First Look at BRIDES June/July 2016 Cover

Updated 04/26/16

Derek Kettela; Styling by Eleanor Strauss; Dress by Angel Sanchez

Summertime brides, it's time to pop the bubbly and kick up your train! The sweet, sweet sunshine has finally arrived and so has our June/July 2016 issue — and it's our summer style special! Full of beach-friendly wedding dresses and veils, summertime sexy hair ideas, and bridesmaid dresses your girls can totally break a move in, the glossy pages of our latest mag will show warm-weather brides how to stay effortlessly cool.

A summer wedding staple? Event tents to shelter your guests from the sunshine during your garden party nuptials or an elegant estate ceremony. But these are nothing like the basic staked set-ups that you and your childhood friends partied under during bar mitzvahs and sweet sixteens. These tricked-out tents are wrought with colorful hues, decadent décor, romantic drapery, and oversized lanterns. The result is an Instagram-worthy wedding venue that we're revealing the secrets behind. Scared of the sticker shock behind these matrimony masterpieces? No worries — just stay true to our 53 fool-proof ways to save those all-important wedding dollars, and you won't have to give up one darling detail of your dream day.

And don't forget: With the sun shining oh-so-brightly on your big day, you'll need wedding day attire to match. Fancy a veil that blows in the saltwater-infused breeze of your seaside "I do's?" Or wondering just how to make that headpiece of lace and tulle — the most classic of all bridal accessories — feel modern and cool? Well, we're rethinking the veil rules of the weddings of yesteryear and making the traditional headpiece a modern must-have, fit for longer days, warmer nights, and a laid-back vibe. Now, this is how you do bohemian chic...

Ready for a wedding as hot as the summer sun? We've packed our June/July issue with tons of wedding cake inspiration, pretty-in-pink bridal beauty ideas, and creative inspo from real brides just like you. Plus, with the unveiling of our 2016 Honeymoon Awards, you'll be dreaming of your post-"I do" romantic escape before you've even set foot on that aisle. So what are you waiting for? Summertime's a-wasting and it's time to get glowing!

Subscribe now for the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration. Or pick up the BRIDES June/July 2016 issue when it hits newsstands on May 3.

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