There’s nothing quite like ‘that feeling’ when you get engaged. It’s so special, so unique… and so. Much. Fun! We’re incredibly lucky to be constantly caught up in the big-day bubble of excitement all the time while we live vicariously through our readers’ weddings. This month has been extra special for the Cosmo Bride gang, as we’ve had two of our very own team get engaged or married while we made this issue. With all the bottles of champers popped, cake eaten and streamers draped over desks, it brought home yet again just what a magical time it is when you say “Yes.” It also meant I was getting asked loads of questions about everything from, “Is lush greenery the new peony?” to, “What the heck do I do if it rains?!” We try to pack in as much advice as possible into each issue (check out our experts’ advice from page 25) as well as give you oodles of dress options (head to page 134 to find The One that suits your budget), plus this issue we tackled how to avoid reception mishaps like drunk guests, muddy fields and loved ones going AWOL (page 228). Barack Obama’s former speechwriter even spilled his secrets on how to nail that toast (page 217). As always, we have so much more to say, and love hearing from you. Don’t hesitate to contact us on social media so we can chat in real time! Meanwhile, pour yourself a glass of bubbles, put those feet up and enjoy immersing yourself in the world of all things beautiful and bridal. ALEXIS TEASDALE, MANAGING EDITOR @ALEXISTEASDALE
ABOVE: Nicole, our national advertising manager, is now a wife – awww! LEFT: Our creative director, Leisa, got engaged! Her fiancé surprised her on a helicopter ride with some seriously special bling.