Pe­tal Push­ers

Martha Stewart Weddings - - EDITOR’S LETTER -

We see so many amaz­ing wed­dings here, and one thing they have in com­mon is that they’re all com­pletely dif­fer­ent! You put so much of your­selves into your events—es­pe­cially true now that eti­quette rules have re­laxed and you’re really free to do things your way. A wed­ding with­out match­ing brides­maids, or even a bridal party? If that’s your vi­sion, go for it! But one thing I haven’t seen is a wed­ding with­out flow­ers (or green­ery or other nat­u­ral el­e­ments). And that’s a good thing, be­cause blooms bring so much: color, beauty, per­son­al­ity, co­he­sion, and a con­nec­tion to na­ture. A floral in­stal­la­tion can give a space a sense of ar­chi­tec­ture. And a bride’s bou­quet, of course, is the ul­ti­mate ac­ces­sory. That’s what we had in mind when cre­at­ing “But First . . . the Bou­quet,” on page 85. We em­pha­size flow­ers through­out the is­sue— in­clud­ing tips on hir­ing a floral pro, on page 147—to in­spire you and help you plan this im­por­tant and beau­ti­ful part of your cel­e­bra­tion. Speak­ing of beauty, we’re ex­cited about “The Vow List” (page 135), our picks of great new prod­ucts for skin and hair care, makeup, and more. We tested them all (I know, tough job!) to

bring you the best. En­joy!

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