Blog Posts by Martha Stewart Weddings

  • Would You Buy a Sample Sale Wedding Dress?

    Great bargains can be had at sample sales, but keep in mind that there will be trade-offs along with the savings. Choice will be limited, both as far as the styles and the sizes available -- many designers' samples come in 6 or 8 only. And since the gowns may have been tried on by many women, they might need cleaning or repair.

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    Another disadvantage: You most likely won't have the benefit of a personal bridal consultant, whose job involves not only properly measuring you but also offering advice on what gowns work best with your figure and coloring. "Some brides don't know what they're getting into without professional assistance," says Paula Piccirillo, store manager at Fontana Bridal Salon in Scarsdale, New York.

    Check a store's alterations policy before buying. There are shops that won't tweak samples, in which case you'll need to find your own seamstress willing to tackle any changes. And don't buy one that's too small. It's

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  • How to Keep Your Engagement and Wedding Rings Sparkling

    They're two of your most prized possessions, so you should keep your engagement ring and wedding band as shiny and sparkly as possible. Here is everything you need to do to keep your engagement and wedding rings safe and in good condition so you all can live happily ever after.

    Insure Your Ring
    Considering your engagement ring's sentimental--and monetary--value, you'll want to make sure it lasts a lifetime (if not several). First, insure the ring: Add a jewelry rider to your homeowner's or renter's insurance, or take out a separate policy with a specialty insurer like Jewelers Mutual. Familiarize yourself with the fine print; some policies will cover theft but not "mysterious disappearance," and others may not reimburse repair costs.

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    What You Need to Insure Your Ring
    You'll need to provide a description of the ring--its cut, carat weight, and metal--as appraised by a certified independent jeweler. Submitting a close-up photo of

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  • Wedding Catering 101

    Peter Callahan of Callahan Catering in New York City is known for miniaturizing iconic comfort foods and whipping up one-of-a-kind meals. Here is his expert advice on making sure every detail of your wedding catering runs smoothly.

    What should couples look for in a caterer?
    We all have our niche, whether it's fancy French, farm-to-table, or Indian cuisine, so make sure the person you choose is the right fit for your day. Then, of course, it's crucial that you like the food. Nowadays, it's common for caterers to offer you a tasting before you've even hired them-the initial meet-and-greet is becoming a meet-and-eat! They should also provide staff, oversee rentals, and be comfortable working in a makeshift kitchen. And it's always smart to verify that your point person will be on-site the day of.

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    Do all packages include rentals?
    Not necessarily. You'll need to find out what comes standard--china, glasses?--and request to look at

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  • Skip the Seated Reception and Throw This Kind of Wedding Instead!

    There are many wonderful moments that occur at a wedding, but one part of the big day that can sometimes feel awkward is the moment the guests find out their seating assignments. Are you seated at the work table? Swinging singles table? The table with the crazy old aunt? One way to avoid this discomfort is to skip the assignments altogether and go with an all cocktail-style reception. We've asked the pros at Betty Brooklyn Catering to share some tips on making sure a cocktail-style reception goes smoothly. With the right planning, it can be fun, relaxed, and sophisticated all at once.

    Inform Your Guests in Advance
    Let your guests know that your event will be served as an extended cocktail party with lots of fun hors d'oeuvres. Some guests are intimidated by non-traditional weddings; charting a clear description of the evening's festivities within a program or on your wedding website will go a long way in making them comfortable.

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  • Wedding Glossary: 13 Terms You Need to Know

    Have you ever wondered what on earth your wedding planner or florist was talking about when he or she used the word "dragee" or "nosegay"? Before you get started with your planning, read our glossary of wedding terms to see what you need to know and brush up on before your big day. You'll be a wedding expert in no time!

    Photo: Bryan GardnerPhoto: Bryan Gardner Dragees
    Chocolate-and candy-covered almonds that are often served at wedding receptions or given out as favors. The treats are often packaged in groups of five to represent happiness, health, longevity, wealth, and fertility.

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    D'Orsay
    A style of woman's shoe that reveals the arch of the foot.
    Photo: Johnny MillerPhoto: Johnny Miller Nosegay
    A small bouquet or flower arrangement usually given as a gift to the mothers of the bride and groom before the wedding ceremony.

    Millinery
    Fabric or ribbon details used on hats, cakes, or wedding decor.

    Bezel Setting
    A metal rim that encircles the entire gemstone and is an alternative to prongs.
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  • Everything You Need to Know Before Shopping for Wedding Lingerie

    Over the years, lingerie specialist Susan Nethero of myintimacy.com has fitted hundreds of brides. Read on for her sage advice on shopping for the best wedding undergarments.

    How should the bra fit?
    "If you don't look perky and proportionate, you're not wearing the right size. The best way to guarantee a proper fit is to get sized by a professional. Then think of a bra as a seesaw: the lower it sits on your back, the more lift you'll have in front. If you need a lot of support, adjust the straps so it rides low, and vice versa. Also, a brand-new bra will relax with wear, so it should be taut when you clasp it in the loosest position. Remember that bras are a lot like shoes-they're not comfortable until they're broken in."

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    Any suggestions for finding a style that works with your body type and dress?
    "For strapless silhouettes, be sure your bra is really snug; women often buy them too big around. You don't want to be hiking it up

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  • 7 Little Luxuries You Didn't Know You Could Register For

    Move over, flatware and bone china! Here are 10 under-the-radar luxuries you probably didn't know you could register for-from chic coffee-table decor to quirky kitchen gadgets.

    Photo: Johnny MillerPhoto: Johnny Miller A Stylish Coffee Table Book
    Instead of vases or bowls, consider topping your coffee table with a book on your favorite subject. Like the luggage it spotlights, "Louis Vuitton: 100 Legendary Trunks" bears the brand's signature monogram (louisvuitton.com via myregistry.com).

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    Photo: Bryan GardnerPhoto: Bryan Gardner A Classy Keg Holder
    Bring the best part of the pub home and serve up draft beer from a five-liter keg housed in Krups BeerTender B100 (available at surlatable.com).
    Photo: Bryan GardnerPhoto: Bryan Gardner A Tech-Savvy Kitchen Essential
    This Twelve South "BookArc" Stand keeps the recipes on your tablet in full view as you're baking (available at amazon.com).

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    Sleek Seating
    The sculptural lines of this Kartell Art Nouveau-inspired seat make it a
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  • The 4 Biggest Wedding Dress Trends of the Summer

    From ornate embellishments to figure-flattering shapes, we've rounded up four amazing wedding dress trends with staying power.

    Photo: FirstviewPhoto: Firstview Beautiful Beadwork
    Diamonds may be a girl's BFF, but crystals, pearls, and sequins should definitely be part of your inner circle.

    Shine on with shoulder-only glitz or radiate with head-to-toe glamour. You'll turn heads in Jenny Packham's empire-waisted "Rapunzel," named for the crystals that trickle beautifully down its back.

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    Photo: FirstviewPhoto: Firstview Dreamy Draping
    Consider this an ode to a Grecian classic. Gracefully gathered fabric isn't just soft and billowy, it also works magic on any figure, especially during a glide down the aisle.

    Alluring and ethereal, this Marchesa off-the-shoulder gown accents an hourglass shape with a crisscross bodice and heavenly lace inserts.

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    Photo: FirstviewPhoto: Firstview Amazing Applique
    Ornamental add-ons (think lace,
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  • Expert Advice on Choosing Your Wedding Wine

    Stephane Colling, Food and Beverage Director at San Ysidro Ranch in Southern California, shared his best pointers for choosing the best wine for your wedding.

    Host a Pre-Wedding Wine-Tasting Party
    If hiring a sommelier is cost prohibitive, couples should simply head to the best wine store in town and say, "We're getting married, and this is our budget. What do you recommend?" Buy a few of their suggestions, and then invite friends over to test them.
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    Always Consider the Season
    The food that will be on plates should be a major influence on your wine selections. For example, at a fall wedding, you might serve meals that are a bit richer than what you'd eat at a summer affair, so a wine with more body is a better fit.

    Forget the Old Food-and-Wine Pairing Faux-Pas
    Twenty years ago there were all kinds of taboos about what can and can't be served with what. Nowadays, however, nothing is set in stone. A light red wine such as a pinot

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  • 7 Nautical Ideas for Your Summer Wedding

    These seaside-inspired details are just right for a summer wedding celebration.

    Photo: Jessica AntolaPhoto: Jessica Antola Nautical Paper Goods
    This invitation suite evokes the feel of old letters and postcards, complete with a sailing motif and an all-American palette.

    Clockwise from top left: Airmail envelope (letterboxco.com), Martha Stewart Crafts anchor craft punch (michaels.com), kraft-paper tag (acmoore.com), navy A7 envelope (paperpresentation.com), postage stamps (championstamp.com), our clip art invitation, postcard (zazzle.com).

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    Photo: Bryan GardnerPhoto: Bryan Gardner Cord-Wrapped Candles
    Dot centerpieces with flickering votive vessles wrapped in rope. Starting at the bottom, wrap a glass cylinder (for candles or flowers) with cotton venetian blind cord (available at jamaligarden.com). Tuck ends under rope and reinforce with a drop of craft glue.
    Photo: Bryan GardnerPhoto: Bryan Gardner Anchored Escort Card Display
    To create this sea-inspired escort-card display, start by covering a 1/2-inch-thick foam board with
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