April 15, 2008 Issue
You said “yes.” Congratulations! Now comes the planning—which can be, contrary to popular opinion, fun. We’ve already found the most stunning gowns, gathered the loveliest bouquets, canvassed the best spots, tested the cocktails, interviewed the experts, picked out the playlist, and even asked 100 already-marrieds to reveal the ways they would have done it differently. Wherever you are in the process, the ensuing pages will get you closer to saying, “I do.”
The greatest city in the world is the best backdrop for a bevy of gorgeous dresses.
The spring collections included revamped classics, perennials, and wonderfully unusual choices in between.
Wedding stationery that’ll jump out of the mailbox.
Bouquets so beautiful you won’t want to toss them.
Cakes, cookies, and confections to end the night with a wow.
Pretty, sexy frocks that’ll live beyond the last toast.
From the Archives
From our vantage point, weddings seemed so . . . counter to the counterculture in the late sixties.
Ask the Experts
“The dress should fit like a glove. So, no bra! If you must, sew a bustier into it.”
“Unless you’re going particularly over-the-top and need more type exuberance, three typefaces is pushing it.”
“Be wary of planners who work on a commission basis with vendors. In essence, they get paid twice.”
“A raw bar with an ice sculpture of a giant clamshell is appropriate, but stay away from dolphins.”
“Hair extensions are great, but lash extensions? No. They bend, clump, and wear down the natural lash.”
“Any place that’s small and dark is hard to shoot in. And venues with too many mirrors are a nightmare, frankly.”
“Marriage is a public gesture toward society. Now is not the time to let it all hang out.”
Wedding presents (most registerable), arranged by couples’ aesthetic and guests’ gift budgets.
Not everyone has infinitely deep pockets, and not every guest should have to pony up for sterling.
Ben proposed to Julie at Top of the Rock: The two have a penchant for all things classic-New York.
The pair, who met at boarding school, wanted a casual, summer wedding on her family’s private camp.
Arden and Walter were set up. Her first impression was, “That guy is what all the fuss is about?”
James proposed on the Seine in Paris, with the help of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116.
Ondine knew that when it came time to design her wedding reception, she would do it herself.
Trent and Jeremy went from being a four-day-a-week couple to a seven-day-a-week couple.
In New York City, it is a considerable feat to book your first-choice venue on your first-choice date.
“We planned our wedding in a weekend, and it all took place on one block."
How to have an unforgettable wedding, from ceremony’s end to the wee hours of the after-party.
A quick cost-benefit analysis of four wedding venue types to help you narrow down your quest.
A nuts-and-bolts mini-guide to pulling off a wedding reception outdoors.
Great spots for a wedding en pleine air beyond central Manhattan.
Area vendors for tent rentals.
How to troubleshoot the guest list; arrange the floor plan; and accommodate everyone at the reception.
From the freeloading crasher to the drunk friend, tips for handling the clique of trouble.
Behind-the-scenes with a New York bride and her five bridesmaids.
Seasonal concoctions, created by Brian Miller and Philip Ward of Death & Co.
Seasonal dream menus to inspire you to think beyond the usual wedding-food suspects.
How to pull off a moveable feast? Jean Christophe Le Picart of Feast & Fêtes explains.
Jazz trio or string quartet? Here, options arranged by cost and musical proclivity.
Musical nods to heritage, whichever yours may be.
A selection of uncommon first dance songs.
Cost-cutting guidelines to plan by.
One hundred married couples on the wedding choices they made.
The cake’s been eaten, the Champagne’s been drunk. Now it’s escape time.
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