March 7, 2014
Posted by Shira Savada
We're nearing the end of our first week of our Facebook First Dance Face-Off. Have you been voting? We've gone the musical route instead of college basketball this month, with a new match-up going up on Facebook for you to choose between every afternoon. Am I bummed that Julie's songs have edged mine out all six days? You bet. But hopefully you're still getting great ideas for your first dance songs, because just because a song doesn't win a battle doesn't mean it's not a gem of a tune.
Above is the updated bracket (click on it to see it full-screen). Which song do you think will win? The next pairing goes live today!
March 6, 2014
Posted by David Stark
I picked up the gorgeous monograph, An Invitation to Chateau du Grand Luce: Decorating a Great French Country House (Rizzoli) by Timothy Corrigan this past weekend, and it is filled to the brim with style inspiration. The stunning interiors offer much to ponder but there are also beautiful shots of celebrations in the home as well as portraits of the incredible gardens caught at that perfect, end-of-the-day, golden moment.
While leafing through, I can’t help but reflect upon the stunning, sculpted gardens of an elegant home outside of Detroit where we created a wedding for an equally stylish family not too long ago. It was showcased in the spring 2013 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. (Check out Frances and Andrew's wedding here.)
Wedding inspiration can be found anywhere and everywhere. I often look at books that have nothing to do with weddings to find the key to new ideas for those celebrations. I think you’ll find this volume evocative for a most refined take on the epitome of chic.
March 3, 2014
Posted by Evane Corder
Our Fab Folds story in the new Spring issue shows you how folded paper can be much more than a paper crane. To add a little bit of shine to our DIY garland, we cut triangles from metallic paper and adhered them to the colorful polyhedrals (fancy geometry word for 3-D polygons). Then these colorful paper pyramids were strung together to create our whimsical display.
Get the how-to and download the template here, and check out more folded paper ideas, including step-by-step instructions in our Spring 2014 issue, on newsstands now our available for download here.
February 28, 2014
Posted by Shira Savada
March Madness is about to kick off. Around here we don't watch much basketball, but we do listen to a lot of good tunes. So we're doing our own musical month of match-ups, with the bracket of all brackets filled with first dance song contenders for you and your fiance to consider. Every day, we'll post a pair of songs in our Facebook First Dance Face-Off for you to choose between, and by the end of the month we'll have whittled it down to the top pick.
So who's "we" you ask? And where are these songs coming from?
It's me (your Real Weddings Editor, with purple selections in the bracket) and Julie (a Senior Editor, whose choices are noted in pink), two song-loving gals who are suckers for first dances and great songs. We picked some classics, some songs you might not know, and some obscure jams—each of which you should strongly consider as the soundtrack to that pivotal moment of your big day.
Each Friday we'll post updated Face-Off brackets so you can catch up and see how things are panning out. (Click the image above to see it full-screen.)
So head to our Facebook page now to get in on the voting!
Oh, and for even more songs, see the selection our own brides and grooms had at their weddings right here.