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Fall/Winter 2008 Issue

Embark on a romantic journey in the season’s most enchanting gowns.


Your dress draws all the attention, but the right hair accessory will set your face aglow—and help your gravity-defying updo stay put. These bejeweled headbands, pins, and combs are tops.

Want your bridesmaids to shine? Skip the froufrou frocks and let them don these cocktail-ready shifts.

Shutterbugs go head-to-head in a wedding photo showdown. Check out our slide show to see more photos from each photographer.

Finding the right person to capture your “I do’s” takes more than good Googling. Before handing over a four-digit check, you have to become familiar […]

Embark on a romantic journey in the season’s most enchanting gowns.

Four couples take advantage of the region’s diverse landscapes as they celebrate their wedding days in style.

Julie Shapiro & Erik SnyderSeptember 15, 2007Chatham Bars Inn on Cape CodPhotographs by Person + Killian Growing up in Weston, Julie Shapiro spent summers on […]

This season, femininity reigns supreme. Scroll through our slide show to see gowns made luxe by intricate beading, oversized flowers, structured pleats, rich hues, flirtatious ruffles, or a romantic sweetheart neckline.

The right details turn any setting—ballroom, beach, or country inn—into a fabulous affair. Check out our slide show of the season’s most spectacular themes.

Merry Maids

Wedding tips, tricks, and advice from those in-the-know. Everything a bride needs to learn to tackle invitations, libations, dancing, decor, and more!

The MessengerThe right invites make a chic statement. The wrong ones fall flat, or simply cost a bundle. A stationer talks about finding your style—and […]

Go-cart racing, dance lessons, flip-flops? Today’s rehearsal dinners are about more than just food and drink.

Once just simple sit-downs for the wedding party, rehearsal dinners now run the gamut in size, cost, and theme. But there’s one rule that hasn’t […]

If you’re already living together—and own matching toasters—why not register for the fun stuff?

Built the nest before tying the knot? Then you probably already have most of the goods on a traditional registry. Rather than settling for monogrammed […]

He gave you a diamond; now pay him back with six months of bacon.

LIQUID GOLD What’s as rare as the love you share? A bottle of Macallan born around the time he was. Aged in sherry oak casks, […]

From the grass-covered dunes of the North Shore to a coastal village in Maine, these New England destinations make sweet spots to exchange vows.

The North Shore Salt marshes, seaside shanties, and bustling harbors provide the quintessential backdrop for a wedding north of Boston. But to give your guests […]

Six far-flung direct destinations for every type of couple, from gourmands to beach bums to off-road explorers.

If You’re All Partied-Out St. ThomasCouples whose perfect afternoon consists of nada can take refuge in this surprisingly low-key Caribbean escape. Sure, you could kayak, […]

To avoid sticky situations, it pays to know when—and how—to say no.

My cousin wants to bring her three-year-old to our reception. I’ve already told everyone else, “no kids,” so how do I tell her she can’t […]

Tummy-tucking, thigh-slimming, bust-lifting shapewear abounds. But can they really stand in for workouts and willpower? We slipped on four body shapers to see which ones deliver a flawless figure.

The Body Wrap Lites Control Shapewear Squeezing into this is a challenge—a bit like pulling on a Saran Wrap mini. Once on, the Body Wrap […]

They’re just flowers, right? Wrong. A jaw-dropping arrangement takes a lot of handwork, rare buds, and a big bank account.

Flowers grow in backyards for free. So the hefty prices attached to wedding bouquets often puzzle brides. “It’s not just flowers,” explains floral designer Dana […]

Avoiding an alteration altercation.

Once you’ve whittled down your waist, will the dress still fit? To make sure it does, tell your seamstress or dressmaker that you’re planning to […]

How much weight can—or should—you safely drop?

Apparently, nothing gets a gal dieting like a wedding-dress fitting. More than 70 percent of brides-to-be have weight anxiety, according to a 2007 study at […]

Are couples’ spa treatments romantic—or just plain awkward? One uninitiated pair vows to find out during an hour-long massage at Newbury Street’s luxe Emerge Spa & Salon.

Are couples’ spa treatments romantic—or just plain awkward? One uninitiated pair vows to find out during an hour-long massage at Newbury Street’s luxe Emerge Spa […]

Wedding planning can morph a sane woman into an obsessive stress-case. Donna Garlough pits Zen yoga against a butt-kicking boxing class to find out which trounces tension best.

Boxing Could throwing punches help release pent-up aggression? I sign up for boxing lessons with personal trainer and former boxer Jeff Falkowski at the swank […]

The quest for blemish-free skin

Prenuptial stress can wreak havoc on your complexion. To preserve your skin (and your sanity), remember that the best defense is a good offense, advise […]

So your chin’s broken out, and your strapless gown shows off a little ink. Local beauty gurus dish on how to camouflage anything for a day.

The ProblemPimplesThe ProductsMario Badescu Buffering Lotion, $17, Paula Dorf Magic Stick Concealer, $20, and i.d. BareMinerals Powder Foundation, $25; all at Rouge Cosmetics, 322 Derby […]

To turn up the glamour on her wedding day, Blythe Copeland braves eyelash extensions.

HOW THEY LOOK During a surprisingly relaxed afternoon at LuxLash, a technician patiently glues individual synthetic extensions to each of my existing lashes while I […]