Blog Posts by Martha Stewart Weddings

  • How to Be a Good Wedding Guest

    Want to guarantee an invite to weddings beyond the one you're attending this weekend? Acting the part of a gracious, respectful guest is step one. Here's a cheat sheet for charming the bride and groom.

    Photo: Jessica AntolaPhoto: Jessica Antola1. RSVP on Time
    Wedding invitations are sent 6-8 weeks in advance. If you receive yours on the earlier side of this window, don't stash the RSVP card with the thought, "Oh, I have tons of time." If you do, most likely you'll forget all about it. Your official deadline to get it in the mail? Four weeks before the big day. Since wedding vendors will need a final head count from the happy couple 2-3 weeks in advance, there's no room for your RSVP to show up any closer than that to the wedding date.

    2. Be an Informed Attendant
    Don't accept a role in a wedding unless you're aware of your duties. In addition to gifts, attendants may need to contribute to the shower and help with the bachelor or bachelorette party. They're also responsible for their own attire, transportation, and

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  • 11 Unexpected Wedding Food Ideas

    Delight your wedding guests with one of these unexpected (and delicious!) food ideas.

    Shrink it Down
    Sometimes mini versions of your favorite meals make even more of a statement than their full-sized counterparts. Here, a single meatball is topped with spaghetti and a bit of sauce for a classic dish that guests can eat in one bite.

    Plus: Wedding Toast Dos and Don'ts
    Lose the Fork
    Make cocktail hour stress-free for guests by offering them foods that don't require utensils. These lamb-and-pistachio meatballs are served on toothpicks for extra-easy devouring.
    Upgrade Your Comfort Foods
    Your home-cooked favorites are instantly elevated when served in unexpected ways, like this gruyere-and-white-cheddar mac-and-cheese served in a dainty ramekin.

    Plus: The New Wedding Rules
    Keep it Healthy
    Appeal to guests' lighter sides by putting a few delicious good-for-you options on the menu. This baby-Greek salad is a mouthwatering appetizer that is a cinch
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  • 11 Amazing Wedding Cake Trends to Steal

    We've rounded up our favorite cake trends to incorporate into your wedding day.

    What's on the Inside Counts
    Who says the outside of your wedding cake should have all the fun? Let the inside take center stage with vibrant colors (like these red velvet slices) and even striped layers.

    Plus: Wedding Toast Dos and Don'ts
    The More the Merrier
    What could be better than a gorgeous cake on your dessert table? Three gorgeous cakes, of course! Instead of one larger confection, consider offering multiple cakes in smaller sizes. It'll give you the option to serve more than one flavor, and guests will marvel at your abundant dessert spread.
    Add Fresh Flowers
    Give your cake a garden-fresh look by adorning it with lush blooms in colors that match your palette.

    Plus: The New Wedding Rules
    Shrink it Down
    These days, couples have been opting out of the traditional wedding cake in favor of bite-sized cupcakes. Elevate them by displaying on a tiered tray, or
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  • 5 Rustic Wedding Ideas You Haven't Seen Before

    Move over mason jars! Here's a fresh take on an old-timey wedding theme.

    Photo: Johnny MillerPhoto: Johnny Miller Cowbell Seating Display
    A sure way to break the ice? Have guests pick up sheep and cow bells along with their escort cards. It's a call to supper, table assignment, and favor in one. Plus, it will make the seat-finding process sound like a game of musical chairs.

    Plus: Wedding Toast Dos and Don'ts
    Photo: Sarah MaingotPhoto: Sarah Maingot Monogrammed Blanket
    A monogram-embroidered blanket would be equally at home around your shoulders once night falls or on the grass at a wedding picnic. Better yet, you'll treasure it for years to come. Commission the needlework or DIY it.
    Photo: Johnny MillerPhoto: Johnny Miller Caramel Favors
    There's something luxurious about giving these oversize handcrafted (and seriously delicious) salted-caramel bars as favors. Wrap the wax-covered treats in newsprint, add a ribbon, then finish with stick-on wax seals.

    Plus: The New Wedding Rules
    Photo: Sarah MaingotPhoto: Sarah Maingot Hitching Posts
    Spread your big news in a small-town way, with this cross
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  • New Wedding Colors: Emerald and Jade

    Emerald is the color of the moment in both fashion and home décor, but it's always been a classic to us. We've paired it with jade for celebration ideas that'll have you reconsidering what it means to go green.

    Photo: Jim FrancoPhoto: Jim Franco Tropical Tablescape
    If you thought tropical plants only belong beachside, these rich centerpieces will help you see them in a new way. To make, group ferns, cyclamen leaves, and Christmas cactus in glass vases placed along a softly printed runner. Gilt-rimmed plates, beeswax candles, and gold flatware complete the pretty scene.

    Plus: Wedding Toast Dos and Don'ts
    Photo: Jim FrancoPhoto: Jim Franco Green Bridesmaids
    Let your ladies take cover in an LGD (that's little green dress) they'll love now and hold onto forever as a cocktail-party go-to. Choose a few hues and a good mix of styles to steer clear of the clone zone.

    Get the Fashion Details
    Photo: Jim FrancoPhoto: Jim Franco Stylish Stationery
    Get your guests talking about your upcoming affair with Art Deco-inspired stationery that the great Jay Gatsby and his
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  • Polka-Dot Wedding Ideas

    There are more than 101 ways to dot your I do's. Our ingenious ideas for invites, cakes, favors, and more will help you set a scene that's all-around splendid.

    Photo: Sylvie BecquetPhoto: Sylvie Becquet Haute Chocolate
    Let the night come full circle with sugary, chic party favors that flaunt circular labels and fun spotted details.

    Get the Chocolate Favor Details
    Photo: Sylvie BecquetPhoto: Sylvie Becquet Mini Spotted Cakes
    To whip up these tiny treats for your reception, bridal shower, or engagement party, simply slice a sheet cake using variously sized biscuit cutters. Level the tops of the cut circles with a serrated knife and decorate with fondant dots and pearl dragées (secured with royal icing). Or, sprinkle on nonpareils by lightly brushing cake top with water and using a piece of vellum with circles punched out as a stencil.

    Plus: Wedding Toast Dos and Don'ts
    Photo: Sylvie BecquetPhoto: Sylvie Becquet Spotted Stationery
    We collaborated with Los Angeles-based stationer Sugar Paper to design this "XO Marks the Spot" suite. A round save-the-date card asks recipients to
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  • The Most Versatile Favor Box Ever

    Photo: Bryan GardnerPhoto: Bryan Gardner One Box, Ten Ways
    We took a simple square and transformed it-via punching, taping, tying, and more-into exponentially awesome parting gifts. To make each favor, we used Bayley's Boxes "Small Tuck Top" box, which comes in more than 40 colors and patterns.

    Plus: Wedding Toast Dos and Don'ts
    Photo: Bryan GardnerPhoto: Bryan Gardner Lettered Favor Box
    Send guests off with a note of affection. To add a ribbon pull, cut a slit in the top of the box. Poke a loop of ribbon through it, and tape the ends to the inside of the box top.

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    Photo: Bryan GardnerPhoto: Bryan Gardner Punched Favor Box
    Show guests your heart of gold with a punch on each side of the box. Then cut off the top, add some edge with scallop scissors, and line with gold tissue paper.

    Plus: The New Wedding Rules
    Photo: Bryan GardnerPhoto: Bryan Gardner Taped Favor Box
    This packaging job is a total breeze, even for the least crafty types. Simply attach our "Pull Here" tab to a brown box with a strip of copper foil tape.

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    Photo: Bryan GardnerPhoto: Bryan Gardner Photocopied Favor Box
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  • 6 Lush Wedding Flower Ideas

    Beautiful colors, interesting textures, and unique shapes-greenery, alone or accented with a few blooms, can create exquisite arrangements with major impact.

    Photo: Sylvie BecquetPhoto: Sylvie Becquet A Desert Display
    Petite earthy oases wend their way down the table, making for intriguing centerpieces. Succulents, lotus pods, air plants, and moss lay a foundation of green, purple, and gray shades. Lighter hellebore, fritillary, and lady-slipper orchids punctuate it. After your reception, pot the succulents in soil to decorate your newlyweds' nest and remind you of your special day for years to come.
    Photo: Sylvie BecquetPhoto: Sylvie Becquet Wild Wall
    Here, we made a verdant wall using lush houseplants (various ferns, begonia, variegated croten, and dieffenbachia) potted in recycled-plastic planters that were hung with small screws. Consider enlisting a similar one as a ceremony or photobooth backdrop.
    Photo: Sylvie BecquetPhoto: Sylvie Becquet Bountiful Bouquet
    Lush leaves provide a rich base to play up the colorful petals of ranunculus, anemones, chocolate cosmos, lotus pods,
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  • The Best Kids' Table Ideas for Your Wedding

    Let your youngest guests fully celebrate your wedding day by incorporating one of these unique, kid-friendly ideas into your reception.

    Photo: Bryan GardnerPhoto: Bryan Gardner Kid-Friendly Decor
    For this whimsical spread, we slipped crayons into packets and supplied a doodle-ready paper runner, wooden figurines, child-friendly dinnerware, and playful extras like milk bottles and striped straws.
    Photo: Bryan GardnerPhoto: Bryan Gardner Kids' Activity Booklet
    Go the extra mile to provide smaller guests with supersized fun, and guarantee that their night is just as entertaining as their parents' with these downloadable activity booklets.

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    Photo: Kate MathisPhoto: Kate Mathis Coloring Book Runner
    Transform a plain table runner into a coloring book by rolling out a length of white kraft paper at the kids' table and stamping a design down the center for them to color in (large, linear stamps work best). Be sure to include a cup of crayons or pencils.

    Plus: The New Wedding Rules
    Photo: Johnny MillerPhoto: Johnny Miller Puzzling Favor Kits
    Engage budding Picassos with
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  • 12 Dance Songs that Remind Us of Dad

    We've all been there, at that point in a reception where the bride sways with her father on the dance floor to a song that just…well…makes you want to cringe a little. It's not that we're cold-hearted. Or that we don't like Bob Carlisle. It's just that the father-daughter dance is special moment, and it deserves a song that strikes the ideal balance between sincere and fun. In honor of Father's Day impending arrival, we've rounded up our favorite fresh songs for brides and their fathers.
    Plus: The New Wedding Rules

    "Next To Me" - Emeli Sande
    Sande is a vocal powerhouse, and her recently-released upbeat anthem will have your guests clapping and singing along to its gospel-y chorus.
    Plus: Wedding Toast Dos and Don'ts

    "Father and Daughter" - Paul Simon
    This one's a daddy/daughter classic, but the lyrics ("I believe a light that shines on you will shine on you forever") are "awww," not "awwwful."

    "Twist and Shout" - The Beatles
    Unconventional? Sure. A total blast? Most definitely. One

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