Celebrating its 15th anniversary this month — now that’s an office party we wouldn’t miss! — Martha Stewart Weddings is one of the most celebrated magazines among wedding and event aficionados. On Jan. 17, Editorial Director Darcy Miller was on hand at The Palm Beach Wedding Party, hosted by New York’s Wedding Library and The Breakers hotel.
Here, Darcy’s tips for a sublime soiree:
“Try to personalize it as much as you can. A lot of venues come with an ice sculpture, but instead of a swan, get it in the shape of a wedding cake.”
Focus on details that are personal for you.
“The greatest compliment is when guests leave your wedding and say that it felt like you, not your planner or your mother.” Set up a folding screen with childhood photos, or have your photos printed on confetti for your guests to toss. Write personalized notes on paper chargers.
“It is important that all the vendors are nice,” Miller says, “but there are some where chemistry is more important, such as with your planner or photographer. If they’re kind of annoying and you’re a little bit stressed, it’s not a good combination.”
Photographer Donna Newman echoed Miller’s sentiment, touting quality over quantity. “I would rather have a photographer stay for fewer hours and capture beautiful moments.”
Another tip: Never ask a photographer to emulate the style of another photographer, Newman says. It won’t work out in the end.
“At the end of the day, it’s a party. It’s who you’re spending your life with that matters,” says Miller. “The most important thing is to find the right person to marry.”
Staged in one of The Breakers’ magnificent ballrooms, The Wedding Party will spotlight over 50 coveted wedding vendors in the premium category… bridal/bridesmaids’ gowns, accessories, stationery, entertainment, jewelry, floral designers/décor, photographers, gourmet wedding cakes/dessert specialists, retail and more. Each vendor will be spotlighted in interactive “wedding vignettes” to provide an experiential display of their prized services and products.
Artfully designed table tops and centerpieces, lounge seating and food presentations will enliven the senses, as will savory dessert tastings, live music, hors d’oeuvres, spa treatments and more. Live mannequins create highly fashionable “stills,” while master sommeliers explain their food & wine pairings.
Event producer and Wedding Library partner Claudia Hanlin explains the appeal of The Wedding Party. “Brides and couples are more knowledgeable and savvy than ever, with a heightened appreciation of styles, service levels and resources available in the marketplace. In that vein, we’ve brought together the finest collection of talents in the industry under one roof, to wow the luxury, destination and Florida bride.” Hanlin noted. “In the fashion of a destination wedding showcase, our event enables guests to enjoy exclusive access to the industry’s pre-eminent planning services and resources, while savoring an unforgettable mini-vacation.
For more information or to purchase tickets to The Wedding Party / Palm Beach, call 212.327.0100, visit www.theweddinglibrary.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org