(Closed) Newly engaged brides, did you subscribe to bridal magazines?

posted 6 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
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Helper bee

Nooooooooooooooo.

I’ve gotten everything I need to know about weddings from the Internet and the “A Practical Wedding” books. Wedding magazines, in my experience, are just filled with “Things You Must Do to Have a Real Wedding” and “Pinteresty Things You Must Have Even Though You Can’t Afford Them.”

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Nope, seemed like a waste of money. Between pinterest, message boards, and the million wedding blogs on the internet I can’t imagine a magazine has anything extra!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I got a free subscription from a bridal bazaar but I never used it or looked at it. It wasn’t helpful for me since everything in those magazines is designer and expensive as crap. Pinterest was my best tool for planning. 

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - St.Matthews Church, Hants, UK

Nope. I pick up the free ones from Bridal Fairs for pretty coffee table things when the girls come over and want to coo over ideas but that’s about it.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Las Palmas

Congrats on your engagement! I received a big huge bridal magazine as a gift from some friends. I do love the break from ‘screen time’ to flip through a magazine. I don’t think I got a ton of new ideas/insight from it but, I did find a dress that I love (in my budget) that I hadn’t seen before.

You might get some good bang for your buck if you look at an online subscription for a bunch of magazines like Texture? https://www.texture.ca/

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

OMG I think buying bridal magazines at the store was probably my biggest waste of money in the whole wedding planning process. Plus, the magazines are usually quarterly, so if you subscribe your only getting 4 of them and then have to go throught the annoying process of canceling your subscription after. I would just go buy a couple from the supermarket or something if you are curious.

Also, the magazines I looked at basically had nothing interesting, and certaining nothing you couldnt find a million times over online.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

My cousin’s coworkers got her a subscription as a congratulations present and while she looked at them, she said she never would have paid for them herself.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I bought one individual issue each of The Knot New York, Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, and a couple of others.  This was mostly for my family when I was dress shopping though, because my dad has a LOT of opinions.  My mom and I both liked the magazines and I got the color scheme from one of them but I think my dad has looked at them more than anyone!  Now that I’ve found a venue and dress and cake, the rest is kind of just details and the magazines aren’t that helpful with what I need from here on out.  I don’t think you need a subscription to any of them.

Also I’ve heard that when you give them your personal info you get millions of promotional emails.  So I just bought all of mine at CVS or Barnes & Noble in person.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

After I got engaged, I went out and bought a ton of wedding magazines. 

They are basically all the same, most feature very expensive items throughout (great if you are lucky enough not to be constrained by anything so pedestrian as a budget! Ha), and are at least 50% adverts.

I did get some ideas of things I liked from magazines, but ultimately nothing I couldn’t also find online.

I have to say though, that I loved looking through them with my mum and my friends, and it was a part of the whole ‘newly engaged’ excitement.

if I were you, I’d just buy one or two, but don’t bother to subscribe.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Agree with the suggestion above for Texture. You get a two week free trial I think so I’d sign up and check it out. They have Martha Stewart Weddings and another large one. They carry all the previous issues since the magazine went digital. I found they were good for decor style and looking at dresses but that they lacked a lot of meat. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

I got a subscription to Brides.  I like it for the most part.  I enjoy when they come every other month.  Looking back, I would have gotten Martha Stewart weddings.  I feel that the ideas are more practical and affordable.  

My main issue with bridal magazines is that Not every issue caters to birdes at all planning stages.  They are mostly focused on Dresses. And when they are not talking dresses they are focused on dream weddings with huge budgets.  I just got an entire issue dedicated to Ads for dresses!  What  a waste.  What I really want in a dress issue now that I bought my dress is ideas of how real brides styled their gown.  Im all about practical advice and if you go with ideas in magazines you will spend thousands of dollars 🙁 

the only reason that The seubcription is worth it is because if you whould have bought two magazines in a year it is paid for and I can change to another magazine from the same publishing house at any time.  

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

No, waste of money. I got a bunch for free at bridal expos and to be honest, I don’t even look through them.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017 - Canvas Event Space

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camette:  nope – I just somehow kept accumulating them for free and then eventually gave them away to another bride who will hopefully “pay it forward” I love me some magazine subscriptions (I’m down to 3, but at one point I had 6… obsessed!) but totally not worth it here.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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camette:  Nope. Waste of time and money. Honestly, the best thing I got was The Knot app. We made the website and created a master guestlist = helped us and the wedding party keep track of guestlists for the bridal shower, bachelorette, rehearsal dinner and wedding. It has due dates for all the ‘to-dos” that you can add/delete/modify. It pretty much kept both DH and I sane – we added every little thing we needed t get done ti that list and checked it off as we did it.  It reduced a lot of anxiety n our part because we knew we weren’t forgetting anything since it was all on the list.

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