Men often say that they read risque magazines, eh-hem, “for the articles.” Well, I love Martha Stewart Weddings, and I’ll admit it’s almost entirely for the pictures. They are MESMERIZING. The golds and pinks, the reds and blues, the sparkle and shine, the glitz and, of course, the glam. I have no shame about this. But that’s probably because there are no bare chests and questionable positions in the PG world of Martha.
Anyway, there are oodles and oodles of exceptional ideas to be found on the pages of MSW, and I highly recommend getting yourself a copy next time you pass a newsstand, but in the meantime, I just have to share with you some of the shimmering inspiration I so enjoy each time I pick up the mag…
This project – which features do-it-yourself golden flower pin wheels (you can purchase the party picks to which they’re attached here) atop mini vanilla cupcakes, which themselves are encased in itty bitty cupcake shells… which you can also make yourself – makes me so uncontrollably excited about what I can actually achieve for my wedding that I might pass out.
You see that precious little gathering of varied punches on the left, below? Those punches, by Martha Stewart Crafts, are responsible for the entire DIY STYLE spread in Martha’s Fall 2009 issue. Those adorable punches made it all. Ah-mazing.
Weren’t planning on adding the wow factor to your wedding tea tags and place mats? WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH YOU? Honestly I hadn’t planned on getting quite that detailed in my efforts, either. But now as I’m writing this sentence, I am totally falling in love with the place mats. Those edges are darling, are they not? They are. Love it.
Look. At That. It’s a crown of paper flowers for your (well-behaved, careful with delicate things) flower girl. OMG. That’s some kinda wonderful.
Got votives? Got vellum (or a craft store in your neighborhood)? That’s all you need for these vellum-wrapped candles, which have been spruced up using Martha Stewart Crafts punches, seen in the third image from the top.
And take a closer look (you can click on the image and then zoom in to view the directions) at the bottom project, which features miniature escort cards (created with those punches you keep hearing about) tucked into slits in the branches. Too. Cute. … I just hope there isn’t a draft by the seating card table.