Photo: Tom Schirmacher; Styling by Eleanor Strauss; Hair by Eric Gabriel/The Wall Group; Makeup by Valery Gherman/ The Wall Group; Model is wearing a Mikado gown from Ellis Bridals
Uh-oh! We hate to break it ya, but no matter how meticulously you plan all those wedding day details, sometimes something can still manage to go wrong. Whether that one groomsman takes too many pre-ceremony shots or the wedding cake takes a dive, big day disasters can — and do — happen. But as the BRIDES October/November 2016 issue proves, brides-to-be can survive any catastrophe. (Trust us!) In our latest issue, real brides are sharing their wedding nightmares — from a groom landing in jail the night before the "I do's" to a big day E.R. visit. But don't worry, everyone still had their happily ever after. See? Brides can handle anything!
Our advice? Try not to stress about potential big day mishaps. After all, all that stress could seriously impede your gorgeous bridal glow. An easy fix? Heading to the detox havens in our latest issue. These posh wellness retreats are filled with workout classes, healthy meals, and luxe spa treatments that'll get your pre-wedding beauty regimen in check for the big day. Why not bring your bridesmaids along for the healthiest and most relaxing bachelorette party, like, ever?
Sound expensive? Well, you'll definitely have some cash to spare after following our seven tips for getting the wedding you want for less — including how real brides sealed the deal and negotiated for the best price with their wedding vendors.
And that's not all you'll find in our October/November 2016 issue. We're showing you how to freshen up the classics, from gorgeous gowns, beautiful blooms, blinged-out engagement rings, and modern bridal updos that are anything but your grandma's beehive.
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And if that's not enough to get you popping the bubbly, we're serving up a whopping 298 ways to wow your guests and the ultimate guide to planning the biggest dinner party of your life — including personalized menus, expert wine pairings, and dazzling desserts — according to culinary insiders. Something even yummier?
Our covergirl this issue is Victoria's Secret model Bridget Malcolm, who recently tied the knot with her musician sweetheart in a rustic and light alfresco affair. She looked just so darn beautiful in her body-hugging lace wedding dress, we just had to see her in a few more!
So what are you waiting for? It's time to get inspired!
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