Are you the Modern Bride of the Year?

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The annual Modern Bride of the Year contest, where the winner appears on the cover of MB, has been underway for almost two weeks. I look forward to this contest all year because I freelance on this project and my job is to read all, yes all, of the applications before they go to the editors.

After three years and many thousands of entries, I can honestly say that a bride today is not just planning her wedding, but also making the world a better place to live. Through our questionnaire, I have "met" some of the most amazing women making monumental contributions to our society. I have laughed out loud at some of their witty answers; been personally inspired by the ways these brides are making a difference in their field, family or community; and have become attached to women I don't know. Plus I have seen some amazing photos of couples so obviously in love. This contest is definitely not a beauty pageant, but more a way for a bride to showcase why she truly is modern.

So if you have not entered the contest yet, I would love to hear from you. I can even give you a few pointers:

1. Do not send three pictures of you and your friends. I have never met you so I can only guess which one you are.

2. Do not send three pictures of you kissing your fiance—it really helps when I can see the front of your face.

3. Try and refrain from sending your favorite Halloween picture. Since I do not know what you normally look like, it his hard for me to tell that what you are wearing is a costume!

We can't wait to hear from you. —Sharon Fredman, freelancer, Modern Bride of the Year

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