When I was looking for my wedding dress way back when, I spent a lot of time playing amateur designer. I would look at gowns and mentally raise the neckline of one, take the sleeves off another, add a bow here, eliminate beading there. By the time I found the dress that was right for me—and believe me, it was one of life's Big, Thrilling Moments—I had dozens of gown "sketches" swimming around in my head. Sound familiar? Then have I got a challenge for you: Designing a dress so beautiful, it would be right at home on the cover of BRIDES magazine.
In Operation Dream Dress, which we're announcing in our March/April issue, we're inviting fashionistas, newbie designers and anyone else who's handy with a needle and thread to design and create the most beautiful wedding dress of 2009. The overall theme is "visionary romance, " which you can interpret as you like: long or short, poufy or sleek, lacy or simple. The payoff? Your dress could appear on the cover of BRIDES and you could win $10,000!
Take a look at the new March/April issue for inspiration and click here to find out how to enter: I can't wait to see what you come up with! —Millie Martini Bratten, Editor-in-Chief, Brides magazine