As I write this, the team and I are still recovering from yesterday's epic, 12-hour cover shoot for the next issue of Brides. So much planning and creative thinking goes into making one issue, just like for your own wedding day - and for us, the cover is the grand finale. For you, your big reveal perhaps?
Readers often ask how it all comes together so I thought I'd give you a little insight into just what it takes.
1 seriously carb-loaded meal (nothing happens until I've eaten!). 120 models at out casting session. 9 boutique appointments to choose 35 cover-worthy dresses. 18 bouquets commissioned. 20 people in the shoot crew (that's 5 models, 3 hairstylists, 1 make-up artists, 1 photographer, 1 photographer's assistant, 4 florists, 1 manicurist, 1 fashion director, 1 fashion assistant, 1 art director and 1 editor. 10 security guards protecting £2.3 million of precious diamonds and jewels. 28 pairs of shoes. 300 products in make-up artists Sarah Brock's kit. 235 accessories including wow veils, extravagant headpieces, pretty corsages, beaded belts and gloves. 2,100 shots taken. 1 incredible cover image.
Unless you're blessed with a budget that allows for a wedding planner, you'll be styling your own big day. So give yourself a break. This issue is jammed with stunning trends, colours, styling and decor tips to inspire you and get you closer to that one amazing day when you'll become someone's wife. Good luck!