dishing about bridal traditions: with brooklyn bride!

Last week we mentioned that February is National Wedding Month and that we’d be tapping some of our favorite bridal tastemakers to hear their predictions about what’s hot and what’s not for weddings this year.

We’re so excited to launch this new series with one of our absolute favorite bridal experts, Vané Broussard of Brooklyn Bride fame. We love her modern approach to wedding style. Her predictions for the 2013 wedding season are below! You’ll want to take notes!!

What do you think the top wedding style trends for 2013 will be?

I’ve never been one to predict trends because I think weddings are the one place to really buck the trend and do what you want, but if I HAD to think of one, I’m hoping it’s Pantone’s prediction for Emerald being big in 2013.  I’m mildly obsessed with green, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed on this one.

What’s the most refreshing or modern take on a wedding tradition that you’ve seen?

Having some fun with portraits…whether it’s during the engagement shoot, or at the wedding itself.  I love when couples get really goofy and wear animal masks, or start throwing in some crazy props.

What wedding tradition would you rather see go by the way side?

I’ve never really thought the whole bouquet toss was absolutely necessary…personally for me, I liked my bouquet too much to throw it into the crowd (and yes, I know I could have another one made for tossing, but why??)  Ditto for the garter toss…I nixed that one in the bud REAL quick.

What is the one wedding/bridal tradition that should never disappear?

First dances….I don’t even think I need to explain why for this one!  In order of awesomeness, its the first look, first kiss, then first dance.

If you had one piece of advice to give to a couple who are getting married this year what would it be?

My advice is always the same…hire vendors who you can trust to carry out your vision.  That way, you’ll never have to stress about the little details the day of.  Another one is if you’re not going to have a wedding planner throughout the planning process, at the very least hire a day-of coordinator to help make sure things go smoothly…I can’t stress enough how much this helps!

Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom with Mark and Graham Vané!

Be sure to check out Vané’s picks for the Mark and Graham pieces to give or get this wedding season right here.