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the best new dresses!

Flattering shapes, fantasy gowns, sexy party looks
172

don't hate your photos

How to love every shot
346

wedding-music remix!

Fun first dances, awesome playlists, how to save big
174

yes, you can serve burgers

(And even Mom will approve)

112

runaway

Like sculptors working with clay, designers manipulate fabric into bold folds
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4 shapes, 1 style

Calling all princesses: We've got four ball gowns that flatter four different figures
116

vera wang turns 20

The dress diva dishes on two decades of her groundbreaking gowns
118

real-bride makeover

A consummate New Yorker embraces her girlish side
120

color school

Green and gold make a mellow-yet-elegant combo for your bridal party
310

wild flowers

This season's freshest wedding gowns explode with big blooms—3-D appliqués, giant roses—that create tons of volume
320

a year of parties

From the engagement party to your rehearsal dinner, these glam getups let you dress the part
372

shopping guide

Where to find it all

141

scent of a man

If your hunk's not as fragrant as you'd hope, here's how to get him to aromatize
330

it all adds up to...great hair

Let the elements that influence your everyday style lead you to the best look for your wedding tresses
372

shopping guide

Where to find it all

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

September is all about novel centerpieces, the latest in cakes, schoolhouse charm, and luxe little extras. We've also got celebs' favorite weddings and delightful ways to add retro flair to your day.

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kids in the wedding

The who, what, and wear of child attendants, plus flower girl-basket alternatives
172

say no to photo mistakes

Real brides tell us how their photographers messed up. We tell you how to make sure yours doesn't.
174

cocktail-menu makeover

See how to give fave foods like pigs-in-a-blanket a wedding-worthy redo
178

civil ceremonies 101

If you're not going to the chapel, here's a blueprint for nonreligious vows
180

money matters: sweeten the deal

Don't let financial issues sour your new marriage
182

etiquette police

Down-to-earth solutions to your peskiest problems
186

10 ways a wedding consultant can help

From manager to mediator, this is your go-to gal
346

the brides guide to music

It can be the most memorable part of your day. We've got cool ideas for traditional dances, the cases for band vs. DJ vs. iPod, A-listers' favorite first dances, and a whole lot more.

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dream boats

There's something seductive and totally cool about cruising. We help you choose what sea to see, tour the new ships on the block, explain shore excursions, and take you into the wild. Also, go beyond the beach in the Caribbean and test some wacky onboard action.

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fall classic

Inject seasonal splendor into your autumn celebration with a cozy color scheme, a hearty menu (s'mores!), and chic touches straight from the forest
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between the vines

A culinary-minded couple treated guests to top-notch food and wine at a sunny Sonoma Valley vineyard

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Editor's Letter

36

Countdown

111

Style

169

Planning

372

Shopping guide

374

Idea List

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