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Martha Stewart Weddings:  Real Weddings Special Issue

Martha Stewart Weddings: Real Weddings Special Issue Fall/Winter 2017

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

3 min.
enjoy the journey

When I’m editing a story that’s going into one of our Real Weddings & Honeymoons issues, it can take me a while . . . because I start daydreaming about visiting the amazing locales we feature in these pages. I may even check airfares before snapping back to reality. Can you blame me? This issue alone features weddings in Mexico, the Smoky Mountains, Nantucket, Portugal, and California. Destination weddings may be more popular than ever, but remember, even if you’re getting married in your hometown, it’s still likely to be a “destination” to some of your guests! Details that capture the spirit of the place—favors from the area, local fare at dinner—make the event all the more meaningful. You’ll find examples of these touches throughout the issue. We also map out…

2 min.
from the desk of darcy

Everyone loves kids, but when planning your wedding, you have to decide whether to include them on the big day. There’s no wrong answer, but personally, I love the energy in the room when all ages are there to celebrate. You just have to figure out a few details. Here are some kid-related questions I often hear: Do you have any tips for dressing the kids in my wedding? There are no firm rules. You can have kids coordinate with or complement your bridal party, or even set them apart in all white. What really matters is that they like what they’re wearing and are comfortable. Brides maids might smile through an itchy shoulder st rap or a color they hate, but kids won’t. To avoid squirming and complaining—or flat-out refusal…

5 min.
good things

SOFT TOUCH Up the luxe factor of your day with leather accents that bring autumnal flair to place settings, centerpieces, and more. Try these escort-card alternatives: Ask a calligrapher to inscribe guests’ names on strips of leather ribbon, then wrap each around a napkin. Turn the page for more leather-loaded ideas. THE DETAILS: CB2 “Allegra” soft-copper flatware set, $129 for a 20-piece set, cb2.com. Leather ribbon, 1¼", $20 per yd., mjtrim.com. CB2 poplin napkin, 20", in Copper, $4, cb2.com. Curlicue Designs calligraphy, curlicuedesigns.com. HIDE OUT 1. Paint geometric shapes on leather rounds to create giftable coasters for the wedding party (for crisp edges, tape off the areas you don’t want to paint); moisture marks give them a vintage look with time. 2. Make a timeless ring pouch that will sit pretty on your dresser:…

3 min.
party gifts

Tic, Tac, Oh! Color is important when you’re accessorizing your party. A good rule: Choose coordinating tones. Cool-hued jewels flatter bright-white wedding gowns and bold, poppy bridesmaids’ dresses. Go for tons of sparkle or a playful touch, like the “oui ” and “non” earrings at left (which can flip to encourage dance partners or banish unwelcome flirts). THE DETAILS: 1. Sequin “Bleecker” ring, $98, sequin-nyc.com. 2. Lizzie Fortunato sculptural cuff, in Blue, $195, annmashburn.com. 3. Dannijo “Charlotta” necklace, $644, dannijo.com. 4. Jennifer Loiselle “Oui Non” earrings, $35, bando.com. 5. Erickson Beamon “Fun House” ring, $253, erickson beamon.com. 6. Fallon “Monarch” firework fan earrings in Rhodium/ Clear, $325; and 7. “Monarch” cluster collar, in Peony, $300, fallonjewelry.com. 8. L’objet “Deco Tic Tac Toe,” $680, l-objet.com. Winning Hand For brides, pearls are best paired with ivory…

3 min.
beachy bouquets

BRIGHT EXOTICS Many orchids thrive in island climes, including these pretty phalaenopsis varieties. They look sophisticated mixed with local variegated foliage, seagrape leaves, and hibiscus flowers. We filled out the bouquet with faux roses and painted-paper leaves. THE DETAILS: Afloral.com silk cabbage-rose spray, $6.50, afloral.com. The Green Vase custom paper leaves, price upon request, thegreen vase.com. Better Hats and Trims crinoline horsehairbraid ribbon, 3", in Peach, from $2 per yd., better hats and trims.etsy.com. Sea Faux An island bouquet can take inspiration from the warm waves and the creatures and plants that they wash up on shore. Here, bunches of white bougainvillea, picked from the fast-growing vines that flourish in the tropics, along with white Ligularia flowers and white fringe tree, are bolstered by faux poppies, thistles, and carnations. Finishing details, like treated umbrella…

2 min.
carry on

Beachcomber Embarking on a tropical getaway? Keep things minimal with light-as-air formulations and the newest SPF-meets-makeup hybrids to punch up your newly married glow. THE DETAILS: 1. Tom Ford Mandarino Di AmalfiAll Over Body Spray, $67, tomford.com. 2. Glossier Cloud Paint blush, $18, glossier.com. 3. Tarte Tarteguard 20 Tinted Moisturizer, $36, tartecosmetics.com. 4. Shiseido Sports BB Broad Spectrum SPF50+, $38, shiseido.com. 5. Dior Addict Lip Glow, $33, dior.com. 6. Kate Somerville Somerville360 Face and Body Self Tanning Towel ettes, $48 for 8, kate somerville.com. 7. Honest Beauty Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser, $18, honestbeauty.com. 8. Stephanie Johnson “Tahiti” large flat pouch, $35, stephaniejohnson.com. City Slicker Put style front and center as you explore chic shopping districts, world-class museums, and five-star eateries. Here are all the tools necessary to help you hit the pavement (pain-free!), purify…