With early autumn in the rearview mirror and the holidays on the horizon, engagement season is officially upon us. Whether you're still getting used to the rock on your left hand, or finalizing last-minute details for your big day, nestle in with a copy of our latest issue to discover fresh ideas, expert planning tips, and real weddings that are guaranteed to inspire.
This issue is filled with ideas and advice to help you every step of the way. Look to our real weddings for inspiration for your day, flip through our fashion pages to choose a bridesmaid's dress your BFFs will actually wear again, and plan a flawless honeymoon perfect for you and your spouse.
First, pore over our "Good Things" section for ways to get hands-on in the pre-wedding day celebrations. Design your own origami-style save-the-dates with our quick and clever templates, plan an Instagram-worthy girls night with our slumber party pack, and use our chic shelf-paper concept for favor tables as an inventive way to implement your color scheme.
We know how much time it takes to plan your perfect wedding day, so we've filled our Planner section with timesaving tips and insights on organizing an amazing honeymoon. We have answers to every question you have—or didn't know you had—about which credit cards have the best travel perks, apps to help you manage your itinerary, and top travel tech to make the most of your trip. Still on the hunt for that right destination? Flip to our travel feature for recommendations organized by mode of transportation. Whether you prefer to travel by train, plane, or car, you're sure to find a trip that will strike your fancy.
Before you say, "I do," turn to our 2016 Spa Special to plan a day to decompress from the pre-wedding whirlwind. You'll find destinations across America designed for unwinding your favorite way, whether you prefer a Napa Valley wine-country retreat, or a Rhode Island waterfront oasis. Learn the lingo with our spa glossary, and read up on pampering products you can purchase to take your spa experience on the go.
Every bride should be head over heels in love with her wedding dress, and this issue is loaded with inspiration for the bride and her 'maids. Turn to the Look Book for gowns and accessories inspired by the four elements. With 15 dresses showcased, we have no doubt that you'll find a look suited to your aesthetic, whether it's a sleek satin sheath or an ethereal lace number. Then, flip to our fashion feature for standout gowns in subtle pastel tones, and bright colored frocks inspired by classic style icons (think Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn).
This is our Real Weddings Special Issue after all, so we included nine fabulous weddings in scenic locales near and far. Marvel over a blue-toned wedding set in a 12th-century French château, a colorful Cambodian celebration in Oregon, a pastoral party in the Great Smoky Mountains, and, as featured on our cover, a chic New Year's Eve bash at a Philadelphia museum.
Finally, you'll find sugar, spice, and everything nice in our fall food feature. Rethink the traditional wedding cake—or expand your dessert menu—to include seasonal single-serve specialties topped with candied kumquats, filled with juicy plums, and soaked in bourbon.
The new issue of Martha Stewart Weddings is on stands Monday, November 7!