As eager as we at BRIDES are to hear the official announcement of Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal engagement (rumor has it the cases of champagne have already been ordered), the tabloids are probably just as eager to see what kind of shenanigans rowdy little brother Harry gets himself into on the big day. Here are some tips on how William can lay down the law at his wedding-and how to handle yours if someone gets out of control:
This guy will do anything for a laugh. "Our best man decorated the getaway car with so much shaving cream, we couldn't see out the windows," says Ellen, 32. "We cleared a few inches of windshield to get out of the garage but had to hit a 24/7 car wash before we could start the honeymoon."
How to Deal: Ask the other groomsmen to watch him toward evening's end, when he's most likely to prey on your Toyota. If anyone sees him heading out the door with a 12-pack of Charmin, alert the posse.
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- BRIDES | Work + Money – Thu, May 20, 2010 7:29 PM EDT
As eager as we at BRIDES are to hear the official announcement of Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal engagement (rumor has it the cases of champagne have already been ordered), the tabloids are probably just as eager to see what kind of shenanigans rowdy little brother Harry gets himself into on the big day. Here are some tips on how William can lay down the law at his wedding-and how to handle yours if someone gets out of control:Read More »from How to Prevent the Party Animals from Ruining Your Wedding
- BRIDES | Love + Sex – Wed, May 19, 2010 6:55 PM EDT
Former president and soon-to-be father of the bride Bill Clinton is your ultimate toast-giving candidate: He's charismatic and funny and knows how to captivate a large audience. However, there are a few guidelines that the editors of BRIDES think he-and anyone else who's preparing for a wedding-day toast-should be aware of. (Chelsea, you can thank us later.)Read More »from Here's to Bill Clinton's Father of the Bride Toast
Who should give a toast
It's now common for people other than the best man to speak-fathers, the groom, the maid of honor. But don't leave things to chance; the couple should decide ahead of time who will speak and in what order. (Chelsea might even want to glance at a draft of the speech before the big day so there are no surprises.)
What should be included in a toast
Toasts should always be positive-and clean. Customization is key: An anecdote about the just-marrieds is a plus, as is suggesting why they're perfect together. Toast givers can start by mentioning their connection to the couple, but should keep the
Sanya Richards, Olympic Gold Medalist and Recent Bride, Goes the Distance with 4 Stunning Wedding EnsemblesBy BRIDES | Fashion – Fri, May 14, 2010 5:39 PM EDT
Even though Sanya Richards is a sprinter, she showed marathon endurance on her wedding day with a lineup of outfits even Lady Gaga would envy. The U.S. Olympic gold medalist and New York Giants cornerback Aaron Ross recently tied the knot in Austin, Texas, in front of 500 family members and friends.Read More »from Sanya Richards, Olympic Gold Medalist and Recent Bride, Goes the Distance with 4 Stunning Wedding Ensembles
But the fashion show started the night before, at the rehearsal dinner, where Sanya wore a Narciso Rodriguez knee-length dress featuring a fitted scarf and train. For her wedding gown, she wore a customized, utterly feminine St. Pucci dress-she had Swarovski-crystal beads added to the strapless number that took her from the ceremony to the reception. Her sparkling Nike kicks, which complement hubby Aaron's pair, were a wedding gift from the president of Nike.
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Once at the reception, Sanya changed into a gold-sequined column dress with a side slit-to show off those killer legs-and an asymmetrical neckline, designed by Kevan Hall.
- BRIDES | Fashion – Thu, May 13, 2010 7:57 PM EDT
The buzz over Chelsea Clinton's upcoming wedding is gaining momentum, and while people speculate about every detail, our fashion department is concerned with just one thing: the dress. We've chosen six gowns sure to keep all eyes focused on her, instead of her famous parents.Read More »from BRIDES Magazine's All-American Wedding Dress Picks for Chelsea Clinton
Rumor has it that the former first daughter will have an all-American wedding this summer in up-state New York. If she decides to go the preppy route, she could slip on this embroidered Swiss-dot ball gown by Oscar de la Renta, which is finished with an adorable scalloped hem.
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Judging from her minimalist style, we think this slim-fitting Lela Rose dress would match Chelsea's personality-and show off her tiny waist. While it's a simple shape, the embellished belt and tulle cap sleeves add subtle touches of glamour.
If Chels is one of those girls who always dreamed of being a princess for her wedding, Jim Hjelm's contemporary spin on the
- BRIDES | Fashion – Mon, May 10, 2010 8:21 PM EDT
We asked Colorado-based makeup artist Janine Schmenk to share her top five wedding day beauty tips. (And if you want more, head to VOWS' "Beauty and Budgets" workshop on Thursday, April 22nd at 6 p.m., at 1810 Blake Street in Denver-you'll get to meet with wedding pros, including Janine, to learn about how to set a budget for bridal makeup, skincare, and hairstyling. RSVP at wedovows.com.
Know that makeup looks different in photographs.
"Your everyday foundation may seem natural looking in person, but look washed in photos," says Janine. "Likewise, shimmer particles can completely change color when reflected through a lens, potentially turning your copper lip gloss orange or your lavender eyeshadow green." So always do a test run with your wedding day makeup, and capture it on film in similar lighting to that found at your wedding venue.
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Skip the SPF for just one day.
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Ah, the wedding meal: indulgent, delicious, memorable-and probably the most expensive line in your entire budget. BRIDES magazine tells you how to painlessly trim the fat in 10 easy steps.Read More »from 10 Ways to Save on Catering Your Wedding
1. Be choosy. Look into party venues that allow you to hire any caterer, not just one from their approved list (who may not fit your budget). Do the math before booking.
2. Tap the new guy. Consider new talent: a chef who's young, eager, and, since he's just starting to build his wedding-catering business, likely to charge less than his more established colleagues. But do some research before hiring him: Ask for referrals from recent wedding clients-and call them!
3. Keep it simple. Streamlined preparations require less work on the chef's end. Wild mushroom soup? Easy. Wild mushroom soup with crab ravioli? That takes a lot more time to prepare, and time is money.
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4. Stay in season. Serve foods whose
- BRIDES | Healthy Living – Wed, May 5, 2010 4:54 PM EDT
For brides who'd rather break a sweat on the home front, a workout DVD is a shape-up solution. Here, BRIDES magazine picks five of the best, no matter what your fitness goal.Read More »from Save Your Money for the Wedding: BRIDES Magazine's Best At-Home Workouts
Best Calorie Burn
Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred
What to expect: She's the tough-love personal trainer on The Biggest Loser, so don't expect Michaels to let you coast on her watch.
Warning: Level three takes the term shred to a whole new realm of crazy.
How much time: Three 20-minute segments (with minimal rest periods) of hard-core circuit training that alternate among strength, cardio, and abs moves.
What you need: Weights and a mat.
Best Total-Body Toning
The Firm Boot Camp 101 Kit
What to expect: A no-nonsense instructor shows you how to use a medicine ball for core training and muscle sculpting, while another coach guides you through a high-intensity jump-rope session.
How much time: Thirty minutes, with customizable options.
What you need: The DVD kit comes with a four-pound
Forget the tea leaves-BRIDES magazine's favorite way to predict the future sits right in your makeup bag. Untwist your go-to lipstick, match it to one of the shapes below, and learn what married life holds in store.Read More »from What Your Lipstick Says About Your Marriage
1. Close to original shape
Your wedding? A dream. The honeymoon? Bliss. But don't get so wrapped up in coupledom that you lose interest in friends-put a girls' margarita night on your weekly agenda.
2. Flat top, concave
With your penchant for excitement (that treasure hunt that led him to bed was brilliant), the next few years are going to be wild. What to keep working on: trust and consistency.
3. Rounded, smooth top
With the nicest guy in the world as a spouse, life doesn't get sunnier or more peaceful. Just shake things up now and then to keep it interesting: Naked Tuesdays, anyone?
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4. Sharp angles on both sides
Your home will be the gang's social hub-wine tastings, book-club dinners, BBQs.
- BRIDES | Fashion – Thu, Apr 29, 2010 11:28 PM EDT
We know Carrie Underwood's a busy gal, and we love her laid-back country attitude, but the girl has a wedding dress to choose. (It takes time to have a wedding gown made, even if you're an A-lister!) So we at BRIDES thought we'd help by selecting some fab looks for her upcoming wedding weekend. We took our cues from her personal style and the chic wardrobe changes she made at this year's Country Music Awards. Are you listening, Carrie?Read More »from What Should Carrie Underwood Wear on Her Wedding Day?
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Priscilla of Boston's retro, scoop-neck version of Carrie's plunging V-neck cocktail dress is a sophisticated choice for the rehearsal dinner. It's a bit more conservative, to suit a gathering of friends and family, and is perfect for a southern belle like Miss Underwood.
Romona Keveza's two-in-one dress is a perfect reception frock-Carrie can start the party wearing the side train and rip it off when she's ready to dance! The asymmetrical neckline and crystal belt add flourishes of red-carpet glamour, and
- BRIDES | Fashion – Mon, Apr 26, 2010 11:35 PM EDT
Talk about added wedding stress! Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, who's due to walk down the aisle this summer, has found herself with a broken heel, of all things. Her cast is supposed to be removed before the big day, but she might want to stick to wearing a cute pair of flats instead of spindly stilettos. We've done the legwork and picked out some gorgeous options (which are also great for brides-to-be who just want to be comfy).Read More »from Perfect Wedding Flats for Chelsea Clinton...and Anyone Else Looking for Comfort on their Big Day
1. Toms shoes - While do-gooder Chels probably already owns a pair of Toms (for each purchase, the company gives a pair of new shoes to a needy child), we're betting she doesn't have these kicks in gold. Worn under a ball gown, they're the epitome of preppy glam, with just a hint of sparkle peering through.
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2. Valentino sandals - The 3-D flowers on these gorgeous sandals add the perfect amount of trend to your wedding without going completely over-the-top.