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How the Pros Party: Inside the 10th Annual Martha Stewart Weddings Bridal Market Party

Welcome to another week full of bridal fashion goodness on the blog!

To start the week, Mara Marian-Harwood of Events By LMG, our trusty guest blogger from the frontlines of fashion at Bridal Market (along with partner-in-crime Hilary Anderson of Alta Moda Bridal), is sharing the juicy details of this year’s exlusive Martha Stewart Weddings Bridal Market Party.

Every year the MSW team throws a big bash to celebrate the end of market. The event is full of wedding celebs and vendors, and in classic MS fashion, beyond adorable decor elements, fun interactive stations, and tasty treats. See for yourselves as Mara takes us behind the white velvet rope…

As my week with Alta Moda Bridal at market was winding to a close, I couldn’t imagine anything that could have possibly made my experience any more incredible. Actually, if my feet wouldn’t have hurt and my phone would have stayed charged, that would have been incredible…but no such luck. Throbbing tootsies and lack of power aside, we ended our third day with plans to attend two industry events, one of which was the Martha Stewart Weddings magazine party at the industrial-chic Martha Stewart headquarters.

Even before we arrived, I knew a Martha Stewart party would not fall short of amazing. This party was spectacular. A color palette of magenta, peach, yellow, and pink was used within all the elements. Greeted by a step-and-repeat photo-op area, guests could take photos throughout the night. A fitting end to Bridal Fashion Week, this party was a star-studded industry event that impressed and entertained on all levels.

Hilary Anderson, Mara Marian-Harwood, and Melissa Barber

Martha Stewart Weddings Editor Darcy Miller with Hilary, Mara, and Melissa

Mara and Hilary with Mara Urshel of Kleinfeld Bridal

Mara with Randy Fenoli

Surrounding a large ice-sculpture bar in the center of the large open space, various bites to eat, a photo booth, manicures, henna tattoos, and more interactive entertainment options awaited guests as they mingled with other partygoers. Passed hors d’oeuvres were served throughout the night and a live band entertained the crowd.

 The ice bar

 Essie manicure bar

Floral boutonniere station

 Custom scents station

 Henna hearts station

 Henna cakes

 Butterfly cake and colorful cupcakes

 Rainbow-colored candies

 Passed hors d’oeuvres

Mini bottles of tequila

Consider interactive entertainment for your reception–you won’t regret it. Photo booths and other guest experience “stations” are a great way to keep the conversation flowing and the party rocking!

Melissa, Mara, Justin Goodson, and Hilary strike a pose

Thanks for sharing MSW party deets, Mara! I love the idea of interactive stations at receptions for your guests to enjoy, from a henna tattoo station to a custom scent station–brides and grooms, take note!

More fashion and trend coverage coming up this week!