Saturday, April 4, 2009

It's been a good run but...

I think I'm over Martha Stewart Weddings magazine.

For the last ten years(oh who am I kidding? I've been buying it for much longer than that!) I have been a member of the cult of MS Weddings. Pouring over the pages and feeling my heart rate rise with each lovely image. I started to notice the effects wearing off some time last year, yes it was still incredible eye candy and yes it was still inspiring but something was missing. I just didn't know what. Had they changed? Had I changed? I just couldn't put my finger on it.

Yesterday I saw the new Spring issue and as I have for every issue I bought it without looking at the contents. I got it home and did my little ritual of pouring myself some wine before cracking it open. Something happened that had never happened before. I put it down without going cover to cover. Maybe it was because they are starting to recycle ideas, the cootie catcher? A flower made of tissue? Covered match boxes? I was starting to feel a bit like I was having deja vu. Then there was the sheer amount of things with outlandish prices.You know that MSWeddings isn't feeling the recession when they recommend 420 dollar face cream or acne skin treatments that cost 400-600 dollars per treatment! Yes it is all still incredibly lovely but it was a bit like an exercise in voyeurism into this land where money grows on trees and every gal has a 10 carat diamond and a 10 grand dress.

It suddenly dawned on me that wedding magazines are like late night informercials. They show you how amazing something is over and over until you start to think that you just couldn't possibly live without it.

I love Martha Stewart(lets face she's a sassy broad who'd I'd invite over to dinner in a heartbeat.) in general but perhaps because of the economic times were all facing, the excess that is the Weddings magazine just isn't a world I feel comfortable even peaking into at the moment.

So I'm going to break up with her. Sure I might has a quick fling with her in the Summer and Fall(my favorite issue) but I might have to contain them to reading in store, and there's always the internet if I feel lonely.
So farewell MS Weddings I know you will bring joy to many, many other girls hearts like you once did mine.
It's not you it's me.


Krista said...

Oh, that's too bad. I am feeling that way with most other bridal magazines. They really are all the same. But not MS Weddings, not yet.

But I've only been reading MS Weddings for a year and a half, which I'm sure explains why I'm still in lust with it!

Margarita said...

That's how I feel with all these wedding magazines lately, all overly expensive, everything top of the line, and really it's just dreams. To fill your head up. So I don't buy them that often, but I will go to the book store and read them cover to cover there!

AmyJean said...

I found the only truly different mag was Real Simple weddings. everything else was basically 250 pages of advertisements. lol :)