Martha Stewart Weddings: Real Weddings Special Issue


The award-winning bridal publication presents its breathtaking annual Big-Day Planner, which offers couples all the ideas, inspiration, and expertise they need to pull off a personalized and extra-special day during unprecedented times. Whatever size the guest list, from just two people to a future event for 200, this essential guide will cover choosing a location, hiring vendors, picking a dress, and planning an unforgettable ceremony, celebration, and honeymoon. No detail is overlooked, and in true Martha fashion we also offer timely advice for any last-minute changes, pandemic precautions, and the art of virtual vows. Our pages are filled with gorgeous images, including a dozen real weddings across the country (and world), and the very best of Good Things to make any wedding incredible.

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1 min.
conquering all

“LOVE RECOGNIZES NO BARRIERS,” Maya Angelou once wrote. “It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” Those words could not be truer now. The pandemic has changed so much of our lives—especially when it comes to planning a wedding!—but it has also solidified what’s most important to us: each other. A lot has been canceled, but love certainly hasn’t. In this year’s ultimate planner, we share our approach to creating a highly personalized celebration and doing so safely—whether you want to get married in a month or wait a year. The upside is you have options, and your day can be super-special without having to be big in size or spend (a timeless fact). I hope you find inspiration in these pages, and the…

2 min.
yours, truly

MAKE IT PERSONAL Your vows, along with toasts from friends and family, are built-in ways to tell your love story. But the food, drink, and music you choose can really expand on it. To find ideas that resonate, think about milestones in your relationship, like where you met or fell for each other. Then pepper references to those moments into your big day. If you got engaged in Italy, do tiramisu for dessert. If you dated long-distance between New York City and San Diego, serve a Manhattan and a tequila sunrise as your signature cocktails. Include renditions of a favorite song in your ceremony, or print quotes from it on your program. ENLIST GREAT HELP It’s important to communicate to your vendors what you envision from the beginning, but it’s also key to…

7 min.
special effects

GOOD THING NO. 1 A Perfectly-You Palette Color is truly the glue that binds all the details of your day together. To pick a scheme, think of what brings you and your other half joy: places in nature, artwork, books, heirlooms, textiles, or travel destinations. Make sure your hues jibe with your wedding space (alternatively, you can draw color inspo from it). Then let your shades inform everything from invites to fashion to décor to sweet send-offs, says Charleston, South Carolina, planner Calder Clark. 1. Coral + Gold Both come together on tables in punchy centerpieces and shiny flatware. 2. Yellow + Mint Sunny flowers pop against’maids’ dresses (or the bride’s). 3. Ivory + Eggshell Wearing white gets everyone in the party spirit. 4. Neutrals + Black Work a classic combo into…

5 min.
the dashboard

PICK YOUR APPROACH First things first: Check the regulations on gatherings in your state and, if relevant, any restrictions on international travel. Then Covid-proof your ideal scenario with a smart work-around. 1. BUMP IT To late 2021 or 2022. A viable vaccine is more likely by then, and vendors will have new protocols (from proper ventilation to spaced-out layouts) down pat. 2. SHRINK IT There’s so much beauty in a small wedding, says planner Steve Moore of Sinclair and Moore Events, in Seattle: “You have time to interact more with each guest.” 3. SPREAD IT OUT Celebrate in waves, says Moore: dinner with one group, dessert with another, and dancing with the last, cleaning in between. 4. SPRINKLE IT Host a few separate intimate events in places that are convenient to loved ones (like your current locale and your…

2 min.
find your place

Beach Special Touches: Tie the knot with your toes in the sand and a rippling horizon as a backdrop. “I love to set up a shoe check and offer custom flip-flops,” says Robbins, who also suggests an ice-cold welcome drink. Stellar Spots: Largo Resort, in Key Largo, Florida (shown); Inn at Perry Cabin, in St. Michaels, Maryland; Montage Palmetto Bluff, in Bluffton, South Carolina; Turtle Bay Resort, in Oahu, Hawaii. City Special Touches: Pick a historic space to summon the soul of an urban locale. A welcome map of top spots and personal favorites—a go-to breakfast place, a museum—gives guests a window into your world. Stellar Spots: New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, in NYC (shown); the San Francisco Mint; Meridian House, in Washington, D.C.; Museum of Contemporary Art, in Chicago. Mountain Special…

4 min.
party of two

AFTER A 13-YEAR COURTSHIP, Melissa Colgan and Dan Schned were in no rush to get married. “We knew we’d want to keep things intimate, but we’re both really close to our large families, so any wedding would be at least 200 people,” says Melissa, a former style editor at Martha Stewart Weddings. “Plus, I knew planning a big event would distract us from our goals of saving for a house and establishing my interiordesign business.” Yet fate intervened, and when a once-in-a-millennium date presented itself last winter, they pulled off a magical elopement in a little over a wee It started in January 2020, when they stopped into a jeweler in their D.C. neighborhood to replace some watch batteries and stumbled across the perfect ring—which once belonged to the wife of…