Our new issue is packed with 11 real weddings and 10 honeymoons that will make planning your big day – and the adventure that follows – a breeze (and just plain fun). Plus, get ingenious ideas and tips to help you personalize and streamline every event of your wedding weekend, so you can party on, totally stress free.
When it came time to get married, our cover couple headed to the Maldives for a weekend in paradise complete with layers of lush peonies, jaw-dropping views, and four gorgeous gowns for the bride. You'll find their touching photos and pretty details starting on page 84.
And if you're throwing a stateside soiree, we've got you covered–nine times over! From Brooklyn, New York to West Liberty, Iowa and Rancho Mirage, California, there's no shortage of one-of-a-kind touches and sweet-as-can-be stories to help shape your own affair, no matter the size of your guest list or budget.
As you navigate planning your wedding, look no further than The Planner (page 66). Our guide to "The Ultimate Wedding Weekend" will help you pull off just that! We breakdown how to be a gracious and practical hostess starting with opening night (the rehearsal dinner) down to the last hooray (a Sunday brunch).
Your dreamy day demands an equally dreamy ensemble. We bring you 20 gowns recommended by the industry's most-respected bridal shop owners that are proven showstoppers for this season and beyond (see page 58). Plus, our fashion feature–"Flights of Fancy"—is bound to make your own imagination soar (page 102). With 11 additional dresses to consider for your walk down the aisle, your search for "the one" just got a whole lot easier!
We've also got plenty of simple DIY projects to help you craft a memorable day, including ceremony programs that serve two purposes, wall décor made from palm leaves and tape, and a seat assignment project that you can source from your own Instagram. #awesome
Plus, get excited about you and your groom's next adventure: the honeymoon! Our travel feature–"Next Great Escapes"–showcases eight fresh destinations that are sure to become mainstays (page 72). Whether you jet set to Isla Holbox, Mexico, a laid-back 26-mile-long isle for a beach getaway, St. Maarten (the Dutch cousin of well-known St. Martin) for a Caribbean exploration, Lisbon, Portugal for a culturally-packed adventure, or Santiago, Chile for a "foodie" fest, and more, plan a part two that's just right for the two of you!
What the newlyweds featured in our Real Weddings & Honeymoons Spring Special Issue have in common is that they planned with originality, and you should, too! Wed on a Sunday, design your stationery, write personal vows, book a trolley to transport guests, or color your day in lemons galore (Don't believe us? See page 126). Now get to it!