dishing about weddings traditions:

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Kellee Khalil, founder of, has her finger on the pulse of the wedding industry. For our final Bridal Expert’s Top Picks, we are excited she shared her trend forecast for this years weddings and her top Mark and Graham gifts with us!

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

Old Hollywood glam returns! Think Great Gatsby and over the top glamor — this trend isn’t about being subtle. Print invites in Art Deco style and top off your wedding gown with a faux fur wrap. Bold accessories always work with this trend. Our favorites are jeweled hair pieces and unique veils.

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

We love how pearls have become statement pieces rather than single strands of an era past. Bold, updated pearl jewelry is one of our favorite wedding accessories.

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

The father of the bride walking her down the aisle and giving her away to the groom (unless her father was the sole participant in her upbringing, of course!). In celebration of her upbringing, we’d love to see both parents of the bride walking her up the aisle…or to see her flying solo up the aisle, as an independant woman!

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

Champagne toasts. Raising your glass in celebration of love is something that we never want to see go away!

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

Engagements are a whirlwind of wedding planning, wedding planning, and more wedding planning. Take at least one night off a week for yourselves as a couple and deem it the “no wedding zone” – grab a glass of wine, toast to what’s to come, and focus on your relationship, not just “the big day.”


Thank you to the lovely Kellee for letting us in on predictions for weddings in 2013! Check out all of her wedding gift picks here.