What’s Your Style?

Martha Stewart Weddings - - EDITOR’S LETTER - Amy Conway Ed­i­tor in Chief

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!

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