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Martha Stewart Weddings:  Real Weddings Special Issue

Martha Stewart Weddings: Real Weddings Special Issue Spring 2018

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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in this issue

1 min.
the perfect fit

When you work for a weddings brand, people often ask about trends—“What’s happening in the weddings world, what are you seeing?” One fun thing we’re noticing right now is that couples, more than ever, want to celebrate in a way that truly reflects who they are, to feel like themselves on their wedding day. You might call it an anti-trend: the desire to break a few rules and do things their own way. We’re all for it (always have been, in fact). We love weddings that feel especially personal, and different from anything we’ve seen before—and this issue is full of them! To name just a few… Sara and Ryan planned a wedding that felt relaxed and informal, almost as if they were just hanging out at home. Whitney and Zach…

1 min.
after “i do”

MY MOST USEFUL DAY-OF BEAUTY TRICK WAS… “Having my twin sister stash my lipstick in her purse.” —Laura Murphy, page 66 WE WISH WE’D SPENT MORE TIME PLANNING… “The timing of our photo sessions. We had our photographer for nine hours, and surprisingly, I didn’t feel like that was enough!” —Daniela Davis, page 64 THE BEST THING WE REGISTERED FOR IS… “Nothing. And now we have a down payment (albeit no toaster).”—Lisa Karvellas, page 74 SOMETHING TO REMEMBER FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY… “Dancing ability is completely subjective.” —Greg Marino, page 74 THE ULTIMATE RECEPTION PLAYLIST INCLUDES… “Snoop Dogg.” —Sara Murray, page 58 ONE PIECE OF ADVICE I’D GIVE TO FUTURE NEWLYWEDS IS… “Hire a planner. Even if you’re capable of doing it yourself, a point person helps you enjoy every moment!”—Lisa Karvellas, page 74 WESTON WELLS (AMY); PETER ARDITO (LIPSTICK); JAY’S PHOTO/GETTY…

3 min.
good things to go

LOCAL FLAVOR For (easy, inexpensive, no shipping required) centerpieces that celebrate the spirit of a place, arrange the region’s produce artfully along reception tables. We used mango, papaya, lychee, and some adorably tiny pineapples for a bright, tropical vibe—but go with whatever best reflects your shindig’s style and venue. Think citrus for a sunny spot, or apples and pears on a farm in fall. THE DETAILS: Caribbean Cuts mini pineapples, price upon request, caribbeancuts.com. Crate & Barrel “Harper Copper” flatware, in Rose Gold, $60 for a 5-piece setting; and “Helena” vanilla-ivory linen dinner napkins, $8 each, crateandbarrel.com. CB2 “Crisp Matte White” dinner plates, $8 each; “Crisp Matte Blue-Green” salad plates, $5 each; and “Bronn” taper candleholders, $5 each, cb2.com. Creative Candles tapers, 12", $13.50 for 2, creativecandles.com. West Elm “Trapeze Glassware” Champagne…

5 min.
what’s your vibe?

Urban Chic If your style tends toward the modern and you’ll celebrate in a sleek space, like a loft or contemporary hotel, lean into streamlined silhouettes and neutral tones, with just a few pops of color. Simple. Stunning. So you. Classic Sophistication Life is grand! And so is your wedding—a traditional affair in a ballroom or other opulent setting calls for a fairy-tale gown, a bit of drama, and more than a little sparkle. For him? Black tie, of course. Rustic Charm You’re a natural beauty, planning an event that is relaxed yet refined, in the great outdoors (or maybe a beautiful barn). Easy elegance is the order of the day, right down to a comfortable wedge. Lush Romance Just-opened blossoms, gorgeous greenery, and all things vibrant and new. These fresh looks and floral accents are made…

4 min.
the new rules

Useful Tools Set yourself up for small victories with gadgets that are equal parts form and function. The kitchen is a natural place to start: Sleek, sharp knives; a quality cast-iron pan; and a multipurpose toaster each hold the potential to make fast work of mealtime. Scope out the latest tech for other parts of your day-to-day life, too—little pleasures like a sophisticated toothbrush or a petite and powerful portable speaker will carry their weight. Sources of Happiness A whimsical vase, a personal drink mixer, printed pillows by your favorite designer—when you’re curating your new space, include items that spark joy at a glance. These wild cards can be sentimental or just downright fun; we’ve rounded up a few ideas, but you’ll know what fits when you see it. Potential Heirlooms Pieces destined to become…

5 min.
in great shape

Empire This charmingly retro silhouette is friendly to many—but especially more petite figures. The Viktor&Rolf Mariage “Iced Flower Audrey” gown (price upon request, viktor-rolf.com) has a shortened bodice to complement a smaller bust and a high waist to elongate the legs. It also delivers an extra dose of glam via a 3-D plexiglass flower adornment. THE DETAILS: Hearts on Fire “Aerial” diamond earrings in 18k gold, $5,990, heartsonfire.com. Catherine Angiel “South Sea” pearland-diamond ring, $3,200, catherineangiel.com. Pantsuit Not married to the idea of a big gown? Sleek separates can be effortlessly elegant—and every bit as bridal. Witness Lela Rose’s “The Aberdeen,” in Soft White. The off-the-shoulder top ($1,495) keeps it feminine, while the matching slim-fit pants ($995; both lelarose.com) give the look a contemporary feel, just right for a glittering rooftop celebration or stroll…