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5 Royal Honeymoons

One thing's for certain: We know where Prince William and Kate Middleton will be on April 29, 2011. (London's Westminster Abbey, saying "I do," for anyone living under a rug.) But what about their whereabouts on April 30? Ah, honeymoon time: The pair's past vacations have been a mix of glamour and adventure (the Seychelles, Kenya), beach and mountain (Mustique, the French Alps)—so where will they jet for their first married getaway? We've picked five romantic retreats where they're bound to get the royal treatment.


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Laucala Island, Fiji
The newlyweds will have their pick of 25 palatial villas on this uber-exclusive South Pacific isle that was once owned by the Forbes family. Sure, the price tag's hefty at $3,800 per night, but guess what? Everything—and that means spa treatments, unlimited golf if you're feeling game, and a bottle of champagne every hour on the hour by a blue lagoon--is included. And the privacy? Priceless. Doubles from $3,800 (year-round), all-inclusive; laucala.com.


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Necker Island, the British Virgin Islands
Will and Kate heart celeb-studded Mustique, but Necker should be their next choice for a Caribbean getaway. This 74-acre slice of paradise belongs to fellow Brit Sir Richard Branson, who rents it out for exclusive use to the rich and famous at $53,000 a day. So what comes with it? A main house, six Balinese-inspired villas, a spa, a staff at the ready, boats aplenty, and golf carts to get around in. And if that's not enough, you can rent out Necker's submarine; neckerisland.virgin.com.

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&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania
William's proposal spot, Mount Kenya, is pretty tough to top, but we think Kate would also fall for another stunning African setting: Ngorongoro Crater, home to one of the world's highest concentrations of game (think lions, elephants, black rhinos). By day they'd safari; by night they'd retreat to their posh suite at the &Beyond Lodge, with its mix of Victorian and African furnishings (claw-foot tubs, beaded chandeliers). Better yet for the charity-minded couple, proceeds from their stay would help support a local school and wildlife research. Doubles from $1,370 (low season) and $3,000 (high seasons), all-inclusive; andbeyondafrica.com.


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Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, Peru
William and Kate love a good romp in the great outdoors (skiing in France, pheasant hunting in the English countryside), so why not get adventurous by hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? The couple can then bunk up at the luxe Sanctuary Lodge; it's adjacent to the ancient citadel—which means more time in bed before that early-a.m. tour. Doubles from $1,022 (year-round), all-inclusive; sanctuarylodgehotel.com.


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Amanjena, Marrakech, Morocco
Fashion plate Kate would just say yes to Marrakech, a veritable treasure trove of boutiques offering richly colored sandals, scarves, jewelry—you name it. And naturally, the two would stay at Amanjena, where the SATC2 ladies filmed their flick. Top shops could even cart their wares to Kate at the resort--souvenir-shopping by the pool sounds absolutely fabulous to us. Doubles from $1,050 (year-round); amanresorts.com.


—Jacqui Gifford/BRIDES magazine

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How to Make Your Engagement Shoot Fun!

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Courtesy of: WireImage/Copyright 2010 Mario Testino

For decades, a bride's engagement portrait was a demure, solo shot. These days, the groom is in the picture. And couples aren't settling for basic studio snapshots—not in the least, as they head outdoors (beaches, piers, and parks are big) or think high-concept.

Some use a theme, a polished look, or a time period as a starting point, then work in props and clothes that best convey their personalities. Others go for action shots—at the dog run, on roaring rapids, or atop the Ferris wheel at the state fairground. And some nod to their personal history, like the couple who posed with laptops in homage to their e-mail love notes.

While power couple Prince William and fiancee Kate Middleton didn't pose with ice cream cones or pooches—at least not that we know of—they did take a more relaxed photo (by royal standards) that was released to the world in addition to their formal one. Surely if even they can have a bit of (Buckingham Palace-approved) fun, you can, too.

Since you may not have booked a celebrity photographer like Mario Testino to capture your engagement shoot, here are some things to remember:

PICK THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER. Browse a pro's sample books to make sure she's a good match for you. If you're quirky and her style is formal, keep looking.

MAKE THE PHOTOS ABOUT THE TWO OF YOU. Did you go for ice cream on your first date? Then head to the nearest scoop shop. Holding props (cones) will make you look relaxed.

BE FLEXIBLE. Trust your pro to find the best locations for shooting. If she says the lighting is poor at a place you love, go with her judgment and look for an alternative.

FLIRT! Pretend that you're on a date—that flirty energy is camera-friendly. Your photos will benefit greatly from your ability to let loose and have fun.

—Lexi Dwyer, BRIDES magazine

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Battle of the Bling: Jessica vs. Vanessa


Some naysayers think it's too convenient to be simply coincidence: A week after Nick Lachey popped the question to longtime girlfriend Vanessa Minnillo, Jessica Simpson's boyfriend of six months, former NFL player Eric Johnson, proposed to her. Whether it's serendipity or jealousy, both ladies are sporting some seriously stunning bling!

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Courtesty of Neil Lane

Jessica's: A five-carat ruby stone accompanied by two three-carat diamonds, $150,000.

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Vanessa's: A four-carat Asscher-cut diamond surrounded by two diamonds and a diamond-encrusted band on a platinum setting, $100,000.

So whose ring would you rather wear—Jessica's uniquely colored Neil Lane statement piece, or Vanessa's sparkling Bader & Garrin classic?

—Taryn Berkowitz, BRIDES magazine

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Get Kate Middleton's Royal Engagement Look...For Less!


Kate Middleton is another style icon in the making! She has some rather large footprints to follow (specifically, Princess Diana's size 9A's), but thus far Kate seems to be taking being a style icon in stride. As she and Prince William publicly announced their engagement, all eyes were on the future princess of England in a stunning Issa cobalt blue wrap dress...which then quickly sold out. But finding a similar look will not be a royal pain—here's how.



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DRESS

The simplicity of this blue V-neck dress means it can be easily taken from high tea to a night out on the town. (Or, if you're Ms. Middleton, it's absolutely perfect for a press conference.)

BCBGeneration, $88, macys.com




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SHOES

Kate's classic black pumps will be a lifesaver during, say, her various royal events everywhere from Buckingham to Balmoral. While seeking audience with the queen probably isn't on your social calendar, this patent-leather style is nonetheless a staple for any fashion maven.

Nine West, $69, ninewest.com




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JEWELRY

No, it never graced the finger of Princess Diana, but this sapphire ring and matching pendant necklace will add just a touch of sparkle to your look. Be sure not to overdo it with bling. Unless you're an heir to the crown, understatement is best.

Emitations.com ring, $59.99, and necklace, $75, emitations.com

Use discount code BRIDE10 now through November 30 for an exclusive 10% discount on the ring.


—Beth Swanson, BRIDES magazine

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Was Newlywed Russell Brand a Groomzilla?

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We all know that Katy Perry and Russell Brand tied the knot this weekend at Ranthambor National Park in India—check out their "We did!" tweets if you don't believe us. While Katy's outfit changes may have stolen the show, Russell had some showstopping antics as well: riding in on an elephant, buying his bride a Bengal tiger (which will stay at the park), and hiring acrobats and jugglers to entertain guests.

Has there ever been a more wedding-obsessed groom than Russell Brand? We think not. Here, a look back at some of the best bridal quotes from Katy Perry's kookier half. You decide if he fit the mold of a "groomzilla" or if he was just overly enthusiastic.

On his bachelor party: "We're going to go white-water rafting and shoot arrows. We'll be like merry men. Perhaps we'll become outlaws, bandits, for a while."

On his "I do" dreams: "The vicar will start melting, and the people in the front row will turn into people from my school. And then everyone will only say the word potato."

On his fantasy ceremony: "Everyone's going to be topless. The first thing we're going to do is slaughter a swan. That's to the god Zeus."

On destination vows: "Of course it's a destination wedding. You can't do a physical wedding that takes place in your own brain! Actually, I just did one."

Lexi Dwyer, BRIDES magazine

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BRIDES Magazine's Predictions for Katy Perry's Wedding Dress


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    When it comes to red-carpet dressing, pop sensation Katy Perry is no wallflower. (Who could forget the gown with built-in LED lights that she rocked at this year's Met Ball?) Since the word understated is clearly not part of her vocabulary, we are eagerly waiting to see what the soon-to-be Mrs. Russell Brand will wear for her upcoming nuptials in India. Whatever she decides, we're sure it will be a showstopper.—Beth Swanson, BRIDES magazine


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    If she does take the white-wedding-dress route, there's no doubt she'll go all the way—like in this over-the-top tulle-and-beaded confection from Pnina Tornai. If anyone can pull off a gown this frilly, it's girly-girl Katy.


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    We could also see the singer sporting this short-and-sweet Jenny Packham frock. The silver embellishment ups the glam factor, but the black bows at the shoulders keep it playful and chic.


  • Photo by Thomas Iannacone

    The singer, who has an affinity for the cinched bodice and exaggerated skirts of retro 1950s frocks, could totally pull off Ines Di Santo's dramatic high-low ball gown. Classic but quirky—quintessentially Katy.


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    If the rumors are true, Ms. Perry may end up in an original gown she's creating with Lebanese designer Reem Acra. But if she decides to go with one of Reem's own designs, this peach number could be just the ticket, complete with a tucked skirt and a crystal-embellished bodice.


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    It might not be as shocking as the turquoise-and-hot-pink flamingo-printed minidress she wore during a concert last summer, but Katy would definitely make a bold statement if she swapped a solid-colored dress for Carolina Herrera's floral pastel creation. (We wouldn't be surprised if she decided to sport the feather hat, too!)


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    She's not one to pass on sparkle, so Katy may not be able to resist Monique Lhuillier's ornately embellished slim dress. All eyes will be on her—and her va-va-voom curves—in this body-hugging gown.

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Celebs Love These DeLuscious Cookies

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DeLuscious Cookies & Milk

Just being on a pre-wedding diet doesn't mean you should totally deny yourself the occasional sweet treat. (Even celebs like to take a break from their constant calorie-counting and enjoy their favorite desserts.) After all, you're not superhuman—and neither are celebrities.

Can you guess which A-listers' favorite DeLuscious cookie choices are listed below?

1. Chocolate Decadence - Even though she's superfamous, this Sweet Home Alabama star orders these cookies herself!

2. White Chocolate - Although best known for her role on the TV sitcom Friends, this real-life mom is now known as a cougar.

3. Cinnamon Sugar - She may—or may not—be engaged to The Hangover's hunky Bradley Cooper.

—Jackie Lebowitz, BRIDES magazine

Answers:
1. Reese Witherspoon 2. Courtney Cox Arquette 3. Renee Zellweger

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23 Easy Ways to Jump Start Your Diet

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By now you've probably seen pictures of a svelte Hilary Duff in her custom strapless Vera Wang dress as she wed hockey player Mike Comrie. Hilary worked with celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak to eat right (lots of veggies) and get in shape (step up that cardio!) for the big day. The fast-food junkie did include some guilty pleasures at the wedding—like ice cream sandwiches—as a reward for all of her dedication!

For the rest of us who don't have the budget for a personal trainer, getting in shape isn't as hard as it looks. Follow these healthy habits from BRIDES magazine and you have 23 great ways to jump-start any diet.

1. Ask a friend to join a gym with you; it's harder to slack off when a pal is on board.

2. Stuff your sandwiches with extra veggies—fiber equals full.

3. Trade your daily caramel macchiato for a skim-milk latte.

4. Make it a rule to take the stairs instead of the elevator.

5. Limit alcohol to one glass of wine at dinner.

6. Have an apple a day—it's portable, fat-free, and filling.

7. Zap a bag of air-popped popcorn in place of greasy chips.

8. Increase your workouts by five-minute increments.

9. Steer clear of the vending machine by keeping a zipper bag of "safe" snacks (almonds, fruit) on hand.

10. Buy workout clothes you love—even if you don't love your shape—to motivate you to get to the gym.

11. Peruse restaurant menus online so you can plan your meal ahead of time.

12. Park in the far end of the lot or a few blocks from your destination, so you're forced to walk.

13. Include lean protein with every meal—it'll rev up your metabolism and help build muscle mass.

14. Hop on the scale each morning; studies have shown that daily weigh-ins help to keep us in check.

15. Keep a photo of your wedding gown in your wallet for inspiration.

16. Eat low-fat, vegetable-based soups; they'll fill you up with minimal calories.

17. Swap that candy bar for baby carrots and salsa when you need a 3 p.m. energy boost.

18. Start the day with high-fiber, low-sugar cereal with fat-free milk and a banana.

19. Reach for hard candies or gum when you need a sugar fix.

20. Ask for dressing on the side; restaurants tend to saturate salads.

21. Trade white foods (pasta, rice, bread) for their brown, high-fiber counterparts.

22. Bring your lunch to work to avoid fast-food purchases.

23. Switch the TV channel from cooking shows to Access Hollywood.


—Hillary Quinn, BRIDES magazine

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BRIDES Magazine: 7 Things We Love About the Clinton Wedding

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1. Classic Chelsea: Wearing a cloudlike ball gown, her blonde hair pulled into an updo, and a sheer cage veil covering her head to toe, the former first daughter illustrated what a princess bride looks like circa 2010. Chelsea's alabaster skin and wide smile outshone her simple drop earrings and pearl bracelet, as well as her clean, all-white bouquet (looks like there was some ranunculus mixed in with the roses). Nice going, Chels!

2. Friends & Family: With more BFFs than BF names in the crowd, the day really was a family wedding—albeit a biggie. With the exception of Clinton-administration buds like Madeleine Albright and longtime Arkansas pal Mary Steenbergen, the celeb factor was zero. Were we disappointed not to see what Oprah would wear? Maybe. Were we happy to see two world leaders take a backseat to their child's big moment? You betcha!

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3. The Rite Stuff: You only have to glance at the photos to see that the groom's Jewish background played a major role in the ceremony. Wearing a yarmulke and a prayer shawl, Marc stood with Chelsea under a huppah (wedding canopy) made of entwined branches festooned with pale green hydrangeas. Prominently displayed in the background, a framed ketubah—the wedding contract—made it clear that though this was billed as the Clinton wedding, the Mezvinsky family had its game on, too.

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4. Hillary! Allow us to say, Madame Secretary, that you have never looked as gorgeous as you did on Friday evening, when you stepped out of the car wearing that fluttery green dress. And though we've glimpsed your MOB ensemble only from the waist up, we're crazy about the plum, the crystals, and the hair.

5. Bill! The weight loss has been widely commented on, but here's what got to us: The way President Clinton walked his daughter down the aisle, supporting her with his left arm and right hand. Not only was this a sweet way to soothe a daughter's nerves, but it effectively prevented him from waving to the assembly.

6. Nice Day for a...: Recently couples have rethought the classic white wedding, stringing up curtains of Mardi Gras beads or going all Twilight on us, but wedding planner Bryan Rafenelli seems to have taken his cue from a more subdued playbook. A few rows of the white folding chairs were decorated with cream-colored ribbons (probably set aside for close family), the bride walked down a pristine white aisle runner, guests were handed white paper fans to temper the July heat, and the guys wore white freesia boutonnieres with their Burberry tuxedos. And is it just us, or do Astor Court's white columns and balcony seem a little White-House-on-the-Hudson?

7. True Love: Even the biggest cynic can't look at the photo of Marc and Chelsea clasping hands, smiling, and looking into each other's eyes and doubt that for this couple, the wedding wasn't a finish line—it marked the start of a new adventure. Congratulations!

—Sally Kilbridge, BRIDES magazine

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