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Brides Magazine April 2014 Archives - New Orleans Weddings - Reception, Venue & Planning

Nail the Veil: A Cliff Notes Guide to Your Wedding-Day Headpiece

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May 022014
Veil Guide

Photo: Christian Oth

After you find your dream wedding dress, you'll need to choose the perfect headpiece to top off your look. Whether you go for a flower crown, retro birdcage, or a traditional cathedral veil, a hair accessory ties a big day look together. Rule no. 1: The more formal your gown, the longer the veil should be. Here, a cliff notes guide to every type of veil, and which type wedding gown they look best with!

Cathedral: About 120 inches of pure drama; oft worn by royal brides.
Best with: A princessy ball gown (with train) and a titled groom.

Birdcage: A small, wide-net veil that covers only your face.
Best with: A vintage style or a short dress. (It's just the thing for a city-hall affair.)

Flyaway: Hits a little below your shoulders to create a voluminous triangle shape.
Best with: A more casual style, like a lacy sheath.

Elbow: Extends to your elbows for a semiformal look.
Best with: A full-skirted gown with little to no train. (And it won't overwhelm petites.)

Fingertip: Reaches just past your hands.
Best with: Both body skimmers and ball gowns. (Duchess Kate wore one!)

Ballet: A less-common choice, hits right at your ankles. Also known as a waltz veil.
Best with: An ankle-length dress for a clean silhouette.

Chapel: Ninety inches long; drags (a bit!) on the ground.
Best with: A statement gown that puddles so the veil can glide along with your dress.

3 Ways You Can Get Your Dream Wedding Dress for Less

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Apr 242014
Where to Buy a Wedding Dress

Photo: Azzura Photography

The good news: Your wedding dress may just be your most exciting wedding day purchase. The bad news: It's also probably your most expensive. While there are plenty of gorgeous options for brides on a budget (have you checked out our Wedding Dresses Under $1,000 feature lately?), it is possible to get your dream dress for less. The catch? It requires some work and planning.

Whether you're willing to get down and dirty at a sample sale, scour trunk shows or get ahead of the game early, here are three expert tips for snagging your dream gown at a significant discount.

1. Shop trunk shows. You can often score discounts (usually around 10 percent). Plus, the designer's rep may be open to waiving or marking down certain alteration charges. (Check bridal salons' and specific designers' Web sites for dates; many post them under an "events" tab.)

2. Hit sample sales. This is how salons move older inventory out, so you can often find designer gowns for 25 to 50 percent off. The downside is that most sales are stocked with only sample sizes, which are bridal 8 and 10 (typically ready-to-wear 6 and 8). Note: Most gowns can be altered down one or two sizes but up just one size.

3. Buy early, buy simple. Place your order eight to 12 months in advance to avoid rush fees, which can run as much as a third of the price of the dress. Rule of thumb: The more handwork (embroidery, beading) a gown has, the pricier it will be — and the longer it will take to get made.

Ask Drew: Drew Barrymore Answers Your Bridal Skin, Hair, and Makeup Questions!

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Mar 272014
Ask Drew April 2014

Photo: Doug Inglish/Brydget Mackinney

Brides beauty columnist Drew Barrymore—actress, producer, and founder of Flower Beauty—is here to answer your questions.

Q: Can you recommend an at-home skin treatment? A spa day doesn't quite fit into my budget.

Drew Barrymore: Yes! It's been nine months since my last facial (working pregnant mom), so doing one at home is often my only option. Two things I love: Kate Somerville's ExfoliKate (watch out, it stings a bit!) and a Tatcha Deep Hydrating Lifting Mask ($28). I look like Hannibal Lecter in front of my husband, but after I watch one 30-minute episode of The Colbert Report with that mask on, I look and feel better. Happy hydrating!

Q I'm getting married on the beach. What hairstyle will look polished and withstand wind and humidity? I don't want it to be fussy or fall down.

DB: It actually took me five minutes to do my hair on my wedding day. My friend threw it up in a bun, and we left it at that. You should style your hair in a way that makes you not think about it. Anything with too much upkeep is silly; enhanced natural gets my vote. For a beach wedding, do some loose waves and try a beach spray, which will help put your hair in the element.

Q: I want to jump on the colored-eyeliner trend for my wedding, but I don't want to look crazy in my photos. How can I apply it to look pretty and subtle?

DB: Pick colors that are chic, not cheap. Anything too bright or pastel might be too much of a statement on your special day. So if you're thinking blue, try a navy. If you want purple, go aubergine. If you want green, choose a shade of khaki or olive. You can pair any of those colors with a red or nude lip and you'll look totally sophisticated. P.S.: Play with products beforehand and have fun!

Want your big day beauty questions answered? Email [email protected]

Watch: Go Behind the Scenes at Our Hayden Panettiere Cover Shoot

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Mar 122014
Hayden Panettiere Brides Magazine Cover Shoot

Photo: Nicole Hyatt

She's the star of Nashville and our latest cover! Hayden Panettiere is all smiles on our peach-hued annual dress issue, wearing a gorgeous floral sequin and crystal-embellished Naeem Khan gown puncuated with a bright coral-and-pink bouquet, plus sunny fresh-faced makeup.

We photographed the actress at the Paramour Estate in Los Angeles, a mansion and music studio where Gwen Stefani has recorded. And Hayden showed up to the locale wedding ready, wearing her picture-perfect six-carat Montblanc engagement ring, which she helped design.

Throughout the shoot, the actress rocked out to Katy Perry as she slipped in and out of bridal couture for "Hayden Happily Ever After" (page 358). The day also happened to double as a shopping trip since she hadn't yet chosen her own wedding dress. "I loved the big princess gowns, but I'm five foot two," she says, "That's not a lot of body to dress!" One look that Hayden loved? The strapless faille gown by Lanvin pictured above.

We also captured the star having some fun poolside with photographer Brian Bowen Smith in between shots below.

Hayden Panettiere Brides Magazine Cover Shoott

Photo: Nicole Hyatt

Here, a staffer steams the gorgeous gowns for their close-up!

Hayden Panettiere Brides Magazine Cover Shoot

Photo: Nicole Hyatt

Want even more behind the scenes scoop from Hayden's shoot? Watch the below clip. (She also dishes on how she met her future husband Wladimir Kitschko and does an adorable impression of him!)

Be sure to pick up the April/May issue of Brides on newsstands now!

6 Secrets of Successful Couples

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Mar 062014
Secrets to Successful Couple

Photo: Ron Antonelli of Brian Dorsey Studios

What will your relationship look like after a year? What about after 5, 10, or 20 years? To find out, Brides talked to nearly 50 married couples with the hopes of uncovering the secret to marital success. We asked our long-lasting couples about the low moments in marriage, the high points—and how newlywed lvoe changes into something even better. Want your marriage to make it to year 20 and beyond? (Of course you do!) Whether you're newly in love, recently engaged, or just married, these lessons are definitely ones to bookmark. Here, what our long-lasting couples all have in common, and what you can learn from their longevity:

They are each other's champions. You needn't be pie-eyed about your partner's abilities and talents—although it's wonderful if you are—but you do need to be affirming of his dreams and goals.

They are interdependent, not codependent. Your partner may be your other half, but he is also a separate individual who was not put on the earth solely as your ego booster.

You don't live in each other's pockets. Separate goals and interests are fine as long as you're both committed to the relationship.

They don't expect perfection. There will be times when you are bored, cranky, irritated, et cetera.

Marriage isn't a fairy tale. Think of life together as a novel with some slow chapters.

They give and receive good TLC. Be trustworthy, loving, and communicative. Don't fight to win. Rather, "fight" to understand your partner's point of view and ensure he understands yours. That way, you both win!

Mar 052014
Monique Lhuillier Reception Table

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We asked four legendary wedding dress designers to help us create dream reception tables. Get ready for the most fashion-forward meal of your life.

Matching the whimsy of her secret garden-esque Fall 2014 bridal runway, Monique Lhuillier dressed her table with a mix of lush blooms, sleek silver prints (and even lampshades!), and feminine calligraphy.

"I love fusing the traditional and the modern, like crystal glassware and graphic china," Lhuillier said of her table. "A mix-and-match vibe looks extra inviting. Plus, nothing says 'celebrate' like lush blooms and a little sparkle."

We couldn't agree more! This set-up would serve an ethereal bride with contemporary tendencies—and a flair for fun, feminine-looking decor—well. Whether it's an upscale garden party or city loft, this look would work at a multitude of venues, too.

Stay tuned for more of our favorite designer's dream wedding reception décor!

Pictured above: Dinnerware "Embrace," $135 for a five-piece place setting, Monique Lhuillier Waterford; Flatware "Crestridge Bead," $30 for a five-piece place setting, and centerpiece bowls $200 each, Reed & Barton; Small wine glasses "Mozart," $160 each, Moser; Large wine glasses, $24 each, Vietri; Favor boxes, $13 for 10, Paper Presentation; Centerpieces, $475 each, Michael George; Table number, $2.50 and menu $200 for 100, JP Stationery; Place-card holders, $225 for six, L'Objet; Place-card calligraphy, from $2 each, Fleur de Letters; Silver votives, $340 each, Christofle; Glass globe votives, $3.95 each, Z Gallerie; Shaded candlesticks, $815 each, Baccarat

Hayden Panettiere is Our April/May Cover Star! Check Out What’s in Our Newest Issue

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Mar 042014
Hayden Panettiere April/May Brides Cover

Photo: Brian Bowen Smith

It's here! Our showstopping April/May cover, shot by Brian Bowen Smith, features the gorgeous (and recently engaged) Nashville star Hayden Panetierre. Flaunting an enviable bridal glow, Panettierre shines in a beaded column wedding dress by Naeem Khan styled by Jessica de Ruiter. Matching the fun feminity of the gown's floral embellishments, Hayden rocks a wispy high bun and fresh-faced makeup look—featuring copper lids, a peachy pink lip, and a natural bronze blush—from Neutrogena. A touch of De Beers bling on the ears and wrist and a coral and blush bouquet from Moon Canyon top off the look.

Inside this issue, we sat down with Hayden to talk about all things wedding-related ("Hayden Happily Ever After," page 358). From how she and fiancé Wladimir Klitschko met to how their families get along and exclusive wedding planning scoops, we have the exciting big day deets.

As for the rest of the inspiration-packed issue? We're bringing you everything you need to know about searching for your dream wedding dress. Learn to how to find the right silhouette, perfectly match your veil, and get the most dress for your dollars in our "Ultimate Guide to the Dress" (page 285). Then, see the season's most stunning bejeweled dresses modeled by the radiant Selita Ebanks in a piece shot by Diego Uchitel and styled by Soraya Dayani ("Lovely & Amazing," page 365).

Speaking of incredible bridal fashion, we asked a few of our favorite designers— Carolina Herrera, Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier, and Zac Posen to be exact—for their dream reception tablescapes ("Dressed for Dinner," page 375). And you won't want to miss the 30-plus must-have products featured in our 2014 Beauty Awards (page 171). Our very own editors tested each and every one to ensure you're pretty and polished during your engagement, wedding day, and honeymoon.

For even more wedding-day fun, helpful tips, and awe-inspiring fashion, be sure to check out our April/May issue, available on newsstands now!

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