dishing about weddings traditions: The Stylish Bride

Today we are excited to feature Julie Sabatino of The Stylish Bride. She is the industry leader in Wedding Fashion Styling. She is constantly studying wedding trends to help guide and find the right fashion fit for brides and their bridal party.

Julie knows everything there is to know about picking the perfect dress. She helped pick out the perfect gifts below as well as provided us with this years wedding musts.

What are the top wedding style trends for 2013?

In bridal fashion we are seeing a return to tradition, which I attribute to the Royal wedding. For the first time in a long time my clients interested in dresses with fuller skirts instead of only trumpet styles which have been the most popular for a number of years.

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

I love when brides take a piece of their mothers wedding dress or veil and incorporate it into their own ensemble. I’ve done it where a piece of the gown is sewn into the daughter’s dress, and also when they have taken a piece of the veil and wrapped it around their bouquet. There is just something wonderful about carrying a piece of your mother with you.

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

Throwing of the garter. It’s not as common as it used to be, but to me, it’s just one of those things that should never happen.

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

“Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.” Maybe it’s because I deal with it all the time in my business, but I just love the idea of walking down the aisle with those elements that have been thought about and worked on by those that are closest to you. I love heirloom pieces, and purchase many things with the intention of passing them down to my daughter.  For example, for my own wedding I bought a silk purse that I had monogrammed in blue for with my initials and wedding date, and I plan on having the other side monogrammed for my daughter on her day.

If you had one piece of advice to give to a bride-to-be what would it be?

When making decisions about who to ask to be bridesmaids, consider the repercussions on the future. If you are on the fence, go ahead and ask them. They can always politely decline, but not being asked can damage a relationship for a long time.


Thank you, Julie, for your insight! Check out Julie’s favorite Mark and Graham gifts to give right here.