Brides Product Review Editorial Guidelines & Mission

Our Team

We’re a team of experienced writers and editors who obsessively scour the retail landscape (both online and off) to find the best products and services for your big day. In addition to being experts in our fields, having worked for brands like InStyle, Domino, and Brit + Co, we’re consumers, too, and we have a passion for finding products and services that make your life easier.

It is our mission to help our users make the best purchase decisions—it’s that simple.

What We Do

We exhaustively research a broad range of products and ultimately make a curated list of recommendations from writers with subject-matter expertise in every product category we cover. We do receive an affiliate commission on some, but not all, of the products that we recommend if you decide to click through to the retailer site and make a purchase.

After we publish an article, we don’t just forget about it. Our team is relentless when it comes to updating and keeping our existing recommendations fresh, accurate, and helpful. We have our fingers on the pulse when it comes to the latest wedding dresses, bridesmaid gifts, registry items, jewelry rentals, and more. Our recommended products and services run the gamut from budget to splurge-worthy, and we’re not loyal to any one specific retailer or brand. We make it a point to source recommendations from reliable companies who deliver exemplary customer service, so you can have a seamless shopping experience.

Please note that all products, including those we review and recommend, may from time to time be subject to recalls or revised use recommendations. We, therefore, urge you to monitor any official announcements here that may be related to the products you purchase.

We also know how frustrating it can be to do your research on a product only to add it to your cart and see that it’s out of stock, so we try to mitigate this by having dedicated editors check availability daily to provide you with the best user experience possible.

We want everyone to see themselves represented on Brides. This means showcasing brands and services owned by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and other minority groups whenever possible and hiring more diverse writers and staff members to cover topics important to our audience. Click here to read our full commitment to anti-racism and diversity.

Why You Should Trust Us

The product and service recommendations on Brides are purely editorial. Occasionally, brands and PR agencies will send us products for editorial consideration, but our thoughts and opinions are our own. We do the heavy lifting by either testing the products and services ourselves or tapping into our wide network of experts (think: wedding planners, photographers, and real-life brides and grooms!) to help you make smarter purchases—and to avoid that dreaded buyer’s remorse.

Meet Us

Bronwyn Barnes

Bronwyn is the VP of Commerce at Dotdash Meredith. She joined the team in 2021.

Before joining Dotdash Meredith, Bronwyn was co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of a boutique content agency. She has also worked as an editor and writer, at InStyle, Entertainment Weekly, People, and National Geographic.

She earned a B.A. in Literature and Sociology from Queen’s University at Kingston.

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Bronwyn Barnes

VP of Commerce
Jessica Mahgerefteh Brides

Jessica is the Commerce Beauty & Style Group Director at Dotdash Meredith. She joined the company in May 2019. 

Before joining Dotdash Meredith, she worked at L’Oréal’s where she covered all things beauty. Prior to that, she worked on the digital team at DuJour writing beauty, fashion, culture, and lifestyle content. 

She received her B.A. in Journalism and Sociology from New York University.

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Jessica Mahgerefteh

Director of Commerce
Avery Stone Brides

Avery joined the Brides team in 2019 and has been with Dotdash Meredith since September 2018.

Prior, she worked as a digital editor at DEPARTURES, a staff writer at For the Win, and a trends reporter at HuffPost. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including ELLE, Refinery29, GQ, VICE, and more.

Avery received a B.A. in English Literature from Amherst College.

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Avery Stone

Commerce Editorial Director

Kate is a Senior Commerce Editor at Brides and MyDomaine. She has 15 years of experience in the magazine industry, particularly in home, food, and lifestyle.

Kate has been with Brides since 2015 and with MyDomaine since 2019. Prior to that, she held positions at Martha Stewart Living, Domino, Cookie, and InStyle magazines.

She has a BFA in Printmaking and Art History from Rhode Island School of Design and is a graduate of RISD's European Honors Program.

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Kate Donovan

Senior Commerce Editor
Emily Cieslak Brides contributing writer headshot

Emily has produced content for Dotdash since November 2020. She is currently an assistant commerce editor at Brides, mainly covering beauty and fashion.

Her work has been published in publications such as Byrdie, InStyle, Real Simple, The Knot, Treehugger, and New York Moves Magazine.

Emily has a bachelor degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Emily Cieslak

Assistant Commerce Editor
Chloe Caldwell Headshot

Chloe has been producing content for Dotdash Meredith brands since November 2020, and she joined the Brides team full-time in July 2022.

Her work has been published in print and online for publications such as Thrillist, TripSavvy, Uproxx, Brides, FabFitFun, and more.

Chloe has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon.

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Chloe Caldwell

Commerce Writer

Contact Us

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