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Brides magazine February/March 2014 Cover

This Month's Issue


Cover Look

Fashion: Taffeta fit-and-flare with crystal embellishments and tulle skirt, $1,250, Truly Zac Posen. Silk-petal-and-rhinestone bobby-pin pair, $80, Twigs & Honey. White-topaz earrings and necklace, Liv Haley Jewelry. Diamond ring, Tiffany & Co. Styling by Soraya Dayani/Jed Root.

Beauty: All makeup by Chanel: Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Rèvèlation, Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Complice, Ècriture de Chanel Automatic Liquid Eyeliner in Noir, Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Noir, and Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Audacieuse. Hair by Dennis Devoy/Art Department. Makeup by Ayami Nishimura/Nars. Manicure by Maki Sakamoto/Chanel/Kate Ryan Inc. Set design by Nick des Jardins/Mary Howard Studio.

Photograph by David Slijper/CLM.

Features

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The New Classics

It's all about elegance with these timeless, fuss-free gowns. You can thank us from the dance floor!
430

The Bride Wore Zac

Zac Posen's new bridal line is chic, affordable, and only in Brides! The super-hot designer and his model muse, Coco Rocha, dish on the details and give us a first look.
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Living Color

Not into white? Not a problem. We've got the season's most beautiful gowns in pink, peach, and buttercream.
440

The Enchanted Garden

It took a week for this Pittsburgh couple's team to turn their tent into a fantasy of peonies and orchids—time well spent.
446

Golden State Romance

One California wedding pro combined Indian accents and sequined flourishes for a beach bash that was fresh, fun, and totally unexpected.
450

The Engaged Girl's Etiquette Playbook

When is it okay to change your relationship status on Facebook? And who should (and shouldn't) be at your shower? Introducing the new rules of engagement.
454

Have a Ball in Black and White

Get graphic and dramatic with this iconic color scheme.

First Person

140

How to Be a Wife

A bride—and former Sex and the City scribe—shares her six rules for acing "the longest date of your life." By Cindy Chupack

Style

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2014 Trend Report

Say hello to the coolest, most elegant looks on the spring bridal runways, coming soon to a salon near you.
164

Your Crown Jewels

Upgrade your big-day 'do with a sparkling headpiece. Stunning!
172

Rosy Outlook

Two reasons to get on board with the rose-gold trend: It's totally romantic, and it looks good on everyone.
182

Dresses We Love for Under $1,500

Commit to an amazing gown that's just as easy on your bank account as it is on the eyes.
196

Dress Like a Superstar, Shine Like a Bride

And the awards for the most glamorous red-carpet-inspired wedding gowns go to...
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Ready, Set, Shop!

Where to start, what to look for, and how to get the perfect fit.

Beauty

223

Eye Catching

Go for subtle drama with a sexy-sweet smoky eye.
224

Lay the Foundation

Tinted moisturizer, mineral powder, sticks, and more: Set the stage for flawless photos with these featherweight champs.
228

Nail Your Next Look

You've got the ring. Now you need the knockout mani to match. Switch out your usual shade for one of these mod updates.
236

Grow Your Hair Out-Fast!

It will happen so quickly, your 'maids will wonder when you got the extensions.
242

NEW! Ask Drew

Your boldfaced BFF—our newest columnist, Drew Barrymore—answers all your makeup questions.

Details

269

Tie It Up

Turn a simple bouquet into a ceremony showstopper with just a handful of ribbons.
270

Pick Your Palette

Mix tone-on-tone details for a look that's 50 shades of fabulous.
288

What I've Learned from the 47 Weddings I've Designed (This Year)

Event designer Mindy Weiss is the master of dream weddings, and she's coming for yours.
296

Splurge VS. Save: Cakes

Get your sugar on in style for less dough.
314

How They Did It

See what it cost to throw a lavish tented bash in an open field in Wisconsin.
318

What Your Signature Cocktail Says About You

Whether your palate prefers fruity, bubbly, or barrel aged, weve got a concoction for you.
328

Monograms

Asking for goodies with your married initials is the hottest trend in Registry Land.
340

The Best Venues in America

We asked top planners for locations to throw an unforgettable event. The result? Gorgeousness from sea to shining sea.
365

Ultimate Guide to Your Wedding Budget

Making a money plan doesn't have to be a chore, with our step-by-step cheat sheet.

Getaway

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The Bucket-List Honeymoon

Can you say "trip of a lifetime"? Dream big and check out these fantasy destinations. (Safaris, overwater bungalows, and cave hotels? Check, check, and check!)

In Every Issue

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Editor's Letter

86

Behind the Scenes

Our cover model Coco Rocha talks about her wedding—including her stunning custom Zac Posen gown.
94

The List

Your wedding to-dos—and when to do them!
104

Ask Us Anything

Go ahead, pick our brains or send us on a wild goose chase! Email your Q's to askus@brides.com.
110

Brides Poll

What your guests won't tell you: From wedding gifts to reception hookups, 110 party people tell all.
120

Want. Need. Love.

What the editors of Brides are obsessed with right now.
130

Get Inspired

The style details you need to throw a chic French Quarter fête.
460

Shopping Guide, Etc.

470

Horoscope

Planetary predictions for your engagement and beyond.
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