Summertime is about simple pleasures—the feeling of your bare feet in the grass, the scents of salt and sunscreen at the beach, a delicious meal of freshly grilled food enjoyed outdoors. Our new issue celebrates all things chic and easy for the season, and is packed with ideas to make wedding planning a breeze.
If you're not sure where to start with planning, keep calm—we've got you covered. In our summer issue, we polled our editors and top wedding industry pros for behind-the-scenes secrets and money-saving tips that will help you make the most of your big day. We've also included an easy-to-follow 30-day countdown checklist and a guide for throwing a memorable, stylish rehearsal celebration.
In our style section, you'll find wedding dress inspiration for every aesthetic, from ethereal creations fit for a fairy tale, to flowing bohemian numbers, to fashion-forward gowns that go beyond "bridal." Our beauty experts explain how to achieve that bronzed, summer glow, offer tips for getting your healthiest skin ever, and share favorite celebrity-inspired hairstyles that will withstand the heat and humidity of the warmer months. We've also pulled out all the stops for one of our most colorful fashion features ever, with model and bride-to-be Lydia Hearst modeling 11 stunning gowns set against the vibrant backdrop of California's Salvation Mountain.
The issue is filled with inspiring, day-of details, too. On our cover, we've highlighted delicious and elegant new takes on the "naked cake" trend. Inside, you'll find simple yet sublime versions on the popular dessert, with designs for every type of wedding. You'll uncover 83 stress-free DIY projects in our pages—from making your own veil to quick and easy favors—and go inside the best real weddings around the country, with dozens of steal-worthy ideas.
As for wedding flowers, we've turned the spotlight on zinnias and showed you a variety of ways to work these versatile (and affordable) blooms into your celebration. You'll also find out how to make our top color palette of the season work for you, and discover new twists on auspicious day-of traditions meant to keep good fortune coming your way.
Next we've rounded up our favorite outdoor gear for your registry. Whether you're heading to the beach, throwing a party on your patio, relaxing in your backyard or planning a picnic, we've included all the essentials you'll need, plus a few fun non-essentials, too (croquet, anyone?)
Last but not least: the honeymoon. Our travel experts take you island hopping around the British Virgin Islands, revealing their top spots to stay, eat, drink, play and shop across this beautiful Caribbean archipelago. We've also rounded up honeymoon-worthy safari camps throughout Africa, where the dreamy, rustic interiors of the lodges are as photo-worthy as the wildlife outdoors. We also hear from a real couple back from their honeymoon in Hawaii, who share their favorite hotel, activities, and more from their romantic trip to make it easier to chart your own visit there.
The new issue of Martha Stewart Weddings is on stands now. Happy summer, and happy planning!