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March 23, 2010 Issue

Cover Story

New York Weddings

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.

Features

Just Float

Light-as-air gowns with breezy, exaggerated skirts, sparkly details, and elegant draping.

Into the Wild

Lush greenery is the backdrop for exuberant spring bouquets.

Enjoy While Standing

With appetizers this gorgeous, cocktail hour is an artful event.

Birds, Bees, Flowers, Trees

Invitations, reply cards, and save-the-dates inspired by the outdoors.

Project Wedding Cake

Stylish confections take a cue from the runway.

ask the experts

The Gown Designers

“The setting matters. Find your location first, then look for the gown.”

The Caterer

“Don’t try to save money by shortening the cocktail time. People think it’s a good idea, but guests love that part.”

The Photographer

“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.”

The Makeup Artist

“Don’t use generic adjectives, like ‘smoky’ or ‘glam,’ to describe what you want.”

The Planner

“You can create a sustainable bar. Opt for local or biodynamic wine, and organic spirits.”

The Dance Instructor

“Two minutes is long enough for a first dance. Have the D.J. fade out, or invite your guests to join.”

Do I Have to Invite My Boss?

And answers to other tricky situations that will emerge as the big day approaches.

Addressing the Crowd

Not everyone is a born public speaker. Hand out this advice from the pros at the rehearsal dinner.

Style Guide

Put a Ring on It!

Browse 115 gowns from corset bodices to asymmetrical necklines.

Don’t Forget the Details

Alternatives to the standard veil, statement jewelry at all prices, and gloves that add a touch of lace.

Branch Out

With wedding-night lingerie that’s retro, not risqué.

The Album

All About Our Mothers

Fourteen New York women share the stories and pictures of their parents’ big day.

Cinematic Black-and-White Soirée

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.

Fairy-Tale Manhattan Wedding

Candace and Adriel met in Englewood, New Jersey, 23 years ago.

Eclectic Hamptons Celebration

"More is more,” was the major inspiration for Doug and Michael’s wide-ranging affair.

Animal Lovers’ Bash at the Zoo

Katherine and Craig share their Union Square apartment with two cats, a dog, and a hedgehog.

Art-Inspired Downtown Affair

It all started with a rose. A really big rose.

Understated Neighborhood Party

Jen and Nick’s relationship is a testament to the belief that absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Round-trip for Two to Miami, $98.60

Wilma Reich married Paul Hoffman on January 9, 1955—and kept every receipt.

the checklist

These Favors Are Keepers

Wedding mementos the guests will actually use.

You Can Wear It Again

In this DIY world, bridesmaid dresses do not have to be single-use.

Updo It Yourself

With a little practice (and some expert guidance), DIY wedding hair is in your hands.

How to Buy Vintage

Plus, the awesome pedigree of one woman’s find.

Album Perfection Is Possible

Just follow these rules for photos you’ll always love.

The Reception

Take It Outside

Leafy urban rooftops, pastoral estates, and sandy beachfronts are closer than you might think.

All-Natural Isn’t Always Easy

Before you pin your hopes on a summer-afternoon alfresco ceremony, the experts would like you to remember...

Running the Numbers

Couples open up post-wedding about how they kept expenses in check—or didn’t.

A Band for Every Budget

Because a live soundtrack makes the good times even better.

Wave Your Hands in the Air!

What the pros can bring to the party.

That Party Was Awesome

Reception ideas your guests will be talking about long after the last glass of Champagne.

A Glass of Your Finest Beer, Please...

Artisanal local ales and lagers are a fine addition to the bar list. Five experts hoist the best.

One Loft, Three Ways

The blank-slate loft Studio 450 takes on three very different personalities.

the honeymoon

After All the Wedding Madness

From island idylls to urban treks, travel agents weigh in on their favorite honeymoon escapes.

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