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August/September 2019
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Enter a gorgeous world of weddings with BRIDES magazine! Each issue, Brides delivers the best wedding ideas, budget advice, and beautiful, flattering dresses, plus, stunning hairstyles, beauty tips, simple how-tos, and sexy honeymoons.

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Conde Nast US
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in this issue

1 min.
weddings we love

“The kids were constant reminders for us to make sure we had fun, let loose, and allowed ourselves to enjoy the magic of the day,” says the bride. FOR A CHANCE TO BE FEATURED BY BRIDES, TAG YOUR WEDDING PHOTOS ON INSTAGRAM WITH #WEDDINGOFTHEDAY. “We didn’t have a formal color scheme or theme,” Jena says. “We just went with what felt romantic, ethereal, and classic.” ATMOSPHERE FOTOGRAFIA (1); JENNY FU (2). KELLY BROWN (2); NICOLE LITTLE (2)…

2 min.
happy anniversary, beautiful brides!

The year 2019 is a banner one for Brides, kicking off with a celebration of its 85th anniversary in this issue. Although Condé Nast printed its first Brides in summer 1959 (see the vintage fall cover above), the magazine actually began in 1934 as a publication mailed free of charge to women whose wedding announcements appeared in newspaper society pages. From the very beginning, this cornerstone brand was the leading authority in the field, informing, encouraging, and guiding couples, from proposal through the wedding, to the honeymoon and beyond. That legacy continued as we launched Brides.com, and will keep building as we grow our footprint every year, helping brides plan—both on our website and across social media. This year Brides moves to a new home at Dotdash, a leading digital company…

2 min.
budget like a pro

Q: How do we know if a ring is worth the investment? —@emilydianenovak via Instagram A: For many brides, the engagement ring is the ring, so the stakes are higher to find one you will love forever. Rings are clearly a meaningful investment: A Brides American Wedding study done in October 2018 found that on average, couples spent $7,829, or 14 percent of the wedding budget, on an engagement ring; $1,890, or 3 percent, on the wedding band. Typically, high-carat (1 ct and up) individual stones will retain a certain value over time, versus a ring with a lot of tiny stones. Larger stones are easier to remove, reuse, and reset—or sell, if necessary. My advice is to know your diamond cuts: Classic round (1) and emerald (2) shapes are always popular…

5 min.
#the viral wedding

The first part of this fairy tale is fairly traditional. Boy meets girl, boy proposes, they get married. But what happened to Jillian Peterson and Kevin Heinz in the days following their wedding in St. Paul, Minnesota, exactly one decade ago, is a thoroughly modern fable for today. Jillian, who loved to dance growing up, had the idea for her wedding party to boogie down the aisle to a pop song. “It was one of the first things we decided we wanted to do when we got engaged, although I’m not sure if our friends thought we were kidding or serious until the day of,” Jillian remembers now. The result? A five-minute processional that begins with two ushers tossing wedding programs into the air and goofily bopping down the aisle. The…

1 min.
honeymoon faves

Couples Resorts is about as dreamy and effortless as it gets. Designed exclusively for couples, their award-winning experiences offer endless opportunities to celebrate your love. From catamaran sailing and scuba diving to feasting on island-grown flavors, virtually everything is included—even gratuities. If that isn’t breezy enough, a Couples’ Personal Romance Concierge will help you plan your most unforgettable moments, like coming back to a bed sprinkled with rose petals after a private dinner on the beach. Whatever you desire, Couples takes care of the details so that you can focus on you. Begin your life-long journey together at one of these gorgeous Couples Resorts in Jamaica. Each was designed with the idea that true love is effortless. And perfect. Couples Tower Isle A blast of breezy island chic, Couples’ flagship retreat on the…

1 min.
think: soft pinks and a bit of shimmer

“I love when a designer takes a chance,” says Podolsky, who called out the coral pinks, pale blues, and rose-gold eye shadows at Ines Di Santo. At Lela Rose, a shimmery pink was done “in a tasteful, approachable way” in the inner corner of the eyelid. For brides to be, she recommends starting micro-current facials a year out (“they call it a workout for your skin”) and exfoliation (Biologique Recherche P50 is a favorite formula). Her own wedding day beauty boost? A SK-II facial treatment mask for dewiness. ALYSSA GREENBERG; STILL LIFES: COURTESY OF THE MANUFACTURERS…