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 for your big day. Besides being experts in our fields, having worked for brands like InStyle, Domino, and Brit + Co—we’re consumers too—and we personally have a passion for 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 and recommend 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, and more. Our recommended products 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 https://www.cpsc.gov/Newsroom/ 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 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 ourselves or tapping into our wide network of experts (think: wedding planners, photographers, real-life brides!) to help you make smarter purchases—and to avoid that dreaded buyer’s remorse.

Meet Us

Tory Brangham Brides

Tory Brangham is Chief Commerce Officer at Dotdash and has led the team since May 2017.

Tory initially joined Dotdash as General Manager of The Spruce, overseeing the development and launch of the site, now one of the largest home and food sites on the Internet.

She received her B.A. from Colgate University with a degree in International Relations.

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Tory Brangham
Chief Commerce Officer
Dwyer Frame Brides

Dwyer is the VP of Commerce at Dotdash. She joined Dotdash in September 2017.

Before joining Dotdash, Dwyer worked as the senior editor at Health, where she covered the latest fitness and wellness trends and products.

Dwyer started her career at Instyle magazine, where she covered celebrity homes and later worked at All You magazine, where she edited cleaning and home decor content and gift guides. Her work has also been featured on Real Simple, People, Woman's Day, Brit + Co., and more. 

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Dwyer Frame
VP, Commerce
Jessica Mahgerefteh Brides

Jessica is a Commerce Editorial Director at Dotdash. She joined the company in May 2019. 

Before joining Dotdash, she worked at L’Oréal’s Skincare.com 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
Editorial Director, Commerce
kate-donovan

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
Alyssa Kingham Brides

Alyssa joined the Byrdie and Brides teams in 2020.

She received a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism from Central Connecticut State University.

Alyssa has previously written for local radio stations in the Greater Danbury Area.

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Alyssa Kingham
Editorial Commerce Producer
Sara Hines

Sara joined Dotdash in 2020. Before joining Dotdash, she was Director of Product for New York Times Parenting.

She holds an M.B.A., M.S., and a B.F.A.

She currently works as the Director of Product for the Commerce team at Dotdash and holds over a decade of experience in digital product development and marketing, with a focus on user-growth and engagement.

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Sara Hines
Director of Product
Brides

Carrie is an editorial project manager at Dotdash. She joined the team in December 2020. Prior to joining Dotdash, she was a digital editor at Haymarket Media. In previous positions, she covered topics ranging from healthcare to home decor.

Carrie received her B.A. in English from Hanover College and her M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Carrie Gavit
Editorial Project Manager
David Kukin MyDomaine

David started at Dotdash in 2019. Prior to working at Dotdash, David was a digital photo editor at Departures (American Express) and Travel + Leisure. He also held positions at Architectural Digest, Niche Media, and Thrillist.

He attended New York University.

David has more than a decade of experience working in the photo, design, and digital media industries.

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David Kukin
Photo Editor
Meg Lappe MyDomaine

Meg joined Dotdash’s commerce team in November 2020 and is the Senior Commerce Editor for news and deals.

Meg received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Villanova University and began her career working with products at SELF Magazine. Testing products has always been a passion of hers whether identifying the best paleo snacks to keep at your desk, or giving every meal kit a chance in the kitchen.

Her work has appeared in Gear Patrol, SELF, Glamour, Women’s Running, and The Field Mag.

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Meg Lappe
Senior Commerce Editor, News and Deals
Perri Kressel Brides

Perri has written for Brides since March 2021. 

Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including Refinery29, Swirled, Buzzfeed, Guest of a Guest, The Tab, and The Westside Rag.

Perri received a B.A. in Journalism and Social and Cultural Analysis from New York University.

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Perri Kressel
Associate Commerce Editor, Trending
Andrea Navarrp

Andrea has worked for Dotdash since 2018. Prior to joining Dotdash, Andrea worked as a beauty editor at Teen Vogue, The Zoe Report, and Rose Inc.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Penn State University. Andrea currently resides in Los Angeles.

Her work has appeared in Teen Vogue, Pop Sugar, The Zoe Report, Women’s Wear Daily, LOCALE, HelloGiggles, Mane Addicts, and more.

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Andrea Navarro
Associate Editor, RSS
Samantha Aronson

Samantha joined the Commerce team at Dotdash in 2020 as a production assistant. Prior to Dotdash she was part of the editorial team at City Guide NY.

She has written for both digital and print publications, including J14 Magazine and Mommybites.com.

She has published work in fields ranging from fashion to food and drink and more.

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Samantha Aronson
Commerce Production Assistant

Contact Us

If you have questions, comments, or opinions you’d like to share with our team of editors, please feel free to email us at commercefeedback@dotdash.com