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Wedding Magazines

Wedding magazines, bridal magazines and free wedding magazines you see in your supermarket shelves, marketed in your local boutique and that you see in the Dr's Office. This is how we used to spend all our time getting inspired for weddings. Even with the wide availability of wedding resources on the Internet, nothing is like fresh dress designs and hottest honeymoon destinations featured on their glossy pages. ​

With that, welcome to Team Wedding's ultimate list of the Best Wedding Magazines. Our popular Best Wedding Blogs post was a hit with our readers so we decided to share our favorite wedding magazine list. These are the perfect wedding and bridal magazines for wedding inspiration.

Most of the wedding magazines on our list have been around for many years and have lots of great tips for getting married. Bridal magazines have been in circulation for decades and we a little plain to be honest. ​However, in these times of constant social updates, Pinterest boards and niche wedding websites we have found that the magazines have improved in order to compete. They now have better photography, higher quality paper and modern websites to accompany the print versions.

Most women have envisioned their dream wedding since they were little girls, and bridal magazines have played a big part in shaping that dream. Planning a dream wedding was part of the experience most little girls imagined while paging wedding magazines. The first magazine catered for “brides-to-be” was entitled Brides, which appeared in the early 1930s and it is presently published by Condé Nast Publications. Since the appearance of the first bridal magazine there have been tens of wedding magazines released. Some of the most renowned bridal magazines make our favorite list below.

 

Best Wedding Magazines for Bridal Inspiration

Martha Stewart

A bridal magazine overview would not be complete without mention of Martha Stewart Weddings, which continues to be one of the highest rated wedding publications available. Packed with advice, articles, project guides, and do-it-yourself suggestions, this magazine is one that can help today's smart brides create a beautiful, elegant wedding even with a small budget.

Bridal Guides

Another highly acclaimed wedding magazine, Bridal Guide offers breathtaking and inspiring photos along with ample advice, articles, honeymoon information, and much more for today's brides. Longer than the average magazine, Bridal Guide is a high-quality bridal magazine with a little price tag for twelve-month subscription featuring six issues.

Brides

With an upbeat tone that speaks to every-day brides. Brides offers question and answer sections along with advice, planning calendars, information on destination weddings, and much more. The Brides website includes tips on fashion, beauty, style, etiquette, planning, registry related information, shopping links and honeymoon advice.

Wedding Style

Expert bridal advice, planning tips and trend coverage, plus celebrity wedding news and style alerts. Wedding Style has amazing bridal fashion with the latest, top designer creations from the runways of New York, Paris and Milan. A powerful tool to assist you with finding qualified resources.

Get Married Magazine

Bridal magazine designed to help you plan the perfect wedding, with expert advice, real life stores and inspirational ideas. Getting Married Magazine features all you need to know about planning your perfect wedding, with real life stories, inspirational ideas and expert advice to help with those all-important decisions.

Premier Bride

Bringing brides and bridal business together is what Premier Bride does best. Our goal is to provide the bride with a complete source of information for planning her wedding locally, and to provide local businesses with opportunities to give the bride this information in print and online.

Style Me Pretty Best Of Guide

Style Me Pretty's Best Of Magazines
Style Me Pretty's Best Of Magazines feature the most steal-worthy, oooooh and ahh inducing, crazy beautiful weddings that we've featured over the course of a year on SMP. With weddings from brides and vendors all over the world, these are the best of the very best, voted on by YOU.

Town & Country ​Weddings

Town and Country Weddings
Go behind-the-scenes of the best wedding nuptials of the season. The feature articles and photography focus primarily on fashion, arts, culture, interior design, travel, weddings, parties, gala events and other interests and concerns of the upper class.

The Knot Magazine

The Knot Magazine
The Knot weddings magazine is normally jam-packed with real wedding stories about couples just like you — go behind the scenes and steal ideas from their spectacular celebrations. It's also filled with up-to-the-minute wedding info and the top wedding resources.

Reading The Best Wedding Magazines

Hopefully, you now have a great idea of what you can expect from some of the most popular wedding magazines available today. These magazines are some of the more robust resources for brides-to-be, from inspiring photographs and wedding stories to specific information regarding retailers and honeymoon destinations. Easily tucked into a bag for a long flight or train ride to the office, they are perfect for even the busiest bride in making her wedding day go smoothly from start to finish.

What is interesting is that there are many brides who consume every bridal magazine on the planet, but there are just as many brides who say they don't want to get “sucked into the wedding industry” so they avoid bridal magazines altogether. We highly recommend that you visit your local book store and into the wedding mag section or better yet, find some free wedding magazines online and have them shipped to you. Think of it as “intelligence gathering” if you want to stay objective and not get sucked in.

​We think you'll find lots of useful guidance on the practical matters of wedding planning and more importantly you'll learn to navigate what is a stressful (but awesome) event. In saying that, be aware that most of them, whether a paid or free wedding magazines make their money on advertising. There is nothing wrong we a free wedding magazine making money on advertising, just make sure you know when you're reading an advertorial or an ad versus editorial content.

 

It is way too hard to simply limit ourselves to only the Top 10 Wedding Magazines since there are so many awesome titles. Here are some more favorite wedding magazines. We have always said that some of our best wedding ideas have come from bridal magazines, they are a great source of wedding planning information for couples. While the internet has meant that lots of new websites exist and there is no lack of wedding content, it is the high quality of magazines, with big editorial staff and experienced writers that makes it much easier to distill all the wedding advice into a clean magazine. These wedding magazine titles cover everything from wedding planning, inspirational photos of real weddings, colors and themes, The great news too is that some of these wedding magazines are free and also available via the wedding magazines online.

Inside Weddings

Inside Weddings is the source brides rely on for real wedding inspiration and trends. Amazing photos from the best wedding photographers and extensive vendor lists help brides plan the perfect day. Great tips for bridal beauty, inside wedding trends and themes, guides and much more.

Destination Weddings

The natural wonder of Costa Rica, Provo’s Grace Bay Beach or a coconut plantation at Sugar Reef, these are just some of great locations and destinations that this wedding magazine reviews. Wonderful pictures and help with planning your special day from a distance.

Southern Bride

Southern Bride magazine is one of the oldest wedding brands in the business and is one of the most trusted wedding publications in the South”. Their website is also a great resources for those looking to find out how The South plans weddings and what trends are big.

Instyle Weddings

The latest in celebrity wedding style and trends to bring your dream day to life. Browse the top dresses, rings, flowers, hairstyles and celebrity looks.

Weddings With Style

Weddings With Style is focused on helping brides plan their wedding. It is a semi-annual publication, Winter/Spring, released the first of January and Summer/Fall, released in July.

Free Wedding Magazines

Like we've said all along, the internet is a great place to start your wedding planning process, but magazines are so amazing and worth the cost. There is so much information, ideas on how to save money, how to address invitations, checklists, and a ton of ads for dresses (which are definitely ads most people don't mind). You will find that there are lots of paid wedding magazines and most are reasonably priced. One little secret is that you can typically save a lot of money by looking for deals on wedding magazines. Often, you can get a free wedding magazine subscription by doing a quick search online. Coupon and deal sites are a good destination for finding those free bridal magazines. In fact, our newest writer added her full list of secrets to getting Free Wedding Magazines below.

How to Get Free Wedding Magazines

A little trick we recommend to get free wedding magazines is to research online, give magazine websites your email address. Also enter your wedding date on some free planning sites and sites like The Knot. Wait. Wait a little more. Bingo, your mailbox will start to fill up with wedding catalogs.
Very similar to wedding magazines are free wedding catalogs. Yes, these guys are focused on selling you something but you will be surprised just how high the quality is these days. We count this as free wedding magazines for sure.

While most of today's wedding magazines are reasonably priced, many also offer gift subscription options. There are always offers, coupons and straight up free copies you can get by talking to your wedding planner or wedding dress boutique. Just ask. The other thing that will happen is that you may get offers for wedding magazines or even free subscription offers too. Sign up for a free trial of the wedding magazines when you get those offers. You can subscribe and then cancel but often the deals they offer to get you to stay around are well worth spending a few dollars on.

Some other old-school ideas are obvious. For example, my local library has stacks of free wedding magazines. In my case Brides and Martha Stewart Weddings are available for weekly checkout. The great news is they have the most recent copy too, often the same time as it comes out at the newsstand.

Another great way to get free wedding magazines is to ask on Craigslist or on your local community Facebook page. A reader of ours suggested this idea when she tried it and got 50 wedding magazines dropped to her door by a neighbor who had just gotten back from her own honeymoon.

Bridal shows are full of vendors who offer free bridal magazines as a way to get you to their booth. They have them to give away so definitely take advantage of that. The great news is that in order to compete for your attention these vendors will have bridal magazines that are harder to get and that are higher quality.

10 Biggest & Best Wedding Magazines (by Circulation figures)

This list includes the top 10 wedding magazines, based on audited and reported circulation figures.

  1. Premier Bride – 450,000
  2. Wedding Style – 400,000
  3. Brides – 309,916
  4. Get Married – 300,000
  5. Town & Country Weddings – 250,000
  6. Inside Weddings – 240,000
  7. Martha Stewart Weddings – 220,833
  8. Bridal Guide – 161,954
  9. The Knot Magazine – 138,605
  10. Destination Weddings & Honeymoons – 100,000

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Wedding Magazines Online

Most of the bridal magazines you read about above are available online, either as an up to date website or a true digital version of the wedding magazine. If reading a paper-based magazine isn't your thing, make sure you check out the links to the sites, social links and other resources most of the magazines provide because in this day and age wedding magazines online are just as robust as their physical versions.

Each of these wedding magazines has its own take on the wedding space. Some are popular mass market content, while others are niche bridal magazines that focus on one type of area or wedding theme.

The queen of home, Martha Steward for example has a wedding magazine to help brides prepare for their wedding day, and as expected she focuses on the best cake designs, dresses and latest trends in the wedding industry, really helping brides by teaching them how to plan a romantic and beautiful wedding.

Brides magazine is a little different, really focusing on the featuring of dress types, great ideas and locations for your wedding and the best honeymoon ideas, all done in a high style fashion with rich photographs.

Bridal Guide on the other hand is targeting the contemporary bride-to-be, focusing on current trends in fashion, beauty, home design, and honeymoon travel. In a world where we're barraged with the most expensive wedding planning options, Bridal Guide is a breath of fresh air with its approach.

With more than 2 million weddings in the United States each year, the advice dispensed in the pages of magazines like The Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Brides is useful, but don't forget the niche titles and non-mass market bridal magazines, because they may have just the thing you're looking for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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