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Brides Magazine December 2015 - January 2016 Archives - New Orleans Weddings - Reception, Venue & Planning
Dec 132015
 

Catching your groom's eye? That's just a given. To capture your guests' attention (and envy!), statement-making wedding flowers always manage to do the trick! But for that ethereal look you crave, forest-level greenery and lush blooms often tote a price tag that's equally as out-of-this-world. So, how does one achieve going-for-broke flowers without actually going broke? With these genius — not to mention, gorgeous — arrangement ideas!

Lisa George, owner of NYC-based Michael George Flowers, gave us the insider lowdown on how to get a full and formal look — without sacrificing the majority of your wedding budget. First, book a venue that's naturally beautifully. Choose a windswept beach, a gorgeous garden, or a wooded grove as your wedding backdrop, then just enhance your surroundings with simple floral accents.

Secondly, choose local, seasonal blooms. Options that are grown regionally will usually be more affordable and fresher than specialty varieties that need to be shipped from far away.

And finally, pick one or two wow moments. You don't have to cover every surface at your reception with flowers. Instead, set a few statement centerpieces in key areas and use more minimal arrangements on tables — like these organically opulent ones, for example...

Statement Wedding Florals Hanging Centerpieces

Photo: Yasu + Junko of Judy Casey (Left); Love Katie + Sarah (Right)

A Hanging Garden
Suspended florals are an unexpected way to add drama, but a full-on canopy is out of reach for most couples. Get the look with fewer flowers by grouping small vessels — like these pots of dahlias, zinnias, and roses — across the ceiling. (Floral hanging centerpieces, Bourgeon by Amy Febinger)

Statement Wedding Florals Table Garland

Photo: Yasu + Junko of Judy Casey (Left); Austin Gros (Right)

Table Garland
Instead of a densely packed floral runner, try clustering bud vases filled with inexpensive blooms like lisianthus, quicksand roses, and dahlias. "Pick one or two larger 'face' flowers, like garden roses or peonies," says florist Amy Febinger, of Brooklyn-based Bourgeon. "Then fill in with cost-effective seasonal stems and fresh herbs like lemon verbena and mint." The table will still seem full, but you can cover more surface area (and easily rearrange as you set them up). (Tabletop bud vases, Bourgeon by Amy Febinger)

See More: 42 Pretty Bouquets for a Fall Wedding

Statement Wedding Florals Flower Wall

Photo: Yasu + Junko of Judy Casey (Left); Next Exit Photography (Right)

A Flower Wall
For a Kimye-inspired moment without the crazy price tag, have your florist create multiple easy-to-transport square panels. Look for bloom varieties that are lush and full but still reasonably priced. We used wallet-friendly hydrangeas and lemon leaves. (Floral wall panels, georgeflowers.com" target=new>Michael George Flowers)

Statement Wedding Florals Tulip Centerpieces

Photo: Yasu + Junko of Judy Casey (Left); Kimberly Chau Photography (Right)

A Grand Centerpiece
A sculptural tulip display like the one above is gorgeous but pricey. Instead, try an oversize, tightly packed gathering of snapdragons — a low-cost flower that's available year-round. (Multicolored snapdragons, Michael George Flowers)

Want more genius planning tips? For the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES December 2015/January 2016 issue, on newsstands now and available for download here!

Real Grooms Dish: What He Really Thinks About Wedding Planning

 Brides Magazine December 2015 - January 2016, Grooms, Wedding Planning  Comments Off on Real Grooms Dish: What He Really Thinks About Wedding Planning
Dec 042015
 

What do guys really think about your wedding? We grilled 310 newlywed men about everything from the bachelor party to the first dance and discovered that — surprise! — 77 percent were excited to plan the big day. For more on what your beau is really thinking, keep reading.

They care about planning
75% of grooms were surprised by how into the wedding details they were, including Miami Heat player Dwayne Wade. "You know how they say the wedding's about the woman? No, no, it is about both of us. I came out to my own song, had my own moment. I had three outfit changes; she had three outfit changes." —Dwyane Wade married to Gabrielle Union

How often did they and their partner talk about the wedding?
64% Every day
24% Once a week
8% A few times a month
4% Only when they had a major decision to make
56% thought about eloping at least once.
1 out of 3 invited an ex-girlfriend to the wedding. And 22% say their bride was surprisingly cool with it!

They thought a lot about...
"The seating arrangements. I didn't want our guests to have a bad time."
"The flowers. I had never cared about centerpieces in my entire life."
"Our first-dance choreography. We broke out our Dirty Dancing moves."

They're emotional about the big day
In fact, 3 out of 4 guys admitted that they were nervous about some part of the event.
75% had butterflies wait for their bride at the altar
61% took a shot or had a beer or cocktail with their groomsmen before the ceremony.
39% of guys insisted on preapproving their best man's toast.
37% wish they had taken dance lessons— but 11% did!
Despite the calm nerves half admitted to crying during the ceremony.

See More: Cheesy Romantic Gestures Grooms Secretly Love

They were the most anxious about:
32% Family drama
20% The first dance
15% The vows
9% The toasts

They want to have a bro bash, what kind of bachelor party did they have?
62% A pretty chill night
25% A wild night on the town
13% Of course, one with a stripper
41% traveled for their guys' night out.

They're open about the effect wedding planning had on their sex life
1 in 3 said wedding planning took a toll on their sex life. But don't freak: 69% said sex gets better after marriage.
75% would have been open to abstaining from sex for a month to make the wedding night more special. (Or so they say in retrospect!)

We had to know, did they have sex on their wedding night?
39% Yes, it was smoking hot.
23% Yes, it was loving, sweet, and amazing.
19% Yes, but we were exhausted.
19% No.

They're serious about style, too.
2 out of 3 incorporated the wedding colors into what they wore.
30% wore a tie and 21% wore a bow tie.
45% would have changed into sneakers if they could. And 21% actually did.

If they could do it again, what would they do differently?
"I wouldn't invite kids."
"I'd take more pictures."
"I'd pick a different best man."

The best advice they never got:
"It's your wedding too. Participate!"
"Everyone gets cold feet."
"Forget what you planned. Something will go wrong. Don't worry about it."
"Check the weather!"

The last thing we had to know: would they have been able to plan the wedding on their own?
53% No way! 47% Totally!

Want more genius planning tips? For the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES December 2015/January 2016 issue, on newsstands now and available for download here!

Dec 032015
 
Simple Wedding Dresses Vera Wang

Photo: Christopher Ferguson

While fairytale ball gowns and sexy silhouettes amp up the drama on your wedding day, there's something so unmistakably lovely about simple, sweet frocks that let a bride's natural beauty shine through. Feminine yet totally not frilly, these easy, breezy gowns are all about the woman within them, enhancing what makes her beautiful au naturale with darling little details, such as silk flowers appliqués and soft, dreamy fabrics. Struggling to look like you (but better!) on the big day? It doesn't get any easier than this: Slip on a floaty, unfussy dress — free of yards of restrictive tulle and oodles of excessive embellishment — let your hair down, and glide down that aisle.

Above: Gorgeous details and a major train add up to one showstopping entrance. (French-tulle dress with silk flowers and Chantilly lace, $7,900, Vera Wang; Bracelets, Finn)

Simple Wedding Dresses YolanCris

Photo: Christopher Ferguson

Proof that super femme doesn't have to mean super structured. (Lace gown with chapel train, $2,900, YolanCris, available at Kleinfeld Bridal; Square pendant, Selin Kent; Long circular pendant, Zoë Chicco)

Simple Wedding Dresses Leanne Marshall

Photo: Christopher Ferguson

The perfect mate for your strapless style once the sun goes down: A cozy, textured sweater. (Silk-organza dress, $3,595, Leanne Marshall; Sweater, Rebecca Taylor)

Simple Wedding Dresses Jill Stuart

Photo: Christopher Ferguson

This is how a modern-day Holly Golightly gets married. (Cotton and silk dress with mesh and wool embroidery, $598, Jill Stuart, 212-343-2300; Sunglasses, Mercura NYC, 917-754-6814; Ring, Single Stone)

See More: 50 Things to Know About Finding Your Dream Wedding Dress

Natural Wedding Makeup Look

Photo: Christopher Ferguson

Beauty note! An essential part of the "no-makeup" makeup look is a pair of full, well groomed eyebrows. For a similar look, define with Mary Kay Mechanical Brow Liner and set with Mary Kay Brow Gel. (Duchesse-silk satin, silk organza, and tulle dress with silk flowers and beaded details, price upon request, Samuelle Couture; Earrings, Finn; Brow Liner, $11, Mary Kay; Brow Gel, $10, Mary Kay)

Simple Wedding Dresses Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini

Photo: Christopher Ferguson

We love this soft blue-gray as a chic alternative to the white dress. (Silk-georgette gown, $1,980, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, available at Barneys; Cardigan, Banana Republic; Ring on ring finger, Single Stone; Ring on pinky finger, Selin Kent)

For even more of the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES December/January issue on newsstands now and available for download.

Dec 022015
 
Destination Wedding Honeymoon Location Pairings

Photo: Cristiano Brizzi of Facibeni Fotografia

After getting hitched across the country (or across the world!), where on earth do you head to next? A newlywed getaway following a destination wedding requires some careful thought for easy travel between both locales. Katie Frederick, founder of Ever After Honeymoons, is here to offer her top suggestions! Here, she matches some of the most popular faraway wedding destinations with their perfectly paired honeymoon spot.

If you wed in the Caribbean, honeymoon in France.
After saying your vows on the sand, wing your way across the Atlantic for museums, monuments, and macarons. Hub St. Maarten offers non-stop flights to Paris, as does the Dominican Republic and Martinique.

Tying the knot in Hawaii? Set your sights on French Polynesia.
You're partway to this South Pacific paradise, so fly to the land of overwater bungalows and crystal-clear lagoons. Bonus: Buy tickets to Tahiti on Hawaiian Airlines and your wedding stopover in the Aloha State is free!

If your nuptials are in Mexico, head even further south of the border to Brazil.
The home of the 2016 Olympics has never been buzzier, and there are direct flights from Cancun and Mexico City to São Paulo.

See More: What Your Planner Wants You to Know About Having a Destination Wedding

Honeymoon in Australia after tying the knot in Napa, California.
Book a nonstop flight from San Fran to Sydney for more world-class wine plus bucket-list adventures in the Outback and Great Barrier Reef.

If your wedding is in Italy, host your honeymoon in Morocco.
It takes a mere four hours to fly from the land of Roman ruins to a world of desert camel rides, palatial riad resorts, and maze-like souks.

Having Vegas wedding? Book your newlywed getaway to Panama.
It's a direct flight, and after Sin City, this affordable hot spot will feel like taking a deep, cleansing breath. Expect hippie-chic surf towns and honeymoon-worthy ecolodges.

Want more genius planning tips? For the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES December 2015/January 2016 issue, on newsstands now and available for download here!

Dec 022015
 
Swan Lake Ballet Wedding Theme

Photo: Judy Pak Photography; Alessandro Garofalo for Indigital Images; Dyad Photography

You know the story — it's as sweet as spun sugar and as romantic as the moment you knew you've found 'the one.' Swan Lake has enchanted audiences since 1877 and for a sweet soirée that's just as enchanting, take a cue from world's most iconic ballet with a wedding full of floaty fabrics, a soft palette enhanced with touches of gold, and layers of delicate feathers.

If you've been dreaming of the moment your newly-minted spouse spins you around on that dance floor as you sway softly to your favorite song, pull inspiration from that milestone first dance with a wedding theme that hails from the world's most elite stages. Lovely and feminine and effortlessly sophisticated, our favorite ballet is all about the romance — and isn't your big day, as well?

See More: A Formal and Romantic 'Starry Night' Wedding Theme

Channel the crescendo into your nuptials with a color palette as graceful as a blushing ballerina (we love cream, blush, and muted gray). And play up Swan Lake's plumage motif with opulent invitations, like these metallic invites from Paper & Type. Continue sprinkling feathers amongst the flouncy fabric of bridesmaid dresses and glided, darling details like feathered, framed table numbers and place settings.

To echo the frothy effect of a tulle tutu, fill your centerpieces with ruffly sweet peas, and go for a sophisticated ballerina-inspired, tiered wedding gown (totally on trend for 2016!) — and not to mention, presents the perfect opportunity to forgo the heels for a comfy, dainty pair of ballet flats (as if you needed yet another reason!). Now you're ready to waltz the night away as a ballerina bride!

Dreaming of a different kind of celebration? Not a problem! Check out more beautiful inspirations boards to inspire you on your big day.

For even more of the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES December/January 2015 issue on newsstands now and available for download.

1. "Glided Gold" Feather Frame, $8, Kate Aspen, available at FavorWarehouse; 2. Embossed Swan Party Picks, $4.95 for eight, Rocky Mtn. Cards; 3. "Fine Feather" Invitation, $15, Paper & Type; 4. "Feather" Plates in Gold Oyster, starting at $69, Nima Oberoi, available at Lunares

3 Ways to Ensure Your Engagement Ring Stays Safe and Sparkly

 Brides Magazine December 2015 - January 2016, Engagement Rings  Comments Off on 3 Ways to Ensure Your Engagement Ring Stays Safe and Sparkly
Dec 012015
 
How to Keep Engagement Ring Safe

Photo: Courtesy of Walmart

It happened, the love of your life has gotten down on knee and asked the question you've been dying to hear and now you finally have the ring of your dreams! Ever since your one and only first put that ring on your finger you cannot imagine taking it off even for a moment. You've probably even found yourself using your left hand a little more just to see the way that gorgeous diamond catches the light. We hate to be the ones to break it to you but there will come a time when that ring will need to come off, lose some of it's shine, or even get misplaced. But don't start panicking; we rounded up the easiest ways to keep your ring picture perfect (you know, for all your #nofilter engagement selfies).

Cleaning
Everyday activities like showering and applying lotion can dull a diamond's shine. Maximize the glitter with an ultrasonic cleaner, like the International Gemological Institute's version ($50; International Gemological Institute), or use a soft-bristle toothbrush, warm water, and mild, non-detergent soap. Ideally, have it professionally cleaned (free at most reputable jewelers) every six months to steam out the gunk behind the mounting. It should include an inspection of the prongs to ensure nothing's loose.

See More: 50 Things to Know About Your Engagement Ring

Storing
Keep your rock glued to your ring finger, especially when you're away from home; that's the time when rings are most likely to be lost. If you're traveling, for your honeymoon let's say, and you're super worried about losing your ring so you might want to leave your ring at home. If you can't bear to part with your ring for that long and you must slip it off, always store it in the same designated place (we mean a jewelry box at home, not your pocket or purse), and never leave it near a sink. Since a diamond can scratch less-hard jewels like pearls, store yours in an individual soft cloth pouch.

Insuring
Insuring your ring is probably the least sexy part of an engagement but it's probably one of the most necessary. As painfully gut wrenching as losing your beloved ring is, knowing you have it insured will definitely help ease the pain. You obviously have no intentions of losing your ring but unfortunately, things happen (especially during the chaos of honeymoons, wedding planning, moving, etc.). Get the ring appraised by a jeweler, then add it to your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy; fees vary, but a $10,000 ring could cost just $165 a year for insurance.

Want more genius planning tips? For the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES December 2015/January 2016 issue, on newsstands now and available for download here!

Dec 012015
 
[Ask Drew December January 2015

Photo: Doug Inglish/Brydget Mackinney

Do you have any burning bridal beauty questions? BRIDES beauty columnist Drew Barrymore — actress, producer, and founder of Flower Beauty — is here to answer all of your pressing skin care, fitness, and makeup application concerns. From her secret to pulling off a mid-wedding hair change to photo tips for the camera shy bride, here's what she's recommending this month.

Q: Did you change your hair from wedding to reception? I'm thinking of going more relaxed for the dance floor.
Drew Barrymore:
I didn't, but having changed looks on the fly for jobs, I know the rules of transitional hair. First, the less product you use, the less likely you'll have dents after removing bands and bobby pins. Also, if your hair is dry before you put it up, that will help. Easy transitions that I've seen are a bun pulled out into a ponytail and a half-up style to an all-down.

See More: Makeup Looks to Avoid on Your Wedding Day

Q: I freeze in front of a camera. Any expert tricks for looking more comfortable?
Drew:
Take as many photos as you can after the ceremony. With only a party ahead of you, you'll be more relaxed. Another tip: Make sure your photographer takes tons of shots of the "in between" moments, not just the posed ones. Candids are a shy girl's best friend.

Q: Sparkly eye shadow on your wedding day: a do or a don't? If it's a do, how do you make it look subtle and pretty?
Drew:
I say it's a do! But choose a product that has fine mica powder (not larger glitter squares) for a sophisticated sparkle. Chanel has a great cream, and Nars makes a wonderful powder, and you can get either in a variety of shimmering colors. Then, pick a lipstick without shimmer so it doesn't compete. Shine bright and be happy!

Want more genius planning tips? For the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES December 2015/January 2016 issue, on newsstands now and available for download here!

Nov 292015
 
Destination Wedding Locations Ashford Castle

Photo: Courtesy of Ashford Castle

When you decide to plan a destination wedding, you suddenly have the whole world open to you! Amazing? Sure. Confusing? Definitely! But here's how to find a spot that jibes with your priorities and personalities — whether you're country folk, beach bums, or city slickers — for a destination wedding that's out-of-this-world and still totally you.

If you want tons of activities...

In the Country: Ashford Castle, Ireland
Play princess in this recently refreshed 13th-century castle. Guests will swoon, too — falconry, archery, and fishing lessons are all on the mile-long activities list.

At the Beach: Curtain Bluff, Antigua
Not only is it set on two gorge strands, it's also all inclusive, so your guests' tennis, diving, yoga, and windsurfing are covered in the room rate.

In the City: Four Seasons Hotel, Las Vegas
This chic hotel is attached to the Mandalay Bay resort complex, so you'll get the best of both worlds: Four Seasons' next-level service for your vows and fun places to play (a shark aquarium, a wave pool) the rest of the weekend.

Destination Wedding Locations The Point

Photo: Courtesy of The Point

If you want epic togetherness...

In the Country: The Point, Saranac Lake, New York
This plush 11-room Adirondacks Great Camp was William Avery Rockefeller's summer compound. Expect nightly campfires and a Gatsby-goes to-the-woods vibe.

At the Beach: Ocean View Club, Harbour Island, Bahamas
At just 17 rooms, this barefoot-chic retreat is perfect for a wedding takeover. Say "I do" on pink sand, then party by a bonfire.

In the City: Casa Hyder, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Colorful and cool, this swank villa has 11 antique- and art-stuffed rooms in three houses for guests. The pool area is surrounded by greenery — perfect for intimate vows, followed by a parade through the city streets.

See More: What Your Planner Wants You to Know About Having a Destination Wedding

Destination Wedding Locations Hotel Wailea

Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Wailea

If you want amazing food...

In the Country: Kenwood Inn and Spa, Sonoma, California
It looks like an old-world villa and has the menu (and wine list) to match: Think three custom courses featuring dishes like risotto and artisanal burrata, paired with Sonoma vintages.

At the Beach: Hotel Wailea, Maui
This newly anointed Relais and Chateaux resort offers tropical mixology classes and a Mediterranean-meets-Hawaiian wedding menu plucked from the on-property organic farm.

In the City: Villa Cora, Florence, Italy
This palatial 19th-century hotel just outside the city center is known for its opulent wedding spaces, insane Florence views, and decadent Tuscan feasts. Bonus: The resort offers cooking classes for all of your foodie friends.

Want more genius planning tips? For the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES December 2015/January 2016 issue, on newsstands now and available for download here!

Nov 262015
 

From your engagement toast to your reception, you can bet that there will be a lot of bubbly flowing during your wedding celebrations. Elise Losfelt, the youngest Möet & Chandon winemaker, breaks down the basics on champagne, simple pairings, and what to sip when.

Champagne vs. Sparkling Wine
No, you can't call California bubbly "champagne." That designation belongs only to sparkling wines from the Champagne region of France. Most are created with a blend of three types of grapes — pinot noir (red), pinot meunier (red), and chardonnay (white). For rosé champagne, a greater percentage of pinot-noir and pinot-meunier grapes are used.

Nonvintage vs. vintage
Vintage champagnes use grapes collected from one exceptional year of harvest and are aged in cellars longer— making them pricier— while nonvintage blends include a mix of grapes from different years.

Food Pairings
Want to elevate any occasion? Serve champagne with dinner. The trick, says Losfelt, is to choose one that complements the aromas of your dish.

- Seafood
Most brut and extra-brut champagnes have hints of pear, peach, and apple— a fruity, tangy mixture that is a good match for seafood, particularly scallops, oysters, white fish, or sushi.

- Fruits, Vegetables, and Spicy Foods
The aromas of strawberry, raspberry, and cherry in a brut rosé blend well with fruits, veggies, and spicy dishes like curry. That kind of versatility is a no-brainer for cocktail hour.

- Chicken
Poultry usually takes on the flavor of the spices it's cooked with, so you need
a champagne that's versatile. Your best bet? One from the brut category will play well off of the savoriness of most chicken dishes.

- Red Meat
To echo the intensity of lamb or beef, especially filet mignon, serve an extra-brut or brut rosé.

- Desserts
Myth: Desserts go best with dry bubbly.
Fact: Dry champagne clashes with desserts. Play up your wedding cake with a sweeter-style champagne, like demi sec or doux.

See More: Creative Bar Sign Ideas for Your Wedding Reception

Losfelt's Top Picks
For the Proposal
Pop a bottle of Möet & Chandon Grand Vintage Brut ($65, Möet & Chandon). It's a classic.

For the Wedding
Bring on the Möet & Chandon Brut Imperial ($41, Möet & Chandon), which pairs well with a variety of dishes. It's also the least expensive in the collection.

For the Wedding Night
In the honeymoon suite, break out the Möet Grand Vintage Rosé ($90, Möet & Chandon). Not too sweet or too dry, it's perfect for your after-after party, and with its premium price tag, you may not want to share with anyone but your new spouse.

Want more genius planning tips? For the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES December 2015/January 2016 issue, on newsstands now and available for download here!

Nov 262015
 

From your engagement toast to your reception, you can bet that there will be a lot of bubbly flowing during your wedding celebrations. Elise Losfelt, the youngest Möet & Chandon winemaker, breaks down the basics on champagne, simple pairings, and what to sip when.

Champagne vs. Sparkling Wine
No, you can't call California bubbly "champagne." That designation belongs only to sparkling wines from the Champagne region of France. Most are created with a blend of three types of grapes — pinot noir (red), pinot meunier (red), and chardonnay (white). For rosé champagne, a greater percentage of pinot-noir and pinot-meunier grapes are used.

Nonvintage vs. vintage
Vintage champagnes use grapes collected from one exceptional year of harvest and are aged in cellars longer— making them pricier— while nonvintage blends include a mix of grapes from different years.

Food Pairings
Want to elevate any occasion? Serve champagne with dinner. The trick, says Losfelt, is to choose one that complements the aromas of your dish.

- Seafood
Most brut and extra-brut champagnes have hints of pear, peach, and apple— a fruity, tangy mixture that is a good match for seafood, particularly scallops, oysters, white fish, or sushi.

- Fruits, Vegetables, and Spicy Foods
The aromas of strawberry, raspberry, and cherry in a brut rosé blend well with fruits, veggies, and spicy dishes like curry. That kind of versatility is a no-brainer for cocktail hour.

- Chicken
Poultry usually takes on the flavor of the spices it's cooked with, so you need
a champagne that's versatile. Your best bet? One from the brut category will play well off of the savoriness of most chicken dishes.

- Red Meat
To echo the intensity of lamb or beef, especially filet mignon, serve an extra-brut or brut rosé.

- Desserts
Myth: Desserts go best with dry bubbly.
Fact: Dry champagne clashes with desserts. Play up your wedding cake with a sweeter-style champagne, like demi sec or doux.

See More: Creative Bar Sign Ideas for Your Wedding Reception

Losfelt's Top Picks
For the Proposal
Pop a bottle of Möet & Chandon Grand Vintage Brut ($65, Möet & Chandon). It's a classic.

For the Wedding
Bring on the Möet & Chandon Brut Imperial ($41, Möet & Chandon), which pairs well with a variety of dishes. It's also the least expensive in the collection.

For the Wedding Night
In the honeymoon suite, break out the Möet Grand Vintage Rosé ($90, Möet & Chandon). Not too sweet or too dry, it's perfect for your after-after party, and with its premium price tag, you may not want to share with anyone but your new spouse.

Want more genius planning tips? For the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES December 2015/January 2016 issue, on newsstands now and available for download here!

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