Brides is an American bimonthly magazine published by Condé Nast, who purchased the title in 1959. As with many similar bridal magazines, it is designed to be an in-depth resource for brides-to-be, with many photographs and articles on wedding dresses, cakes, ceremonies, receptions and honeymoons. It was the sister publication of Modern Bride and Elegant Bride magazines, until the demise of those titles in October 2009. Then the frequency of Brides changed to monthly. The magazine was published monthly until 2013 when the frequency was switched to bimonthly.
A spinoff, Brides Local magazines, began publishing in 2006; these local companion magazines were published and sold in 16 regional areas of the United States. The local magazines were shuttered in 2011.
Brides magazine contains many topics that are of interest to brides and their bridal party. The magazine contains information on bridal party dresses, bouquets, wedding paperwork, engagement rings, color schemes, fitness, budgeting, shoes, cosmetics, hairstyles, fashion accessories and fashions.
In recent years, Brides magazine embraced the usage of new technology, including a website, apps for both iPad and iPhone, Twitter, Facebook, an internet forum, online shopping, and email that allows easy access for online communication. The website features articles not published in the printed magazine, as well as interactive features.