This Month's Issue


Cover Look

Fashion: Ivory mermaid gown with beaded lace bodice, tulle skirt, and embroidered sash, $1,825, Jasmine Couture. Horsehair fascinator with a rhinestone center, $145, Love Veils & Accessories. Diamond earrings set in platinum, De Beers. Rock crystal and diamond bracelet set in noble gold, H.Stern. Diamond ring set in platinum, De Beers. Bouquet of lisianthus, scabiosas, sweet peas, peonies, and spray roses.

Beauty: All makeup by L'Oréal Paris: Visible Lift Color Lift blush in Pink Life, Colour Riche eyeshadow quad in Good Luck Charm, Super Slim by Infallible eyeliner in Black, Telescopic Shocking Extensions mascara in Black, and Colour Caresse Shin Stain in Rose On and On. Hair by Kevin Woon at Woon Salon for Jed Root. Makeup by Brian Duprey at Judy Casey for Nars Cosmetics. Set design by Juliette Merck at Utopia NYC.

Photograph by Arthur Belebeau

Features

352

English Rose

Fit for a princess, these super-feminine gowns are oh so romantic.
360

Made in Manhattan

A designer for Oscar de la Renta wed her Texan love twice—once at midnight in New Yorks Central Park, then again the next evening at a private Upper East Side club. Guess who made her wedding dress?
366

Tiers of Joy

Looking for a wedding gown you can twirl in? You'll love these exuberant party dresses, all ruffles, pleats, and frills.
372

A Shore Thing

An event planner pulled out all the stops for her misty California beach wedding. Among the one-of-a-kind touches? A canopy-bed ceremony arch and a whimsical pedicab.
380

Celebrate With Style

Impress your guests by creating unforgettable dinner and dessert tables. Tailored, romantic, playful, glam—which theme is right for you?

Your Dress

133-146

The Search Is Over!

Make a statement in a lacy cathedral veil and embroidered fit-and-flare dress.


One Gown, Three Ways

Get ready for a crash course in accessorizing your wedding dress.


Your Body

No need to hold back at the cake tasting; these slimming styles will hide the evidence.

Stylist

169-198

Spring Awakening

Toss your lip gloss and compact into a white flowered clutch.


Spotlight

Say yes to elegant stud earrings and a sparkly headband.


Palettes

Design your day with these of-the-moment color combinations: lavender and silver, light pink and fuchsia, and mint and gold.

Beauty

219-228

Brides Beauty Awards 2013

To find the best products for your engagement, wedding, and beyond, our staff tested more than 250 defrizzers, blemish zappers, and other get-gorgeous essentials. DIY alert: They're all super easy to use!

Details

251-290

Flower Power

Mix and match floral patterns for a look that's perfect for the season.


Luxe For Less

How can two cakes that look alike have such different price tags? Five bakers spill their secrets for cutting confectionary costs.


The Expert

We asked Chicago-based planner Marina Birch to describe her perfect wedding. Think bacon-wrapped dates, acrobats on the dance floor, and camels instead of limos.


Across America

Punch up your party with colorful cocktails from the USA's hottest mixologists.


Spending Well

See how one Michigan couple threw a chic bash for 115 guests—on a $13,000 budget.


Registry

Classic blue and white china gets modern with patterns that pop.

Field Guide

307

Best Ceremony—Ever!

Why wait until the reception to have all the fun? We've got tips on turning your I dos into a celebration, from jazzing up your program to writing your own vows. (Hint: Mad Libs rule.)

The Getaway

319

20 Romantic Beach Excapes That Won't Break The Bank

Yes, it is possible to honeymoon by the sea and not max out your credit cards. We've found 20 affordable gems—waves included.

In Every Issue

64

Editor's Letter

70

Behind the Scenes

See the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Victorian-era green-house turned into a flower-filled fantasy for "English Rose" (pg. 352)
76

The List

Your wedding to-dos—and when to do them.
90

Trend Report

You spend a lot of your wedding facing away from guests. (Hello, ceremony!) Shouldn't the back of your dress be as gorgeous as the front?
94

Ask Us Anything

Go ahead, pick our brains or send us on a wild goose chase! Email your Q's to ASKUS@BRIDES.COM.
100

Celebrity Aisle Style

Crazy for Jessica Alba's illusion neckline or Emily Blunt's chic halter? We've got the gown for you!
114

Newsflash

122

Inspiration

A toast to the derby! Break out the hats and mint juleps for a Southern-chic affair.
402

Horoscope

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