What’s Your Style?
When we’re putting together an issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, we always start by thinking about our readers: who you are, what would strike a chord with you. Terms like elegant, chic, and romantic come up often in our meetings. (Sometimes things even get a little more descriptive—“I see this for a modern Downton Abbey type of girl,” our design director, Michael, said about an idea yesterday.) While this shorthand gets an idea across, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Style can’t be summed up in a word or two. Especially bridal style.
It can be hard enough to envision how you want to look and feel on your wedding day, much less describe it. That’s why—no matter how tempted you may be to start trying on dresses the moment you’re engaged—it’s best to do a little research first. Collect lots of pictures (start with our collection of gorgeous gowns on page 200), and see what the ones that call to you have in common: certain silhouettes, materials, embellishments, or designers? That will send you in the right direction. But don’t get wedded to a specific look too early, either. When you start shopping, be open. You may be surprised by what you fall in love with.
Of course, your style isn’t just about what you’re wearing. It extends to every aspect of the wedding—starting with save-the-dates and ending with favors. So we’ve packed this issue with ideas for those and everything in between. You’ll find maxed-out (in a good way) flowers (“A Grand Arrangement,” page 256), creative ways to incorporate of-the-moment details (“A Cut Above,” page 222), and some of the most striking real weddings we’ve seen yet. Enjoy!