This Month's Issue


Cover Look

Fashion: GOWN Ivory tulle ball gown with a tumbled pickup skirt and jeweled corsage, $1,148, White by Vera Wang. VEIL, $375, Lori London Bridal Millinery. JEWELRY Diamond earrings set in platinum and diamond ring set in platinum, Harry Winston. Diamond bracelets set in 14-karat white gold, $9,900 (top) and $9,020 (bottom), Dana Rebecca Designs. BOUQUET Chrysanthemums, anemones, dahlias, and pink snowberries.

Beauty: All makeup by CoverGirl. Brow & Eyemakers pencil in Midnight Brown, LiquiLineBlast eyeliner in Black Fire, Clump Crusher by LashBlast mascara in Black, CoverGirl + Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting blush in Plush Peach, LipPerfection lip liner in Radiant, and LipPerfection lip color in Heavenly. Hair by Frank Rizzieri for RSession Tools at Ray Brown Productions. Makeup by Rebecca Alexander at Ray Brown Productions. Shot at The Royal Plaza Suite at The Plaza Hotel.

Photograph by Anne Menke

Features

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Belle of the Ball

Celebrate your princess moment with a grand, full-skirted ball gown in organza, lace, or tulle.
432

Postcard from Palm Springs

Two designers said "I do" in a detail-filled celebration—mustache seating cards and silver tassel garlands, anyone?
440

Field of Dreams

College sweethearts returned to the place they first met—Montana—to hold a rustic-chic bash. Think stunning mountain backdrops, barn-wood tables, and huckleberry ice cream.
446

50 Ways to Slash Your Wedding Budget

Real brides share their most amazing moneysaving secrets. (They've been there; they know all the tricks!)
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Under the Sicilian Sun

A D.C. couple chose a castle in southern Italy for their romantic wedding—complete with a four-course feast and a blush Vera Wang dress.

Your Dress

167-174

How To Find The One

Mermaid or ball gown? Strapless or sleeves? We help you find the best dress for your shape.


The Gown for Every Body!

Why this style looks great on everyone.


Shopping 101

A guide to the greatest shop-athon of your life!

Stylist

183-214

Crowning Glory

Go regal with a gold fairy-tale headpiece.


Spotlight

Create a wedding look that's uniquely you with dramatic drop earrings, a sparkly embellished sash, or fab blue heels. Plus, gorgeous, affordable cake details (think hearts and flowers) you can add on yourself.


The Look

All the prettiest pieces inspired by feathers, bows, and pearls.

Beauty

223-233

Show Time

How to rock the new ombré eye-shadow trend.


Steal That Style

Love Blake Lively's sexy half-up do or Kirsten Dunst's halo braid? Here's how to DIY those styles and make movie-star hair your own.


Track Stars

Shed pounds for your big day with one of these high-tech calorie counters!


Details

133-165

Desert Blooms

Sunset colors and succulents warm up a winter soiree.


Spending Well

Who says you have to do dinner? Blogger Kathryn Storke-Grady of Snippet & Ink shows how to throw an awesome, affordable punch-and-dessert party for your reception.


The Expert

Planner extraordinaire Preston Bailey envisions the perfect wedding—with a gospel choir, short-but-sweet toasts, and fireworks for a finale.



Favors

Surprise your guests with a gourmet treat everyone should try—like peanut cocoa butter or mojito-flavored marshmallows!


Across America

Six florists from around the country share their most popular bridal bouquets.


Cakes

TLC reality star and all-around cool guy Buddy "Cake Boss" Valastro answers your confectionery questions and weighs in on the great debate: fondant or buttercream?


Registry

All the kitchen and entertaining essentials to take you from cocktail hour to dessert.

Field Guide

297

Let's Get Started

You've got the ring—now what? These 10 to-dos will get you organized, on track, and well on your way to planning the best day ever.

The Getaway

315

Call of the Wild

For the ultimate "glamping" honeymoon, mingle with leopards and lions at one of these luxe safari lodges in South Africa or Botswana. Plus, where to wine and dine in buzzing Cape Town.

On Location

343

The Most Romantic Wedding Venues–Ever!

From a Wild West ghost town turned hotel in Colorado to Edith Wharton's classic New England estate, we've compiled the USA's most spectacular spots to say "I do."

In Every Issue

66

Editor's Letter

78

Behind the Scenes

Get a peek inside this issue's cover shoot at The Plaza Hotel in NYC.
80

The List

Your wedding to-dos—and when to do them.
98

Trend Report

From silver-screen glamour to victorian elegance, here are the styles that stole the spotlight during New York Bridal Fashion Week.
118

We Hear You

Prodigal plus-ones? Wandering guests? Parental power plays? Lisa Birnbach helps you handle it all with grace.
126

Celebrity Aisle Style

Whether you heart Padma's sexy strapless or Sofia's stunning peplum—we've got a wedding dress for you!
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Newsflash

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Inspiration

Sundance Style: Decorate your day with mountain-chic details.
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Outtake

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