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  • 4 Reasons Why Getting Married is Good for Your Man's Health

    by Sarah Jio

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    The picture of health? Well, according to the latest research, if he's married, he's more likely to be healthy. In fact, marriage in and of itself is associated with so many health benefits for males, we're surprised they aren't stampeding to the altar. Take these, for example:

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    It's good for his bones: Well, at least for men. A brand new, and rather surprising, study from UCLA researchers reports that men who marry later in life (beyond the age of 25) have greater bone strength than unmarried men, or those who got married younger.

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    It may prevent a stroke: Israeli researchers found that not only are married men happier (duh!), but they have a much lower risk for having a stroke. However, for men who are unhappily married, the risk for a stroke event jumps.

    It adds years to his life: Dozens of studies analyzed over the course of 140

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  • Zac Posen's Brand-New Bridal Line Hits David's Bridal Stores Today!

    by Catherine Smith

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    It's the day brides across America have been waiting for! Today, Zac Posen's glamorous (and highly anticipated) line for David's Bridal is in stores! The Truly Zac Posen collection features seven bridal styles inspired by Posen's signature silhouettes, imagined for brides at every size, and also includes ten social styles. (Think Posen's sculptural strapless cocktail dresses in wedding party-ready shades of lavender and midnight blue, feminine evening gowns, and red-carpet inspired tulle skirts paired with corseted bodices.)

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    Brides got an early look at the collection when supermodel (and Posen's BFF) Coco Rocha graced our February/March issue cover in one of the premier gowns from the collection, and we sat down for an exclusive Q&A with the designer to discuss the line, designing Coco's wedding dress and his new collaboration.

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  • by Lauren Frankfort

    Courtesy of PBSCourtesy of PBS
    Let's face it: As much as we love to watch Downton Abbey for its period drama intrigue (Who will be the new footman? Who is the true heir of a hefty inheritance?), the real reason we watch the epic British series is for the fashion. From the Georgian silhouettes, stunning silks, and classic British game gear to the more recent 1920s flapper-inspired gowns, each episode is filled with major wardrobe (and, of course, wedding) inspiration.

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    The height of Downton costume design? Lady Mary Crawley's wedding day tiara. A leafy diamond-encrusted accessory, her headpiece topped off an elegant, custom pearl and crystal-embellished long-sleeved wedding dress that only Lady Mary, in all of her sophistication and grace, could pull off.

    Now, for brides who have a ginormous budget, InStyle is reporting that the 45-carat diamond accessory is available for rent-for your very own wedding!

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  • Watch Ellen DeGeneres Throw a Bachelorette Party for Sofia Vergara

    by Terri Pous

    Sofia Vergara on The Ellen DeGeneres ShowSofia Vergara on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
    Sofia Vergara has been engaged to fiancé Nick Loeb since July 2012, but don't let that year and a half engagement fool you-her wedding isn't happening anytime soon.

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    During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, the Modern Family bombshell talked wedding plans, and addressed rumors that she has three wedding celebrations in the works.

    When DeGeneres asked her to confirm the blowout wedding stories, Vergara replied, "No! It's been awful because since that news came out, all of my family is so excited. They are already planning outfits! It's like 'What are we going to do?' 'How are you going to get us there?' And, I'm like it's horrible and disappointing to have to tell them that that is not true."

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    In fact, Vergara continued, she hasn't even planned one wedding. "I haven't even planned anything!" she said.

    Her

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  • Lauren Conrad Reminds Us Why Engagement Photo Shoots Are Awesome

    by Lauren Frankfort

    Lauren Conrad and William TellLauren Conrad and William Tell
    Leave it to former Laguna Beach star turned fashion designer/style icon/blogger Lauren Conrad to have the most gorgeous engagement photo shoot ever, with fiancé Willam Tell. The MTV alum got engaged in October, and these swoon-worthy photos are the latest addition to a steady stream of L.C. wedding details.

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    Conrad already revealed her classic round-cut engagement ring with a punchy manicure, and a diamond-studded love ring that sparked a major finger accessory movement in the fashion world. So we're not surprised that she unveiled these lovely photographs, shot by wedding photographer Elizabeth Messina, on Instagram as well as her blog.

    "The very talented Elizabeth Messina came to our home to photograph us in our element," Conrad wrote. "I love how the photos turned out!"

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    Messina did, too: The photographer posted the

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  • Engagement Rings Under $1,500 That'll Make You Swoon

    by Lauren Frankfort

    Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but they can also be your bank account's worst enemy. If you're shopping for an engagement ring on a budget, you may have to think a bit more outside of the box. Carat size, clarity, and setting all hike up an engagement ring's price, making your dream gem a very serious investment. Try swapping out a diamond for a gemstone (colorful engagement rings are very on-trend) or opt for a mock gem made of metal (like an emerald-cut sterling silver center stone). Pick from a variety of gold settings instead of platinum, and choose something with an interesting design rather than a large stone size. Hint: if you're set on a white diamond but don't have the dough, a white sapphire is a significantly less expensive-and equally eye-catching!-option.

    Just because you want something beautiful, doesn't mean you have to break the bank. From a claw-set sapphire by Lauren Wolf to an Anna Sheffield quartz ring flanked with champagne diamonds,

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  • 4 Sweet, Low-Key Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day

    by Sarah Jio

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    Valentine's Day is on the way, and if the idea of dressing up and making big plans feels exhausting and overwhelming to you, we totally get it. Yes, in years past you may have been in the mood for surprise weekend getaways and elaborate dinners out. But this year? You're planning a wedding, and you're pouring all of your energy and romantic efforts in that direction. Here, four ideas for simple, low-key Valentine's Day plans that are still completely cupid-approved.

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    1. Play hooky. Skip the Valentine's Day dinner-celebrate during the day instead! Valentine's Day falls on a Friday this year, so if you can swing it at work, take the day off and schedule an afternoon-date with your fiancé. Make a low-key lunch reservation, visit your local zoo (what's more heartwarming than adorable animals?), and cap the day off with champagne and hors d'oeuvres at home.

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  • Are Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis One Step Closer to Getting Engaged?

    by Terri Pous

    Mila Kunis and Ashton KutcherMila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher
    It's becoming the million-dollar question: When will Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher get engaged? Well, after seeing the couple together at Kutcher's brother's wedding last Saturday, we're thinking (hoping!) it could happen sometime very soon.

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    Kunis accompanied her boyfriend of nearly two years to his twin brother Michael's wedding on St. Simons Island, Georgia, over the weekend, where she "looked like part of the family," according to a Daily Mail source.

    It wasn't the first wedding the couple attended together, either: Back in December, the adorable duo attended Kunis' brother's wedding.

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    "Every once in a while, [Mila] would look out to Ashton and make eye contact with him," a source told E! News at the time. "Ashton was very supportive of Mila and happy for the family. He was joking around with Mila's brother and they invited him to

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  • Katie Couric is Going to Be a Summer Bride!

    by Terri Pous

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    Katie Couric reported important news this weekend: wedding news! The journalist and talk show host told shock jock Howard Stern that she and fiancé John Molner plan to get married this summer.

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    During Stern's 60th birthday party on Friday, the radio show host asked Couric when she and Molner will say I do (Couric's reply: "Summer!") and if he'd be invited to the wedding. "No, but to the party," Couric answered. "[The wedding is] going to be family only."

    That wasn't the end of Stern's wedding-day ribbing for the happy couple, who were among the many celebrities attending his birthday bash at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. When Couric introduced Jewel's performance later in the night, Stern jokingly asked, "Do you want me to marry you right now?"

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    Maybe he really wanted to go to the wedding ceremony? Either way, Molner excitedly said

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  • by Sarah Jio

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    Today, January 31, kicks off the first new moon of the year and the beginning of the Chinese New Year. This year? It's out with the Year of the Water Snake, and in with the Year of the Horse. Whether you subscribe to the thinking of the ancient Chinese calendar or not, keep reading to learn what the year ahead holds-especially if you have a wedding on the calendar in the months ahead!

    According to legend: To avoid bad luck, wear red this year, and often. (And, to take the superstition to an even deeper level, wearing something red that has been given to you by someone else is even better.)
    What it means for your wedding: Red bridesmaid dresses, red roses, or maybe red lingerie for the wedding night? Other so-called lucky colors for the year of the horse: green and purple.

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    According to legend: Lucky flowers for the year of the

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