April 13, 2007 Issue
So you want to get married in New York. Understandable; it’s one of the most romantic places on Earth (as anyone who’s surveyed the glittering view from the Rainbow Room will attest). But it takes some planning. And who better to guide you through the process than us? We’ve narrowed the options to the very best, enlisted the experts, anticipated the problems, and solved the dilemmas. It might seem overwhelming at first, but in New York, there’s a florist, stationer, caterer, and cake designer to satisfy every couple. In other words, the city is at your service—and so are we.
A selection of gowns that transcend the typical bridal silhouette, pictured in some of New York’s most handsome wedding venues.
Twenty-five gorgeous dresses embodying this season’s most desirable bridal fashion trends.
New York’s top pastry and floral designers create formidable cakes and centerpieces for three very unique receptions.
From the Archives
Some of New York’s most memorable weddings: from Alfred Hitchcock’s daughter’s at St. Patrick’s Cathedral to Cynthia Rowley’s in a Brooklyn airplane hangar.
Ask the Experts
“Girls ask, ‘Oh, how am I going to dance in this?’ Dancing is not the essential part of the wedding; the ceremony is.”
“I’m not about flowers, because they are so predictable. The most expensive wedding I’ve done had no flowers in it.”
“Our motto is ‘Triple-check your double-checks.’ I micromanage every aspect in such a loving way.”
“Menus have become very elaborate. I do a menu–place-card combination that is really a tour de force.”
“Overstock the bar because there’s nothing worse than trying to find a bottle of Montrachet in the middle of the night.”
“Do-not-play lists say more about the couple than playlists. When I see Bob Marley on the former, I almost faint.”
“Everyone understands what an orchid is, or a peony, or a rose. People don’t know what good lighting looks like.”
Everything Guide to Registering
Bergdorf Goodman’s Marien Klushin answers your gift-getting questions.
Greatest registry hits (and not so great).
All you need to know before you decide on your newlywed gifts.
You’re going to live with them forever, so take a weekend to see your future heirlooms in 3-D. We map out the fastest route (and where to break for lunch).
Curate your registry list like a pro.
The married editors of The Bitch in the House and The Bastard on the Couch impart some wisdom.
The best storage solutions for studio tenants, hammer-happy nesters, sentimental pack rats, and more.
Where to get rid of kitchen appliances, dinnerware, towels, sheets, and more.
A six-month schedule to make the pretty even prettier.
How to get your skin, hair, and body into shape for your wedding dress.
So many potential invitees, so few delicious catered meals to go around. A reception-planning visual aid that makes the tough decisions for you.
What the invitation says about the party.
Karen Bussen, wedding planner and author, lays out the ideal floor plan that takes everyone’s needs—and idiosyncrasies—into consideration.
Seven creative ways to save and still put on an unforgettable show
A monetary breakdown of an inexpensive wedding.
For some examples of how to make over the old-fashioned wedding, we enlisted event planner Loulie Walker to create blueprints for three alternative affairs.
We asked Tom Finn, one of the city’s foremost D.J.'s, to plot out a reception’s trajectory through music.
How a chameleonlike event space, Peter White Studios, can change depending on an event designer's and a client's imagination.
Sarah Tesser & Kevin McDonnell at the Old Field Vineyards, Southold, New York.
Drew Meade & Andy Sofield at the Adirondack League Club, Old Forge, New York.
Wonda Joseph & Andrew Quinn at Empire–Fulton Ferry State Park, Bubby’s Brooklyn, Dumbo, Brooklyn.
Dorinda Lynch & Richard Medley at Brick Church, the Four Seasons Restaurant.
Ellie Hawke & Mike Ware at Splashlight Studios.
Haley Joel & Matthew Satnick at the American Museum of Natural History.
A high-minded, free-spirited holiday for two surfers in love.
Twentysomething graduate students unwind on a Caribbean isle.
Bucolic island-hopping and sophisticated city life for an epicurean pair.
A couple discovers more to do in their bikini bottoms than lie in the sand.
Mark Ingram, Bridal Atelier
Jennifer Zuccarini, Kiki de Montparnasse
Beth Blake, Thread
Timothy Elliott, Barneys New York
Gianluca Maina, Harry Winston
Jeffrey Kalinsky, Jeffrey New York
Andrew Block, Tourneau
Alexandra Kowalski, Bride’s Head Revisted
Lisa Hoffman, Ceci New York
Greggory Hockenberry, Varietal
Ron Ben-Israel, Ron Ben-Israel Cakes
Not all women are fortunate enough to have a precise vision of their ideal dress in mind from the moment they first say “I do.”
Siri Agrell’s collection of bridesmaid horror stories is culled from dozens of conversations she had with bridesmaids.
Its title could be a bit more modern, but this book is perfect for stashing in your purse.
Brides without the resources to hire a personal fitness guru now have a fine substitute, courtesy of trainer-to-the-stars David Kirsch.
French foodies have long turned to the pages of this culinary bible for the final word on French cuisine.
A long-awaited compendium of appropriate wedding-day material.
Making your wedding environmentally responsible need not mean sacrificing style.
It can be daunting to plan the wine menu for your reception on your own (luckily most couples will hire a caterer).
With the advent of the iPod age, more and more couples are taking the wedding-D.J. duties into their own hands.
A New York vs. national comparison of wedding costs.
Tim Gunn, Project Runway
Francesca Roman, Butterfly Studio
Meredith Levy, BFF Bridal
Cheree Berry, Stationer
Serena Bass, Serena Bass, Inc.
Francesca Abbracciamento, Francesca Events
Bronson Van Wyck, Van Wyck & Van Wyck
Will Goldfarb, Room 4 Dessert
Oulaivanh Jaigla, Banchet Flowers
Cappy Hotchkiss, Cappy Hotchkiss Photography
Gale Curtis, Curtis Music
Michael Romano, Hudson Yards Catering
Claudia Hanlin, The Wedding Library
Sofia Crokos, Sofia Crokos Events
Karen Bussen, Karen Bussen Event Design
Jung Lee, Fête
Sandra Miniutti, CharityNavigator.org
Eva Scrivo, Stylist
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