Who says a wedding should be limited to a three-course meal and some dancing? Surely not us! We think your big day is worthy of so much more—and with our advice and inspiration, it's a cinch to tap into your celebration's full potential. Dive into our latest issue for everything you need to plan an epic wedding weekend, whether you're gathering close to home or somewhere far, far away.
We get you started with the planning basics, like how to choose a venue and pack your wedding dress for safe travels, and then move on to the fun stuff. Think: arranging locale-themed goody bags and prepping for a festive welcome party that'll set the tone for your main event. In the midst of the planning frenzy, set aside some time to think about you, too. You'll find wedding dresses that are elegant, edgy, and everything in between. We're talking the latest and greatest in ball gowns, sheaths, A-lines, jumpsuits, and more—so you're sure to find one (or two or three…) that totally fits your vibe.
Then, flip to our Good Things section for little ways to take your big-day décor up a notch: personalized door hangers to greet guests upon arrival, shimmery DIY toppings for the cake, and ring boxes worthy of their precious contents. When you're ready to be wowed, read on for a whopping nine real weddings, each one filled with its own inspiring ideas. We share all the details of a rustic-chic fête in the Adirondacks, a tiny wedding-for-two in the Japanese countryside, a beachfront fiesta in Tulum, a southern party in Charleston, and one-of-a-kind celebrations in California, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Plus, we're giving you an exclusive inside look at L.A. Dodger Joc Pederson's dreamy nuptials in Santa Barbara, featuring a (surprise!) celebrity performance.
Wedding stress got you feeling overwhelmed? Prepare to reward yourself for a party well-done and kick off married life with a honeymoon for the books. We reveal the winners of our 2018 Most Romantic Destinations survey: 10 can't-miss spots the world over that'll leave you wishing your newlywed adventure could last forever.
The latest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings is on stands today, September 4!