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.)

Tonight is our private fashion show, where the final five Operation Dream Dress designs–chosen by America!–will be showcased on the catwalk and critiqued by our panel of experts. Among these panelists are our own fashion director, Rachel Leonard; Austin Scarlett, who you might recognize from the first season of Project Runway; Hilary Rhoda, the face of Estee Lauder’s fragrance, Beautiful; Dan Rentillo, designer for David’s Bridal; and Britt Aboutaleb, Associate Editor of Fashionista.com.  Our panelists and models are just arriving! –Jackie, Cubicle Chat

 

Dixie Dude Ranch

Dixie Dude Ranch

Las Vegas, New York, and Miami are the usual go-to places for bachelorettes—but have you ever considered a dude ranch?  I hadn’t, until my sister-in-law told me she was off to the Dixie Dude Ranch in Bandera, Texas, for a girls’ weekend.  I turned up my nose and thought sarcastically, “right–sounds like a blast”.  Turns out I was totally wrong.  My SIL returned with stories of female bonding, drinking, and cute cowboys.  Plus, at about $130 a night (including meals, horseback riding, and other activities), it’s a bargain.  Now if only I could convince my own city slicker friends…  –Christina, Wedding Spy 

 

BRIDES is now on Twitter!

BRIDES is now on Twitter!

BRIDES has officially joined the Twitter community. Just search for BridesMagUS to find us. Why follow our tweets?  Not only do we have links to all of our contests and sweeps, but we’ll keep you informed with the latest hair/makeup products, report on the newest reception locations, link up to great wedding resource websites, and provide you with etiquette tips.  What more do you need?  The best part is you’ll be getting this in 140 characters or fewer so you can stop feeling overwhelmed and start planning your wedding!  -Jackie, Cubicle Chat

ODD Image for blogVoting closes today for BRIDES magazine’s first-ever Operation Dream Dress contest. The field will be narrowed from 20 semi-finalists to 5 finalists, chosen entirely by you! Next, we’ll be bringing America’s Fave Five to NYC for a fashion show judged by a celebrity panel. The prize-winning dress will appear on the cover of our November/December issue. Visit www.brides.com/dreamdress and cast your vote. –Jackie, Cubicle Chat

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

For her April wedding, my best friend, Lisa, told her bridesmaids that we could each choose our own black dress.  As matron of honor, I was relieved: Since I’m having a baby in May, my appearance is distracting enough without adding fuchsia to the mix.  I work at BRIDES, so I started at the fashion director’s desk.  She told me to check out A Pea in the Pod’s dresses (“Totally cute—I’d wear them!” were her exact words), which are sold at Destination Maternity, an awesome one-stop shop. It’s an easy place to love: The staff walks the floor with free water and juice, and the day I was there, they were also passing out Magnolia Bakery cupcakes.  I found 14 (!) dresses to try and about half were serious contenders.  Would I go boho with a silk 70s-style gown with funky black embroidery?  Or girly with the wrap dress that had a ruffled neckline and polka-dot chiffon overlay?  I finally settled on a flowy, goddess-inspired cocktail-length number with delicate gold beading under an empire waist, the BFF of preggo women everywhere. (PS: The price was perfect—I’d love to wear it again, but won’t be bummed if I don’t.) To pull my look together, I only needed a great blowout, patent peep-toe flats, and the Tiffany & Co. bracelet that was a gift from Lisa.  –Lexi, Cubicle Chat