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10 Wedding-Day Secrets From Industry Experts

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BRIDES magazine has rounded up some of our favorite wedding pros and asked them to give our readers their best pointers for the party of a lifetime.

1. To diffuse any makeup stains, blot your dress with white talcum.
Francesca Pitera, Jim Hjelm

2. Bring two pairs of shoes: one for the ceremony, the other to put in the reception site's freezer. When your feet start hurting, slip on the second pair to feel instantly refreshed--trust me!
Nancy Williams, Carolina Herrera

3. On the day of the wedding, apply a skin primer to make sure your makeup stays on all day long.
Trish McEvoy

4. To look instantly refreshed, use an eye cream with caffeine to minimize dark circles.
Dr. Fredric Brandt, Dr. Brandt Skincare

5. To make the most of your cake budget, order a small, custom tiered cake and supplement it with decorated sheet cakes that can be plated behind closed doors.
Ellen Baumwoll, Bijoux Doux Specialty Cakes

6. Make a list of guests' names, assign each a number, then write the corresponding number on the back of each reply card. Guests often forget to put their names on their cards.
Melinda Morris, Lion in the Sun

7. Try to have at least a few photographs shot at sunset, when the light is perfect. That is often the time when I take the most beautiful and intimate images of the day.
Lisa Lefkowitz, Lisa Lefkowitz Fine Arts Photography

8. Wear diamond bracelets or statement cuffs to bring attention to your left hand, which is where everyone is looking.
Paul Tacorian, Tacori

9. Ask one of your bridesmaids to carry travel-size hairspray for you. It will come in handy for touch-ups (even for the groom), especially if you're taking outdoor photographs on a windy day.
Frederic Fekkai

10. If things don't go exactly as planned, go with the flow—if you relax, your guests will, too.
Alison Hotchkiss, Alison Events

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Unusual Cake Toppers



  • Cake toppers have gotten a marv makeover, with new custom styles made of everything from Legos to clothespins.

    1. Picture your profile on a silhouette cake topper fabricated from construction paper; $50, simplysilhouettes.com. Buttercream cake, $8 per slice, ninecakes.com.



  • 2. You fit together like pieces of a puzzle—and so do these sweet salt and pepper shakers; from $45 for a pair, perfectfitweddings.com.



  • 3. Here's to building a great marriage—and a couple of cute Lego doppelgangers; $79 for a pair, seankenney.com.



  • 4. These paper sculptures can be personalized to match your dress, hair, skin color, flowers—anything you want; from $150 for a pair, concarta.blogspot.com.



  • 5. Ask and ye shall receive a sartorially splendid clothespin couple with a monogrammed base; $165, thesmallobject.com.



  • 6. Send in a pic of your sweetie and yourself (and any important critter in your life, for that matter) and the folks at Star House will create wooden likenesses; $150 for couple and cat, urastarhouse.etsy.com.

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    All Photos by Diane Fields/BRIDES

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BRIDES Editor's Wedding Pics



  • This past May, Michael and I got hitched. We wanted a small, intimate wedding outdoors. We picked our favorite American city to visit (San Francisco) and our favorite hotel to stay at (Hotel Vitale). My sister, Kristy, was the officiant and my brother, Mike, was the photographer. I planned most of the wedding from our home in Brooklyn, and on the day of, family pitched in to put together paper pom-poms, do hair and makeup, and sweep up rose petals. Like most weddings we see at BRIDES, ours was a combination of DIY, expert help, and family gumption. Hope you enjoy the photos, and maybe even get inspired!—Joyce Bautista, BRIDES

    I chose the color of my silk Jenny Yoo dress (Capri blue) and then came up with a color scheme that would complement and not overwhelm it. Amy Burke Designs in San Francisco put together four arrangements used to decorate the terrace where we held the ceremony and, later, the tables at dinner. The paper pom-poms were from Party Poms.



  • The throwing of rice after a wedding ceremony symbolizes prosperity for the new husband and wife. Taking luck any way we can get it, we followed suit. The calligraphed gauze bags were by Bell'occhio in San Francisco.


  • My friend Ema talked me off many an emotional precipice back in New York during the wedding planning. Even the day of, she was there, if only in spirit. She put together an emergency kit with everything I might need last-minute.



  • That's me peeking out from the bathroom, waiting for Michael to arrive at the ceremony. My sister did my hair and makeup after a free consultation at Sephora the day before.



  • My bouquet (also by Amy Burke Designs) included some of my favorite flowers and foliage, such as lilies of the valley, kangaroo paw, and dusty millers. Those shoes are my first-ever pair of Christian Louboutin heels, and I continue to wear them all the time—I'm getting my money's worth, baby!



  • The tie is Liberty for Target and features what I think are supposed to be London taxis, but we bought it because they look like VW Beetles—Michael owns a convertible cream one that we both love. The bout was by Amy Burke Designs.



  • Michael and I wrote our own vows. I forgot about half of mine—I was definitely more nervous than I thought I would be. My engagement ring is from the 19th century and was picked out by Michael all on his own from our friend's Brooklyn shop, Erie Basin.



  • We went with plain gold wedding bands. Both are engraved on the inside with our wedding date, and mine reads, "Michael <3 Joyce," while his reads, "Joyce <3 Michael." We are total cheeseballs!



  • The terrace at Hotel Vitale provided a dramatic city background to the ceremony. That was one of my non-negotiables: I wanted to get married outdoors. It turned out to be a typical but lovely cool, windy San Francisco day.



  • In a blip, it was over. My sister became an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church so she could officiate the ceremony.


  • I went pretty nontraditional for most of the wedding details, but I really wanted to wear a birdcage veil. It is such a cute look, and I think it can look costumey any other time.



  • That's the Bay Bridge in the background. I love San Francisco almost as much as I love Michael.



  • The vanilla-and-orange chiffon cake with salted-caramel filling and vanilla-buttercream frosting was made by my brother's friend Kathy Chong, a pastry chef at Town Hall and Salt House in San Francisco. I was inspired to make the ribbon flags by the beautiful food blog Forty-sixth at Grace. The paper banner, which reads "Mr & Mrs Ferrari," was by Bell'occhio.



  • We didn't have a traditional reception (just dinner downstairs at the yummy Italian restaurant in the hotel), but we did want a first dance. After dinner, Michael and I went back up to the suite and danced to Yaz's "Only You" — I know, total cheesefest!

    Photos Courtesy of Michael Bautista

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Four Fall Wedding Trends

Autumn is quickly becoming the new spring, as a favored time of year to get married for brides-to-be. Here's our hit list of unexpected wedding trends for this season.

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Bright Bridesmaids' Dress

This fall, short dresses are in, especially in sexy jewel tones. (Think amethyst or teal.) Combine this gorgeous look with a pair of metallic shoes for a stylish statement that can be worn even after the wedding day.

Dress: Lela Rose Bridesmaid


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Courtesy of Rosa Clara


Tiered, Sexy Wedding Dress

A racy yet romantic trend for wedding gowns is the corset-top dress, with its flirty and fun attitude. Also popular is the tiered, ruffled dress that's both fancy and classic. Chilly fall day? Try adding a fur scarf (go faux, if you're on a budget).

Dress: Rosa Clara



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Exotic Tablescape

Autumn is the perfect time to think spicy global. A textured, tribal table runner made of ikat fabric is an exotic touch on dining tables, and jewel tones mixed with rich hues in the centerpieces and flowers tie it all together. For the finishing touch, incorporate regal-looking peacock feathers into the napkin holders.

Table linens: Similar style available at Party Rental Ltd.


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Dainty Dessert

We've seen lots of pie served at weddings as an alternative to the traditional tiered cake, but you'll probably be the first on your block if you serve pie in lollipop form. Pie pops come in favorite seasonal flavors, like apple or pear, and can be given to each guest as the end of the meal or wrapped with a bow as a favor (so you can still have your gorgeous white cake).

Pie pops: Peter Callahan Catering

—Taryn Berkowitz, BRIDES magazine

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10 White Hot Wedding Trends


  • Photo by Adrienne Page

    October is the new "it" month for weddings. The weather is cooler, prices for venues begin to dip, and bright fall foliage provides gorgeous photo ops galore. It's estimated that 31,050 couples were married this Sunday, 10/10/10. That's 10 times more than the typical Sunday! In honor of October's rise to fame, the editors of BRIDES offer up the top 10 trends for weddings that will take you from 10/10/10 and beyond.—Jackie Lebowitz, BRIDES magazine

    Engagement
    Chic, fashion shoots aren't just for the pages of magazines anymore. Stylish couples are having fun propping and dressing up for professional engagement photos that incorporate their fashion style, quirky personalities, hobbies, and favorite activities. It's also a great way to try out a photographer to see if you like his shooting style.


  • Photo by Halley Ganges

    Registry
    Canapé or hors d'oeuvre plates are all the rage. Usually used for small bites, they're a great opportunity to register for tabletop that's bold and maybe a little out there (compared to your formal dinnerware). They are great for casual gatherings and cocktail parties.


  • Photo by Amira Mor

    Fitness
    Is your daily appointment with the treadmill making you feel like a hamster? We hear you. A fun—yes, you heard us—way of keeping that wedding-worthy shape without dreading a trip to the gym is to enroll in a belly-dancing or Zumba class. Not only will the instructor keep you focused and motivated, but once you've mastered the moves, you can even practice at home.


  • Photo by Thomas Iannaconne

    Fashion
    From 3-D glasses to 3-D dresses, the more in your face, the better. This year, it's about big dresses that really pop. Our favorite pattern? Giant floral appliqué skirts.


  • Photo by Matt Lever for Redken

    Hair
    You can thank the TV show Mad Men for an increased interest in the structured dresses and polished tresses of '60s style. The hottest hairstyle trend right now is the updo. From the pony and the knot to the twist and the bun, and whether it's structured and formal or loose and flirty, the updo is back!


  • Photo by Condé Nast Digital Studio

    Makeup
    Any makeup artist will tell you that foundation really is the key to a flawless complexion. After that, keep it simple. Layer on bright red lips or a bit of bronzer on top and that's all you need.


  • Photo Courtesy of Kirk Kara

    Jewelry
    For engagement rings, floral designs with colored gemstones are huge right now, as are black diamonds. On the wedding-band front, rose gold, a warm metal that works on all skin tones, is heating up as an alternative to platinum and gold.


  • Photo Courtesy of A Bryan Photo

    Reception
    More brides and grooms are totally obsessed with props and games at their receptions. Whether it's fake mustaches to wear in the photo booth, a bangle bar where guests can choose their own favors to wear, or croquet and horseshoes, it's all about having fun and not being stuffy. A wedding reception is just one huge party, after all!


  • Photo Courtesy of Rosanna

    Dessert
    Cupcakes continue their dessert dominance. Whether they're quarter-size morsels from Baked by Melissa or giant-cupcake cakes from Crumbs that can feed an entire table, they're a fun way to end any meal.


  • Photo Courtesy of Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

    Travel
    There's one way to make the honeymoon last—take two of them! Short weekend trips close to home to places like Newport, Rhode Island, and Miami (for East Coast dwellers) or Scottsdale, Arizona, and San Francisco (for the West Coasters) is the perfect warm-up or "mini-moon" before the blowout honeymoon.

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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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