This isn't your grandma's wedding.
Martha Stewart Weddings has laid out the new rules for weddings. Rule number one? You don't have to wear white to take center stage.
Click through the slideshow below to see a few more of the new rules, then head over to Martha Stewart Weddings for the rest!
You Don't Have to Wear White
No matter its hue, you'll look radiant in a knockout frock. Here, the bride is in a gold French lace "Long Ariel Dress," by <a href="http://www.temperleylondon.com/" target="_hplink">Temperley London</a>, so stunning it can only be a wedding gown. She's not just in good taste, she's also on trend: This season bridal designers showed scene-stealing creations in blush, pale blue, and even rich red.
Your Flowers and Favors Can Do Double-Duty
Less really is more when you combine two elements. Ceremony flowers can reappear at your reception, for example, and gorgeous escort cards will work as favors, too. Here, <a href="http://axispromo.com/AxisIntro_content.html" target="_hplink">Axis Promotions</a> paperweights help guests find their tables by magnifying the type on the seating cards underneath. Offer them as thank-yous that will dress up any desk after the party's over.
You Can Send Out a Handwritten Invitation
We love letterpress, adore embossing, and fall hard for flat printing. But if those aren't your type or the traditional wording of an invitation doesn't feel like you, write something that does; it's bound to be one of a kind. Use your invitees' names to make it personal, and be sure to include all the pertinent details. Thick card stock and lined, oversize envelopes that let the pages slip out unfolded set a formal tone. To elevate the concept further, hire a calligrapher (here, <a href="http://calligraphics.info/" target="_hplink">Calligraphy by Cheryl Tefft</a>) to copy your text, or have it printed and just the guests' names calligraphed.
Photography by José Picayo/Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2012, Copyright 2012