Cover Look

Fashion: Strapless sweetheart tulle ball gown with beaded embroidery and a chapel train, $2,895, Crystal hair comb, Diamond-and-platinum earrings and bracelet,
Flowers: Bouquet of pink "Keira" garden roses, blush "Majolica" spray roses, mini "Cymbidium" orchids, stephanotis blooms, and gilted ivy and rose leaves,
Makeup: All makeup by CoverGirl: NatureLuxe Silk foundation in Sandstone, CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting blush in Lush Berry, LiquilineBlast eyeliner in Brown Blaze, and LipPerfection lip color in Heavenly.
Hairstylist: Anthony Nader at Atelier Management for Redken
makeup artist Elaine Madelon for Nars Cosmetics
Photographed by Naomi Kaltman

the feather report

Spotted floating down the runway: flocks of fantasy frocks

how to wear plumes

They turn even a simple white dress into a showstopper

color school: crimson

'Tis the season to outfit your party with fiery fashion options

why I love my dress!

We hit the salons to learn what you're crazy about

fab looks for less

Seriously pretty styles at seriously friendly prices

power tulle

Visionary designers give this light-as-air fabric a high-fashion makeover. We add divine details: feathers, jewels, fur.

a show of hands

Fingers get fierce this season, sporting stunning rings and graphic manicures


your top beauty questions

From zapping a zit to fighting frizz, we've got answers

staff-tested: waterproof mascara

We jumped into pools and hit the showers to see which work best



celeb wed: Carey Mulligan

If the British actress asked us to plan her day, here's what we'd do (ooh, garden party!)

a $1 million gown for Nikki Reed

The scoop on the Twilight star's diamond-encrusted dress

Carrie Ann Inaba's top 10

The DWTS judge—she's engaged!—shares what she loves about weddings


real wedding

Emerald to lime, kelly to jade, this South Carolina celebration was fresh as spring

trend: gold rush

A dash of this metallic adds a rich, refined look to any wedding

editors' picks

The genius ideas and must-have finds we can't keep to ourselves

modern romance

Pastel pink and a shot of black create instant edginess

10 ways to save on locations

We asked pros to share fab but frugal ideas for booking the reception

the busy girl's guide to DIY

If our resident noncrafter can make these fluffy pomanders, so can you

the new insiders

A spotlight on Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty and the girls of Weddington Way

your ultimate guide to bridesmaids

Is his sis a must-ask? Can you fire a friend? How much is too much to make your girls spend? We tackle your toughest questions and spotlight dresses the gang will look great in.

alfresco altars

Most outdoor locations don't come with ready-made ceremony spots. We've got six spectacular ways to give your space vow appeal.

real wedding

A swanlike dress inspired a creative, organic party in a West Coast national park

15 cozy winter ideas

Proof that a snowy wedding can be the warmest celebration of all


around the world

We've scoped out the scene in nine way-exotic places—Tahiti! India! Vietnam!—to help you plan the vacay you'll be bragging about, well, forever. Plus, beauty essentials for a long-haul flight.


home(s) for the holidays

Your parents' or his? How to navigate your first holidays as newlyweds.

the proposal: it's his day! it's your day!

For a lot of guys, popping the question has become a can-you-top-this rite of manhood. Keeping it real—for both of you.
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