Having a wedding in New York means you can let your imagination run wild. There's enough talent and variety here to bring any dream to life. We have details on how to create your sunny nuptials in Central Park or a dance party in a loft. Plus advice from recent brides and pages of beautiful gowns.
On the Cover: Photographs by Andrew Eccles for New York Magazine. Market by Aja Mangum. Hair by Shalom Sharon for Oliver Piro. Makeup by Angie Parker for Oliver Piro. Veil by Suzanne Couture Millinery, $450; diamond studs by Marisa Perry, $39,000; bouquet by Erin Halley Events & Productions, price upon request.
A group of recent New York brides spill on their wedding-planning thrills and fiascoes.
Beautiful. Aisle-worthy. $200 or less.
Invitations, save-the-dates, and RSVPs that won’t get lost in the shuffle.
Sweet and savory bites from the city’s best caterers.
Elated, jittery, calm ... here, the final countdown to the walk down the aisle, from eleven brides- and grooms-to-be.
Ask the Experts
"We design for the woman who doesn’t want to go through the fuss."
"We pride ourselves on not using walkie-talkies. We blend."
"The engagement shoot is necessary. I get to know the couple’s angles. Everyone has a sweet spot."
"When walking down the aisle, hold your bouquet low, with blooms pointed out, at a 45-degree angle."
"Whatever you do, don’t try to save on servers. An understaffed wedding does not run smoothly."
"Avoid ribbons, bulky pockets with inserts, and boxed invitations. Stick to two dimensions."
What would the owner of a cool Brooklyn design collective put on his list? The Future Perfect’s David Alhadeff plays house.
This is the fun part—picking your favorite dress from the 72 beautiful gowns here.
Ethereal gowns for a fantasy day.
Large and floppy last season, this time bows are small and sweet.
A shared passion for Argentine tango led Yuli and Keith to cross paths.
Bill had read about the restaurant One If By Land, Two If By Sea and its reputation as a hot spot for wedding proposals.
Before deciding to marry in Jamaica, Valery and Chauncey considered New York.
It didn’t start out as a wedding. “We wanted a fifth anniversary party,” says Justin.
When it came to setting a date, the third time proved the charm for Kait and Robin.
One New York couple’s save-the-date—164 days of TMI.
The city’s top planners pick the best venues for a party under the sun—from splurges within reach to total steals.
No two ways about it—a tented wedding is an expensive venture. Event designer Frank Alexander advises how to have one for a little less.
And nine more ways to reduce venue-related bills.
Knockoff venues? Not really. But close.
Personalizing a loft comes at a price—but it doesn’t have to be sky-high.
Favors for $500 or dance lessons for the same amount? Below, a little game of which-would-you-rather.
Who gets gratuity, and how much? Planners explain.
Event designer Jung Lee of Fête explains how to do black tie on a budget.
High-end event designer David Stark plans two unique celebrations—each on a budget of $25,000.
A collection of bumping, hip-swinging, fist-pumping moments on the dance floor. Plus, the music that got everyone out of their seats.
An eclectic mix of D.J.'s, musicians, and singer-songwriters' fail-safe dance tunes.
Cakes for all personalities and pocketbooks.
How one couple’s family and friends contributed to an awesome backyard bash.
Carefree escapes for two—from the Jersey Shore to the South China Sea.
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