March 23, 2010 Issue
An intimate affair with 30 guests? A grand event with hundreds attending ? Whether you want the former or the latter for your nuptials, we can help. We’ve assembled expert advice on everything from throwing a green wedding to finding a vintage gown; highlighted nearby outdoor venues; and revealed the breakdown of real couples’ big-day budgets.
On the Cover: Photographs by Peter Hapak for New York Magazine. Market by Aja Mangum. Hair by Sarah Sibia for See Management. Makeup by Cynthia Stobek for See Management. Nails by Elisa Ferri for See Management. Styling by Doria Santlofer. Ivory gown with tiers of smocked tulle by Vera Wang, price upon request; bouquet by Renny & Reed, $325.
Light-as-air gowns with breezy, exaggerated skirts, sparkly details, and elegant draping.
Lush greenery is the backdrop for exuberant spring bouquets.
With appetizers this gorgeous, cocktail hour is an artful event.
Invitations, reply cards, and save-the-dates inspired by the outdoors.
Stylish confections take a cue from the runway.
ask the experts
“The setting matters. Find your location first, then look for the gown.”
“Don’t try to save money by shortening the cocktail time. People think it’s a good idea, but guests love that part.”
“An engagement shoot is great because it’s like a practice run, so you’re really ready to go on the day of the wedding.”
“Don’t use generic adjectives, like ‘smoky’ or ‘glam,’ to describe what you want.”
“You can create a sustainable bar. Opt for local or biodynamic wine, and organic spirits.”
“Two minutes is long enough for a first dance. Have the D.J. fade out, or invite your guests to join.”
And answers to other tricky situations that will emerge as the big day approaches.
Not everyone is a born public speaker. Hand out this advice from the pros at the rehearsal dinner.
Browse 115 gowns from corset bodices to asymmetrical necklines.
Alternatives to the standard veil, statement jewelry at all prices, and gloves that add a touch of lace.
With wedding-night lingerie that’s retro, not risqué.
Fourteen New York women share the stories and pictures of their parents’ big day.
After making it through three costume changes, a public parade, a Korean tea ceremony, and one heartfelt serenade, Nari and Samuel missed their honeymoon flight to Mexico.
Candace and Adriel met in Englewood, New Jersey, 23 years ago.
"More is more,” was the major inspiration for Doug and Michael’s wide-ranging affair.
Katherine and Craig share their Union Square apartment with two cats, a dog, and a hedgehog.
It all started with a rose. A really big rose.
Jen and Nick’s relationship is a testament to the belief that absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Wilma Reich married Paul Hoffman on January 9, 1955—and kept every receipt.
Wedding mementos the guests will actually use.
In this DIY world, bridesmaid dresses do not have to be single-use.
With a little practice (and some expert guidance), DIY wedding hair is in your hands.
Plus, the awesome pedigree of one woman’s find.
Just follow these rules for photos you’ll always love.
Leafy urban rooftops, pastoral estates, and sandy beachfronts are closer than you might think.
Before you pin your hopes on a summer-afternoon alfresco ceremony, the experts would like you to remember...
Couples open up post-wedding about how they kept expenses in check—or didn’t.
Because a live soundtrack makes the good times even better.
What the pros can bring to the party.
Reception ideas your guests will be talking about long after the last glass of Champagne.
Artisanal local ales and lagers are a fine addition to the bar list. Five experts hoist the best.
The blank-slate loft Studio 450 takes on three very different personalities.
From island idylls to urban treks, travel agents weigh in on their favorite honeymoon escapes.
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