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Upon my engagement, I felt that the obligatory next step was to go out and buy a bridal magazine. Or two. So I did.
The first surprise I got was the price - these things cost almost as much as a novel! Still, you only get married once, right, so in my basket this one went.
Flicking through it at home later, I noted the following good and bad points.
There are lots of ideas in the book for little touches, such as table decor and invitation styles.
There was a very handy little planning guide in the back of the magazine, detailing what needs to be booked and bought when, which did help to prioritise things.
It's always nice to read about other people's weddings (or at least I think so!) and the stories are well told.
There were quite a lot of dress photos so I could get some ideas from that.
***Not So Good***
All the weddings featured were clearly seriously mega bucks budget-wise and there was nothing "simple and beautiful" there at all. I had a £4k budget for my wedding so didn't really want to read about how you could buy the bridesmaids a diamond necklace to say thanks, or how wonderful it was to have a train of limousines.
There were large numbers of adverts in the magazine - though I imagine some people would find this useful, it was just a bit of a waste of pages for me.
As usual, all of the dress models were (a) a size six and (b) looked bloody miserable. It is hard as someone a little larger (but not by any means huge, just a different shape to the models) to picture what the dresses will look like on someone with curves, and in some cases where you might have to travel quite a long way to try on a dress from a photograph, it would sometimes be nicer to see perhaps similar styles on a selection of models. And someone please tell them to smile - it is really offputting and doesn't do the dresses any favours at all to have Little Miss Grumpy modelling them, looking as if she is about to be forced to marry Josef Fritzl.
Overall, it was a fun magazine to read as a newly-engaged person but I don't think it was worth the money for the benefit I got from it - I could and did get more inspiration online, for nothing.
After 28 years of gazing wistfully in bridal shop windows, at last it's my turn! Once the novelty of the sparkly thing on my finger wore off, and the date was set, though, it was difficult to resist the urge to race in and buy everything, now! After all, there's still another 14 months to go, and the last thing I want to do is jump straight into the first frock that I see and regret it when the perfect one pops up nearer the time. So, what's a girl to do? Buy magazines, that's what. LOTS of 'em. Stack 'em high, pore through 'em day and night until you can't actually see your fiance over the top of the pile. To be fair, though, not all of the bridal magazines on the market are a lot of use. Sure, they're all full of pretty pictures of frocks and shoes and tiaras (now, stop drooling in the corner, there...) but once you've seen one Pronuptia advert, you've kinda seen them all and you either end up setting your heart on a dress that's only available in an exclusive boutique at the other end of the country, or you start to despair that there's nothing out there that you'd possibly want to wear on your big day. You & Your Wedding is one of the better national magazines that I've read so far. It's got plenty of big, glossy adverts to give you a wide idea of the dresses available on the market , and a good selection of smaller, 'classified'-style ones spanning suppliers across the country, advertising everything from stationers, cake decorators and florists to the more outlandish entries like fireworks displays or ice sculptures. The layout of the magazine itself is clear and concise - sections for the bride (fashion, beauty, etc.), the groom (how to avoid panic attacks!), and general sections on planning, the reception and, of course, the honeymoon. They do a good line in 'How Not To Kill Your Loved One/His Mother/Your Mother (delete as applicable) Before You Make It Dow
n The Aisle' articles and, of course, the ubiquitous 'diary'-style column page at the back. The magazine normally comes with a 'free' booklet - on hair, or flowers, or cakes, or something else to make you think, "oooh, pretty..." I'm onto my second issue of 'You & Your Wedding' (it's published bi-monthly) since my engagement, and I'm already brim-ful of stunning (if maybe a little ambitious) ideas for our wedding. Just don't tell him indoors!!
When my husband ask me to marrie him, i was so happy,i through now i have to plan,alot of planing needs organizeing. So i deciced to take a trip up to london,when i bump into a shop where i saw a book called weddings from collins pocket refernce. The book has everything you need to know about weddings,for example all about the marrige law,all types off wedding,as we all know we all like types off weddings. You also have responsible for the groom,as in role and responsibilities before the day. The Contents off this book: 1. all about engagement. 2 The laws in marriage. 3 All types of weddings. 4 all types of church weddings 5 Arranging the reception 6 Going away 7 And all things that the the brides mother,brides father need to know. Theres much more then what i have told you ,just a little advice, dont let the man leave you you to all the plannings. So if you are planning to get married all the what some future please read about this books, it will give you so many ideas. I've always loved reading books,so when my husband ask me to marrie me it was a good change to reading other books. It was one of the most brillant books i have read.
Being a scientist by nature, as soon as my boyfriend popped the question I started my wedding research by buying as many wedding magazines as I could afford. It just so happened that the first one that caught my beady little eye was You and You Wedding. The first thing that impressed me was the price which is not bad at £3.80 for a magazine with over 400 pages. Another thing which impressed me was the planning sections which, being a wedding novice, were invaluable. I had not considered half of the things which had to be planned and also had not realised that weddings could occur in places other than church or registry office (neither of which had appealed to us). The magazine targets all people with all budgets and also tries to give good advice and suggestions for dealing with problems such as divorced parents (a problem which worried myself). In most magazines, lots of pages of adverts would put people off, but the pages of wedding dresses and shoes and other bridal and groom wear in this magazine are very helpful especially if you don't have a clue what you want! The magazine does not restrict itself to conventional ideas and therefore exposes you to things which you may not have otherwise considered. You and Your Wedding magazine is a monthly magazine. Most would probably think that one edition would be very much like another as there can only be so many things associated with weddings which could fill a magazine right? Wrong! Every month they have different aspects which they concentrate on and these features are always extremely useful. To anyone getting married in the future I strongly recommend this magazine
Having recently got married I obviously had to buy every Bridal magazine in the shops. One of the best ones I thought was You and Your Wedding I found it did not have as many adverts in it as a lot of the others did. It had a lot of pictures of wedding dresses and guidelines on what type of dress would suit you. They used to give out some freebies with it aswell. I had a sandals wedding planner with one which was useful. It has all useful telephone numbers in the back of the magazine so you can ring suppliers for magazines of their stock. The only thing I found irratating was that they always used to say the average wedding was about £10,000 people get married on less than that. The prices they say people pay for things were stupid prices
I can't think of any of the Bridal/wedding magazines that I tried a year ago which stood out in my mind. This one is no exception. Every single one of them is stock full of glossy adverts and not much else. Even their articles are not so much indepth as promotions for various products. The basic premise with these magazines is to prey on a Bride's basic fear that something might go wrong on her wedding day, so she pays out @ £3.00 on one of these magazines to help allay her fears that she has not forgotten anything, and that she is doing everyhting right. Unfortunately these magazines do not seem to focus on what is the most important element of a wedding ; the marriage afterwards. Sure a Wedding day is important, but it's only one day; a marriage could be for a lifetime. They also pander to the "expensive" side of weddings. Registry Office weddings are rarely if ever featured. They work on the statistic that avergae wedding costs are about £14,000. Let me tell you, mine in May 1999 cost £3,000 including all the outfits and the honeymoon. And I didn;t scrimp on anything that was important, just cut out the faff like "favours" etc.
There may be a lot of adverts in this magazine, but there are in all wedding magazines today. For a bride who is lacking ideas, this is actually a good thing, as it is a source of inspiration. For a bride who wants to read articles rather than looking at pictures, then it's maybe not the best. However, it is better than some magazines out there, so it's not the worst either! However, there is some sound advice in You and Your Wedding, and you get a lot more pages for your money than most of the other wedding mags. If you want to buy only one wedding magazine, you could do a lot worse than to buy this mag. Yes, there's a lot of adverts, but there are also a lot of interesting articles too.
I am continually annoyed by glossy magazines which charge you a lot for a load of adverts. This magazine is no exception - there is page after page of adverts with a few articles in between. The cover promises things such as 'the best bridal hair accessories' and 'over 100 fashion ideas for your maids'. After spending 5 minutes trying to find these articles (the contents page isn't much help) you are treated to 1 page of more glorified adverts. I also find it annoying when they assume that everyone has unlimited resources to pay for their wedding. Their idea of a wedding dress on a budget is one that costs less than £600! One useful feature however, is the service they offer where they will send you information on a wide range of wedding companies , free of charge. Apparently the average wedding costs around £13,000 - personally I'd try and reduce this by saving the £3.80 this magazine charges for the privilege of reading a load of adverts.