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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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Courtesy of Bader & Garrin

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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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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