This Month's Issue


Cover Look

Fashion: Crochet lace with full tulle skirt, camellia lace overlay, and grosgrain ribbon, $2,100, Watters. Glass beaded hair flowers with Swarovski crystal centers, $215 (large) and $140 (small) Elizabeth Bower. Clear topaz and gold earrings, Anzie. Rainbow moonstone and white diamond bangles set in gold, Jemma Wynne; Single Stone on Mission Street; 626-799-3109. Diamond ring set in white gold, Tacori. Bouquet of parrot tulips, clematis, calendula, poppies, and garden roses.

Beauty: All makeup by bareMinerals: Ready Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 in Golden Tan, Stroke of Light Eye Brightener in Luminous 3, Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in Midnight, Ready Eye Shadow 4.0 in the Truth, Flawless Definition Mascara, Ready Blush in the Confession, Marvelous Moxie Lip Liner in Thrilled, and Marvelous Moxie Lip Color in Break Away. Hair by Marco Braca at Kramer + Kramer. Makeup by Sam Addington for Chanel at Kramer + Kramer.

Photograph by Bèla Adler & Salvatore Fresneda

Features

354

Best. Day. Ever.

Happy people, Instagramworthy moments, flowing bubbly—what's not to love about a wedding? We've got the best party clothes for you, your groom, and all your BFFs.
364

You're Invited...

Go ahead and geek out on fonts. Twenty-seven stylish invitation ideas—plus all the other stuff (menus, escort cards) fit to print.

Essay

108

The Big Ask

OMG-worthy proposals (in a hot air balloon! at the Eiffel Tower!) seem the norm these days. But what if your guy didn't get that memo?

Style

139

Spring 2014 Runway Report

Our fave, showstopping trends of the season.
148

Dresses We Love For Under $1,000

Presenting six gorgeous gowns that don't cost a fortune.
158

Dress Like a Superstar, Shine Like a Bride!

Celeb red-carpet looks we love. (Paparazzi not included.)

Beauty

171

Showtime!

The most stunning hair and makeup from Bridal Fashion Week.
176

Go Ahead, Rock a Pretty Ponytail

Bey, Blake, and Eva do it! Formal twists on this playful style.
178

Your Perfect Shade

Finding the right lipstick? Up there with finding the right dress. And the right guy.
180

Your Big-Day Go Bag

All the essentials, from bobby pins to blotting paper.
182

Don't Eat Your Broccoli

Just say no to this veg—and other foods that cause bloat.

Details

191

Tablescapes: The Wow Factor

Why a classic, all-white setting is still fab.
192

Luxe for Less: Bouquets You Won't Want to Toss

Florists dish on how to cut your flower budget without sacrificing style.
200

On the Record: What I've Learned from the 41 Weddings I've Been to (This Year)

Photographer Dave Robbins shares what separates the so-so from the spectacular.
206

Pick Your Palette

Three of-the-moment color combos: emerald and gold, berry and blush, and purple and silver.
216

Spending Well: How They Did It

Thanks to DIY magic, this Texas couple hosted a 50-person wedding for less than $8,000—seriously.
236

Registry: Gilt-Y Pleasures

Company's coming, so break out the good stuff, like this beautiful gold-on-white dinnerware.
243

Field Guide: How to Plan Your Reception Like a Pro

No planner, no problem! 10 easy steps for throwing one outrageous party.

In Every Issue

60

Editor's Letter

68

The List

Your wedding to-dos—and when to do them.
78

Ask Us Anything

Go ahead, pick our brains or send us on a wild goose chase! Email your Q's to ASKUS@BRIDES.COM.
80

Brides Poll

What your girls really think. From fashion fibs to boozy nights out, 103 bridesmaids tell all.
88

Want. Need. Love.

What Brides and Brides.com editors are obsessed with right now.
98

Get Inspired

10 ideas for a seaside soirée.
370

Shopping Guide, Etc.

404

Horoscope

Planetary predictions for your engagement and beyond.
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