This Month's Issue


Cover Look

Fashion: GOWN Ivory textured-organza corset, $2,760, tufted ballgown skirt, $5,405, and textured silk-organza and horse-hair bow belt, $805, Monique Lhuillier. EARRINGS Rock crystal-quartz with 18-karat gold and diamonds, price upon request, Kara Ross; 212-223-7272. BRACELET Eighteen-karat noble gold with rock cystals and diamonds, $12,000, H. Stern. BOUQUET Tree peonies, poppies, garden roses, poppy pods, claire de lune peonies, and geranium leaf, $300, Amy Merrick.

Beauty: All makeup by Chanel. Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting makeup SPF 15 in Beige 20, Joues Contraste powder blush in Rose Initiale, Rouge Coco Shine in Bonheur, Inimitable Intense mascara in Noir and Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer in Brun Intense. Hair by Yoichi Tomizawa for Art Department. Makeup by Sam Addington.

Photograph by Billy Kidd

Find out more about our August 2012 cover look!

Features

178

A Flair for the Dramatic

These epic, showstopping gowns will have you dreaming about them everywhere you go. Click here to see the high-drama wedding dresses.
188

Two for the Road

A couple of car buffs threw an elegant outdoor wedding at the bride's parents' sprawling Virginia farm.


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Surviving the Guest List

It's a guest list, not a guilt trip. Here's how to manage your head count—without the headache.
200

On the Wild Side

Bold, bright floral centerpieces to take your wedding table to a whole new level. Click here to see the colorful wedding centerpieces.
208

The Maine Stage

Eight years after playing footsie at a dinner party, a Washington, D.C., couple said "I do" in Bar Harbor, Maine. Click here to see this couple's real wedding photos.

Stylist

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Fine Feathers

A glam rocker clutch by Alexander McQueen. See the pink wedding clutch.


Spotlight

Colorful, one-of-a-kind engagement rings; dazzling Waterford champagne coupes for your first toast.


Fashion Forecast

The latest trends from Bridal Fashion Week.


The Look

Bridal ensembles inspired by Palm Beach, Marrakech, and Shanghai.


The One

A Dutch artist's international search for a dress that mixes edge with tradition. See the simple, elegant wedding dress she chose.

Beauty

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Secrets from the Runway

A behind-the-scenes recap of the fashion world's latest wedding-worthy looks.


Hair

Styles that dazzled on the runway—from coronet braids at Pucci to a slick high pony at Jason Wu. Click here to see the wedding hairstyle ideas.


Makeup

Crimson cheeks and lips; sculpted brows; smoky azure eyes. Click here to see the wedding makeup ideas.


Wellness

Celebrity body sculptor Justin Gelband shares his coveted secrets.

Details

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Stunt Doubles

Who knew that bridesmaids had to ward off danger and plan the bachelorette party?


Wedding Style

Blogger Cyd Converse on the natural bouquets, lawn games, and textured cakes she loves for a whimsical garden wedding. Click here to see the garden wedding ideas.


Spending Well

Fabulous favors for under $5. Click here to see the affordable wedding favors.


The Expert

Star wedding planner Marcy Blum describes her vision for her dream celebration.

On Location

131

Seattle

Stationers, florists, photographers, and more: planning a Seattle wedding from start to finish.

The Getaway

149

Island Surprises

Be the first of your friends to check out these under-the-radar honeymoon hot spots with three things in common: beautiful beaches, romantic resorts, and, yes, affordable price tags. Click here to see the beach honeymoon destinations.

Just Married

170

Table for Two

You're home from the honeymoon; you've unpacked; you've written your thank-you notes. Now what's for dinner? Jenny Rosenstrach found the answer to this perennial newlywed question with a little gift from her mother-in-law, and lots of help—and laughs—from her husband.

In Every Issue

36

Editor's Letter

42

The List

Your wedding to-dos—and when to do them.
52

Snapshot

Cindy Crawford, the supermodel-turned-domestic-goddess, on the joys of a short dress, a barefoot beach wedding, and a late night swim!
56

Q&A

Stressed out about coworkers, future in-laws, or a wicked sister? Lisa Birnbach offers solutions—and not one of them involves Xanax or eloping.
60

Newsflash

62

Inspiration

Celebrate the spirit of summer with an all-American wedding. See the state fair-inspired wedding ideas.
224

Outtake

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