Cover Look

Fashion: Vanessa Tapia, winner of the BRIDES 2010 Operation Dream Dress Contest, designed this strapless organza gown with a pleated bodice, beaded waist, and draped chiffon skirt; $650, David's Bridal. Veil, Toni Federici. Earrings, Carla Morrison Fine Jewelry. Bangles, Mauboussin.
Makeup: Maybelline New York Dream Smooth Mousse in Nude Beige. Dream Mousse blush in Peach Satin, Eye Studio Color Gleam cream eye shadow in Rose Revolution, and Color Sensational lipstick in Pink Wink.
Flowers: Bouquet of clematises, sweet peas, passion vines, and umbrella ferns, LMD, Lewis Miller Design.
Hairstylist: Noah Hatton at Kramer + Kramer for Cutler/Redken
Makeup Artist: Elaine Madelon for Nars Cosmetics
Photographed by Naomi Kaltman

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exclusive: dresses that work best for your body

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the cake boss takes our outrageous challenge

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should you propose to him? (maybe...)

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your favorite things

How to include what you love in your wedding
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the perfect veil for your look

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41 genius gifts for your girls

From $15!!

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operation dream dress

Meet the winner and finalists of our cover-dress contest
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the look

Be the queen of preen in feather-festooned fashions
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4 shapes, 1 style

You don't have to be a size 6 to wear a slinky gown. Check it out
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veiled remarks

Learn the best way to pair the ultimate bridal accessory with your gown
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real-bride makeover

A photo-studio manager gets a polished but utterly unfussy ensemble
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color school

'Tis the season to dress your party in glam red and gold
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once upon a time...

A princess bride stars in a fashionable fairy tale, dressed in fantasy frocks that will leave you spellbound
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your ultimate guide to the ring

This must-read handbook for anyone delving into diamonds is packed with dazzling ring styles, Hollywood's hottest looks, and wallet-friendly shopping strategies

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lip service

A swipe of gloss or a precisely painted pout? Expert tips and sexy new shades will give you the most kissable mouth ever.

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News, ideas, and fun finds for your wedding and beyond

In December, we're all about favors, invites with a snowy spin, using LPs as your guest book, and cold-weather color palettes. Also, cupcakes for guys, top-secret celeb weddings, and a very Twilight honeymoon.

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he takes the cake!

Buddy "Cake Boss" Valastro accepts our extreme wedding challenge
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5 fresh readings

Personalize the ceremony with passages that are anything but predictable
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glitter-striped vase

This DIY container will make even the humblest flowers look like a million bucks
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9 ways to go green

Hemp dress? Heck no! Here's how your wedding can help save the earth in style.
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wediquette

Down-to-earth solutions to your peskiest problems
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blog star

The Broke-Ass Bride shares her sneakiest budget ideas
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whose proposal is it, anyway?

Do you wait around for him to pop the question or take matters onto your own knee? The pros and cons, in addition to words of wisdom from women who've done the deed.
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gifts for your girls

Finding the perfect present for your bridesmaids doesn't have to cost a fortune. We've got 41 fab finds for every budget.

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a real couple's guide to faraway fantasies

Several time zones away, Tahiti, Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand lure honeymooners with over-water bungalows, awesome resorts, private islands, and (deep breath) shark encounters! Plus, one perfect long-haul carry-on.

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your favorite things

How do you plan a wedding that's totally you? Start by creating an inspiration album, then use our simple tips to bring it to life.
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the best picture show

It's our 2010 photo contest! Check out the winningest wedding shots of the year.
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snow country

We transformed a Vermont inn into a wintry wonderland of cool hues and cozy touches

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Editor's Letter

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Countdown

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Style

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Planning

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