We unveiled the winner of Operation Dream Dress this morning, live on Good Morning America. It was a tough decision—the five final designs were both unique and inspired. According to Diane Sawyer, each of the gowns was “dazzling”–and we have to agree! After the on-air fashion show, editor in chief Millie Bratten revealed that Amy Wong Micucci from Beverly Hills, CA, would go home with $10,000—and the distinction of having her dress photographed for the cover of our November/December issue. If you love it, you’ll be able to wear it for your wedding, since it will be manufactured by David’s Bridal this fall. Best of luck to all of our contestants, and we look forward to seeing all of your entries next year. –Jackie, Cubicle Chat

(sketches and corresponding dresses from left to right: Johnny Corona, Jennifer Allen, Haley Badenhop, Amy Wong Micucci, Claire Thompson.)

Working at BRIDES has given me some very cool opportunities—parties, opening nights, fashion shows. But this week was possibly the best: a cover shoot. I was asked to videotape the process for our Facebook page, so I showed up at the studio with a camcorder, digital camera, and tripod. I tried blending in, but it wasn’t completely successful: When I swung my lens around our editors ducked, trying to sneak out of the shot, and even our model, clearly not camera-shy, gave me the evil eye when I was filming her makeup touch-ups. Still, I managed to get hours of footage and tons of photos. It’ll take a little while for us to edit it all—come back in a few weeks when we un-veil it!  –Jackie, Un-Veiled

Stationery. We make a big deal of it at BRIDES, but when you think about it, it’s just glorified paper.  Maybe it’s adorned with crystals, ribbons, fabric.  Maybe it’s even on specialty card stock.  Or maybe it’s not on paper at all.  Acrylic menus?  Laser engraved wood?  Calligraphied seashells?  Who am I kidding?!  The stationery of today is anything but simple.   

In our office we have over 2,000 invites on file and receive over a dozen new packages weekly.  Sometimes each invitation set comes with 7 pieces, including the invite itself, the envelopes, maps/directions, itineraries, and RSVPs.  How do we keep track of it all…paper elves?  Nope, even simpler than that.  Ziploc bags.  These everyday household baggies have become our most useful tool when it comes to keeping all this paper together.  We write the name of the company and the date on the back of every piece of stationery that comes our way and log it into an Excel document.  We keep them all separate in gallon Ziploc bags with names and dates of arrival.  These go in big plastic bins, on shelves, and in empty filing cabinets.  In an effort to be eco-conscious, we go through the old samples quarterly and send them back to the vendor.  A lot of companies will recycle and reuse them to create new designs, so at least we’re saving a tree or two!  —Machell, Wedding Sylistas