In honor of BRIDES 80th birthday, we rounded up the best big-day tips we've ever given.

After 80 years, it's safe to say the editors of BRIDES know a thing or two about weddings. And in honor of our recent milestone birthday, we dug through our archives to compile the best pieces of bridal advice we've given since our very first issue in 1934. From tips on your wedding dress and beauty look to reception décor ideas and even married life, we've created the ultimate guide of seasoned wisdom that will take you through each part of your wedding planning process and beyond.

Whether old or new, these pieces of sage advice are as helpful to brides today as they were decades ago. Case in point: Did we recommend showing your guests a great time at your reception in Spring 1938 or Spring 2012? Was our tip about the fighting words to never use from 1987 or our most recent issue?

Not only are we sharing some of the best advice we have in our arsenal, but we're also giving our readers a serious throwback. Here, you'll see our favorite covers from decades past. From our very first cover to our most recent (and some of the most iconic in-between, like Cindy Crawford and Brooke Shields's famous covers), take a trip down BRIDES memory lane.

Ready to read up on some of the best bridal advice? Then click through the full slideshow to find out 42 things you need to know about planning a wedding.

Plus, don't forget to pick up our 80th anniversary issue, on newsstands now and for digital download here!

Photo: Courtesy of Fairchild Archive

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