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Martha Stewart Weddings:  Real Weddings Special Issue

Martha Stewart Weddings: Real Weddings Special Issue


Martha Stewart Real Weddings is packed with all the fresh ideas you’ve come to expect from Martha Stewart Weddings, plus page after page of timeless inspiration from our favorite celebrations. Order this special issue and start planning today!

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first comes love

I HAVE A REAL FONDNESS for the publication in your hands—and there are so many reasons for it. Some are professional; I’m in awe of my talented colleagues who worked with me on it. And others are deeply personal: Long before I became editor of Martha Stewart Weddings, I turned to it to plan every aspect of my own big day. I found my dress, a lace Monique Lhuillier gown (above right) while poring over its pages—as well as great advice and the best inspiration for flowers, food, drinks, cake, and even our honeymoon. No detail was left unconsidered—from hiring the right pros to pulling it all together. (Bottom line: Stick to a color palette!) Looking back, I don’t regret a thing, and I think that’s because the Martha approach…

3 min.
make it yours

HAPPY EVER AFTER Register! Even if you’ve been living together for eons and think you have everything, there’s something you don’t—and your loved ones want to fête you. Thanks to sites like Zola and Honeyfund, you can register for artwork, wine, charities, furniture, even a honeymoon. ENJOY YOUR ENGAGEMENT I always tell newly engaged couples: Take a breath and relish this moment. It’s such an exciting time in your life. All the questions (when? where?) will soon roll in. But whatever you do, feel the happiness of this decision fully. ENVISION YOUR DAY Before you bring in other opinions (and there will be many), sit down and talk about how you two really want to get married. Then add your families to the conversation. SAY YES TO A PLANNER I think everyone should have one in some…

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love is in the air

Pure Prairie Dried sprigs of Italian ruscus and fluffy bunny tails are your “something blue” in this show-stopping bouquet. For a supernatural effect, style director Naomi deMañana added fresh ‘Caffe Latte’ roses, pale-yellow Japanese anemones, and a barely-there halo of explosion grass. LET’S STICK TOGETHER Special delivery! Invitees will experience love at first sight when they see these on-point dried-botanical seals. After stuffing your envelopes and closing them, place a piece of foliage (we chose peach-painted asparagus fern) on each tip. Cover it with a dime-size amount of hot glue, and let it stand for about 30 seconds (so it’s just tacky), then lightly press with a plain wax-seal stamp (or one featuring your monogram). The glue turns translucent as it cools, letting the leaf show through. Net Wins Versatile, voluminous tulle can do so…

2 min.
something green

1 | PICK A VERDANT VENUE An outdoor site, like a manicured garden, doesn’t need loads of flowers to feel special, says Nicki Fleischner. LEED-certified locales in your area may come with plant walls, use solar power, and compost on-site. 2 | INVITE WISELY We’re not suggesting digital invitations for your big day (though they’re A-OK for showers and bachelorette parties)—and paper ones do make lovely keepsakes. Just seek out green stationers with earth-friendly goods: Paper Culture uses recycled materials like bamboo, and Words With Heart prints with vegetable inks (paperculture.com; wordswithheart.com). Also, simply reduce the number of sheets in your suite by including a link to a wedding website for details like directions and lodging, and even RSVPs, says Sarah Tivel. At your reception, frame a few menus for each table rather…

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the planner

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. It is, in fact, everything when it comes to finding the right place to wed. Plus, it’s the first decision you need to make, since venues book up fast. The best locale provides the magic you want but also works within your budget, fits your crew (and isn’t too big, either), and is staffed to pull off a smooth celebration. Start with geographics: Do you see your nuptials in the city, the country, on a beach—or somewhere in between? Ponder the pros and cons of sites nearby (convenience) and far-flung (dreamy, but can everyone swing the trip?). Then weigh the need for two places—a church or synagogue to make it official, an event space to party in—versus one that can do both. The Haiku Mill, in Maui…

3 min.
setting the scene

ONCE YOU HAVE your location set, it’s time to dream up what will make it look and feel extraspecial, and what you might carry or wear down the aisle. There are no rules that say you have to have roses—or even flowers, for that matter: Feel free to ponder plants, botanicals, or unexpected alternatives (see pages 11 and 14). The trick is to play up what you love, what jibes with your venue, and what’s widely available at the time of year. 1 | FIND A FLORIST Aim to hire one six months to a year out, and allot between 5 and 8 percent of your budget. Ask friends, your venue’s manager, and your planner (if you have one) for recommendations. Scroll through Instagram feeds of vendors to see whom they’ve…