ODD Intro SlideBack in February we asked designers all over the country to submit original sketches of a wedding dress that exemplified the idea of “visionary romance” for our Operation Dream Dress contest. Tonight, the five finalists will  appear alongside their creations in a private showing for our editors and VIP panelists; tomorrow, our editors will announce the grand prize winner on Good Morning America. Tune in tomorrow morning, June 25th, to see a live runway show of the finalists’ dresses and find out who will go home with $10,000–and their dress on the cover of BRIDES! –Jackie, Cubicle Chat

This is Army Captain Christina Fanitzi, engaged and in uniform. Stay tuned to see her finished wedding look.

This is Army Captain Christina Fanitzi.

Next Tuesday, BRIDES comes to the rescue on Wedding Day, TNT‘s new reality show that gives couples their dream celebration, as an Army captain on leave from Iraq has just days to go from battle-ready to bridal. Our editors jump into action, helping her find the perfect wedding gown, choose gorgeous accessories, decide on a romantic hairstyle, and figure out her makeup. How does she look? You’ve got to see it to believe it! Tune in on Tuesday, June 30th, at 8 P.M. EST! –Sally, Cubicle Chat

Tonight marks the first episode of Countdown to the Altar, a lightning-paced series on E! News that follows a real couple on a real budget through 12 weeks of nail-biting wedding prep. BRIDES editors are featured throughout the summer, sharing their insider advice on how to put together the best day of your life for a price you can live with. –Sally, Cubicle Chat

Honeymoon registries have been around for a while now, but we’re excited to hear that Hyatt Hotels & Resorts has finally jumped on the bandwagon! The company’s new gift site allows you to register on its site (just as you would for items at a department store) for everything from room service breakfast to couples massages to the room itself. And believe me, choosing one of Hyatt’s fab honeymoon-worthy hotels (a personal fave: the Park Hyatt in Buenos Aires) is just as fun as picking out a blender. Plus, your gifts don’t expire and there are no blackout dates. Check it out at hyattregistry.com. For more information on honeymoon registries, check out our July/August issue, on sale now. –Xander, The Honeymooner

Starting tomorrow, tune into E! News for Countdown to the Altar, a lighting-paced series that follows a real couple on a real budget through 12 weeks of nail-biting wedding prep. BRIDES editors are featured throughout the summer, sharing their insider advice on how to put together the best day of your life for a price you can live with. –Sally, Cubicle Chat

Cue 2001: A Space Odyssey soundtrack for the unwrapping of this monster of a gift!

Cue 2001: A Space Odyssey when unwrapping this gift!

Given our eco-awareness, it’s about time that someone created a green vodka. Double Cross is a newly launched vodka that’s green, in a sense; it’s made from locally grown organic winter wheat and mountain spring water from aquifers. But what really got our attention was it’s sold in massive rectangular 750 mL bottles with a logo adapted from the Slovakian flag, and is virtually indestructible (I speak from experience–even dropping it won’t break this bottle!). With its masculine looks and a price point of about $44.99, it’s perfect for the groomsmen’s gifts…or a last-minute Father’s Day present for dad this weekend! –Jackie, Party Girl

When it comes to make-up I’m completely hopeless. The smoky eye? The day-in-the-sun glow? They’re completely beyond my capabilities. Until, that is, I tried Face Time’s Beauty in a Box. There are three styles to choose from–Romantic, Stunning, and Sultry–and you can decide to match your mood or whatever event you’re getting prettied-up for (engagement party? bridal shower?) Each box costs $90 and comes with step-by-step instructions, contact info for a make-up artist you can reach 24/7, and of course, a make–up kit to complete each desired look. The real beauty is the end result: a natural makeover that brings out the stunning, romantic, or sultry side you. –Machell, Wedding Stylistas