This Month's Issue


Cover Look

Fashion: Dupioni fit-and-flare with ruched bodice and horsehair-ruffle chape train, $1980, Blush. Tiara, $257, Sara Gabriel Veiling & Headpieces. Diamond earrings and pendant, Hearts on Fire. Diamond bracelet set in platinum, Harry Winston. Diamond ring set in platinum, Cartier. Styling by Ann Caruso. Bouquet of garden roses, Lewis Miller Designs.

Beauty: All makeup by Maybelline New York: Fit Me Shine-Free Gel Stik Foundation in Natural Beige, Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Radiant, Dream Bouncy Blush in Fresh Pink, Eye Studio Color Tattoo Pure Pigments in Buff & Tuff, Eye Studio Master Smoky Shadow Pencil in Scorching Brown, and Volum' Express the Falsies Big Eyes Mascara. Hair by Kevin Woon/Jed Root. Makeup by Regina Harris. Manicure by Reiko Okusa/Chanel Beate/Susan Price.

Photograph by Patric Shaw/Ray Brown Pro.

Features

300

Let's Get Cozy

Don't let the plunging temperatures cramp your style. Wrap up in the season's chicest gowns and warmest coats.
310

Find Your Rock Star

Think he's about to pop the question? Give him a little direction with our guide to engagement rings in every cut and shape.
316

It's a Snow Day!

A fur stole, wooden sleds, and a pinecone-adorned cake added extra charm to this wintry Philadelphia wedding.
322

Two If By Sea

An artist turned event planner infused her Florida wedding with preppy personal flair.
326

California Dreaming

Just when this affair among the orange groves couldn't get any sweeter, out walked a dog wearing a tutu.
330

Time To Shine

Nothing says festive like glitter and gold, so dress up your bash with sparkling stationery, sweets, and details.

First Person

122

My Secret Marriage

What happens when you test-drive your marriage before the wedding? One bride explains why she's glad she celebrated with friends and family a whole year after tying the knot.

Style

137

More Is More!

Attention, fashionistas: This glittering diamond-and-pearl necklace is an impossibly cool showstopper.
138

Runway To I Do

We picked the most wedding-ready designs from New York Fashion Week. Which gorgeous gown would you choose?
144

Belt It Out!

These jewel-encrusted, waist-cinching sashes will boost your curves and glam up your wedding gown.
146

White Magic

We love the milky-jewelry trend. Here are six reasons why.
156

Dress Like a Superstar, Shine Like a Bride

It's your red-carpet moment, so here are some celeb looks worth a whirl on your wedding day.
164

Dresses We Love For Under $1,500

Find a jaw-dropping dress that plays up your shape—and won't break your budget.

Beauty

183

The Touch-of-Shimmer Cheek

You're a bride, so you won't need to fake a happy flush—but who could say no to a little extra sparkle?
184

Master the New French Mani

Nail art invades the wedding classic.
186

Half Up, Half Down, All Good

It's sexy and formal. No wonder guys voted this their favorite 'do.
188

Look Way Better in White

Want a golden glow to go with your gown? We spent weeks slathering and spraying to bring you the best streak-free self-tanners around.

Details

203

Cheers!

Toast your day with pink bubbly served up in a fabulous coupe or flute.
204

What Your Cake Says About You

Should you go for sugared roses, a monogram, or modern blocky tiers? Check these out before you choose.
212

Pick Your Palette

That chill in the air is screaming for a rich gem-toned color scheme. Bonus: These vibrant hues look amazing on every bridesmaid!
222

10 Great Ideas That Don't Cost a Thing

Brilliant (and totally free!) brainstorms from creative bridal pros.
226

Splurge Vs. Save: Centerpieces

Top florists spill their secrets on assembling a lush winter centerpiece at any price.
234

What I've Learned from the 275 Wedding Invites I've Designed (This Year)

Celebrity stationer Cheree Berry knows how to get the word out in style.
243

How to Make Him Happy in the Bedroom

Create the nest of your (and his) dreams with luxe bedding and extras.
255

Ultimate Guide to the Bridal Party

From the dress to the toasts, we've got the scoop on making that other party you've been planning even more awesome.

Getaway

275

Fantast Islands

Leave your to-do list behind and strand yourselves on an ocean-bordered outpost. Whether youre dreaming of a honeymoon in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean, the South Pacific or South America, we'll help you find your perfect paradise.

In Every Issue

64

Editor's Letter

72

The List

Your wedding to-dos—and when to do them!
80

Ask Us Anything

Go ahead, pick our brains or send us on a wild goose chase! Email your Q's to askus@brides.com.
94

Brides Poll

We asked 106 new brides to give us a peek into their pre-wedding cash conversations.
104

Want. Need. Love.

What the editors of Brides are obsessed with right now.
112

Get Inspired

The style details you need to throw a wedding fit for a royal.
336

Shopping Guide, Etc.

346

Horoscope

Planetary predictions for your engagement and beyond.
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