# pages: 256
# pages of advertising: 165
Number of “romantic details” promised on the cover: 188 (“Dresses, Shoes, Jewelry, Flowers!”)
Number of legitimately romantic details I could actually spot: 2 (a locket worn with a bridal gown, heart-shaped spoons. YMMV)
Likelihood that number was pulled out of Brides‘ tush:100%
Average price of engagement rings pictured in “Sparkle for a Steal”: $4,330.71 [Maybe the "steal"er in question is the jeweler?]
Average price of party dresses pictured in bachelorette party feature “Girls’ Night Out”:$410.85
Average price per bottle of champagne that will “surely fit your budget and taste buds”:$54.29
Range of prices of those bottles:$10.95–$180
Alleged year “the word blog [was] born, setting the stage for legions of online wedding chroniclers”:1999.
Actual year the word blog was born, according to Wikipedia:1997.
Actual year people started blogging:1994, at the LATEST.
How much it troubles me, a wedding blogger, that Brides thinks the advent of blogging is significant because it set the stage for wedding blogs?: SO, SO MUCH.