When it comes to your trip-of-a-lifetime, you don't want to settle for anything but the best. And we won't let you, either. Every year Brides travels the world visiting and vetting 100 special spots to make sure they're honeymoon-hot in every way.
This year, in association with The Turquoise Holiday Company, we look at just that: the very best. The ultimate private islands, our fave NYC haunts, the most sought- after hush-hush openings and the book-it-now maxi-moons; from beautiful beaches and pyramids in Mexico to a Southeast Asia hop.
Trust us: these hotels all have the Brides seal of approval from one of our trusted travel journalists. And because we've been there, we can tell you that the lobster ceviche is the thing to order, the most expensive suite isn't necessarily the best to book, and the name of the guides who will go the extra mile to make your trip so special. Not to mention the less obvious treats to look out for; we love that you can pick mangoes off the trees at Belle Mont Farm in St Kitts or play on your own piano at Cheval Blanc Randheli in the Maldives.
My favourite trend for 2017? Taking over a luxury house to rent,
all to yourselves. The six fabulous houses reviewed are lavish,
luxe and, most of all, fiercely private - it doesn't get better
than that. Enjoy!
WHERE IS HOT, ALL YEAR ROUND
Sunshine saviours Gorgeous destinations with glorious weather - and the best months to go
360º views Awesome hotels with awe-inspiring vistas. Enjoy!
a US road trip, or mixing up Cape Town with a safari and
the Seychelles? Step this way
HOW TO DO SAFARI NOW
The new standout camps with serious design kudos
10 BEST PRIVATE ISLANDS
1 stunning destination + 1 hotel retreat = desert-island perfection
Are you all about luxe-for-less or blow-the-budget travel? Here's our pick of the finest hotels Europe has to offer for both
Sometimes only total privacy will do
ÜBER-COOL NEW YORK HOTELS
Five Manhattan institutions - and where to fly to next to recover from that shopping spree
Stray far from the pack in the mountains of Bhutan or a
Brazilian casa buried deep in the jungle
ON-THE-RISE CITY MOONS
For couples who want to look beyond the obvious, and swap
lounging for exploring
Hint: book these before the masses do
Crisp snow, cold mountain air and log fires: the perfect excuse to cosy up
You're becoming a Mrs! Naturally, you're going to want to tell everyone about your new name but aside from friends and family and changing your name on social media there are some official people who need to know, too. Read more »
Looking for a mother-of-the-bride dresses or outfit? There are so many boxes it's got to tick. The perfect mother-of-the-bride dress needs to be smart (yet not too office-like), glamorous (yet not too young), and beautifully flattering (without out-shining the bride, of course). It's a tall order, but it's one that so many high street shops have got covered. Fashion-forward while still remaining classically stylish, these are the stores we'd hot-foot it too. Click through the gallery, and discover our favourite high street mother-of-the-bride dresses below.
Coast is our go-to for standout wedding guest dresses, but the high street store is right at the top of our list for incredible mother-of-the-bride pieces, too. Alongside their great (and well-priced) dresses, don't forget to check out their range of coats, too. We're big fans of the Mirren coat, £159, for spring/summer 2017. Keep your eyes peeled for their collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society this summer, too!
Having recently launched a full-scale bridal collection with a range of wedding dresses, it seems only right that Phase Eight have a killer mother-of-the-bride line too. Finding dresses with sleeves can sometimes be a little trickier than you'd imagine, but Phase Eight are the crowned Queens of flattering upper-arm coverage. This Belita dress, £250, is just the ticket.
We don't know about you, but we're obsessed with the new-season offering from Whistles. This British designer has a bit of a trend-led reputation, but trust us: it's for all the right reasons. We've got our eyes on their Amanda lace dress, £219 - it's perfect for a spring-time countryside do.
Workwear stalwart Hobbs is a secret weapon when it comes to mother-of-the-bride dressing. If you're attending a wedding in 2017, there's a seriously high chance she will be wearing Hobbs. We love their flattering floral-print shifts, like this Natasha dress, £149.
Known for graphic floral prints and pretty details, Ted Baker's skater-cut dresses make them one of our first ports of call for all things wedding. In fact, the brand have recently branched out into full-blown bridal with their new 'Tie The Knot' collection of wedding dresses, bridesmaids frocks and accessories. For spring/summer 2017, our eyes are firmly fixed on their Calliie cropped scalloped edged jacket, £275.
Colourful, inspired by forgein climes and oh-so-slightly boho, if your're mum to a bride getting married abroad, off to Monsoon you must go. This beautiful tomato red Arista maxi dress, £109, would come into its own on a balmy Mediterranean beach.
Marks & Spencer
Ah, good old M&S - the home of meal deal lunches, percy pigs and... absolutely fantastic mother-of-the-bride dresses. Make a beeline straight for their Limited Collection range: it's a fashion editor's best-kept secret. The rich forest green hue of their Per Una floral lace bodycon dress, £65, makes it look three times its price.
Mother-of-the-bride specialists Jacques Vert have seriously upped their dress-based game this season. This printed drape cape dress, £169, is stylish and different enough without running the risk of being something that will date.
Famous for dresses that look five times their price tag (and give Victoria Beckham a run for her money) LK Bennett is the stylish mother-of-the-bride's label of choice. We're more than just a little bit in love with their Darcie blue silk dress, £295, for a late-summer countryside do. Pair with tan or nude accessories to keep the vibrant print alive.