February 2012 - Buy This Now!


Cover Look

Fashion: The strapless dress gets a modern rethink from White by Vera Wang. Ivory satin-faced organza-and-horsehair A-line gown with an origami-draped bodice and a pickup skirt with an exposed tulle train, $1,448, and narrow horsehair sash with a knotted bow, $38, davidsbridal.com. Eighteen-karat white-gold three-diamond drop earrings, forevermark.com.
Flowers: Bouquet of garden roses, anemones, ranunculus, geranium leaf, and jasmine, LMD, Lewis Miller Design.
Makeup: All makeup by L'Oréal Paris. Studio Secrets Professional The One Sweep Sculpting eye shadow in Smokey for Green/Hazel Eyes, Extra-Intense eyeliner in Carbon Black, Studio Secrets Professional The One Sweep Sculpting blush duo in Poppy, and Infallible Le Rouge in Beyond Blushing.
Hairstylist: Noah Hatton at Kramer+Kramer for Cutler/Redken
makeup artist Elaine Madelon for Nars Cosmetics
Photographed by Naomi Kaltman

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our ultimate dress guide for every figure, every budget!

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big-day beauty secrets under $25

Try them now!
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10 easy ways to save on invitations

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unique new flower ideas

We're obsessed
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the details you crave

How to create an amazing day that's really you
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tips for a no-drama guest list

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something bold

Add wow to a simple gown with an exotic statement necklace
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how to wear a sheer back

Introducing a chic, subtle way to show some skin on your big day
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color school: rose

Check out elegant bridesmaid looks in the country's favorite wedding hue
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why I love my dress!

We camped out at a salon to ask brides how they knew their gown was "the one"
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find your star style

Which famous fashionista will inspire your wedding ensemble?
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our ultimate guide to shopping for the dress

It's the most thrilling experience you'll ever have with a credit card. We'll tell you everything you need to know to score the gown of your dreams.
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charm on the farm

Embrace country chic in a budget-friendly dress that's at home in a barn or a ballroom
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the height of drama

If you want to dance (after-party!), a short hemline is the way to go

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nail call

Make your nails look as perfect as that ring on your finger
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staff-tested: tooth whiteners

These stand-out pastes and rinses will get you photo-ready
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American beauties

Whether your roots are in Mexico or Mumbai, here's how to honor your sartorial heritage

Entertainment

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celeb wed: Ricki Lake

What should the dancing queen's big day look like? Check out our vision.
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entertainment news

Monte Durham of Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta spills his fashion secrets. Plus, the scoop on The Vow's wedding scene and a new Valentine's Day playlist.
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Simon Doonan's wedding top 10

The Barneys New York style guru shares his favorite memories

Ideas


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real wedding

This bride wore red cowboy boots for her cozy fete in a Colorado barn
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trend: neon

Fluorescent shades have already electrified the runway. Now they're energizing the wedding world.
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editors' picks

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

Amaryllises and ranunculus on a crystal cake stand make a modern Valentine's mix
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the busy girl's guide to DIY

You don't have to be crafty to make the cutest seating cards ever
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the new insiders

We spotlight two of the bridal industry's up-and-coming talents
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10 ways to save on invitations

Keep your stationery costs from running wild with these simple tips
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portrait of a dream wedding 2012

Last year, we asked readers like you to tell us about their fantasy I do's. Nearly a thousand responses later, we've got an eye-opening look at your favorite themes, quirky details, and unique visions.
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flower power

Forget ho-hum floral displays: Here are 12 surprising ways to make your day gorgeous
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real wedding

At San Francisco's spectacular Asian Art Museum, one couple celebrated with chic chinoiserie details and a menu that was out of this world
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idea list

Upgrade your dessert table with a sampling of these 15 sweet ideas

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Europe's greatest hits

France, Italy, and, yes, Greece—they're the stuff of everyone's honeymoon dreams. We've got their must-visit sites and coolest hotels, plus six perfect bags for sightseeing.

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where does the money go?

Two real-life newlyweds track their expenses for a week, then consult an expert to help them reprioritize their pennies
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