--By Jacqueline Lebowitz, BRIDES magazine October is the new "it" month for weddings. The weather is cooler, prices for venues begin to dip, and bright fall foliage provides gorgeous photo ops galore. It's estimated that 31,050 couples were married this Sunday, 10/10/10. That's 10 times more than th
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- BRIDES | Fashion – Thu, Oct 7, 2010 8:52 PM EDT
For wedding-day shoes--or party shoes in general--without the ouch factor, follow these six easy tips from BRIDES magazine and find a(nother) match made in heaven.Read More »from 6 Tips for Getting Your Feet Wedding Night (or Party) Ready
1. Size things up. If it's been a while, have your feet measured by a salesperson. Weight gain or loss, as well as age, can affect the size of your feet.
2. Take them for a test run. Wear your shoes around the house to break them in. Remember to scuff the soles with sandpaper to create traction and prevent slipping.
3. Keep cool and dry. Apply a gentle sprinkling of powder to the soles of your feet before putting on your shoes. It will help keep your feet dry and blister-free throughout the night.
4. Give yourself some wiggle room. As you try on shoes, remember that your toes and heels shouldn't feel locked. You should be able to move them.
5. Work the late shift. Shop for shoes in the afternoon. Feet expand throughout the day, and you'll be standing, dancing, and working the reception for hours. You want to be sure
Panicking about all you have left on your pre-wedding to-do list? Don't. Choose any one of these 16 easy ways to de-stress:
And let us know, how do you de-stress?
Hello, lovely readers-I'm Katie from WeddingFanatic.com and so excited to share this project with you! As a lover of all things wedding, handmade, and pretty, I thought this DIY project was the perfect way to share some crafty wedding love and help you get your creative juices flowing! When you thin
Take a look at BRIDES magazine's picks for the perfect bridal shoes (all at affordable prices) to wear at six different kinds of wedding-day locales. Plus, get shopping tips on how to find the right pair for you.
--By Hillary Quinn, BRIDES magazineRead More »from 5 Signs Your Friends Hate Your Man
When it comes to your man, you always want the approval of your gal pals. So how do you know if they like him? Here are five signs they don't.
1. They immediately change the subject or abruptly stop talking whenever you mention him.
2. They needle you with passive-aggressive questions, like "You're finally going to be joining the girls this weekend? Is Steve really okay with that?"
3. They purposely exclude him from conversations by cracking inside jokes or discussing people he doesn't know.
4. They make plans to see you only when they're sure he's out of town or won't be available.
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5. When he answers the phone, they quickly hang up, then call you on your cell.
What's a bride to do?
Figure out if the friend is actually the problem
If one friend is unhappy, look at your history together. Has she hated all your boyfriends? Jealousy is a powerful emotion, and she may be mourning the loss of your
- BRIDES | Work + Money – Mon, Sep 20, 2010 6:54 PM EDT
Financial issues are the #1 cause of marital friction. Therefore, learning how to talk about money early on could not only help you get a handle on debt but save your marriage. Here's are BRIDES magazine's tips:
1. Talk! Find out about any debt either one of you has, and figure out a plan to bring it down each month. Schedule a financial check-in with each other once a month to make sure you are on the same page and are meeting your goals.
2. Create a joint budget and a master financial plan for your mutual spending. Decide what you'll do with your wedding checks: which should be used for immediate needs, like a deposit on a rental apartment, a down payment on a car, or furniture for your new home; and which should stashed away in your savings.
3. Go through all your policies and accounts, and change the beneficiary designations if you want your new spouse to own these assets should something happen toRead More »from 7 Financial Tips for Newlyweds from BRIDES Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Millie Martini Bratten
All you need to make this easy arrangement is ample prep time, willing helpers (bridesmaids!), a cool storage area, and a way to transport the centerpieces to the party. Check out your local nursery and craft stores for supplies.
What you need:
- A three-ply plastic trash bag
- Bamboo cylinders (in various sizes)
- Succulents (such as echeveria)
- Potting soil
- Tropical leaves (such as monstera)
- Flowers (such as protea)
- Flower frogs (available at crafts stores)
- Floral tape
Related: 6 Steps to Planning Like a Party Pro
Step 1: Cut the bag to fit the cylinder bottoms. Line them with it, and secure the lining with tape.
Step 2: Repot the succulent plants in some of the cylinders, using the potting soil. Then place flower frogs in the bottoms of the remaining cylinders and use them to anchor the stems of the flowers and some of the leaves. Pour about 2 inches of water into each cylinder.
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Step 3: SetRead More »from Brides Magazine's Easy 3-Step Centerpiece
While every bride would love to have her bridesmaid take away all the stress of the wedding, that isn't always reality. But here are some ideas on how she can make the process a bit easier.Read More »from 15 Things a Great Bridesmaid Will Do
1. GIVE YOU HONEST (but gentle) opinions as you try on dresses.
2. WEEP (along with your mom) when you finally emerge from the dressing room wearing The One.
3. CREATE a "tasteful" bachelorette-party wardrobe for you-diamond tiara, fluffy pink boa.
4. OFFER to do your hair and makeup on the wedding day.
5. STUFF 167 candy-favor bags without complaining or eating one single jellybean.
Related: 7 Things NOT to Do at a Bachelorette Party
6. RECORD GIFTS at your bridal shower (in legible handwriting).
7. RUN OUT to pick up last-minute items on the wedding day.
8. CALL YOU OUT for bad behavior (i.e., making the matron of honor promise not to get pregnant before the wedding).
9. LEND YOU a shoulder to cry on when the stress gets to be too much.
10. SPEND THE NIGHT before the wedding at your