t really ~new – we’ve seen a lot of brides create personalized denim/leather jackets for their wedding day. But instead of a coverup for cold weather, we’re seeing brides include bridal jackets as part of their ceremony look! Dainty, feminine jackets out of tulle have been most popular, but we’ve seen some gorgeous lightweight bridal cardigans, fun bell-sleeves, feathers, and more! Don’t be afraid to try something cool and different, especially if your dress is simplistic.

Trend #3: Western-Inspired Accents

Maybe it’s because we’re in Kansas, but our brides are LEANING into the Western-inspired design features and we are HERE FOR IT. Whether you’re wanting leather details, turquoise jewelry, cowboy hats, dried florals, cow hide…..the lists go on and on! Western-inspired weddings mixed with fun, modern pieces are having a MOMENT right now and we love it. This is a great way to personalize your wedding while also showcasing something you love. Plus, we love the option of pairing your bridal look with bold squash blossoms – totally chic yet ultra cool!

(See that gorgeous Western bride? That’s #dgbabe, Kayla, who was featured in Western Weddings Magazine!)

Trend #4: Bridal Headbands

So if Blair Waldorf was getting married in 2022, she would ROCK this look. Preppy yet fashionable, we are loving the idea of pairing such a traditional hair piece for such a formal event. Instead of traditional bridal crystals, brides are opting for pearls, padded, and even attaching the veil to create a totally new look! The hair accessory of your youth is getting a sophisticated makeover for the ultimate bridal statement.

Trend #5: Nontraditional Menswear Ties

Don’t forget about spicing up your groom’s look! Menswear is really taking a front seat in wedding planning these days with many grooms wanting to make as much of a statement as the brides. We love grooms who decide to accent their look with unique details, particularly ties! Bolo ties are definitely having a moment, but we’ve seen grooms choose ascot/cravats, floral/patterned shirts, and even jewelry instead! Don’t sleep on having your man look just as fashionable as you do.

Would you rock some of these 2022 trends?! Tell us your favorites at your appointment or in our Facebook comments!

Okay, y’all, we LOVE trend forecasting for brides. Being able to keep a pulse on what our brides find unique, interesting, and customizable is important for our business. We want our brides to trust that we have their wedding visions in mind and we are always on the lookout for cool new trends in the wedding industry. Here a few trends we’re seeing for 2022 brides and we are SO STOKED. Fall in love with some of these?! Let your consultant know and we can help style you with these in mind!

Trend #1: Bridal Bows

We are LOVING the bridal bow trend! Whether you’re willing to wear one in your hair, on your shoes, on your dress, or more, bows are a cute and flirty way to add a little drama to your wedding day look. They’re the perfect accent for a bride who wants a traditional, yet modern twist. We’ve seen brides style their looks with tulle hair bows, bow-tie shoes, and even gorgeous bows on the dress themselves!

Trend #2: Bridal Jackets

So bridal jackets aren’t really ~new – we’ve seen a lot of brides create personalized denim/leather jackets for their wedding day. But instead of a coverup for cold weather, we’re seeing brides include bridal jackets as part of their ceremony look! Dainty, feminine jackets out of tulle have been most popular, but we’ve seen some gorgeous lightweight bridal cardigans, fun bell-sleeves, feathers, and more! Don’t be afraid to try something cool and different, especially if your dress is simplistic.

Trend #3: Western-Inspired Accents

Maybe it’s because we’re in Kansas, but our brides are LEANING into the Western-inspired design features and we are HERE FOR IT. Whether you’re wanting leather details, turquoise jewelry, cowboy hats, dried florals, cow hide…..the lists go on and on! Western-inspired weddings mixed with fun, modern pieces are having a MOMENT right now and we love it. This is a great way to personalize your wedding while also showcasing something you love. Plus, we love the option of pairing your bridal look with bold squash blossoms – totally chic yet ultra cool!

(See that gorgeous Western bride? That’s #dgbabe, Kayla, who was featured in Western Weddings Magazine!)

Trend #4: Bridal Headbands

So if Blair Waldorf was getting married in 2022, she would ROCK this look. Preppy yet fashionable, we are loving the idea of pairing such a traditional hair piece for such a formal event. Instead of traditional bridal crystals, brides are opting for pearls, padded, and even attaching the veil to create a totally new look! The hair accessory of your youth is getting a sophisticated makeover for the ultimate bridal statement.

Trend #5: Nontraditional Menswear Ties

Don’t forget about spicing up your groom’s look! Menswear is really taking a front seat in wedding planning these days with many grooms wanting to make as much of a statement as the brides. We love grooms who decide to accent their look with unique details, particularly ties! Bolo ties are definitely having a moment, but we’ve seen grooms choose ascot/cravats, floral/patterned shirts, and even jewelry instead! Don’t sleep on having your man look just as fashionable as you do.

Would you rock some of these 2022 trends?! Tell us your favorites at your appointment or in our Facebook comments!

Our 2021 brides are a resilient bunch. We are so thankful for all of our couples who are focused on celebrating their love in a healthy, safe way for everyone involved. Because of COVID-19, weddings have certainly evolved from what we’re used to seeing and in 2021, that evolution is going to be front-and-center. If there’s any one thing that wedding planners for 2021 are seeing, it’s their couples being thorough & intentional with all of their choices. Setting your intentions for your wedding and then hiring venues to follow through is the #1 trend for 2021, according to wedding planners nationwide. Trying to decide what’s important to you & your values for your wedding day? Read on for some suggestions from planners!

#1: Sustainability

Brides are becoming much more conscious of the sustainability of their weddings. Changes from foam-free florals, recycled decorations, biodegradable confetti, and more are all small changes brides are making in order to make minimize their wedding footprint. Rental bridesmaids dresses & suits help minimize production of new items and donating leftover food to homeless shelters or local food banks is a great way to be charitable with their extra resources!

One of the biggest ways our brides are making their weddings sustainable is by choosing pre-made wedding dresses instead of having something made specially for them. Whether that’s buying sample dresses off-the-rack, buying pre-owned online, or simply finding a sustainable manufacturering process, brides are becoming very conscious of where their dresses come from, who is making them, and what consequences those decisions have.

If you’re interested in a great way to get a sustainable gown, check out our Etsy page for great sample gowns at a rocking price!

#2: Weekday Weddings

With big, large parties taking a backseat to elopements and mini-monies, the traditional Saturday night party is also falling to the wayside. When you have minimal guests and smaller limitations, weekday weddings make much more sense for many couples wanting to limit their big day.

Not only are many vendors cheaper for weekday weddings, but there’s often less competition for availability on those dates, as well. Here at Dress Gallery, we’re seeing a rise in Thursday & Monday weddings, preferring instead to have a quick, simple ceremony with a lavish dinner instead of a big reception complete with DJ and catering.

If you’re looking for a way to save a few dollars, while also having the opportunity to book the vendors you really want, consider a weekday wedding!

#3: Buying Local

If there’s any one specific way that your wedding can make a positive impact on the community around you, choosing to spend your money locally is the best way to do so. Your local catering company can source local ingredients; your local photographers know the best places to shoot; and your local independent bridal store (ahem ahem!) truly appreciates your patronage when you purchase your dress with them!

Supporting small business is a way to give back to the community around you, while also guaranteeing you have a great vendor team behind you on your wedding day. If you’re getting married in the Wichita area, we have a huge list of local vendors that can make your dream day come true.

Stopping in and shopping with Dress Gallery for your wedding gown is a great way to support a local, woman-owned business. We’re an independent bridal store featuring seven designers that’s been in business in Delano for over 10 years; there’s some reputation behind us! Even outside of Dress Gallery, there are many independent bridal stores in the area that would appreciate your support!

#4: Humor

Bringing in some good humor into your wedding is a great way to ease into the atmosphere for the guests. With “Unsave the Dates” and “Keep Your Distance” signs making appearances everywhere, humor is a great way to shake off the craziness of 2020/2021.

Those small, subtle ways to include humor are a great way to encourage your guests to have a great time, even if the wedding looks and feels a little different than tradition. Bring in fun guest experiences by booking magicians or stand-up comedians to mingle with your guests. These small groups are a great way to break the ice between guests, while also allowing everyone to interact in a laid-back, super fun way!

#5: Spontaneity

There are a lot of brides & grooms who are throwing planning to the wayside and instead are focusing on the spontaneous whirlwind type of ceremony. Instead of focusing on specific details like colors, place settings, or invitations, the couples are picking out their ready-to-wear outfits and having them ready to go should they decide to hop a plane or take a drive!

Many of our brides are coming to shop for their dresses don’t have specific wedding dates, but instead seasons they intend to get married in. With travel limitations and restrictions abound, they’re having everything they need ready-to-go so they can take off at a moment’s notice. Having a photographer down for this type of impromptu ceremony is key, as you’ll definitely want pictures regardless of your plans.

What are your intentions for your 2021 wedding? Let us know on Facebook and what you think of these trends!

Etsy is one of the leaders in the wedding industry. They might not be the company you think of at the forefront of bridal, but their boutique e-commerce business has its finger on the pulse of all things wedding, home decor, vintage fashion, and more. Their ability to predict color trends and style changes make them experts in designing your big day. Here are some of the predictions the experts at Etsy see for upcoming brides:

70s-inspired / groovy wedding vibes

The 70s are having a major moment right now. Between mustard yellow, burnt orange, and chartreuse green making big comebacks, the textures of the 70s, along with the groovy accents, are huge in weddings right now. The bohemian style essentially was created in the 70s, so we’re loving all the throwback accents brides & grooms are choosing for their wedding day. Whether that’s a dusty color palette, fringe details, or even some serious disco balls, there are tons of ways to incorporate the 70s into your big day!

Wellness party favors

2020 is definitely the year of self-care. With such priorities shifting toward personal care, wedding favors that help your guests are becoming all the rage. Whether you’re giving them charged energy crystals for good vibrations, lavender-scented candles for relaxation, exfoliating scrubs to cleans & refresh, or many more, there are tons of unique, different ways to incorporate encouraging your guests to treat themselves by using your small favors. Think bath bombs, hangover kits, or handmade soaps!

Alternative wedding cakes

Wedding cakes is one of those staple traditions at most weddings – it’s half the reason people come to the wedding, right? But let’s be honest, traditional wedding cake can be, well, underwhelming. New, unique ways to involve the couple’s personality and food tastes has emerged, one of which is swapping out your usual cake for something different and personalized! Some of our favorites we’ve seen have been donut walls, pretzel bars, cookie cakes, and our personal fav – cheese wheels!

Micro weddings or “minimonies”

Thanks to COVID-19, weddings as we know it have totally changed. While some brides are waiting patiently for their to host a big affair, many brides have shifted focus and instead are getting married with only the closest of love ones, creating micro weddings, normally characterized by under 20 people. No bridal party, no extra fuss – just a ceremony full of love & a great dinner reception. This is a great way to have an intimate moment with loved ones while still celebrating you & your spouse!

Over-the-top mood lighting

Extravagance is one wedding theme that will never go out of style; we love seeing the drama of oversized florals, massive tablescapes, and most recently, some seriously fantastic mood lighting. Instead of being confined to whatever your venue has, brides have opted to bring in their own lighting to create the atmosphere they’re wanting. This is particularly true for outdoor ceremonies, where twinkling lights and Edison bulbs illuminate you under the stars. Bringing in your own lighting allows you to totally control the mood of your event and makes for stunning photos!

‘Not-so-white’ weddings aka color galore!

One of the biggest trends in wedding right now, and one we don’t forsee going anywhere, is incorporating color into your big day. The traditional black-and-white affair has primarily seen its’ day as most brides gravitate toward color palettes that accent their interests and personalities. We love seeing the vibrant colors brides choose to showcase on their wedding day – whether that be in their details, their bridal party attire, or even their own dress! We truly love how weddings are becoming fun celebrations of love instead of stuffy, formal affairs. Check out these ultra fun & colorful details!