Post # 1
I know personally I don’t get much from the existing magazines out there for brides. Elegant bride used to be a whole lot nicer but that has changed a lot.
I personally feel like there’s not enough for women of color – I’m not a woman of color myself but I think this is lacking. I’m a white girl that loves to read Essence b/c I like the clothes they have in there!
Also, nothing for encores per se. There is an encore bride website I found but it’s kind of not so fabulous.
What would you like to see? What do you think is missing? And would be it be a print magazine, or a website?
Post # 3
Its not necessarily missing per se, but my favorite thing about wedding magazines is PICTURES. I love getting ideas for colors and decorations and such. Also, maybe less dresses. It is great when you all still looking, but after that, some magazines become pointless to buy because they are just filled with dresses. There should be a “Dresses” magazine that way they are all in one place, then everything else would have more room in the magazine.
Post # 4
I’d love to see LESS adds…I mean, I have my dress so that’s not why I want to read bridal magazines. I want to read more about fun DIY projects. I read an article about flowers at one point, but they only talked about the most basic of color schemes and how to tie them in…which made me sad. Hearing some wedding stories would be fun too!
Post # 5
Less emphasis on dresses and more info about the details we are all searching for after we’ve chosen the dress – centerpieces, linens, bouquets, welcome bags, groom’s attire, menus, etc.
The other day I had to drive across the state with my FI and I meant to bring all my planning stuff in the car. I forgot it and I made FI stop at a store so I could buy some magazines. I get so frustrated because for every tiny tidbit of useful wedding related info, there are like 30 pages of dresses – ads or articles. There are plenty of other elements to a wedding, people!
Can you tell you hit a nerve:-)
Yes, that encore wedding website you are talking about is terrible!
Post # 6
More DIY stuff!
Invitation, bouquets, decor etc.
Martha Stewart Weddings is my favourite because it has the most of this stuff but I still wish there was more!
Post # 7
That’s funny b/c I feel the same way. I didn’t need to see so many dresses. That was the easy part for me! I need help with the other stuff!
I’d love to hear more – I’m just curious b/c I feel so let down when I buy bridal mags – like almost nothing in there applies to me.
And has anyone noticed that they always feature such pricey dresses and very little budget options? I don’t need to see a 6K dres look beautiful in a shoot – I want to see a under 1K dress look beautiful.
Show me a David’s Bridal dress looking like haute couture with fabulous accessories etc.
Post # 8
Less gown ads, more things within a “normal” budget – less debt inducing ideas, more DIY.
Post # 9
I completely agree with the posts above. Fewer pictures of dresses/ads for dresses and more about stuff we can actually use. Such as DIY ideas and ideas for centerpieces, invitations, flowers, bridal party gifts, welcome bags, etc. I also get frustrated because the dresses/things they show in these magazines are way out of budget or just things that are not practical.
Post # 10
less fluffy ads that take up space and make them honkers to carry around.
also more feasibly affordable ideas. Sorry but there are always so many cute things and they are absurdly expensive. Only 1% of the population can afford that kind of stuff!
Post # 11
I would want there to be more pictures of beautiful curvasious women like myself lol.
Post # 12
the few i’ve flipped through seem to be just ads. so less ads though that’s kind of hard since that’s how you make your money. but yes, more articles on helpful ideas for invites and projects and the like. stuff that’s actually affordable and not that weird level of affordability that some mags think. like, invites that are a couple dollars or less [real affordable] vs “affordable” invites for $5-6 bucks a pop
Post # 13
• more DIY: Martha Stewart rocks rocks rocks it out of the park on this one!
• more “look what i found” shopping guides (Oprah’s “O” mag does this really well; and I love how Martha weddings shows great finds from Etsy, etc)
• more diversity (not just race, tradition, but also age)
• fewer flimsy and useless articles about honeymoons (“gee, ladies, there is a place called Hawaii, and you could GO THERE,” duh) and about nesting (i hate kitchen-ware articles taking up bridal-magazine space; and probably at least 80 percent of brides have lived on their own before, and therefore don’t need advice on how to buy the right fork)
• less stupid etiquette advice
PS: i am a magazine — fashion mag — editor, and i’m actually starting to think i should have gone over to “modern bride” or “brides” or something and kicked some butt and taken some names, because…. the old-school bridal mags, um, suck
Post # 14
I agree with Arizona – less about dresses and more about choosing and interviewing vendors of all types (DJs, Photographers, Florist, etc). Also, one thing I’ve found in the knot magazine and BRIDES is the stories of not so good things that have happened to brides and how they handled them (both good and bad). Also, ways to handle in-laws, guest lists, wedding party, etc. I think there should be more advice, DIY information and less ads.
Post # 15
Definitely more details, helpful advice, and FEWER DRESSES! They’re far from the most important details, and yet there are pages and pages of advertisements for them.
Post # 16
I like the Conde Nast Brides UK magazine! It’s my favorite. I also love Martha Stewart Weddings … and I love that Wedding Style is digital= I don’t have to pay $$ for it … but I still do. =) I spend so much on magazines … even though I shouldn’t. I don’t know what I was thinking these past 8 months … I kind of was crazy.
Now that a month is left … I have like 100’s of bridal magazines