Brides.com is a division of the mass media and publishing powerhouse Conde Nast. The website is affiliated with the popular Brides Magazine.
Brides.com is brimming with ideas and advice for excited brides-to-be. Both the Planning and Advice sections are broken down by subject, making it easy to read up on a particular aspect or detail of the wedding without having to do much searching. The same goes for the blog, which is organized into 35 categories of detailed, thorough posts. The blog does feature quite a few ads but they don't take away from the reading experience. And if you're seeking visual inspiration, make sure to check out the Photos section for picture-perfect suggestions - each category features hundreds of photos to browse through.
The site is a little light on the planning tools, though it does offer a budget tracker, customizable to-do checklist, beauty checklist and registry checklist. A recent addition is the Stationery Shop, which features an array of styles, designs and colors to choose from for your save-the-dates, invitations, response cards and thank you cards.
Entertaining site features include a quiz to match you with your perfect honeymoon spot and a Design Your Dream Engagement Ring feature. (Our reviewers may have designed a few rings while researching this review.) Additionally, Brides.com loads well on mobile devices, so you can easily use it while on the run.
Brides.com does lack a few of the crucial planning tools such as a seating chart and guest list manager. While there is plenty of advice and ideas on the site, adding more planning tools would help brides-to-be put all that information into action.
Brides.com doesn't offer an option to create a personalized wedding website. Given the high quality of its Stationery Shop, they could really outdo the competition by offering a customizable wedding website platform to coordinate with its stationery options.