We see so many amazing weddings here, and one thing they have in common is that they’re all completely different! You put so much of yourselves into your events—especially true now that etiquette rules have relaxed and you’re really free to do things your way. A wedding without matching bridesmaids, or even a bridal party? If that’s your vision, go for it! But one thing I haven’t seen is a wedding without flowers (or greenery or other natural elements). And that’s a good thing, because blooms bring so much: color, beauty, personality, cohesion, and a connection to nature. A floral installation can give a space a sense of architecture. And a bride’s bouquet, of course, is the ultimate accessory. That’s what we had in mind when creating “But First . . . the Bouquet,” on page 85. We emphasize flowers throughout the issue— including tips on hiring a floral pro, on page 147—to inspire you and help you plan this important and beautiful part of your celebration. Speaking of beauty, we’re excited about “The Vow List” (page 135), our picks of great new products for skin and hair care, makeup, and more. We tested them all (I know, tough job!) to
bring you the best. Enjoy!