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Summer 11 Weddings

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Features

  • The Wedding Party

    Gorgeous gowns, flirty bridesmaids, sockless groomsmen, and major bling: Let the fun begin.

  • Worth Diving For

    The new breed of bridal bouquet is embellished with rocks, sheet music, oregano, and other unlikely add-ons.

  • Urban Spoonfuls

    Small bites inspired by four pillars of the local restaurant scene.

  • Paper Trail

    Set the tone for your celebration with city- or country-inspired invites.

  • Any Way You Slice It

    Who says the final course has to be all-white and quintuple-tiered? Here, 33 cakes that toy with convention.

Ask the Experts

  • The Gown Designer

    “Getting an honest opinion from your mother is a good thing, even if there’s a conflict.”

  • The Caterers

    “In general, I don’t think you need to put a theme to the food.”

  • The Officiant

    “I always hope to fall a little bit in love with all the couples I work with.”

  • The Cinematographer

    “We’re not the company that will pass a microphone around—that’s very tacky.”

  • The Florist

    “It’s very important to find a florist you can trust and then to leave some of the decisions to her.”

  • The Event Planner

    “If a planner says no often or sets tight rules, you should run for the hills.”

The Checklist

  • See It, Scan It, Love It

    Eight retailers that make registering (almost) effortless.

  • Gifts You’ll Love…

    A wine rack, bookends, and more registry gift ideas.

  • The Alterna-Registry

    Surf lessons? House payments? Four sites that go well beyond blenders.

  • Unload Your Guests

    City itineraries for four types of out-of-towners.

  • Let’s Get Physical

    Beauty solutions for every bride, at every price point.

  • A Dress Is Born

    How to create a one-of-a-kind gown.

Style Guide

  • Dressed to Wed

    Browse 135 wedding dresses from minis to tiered gowns, guest-edited by Wedding Bee.

  • Tie One On

    Garters aren’t the only belts in your arsenal.

  • It’s All in the Details

    Find 120 accessories for both the bride and groom.

  • One Dress, Four Ways

    A quartet of stylists demonstrate the transformative power of the right hair, makeup, and accessories.

  • Well-Suited

    Looking to rent, buy, or go bespoke? Start here.

  • Maid for Each Other

    Find 115 bridesmaid dresses, from cocktail lengths to floor-sweeping gowns.

RECEPTION

  • The Ultimate Venue Guide

    In which we offer food-worshipping, loft-dwelling, tree-hugging, do-gooding New Yorkers 28 venues for their nuanced nuptials.

  • A Brutally Honest Seating Chart

    One newlywed explains the rationale behind her floor plan.

  • Cancel That Limousine

    Eight alternative ways to commute from altar to dance floor.

  • The Pandora of Wedding Music

    Whatever your musical predilection, there’s somebody willing to play it.

  • Consider These Gimmicks

    Reception acts your guests will never forget.

Album

  • The Start of Something Great

    Eleven New Yorkers tell the story behind their wedding’s most cinematic moment.

  • Outdoorsy DIY Affair

    Because they were paying for most of the wedding themselves, the couple got creative.

  • Elegant Indian Fête

    It was no surprise when the couple planned a splashy New York wedding.

  • Rollicking Rooftop Bash

    “We didn’t even consider getting married somewhere that didn’t show off the city.”

  • A Regal Blowout (With Tattoos)

    The duo’s most memorable moment was their first dance.

  • Swank Brooklyn Dance Party

    “I wanted the wedding to have an eclectic feel.”

The Honeymoon

  • Go Here, Not There

    Picturesque bungalows, desert retreats, and other options for the less-navigated honeymoon.

  • The Honeyweekend

    Five romantic jaunts for the time-deprived newlywed.

  • The Caribbean Can Wait

    Five atypical cruise-ship destinations.

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