March 22, 2011 Issue
There is no right or wrong way to say “I do” in this town, and that’s exactly why people get married here. This issue is brimming with unorthodox ideas for your big day, including out-of-the-box registries, tradition-bucking bouquets, and unsung honeymoon spots, plus hundreds of suggestions for gowns, venues, cakes, and entertainment, all befitting a city that’s constantly full of surprises.
On the Cover: Photographs by Tina Tyrell for New York Magazine
Gorgeous gowns, flirty bridesmaids, sockless groomsmen, and major bling: Let the fun begin.
The new breed of bridal bouquet is embellished with rocks, sheet music, oregano, and other unlikely add-ons.
Small bites inspired by four pillars of the local restaurant scene.
Set the tone for your celebration with city- or country-inspired invites.
Who says the final course has to be all-white and quintuple-tiered? Here, 33 cakes that toy with convention.
Ask the Experts
“Getting an honest opinion from your mother is a good thing, even if there’s a conflict.”
“In general, I don’t think you need to put a theme to the food."
“I always hope to fall a little bit in love with all the couples I work with."
“We’re not the company that will pass a microphone around—that’s very tacky."
“It’s very important to find a florist you can trust and then to leave some of the decisions to her."
“If a planner says no often or sets tight rules, you should run for the hills.”
Browse 135 wedding dresses from minis to tiered gowns, guest-edited by Wedding Bee.
Garters aren’t the only belts in your arsenal.
Find 120 accessories for both the bride and groom.
A quartet of stylists demonstrate the transformative power of the right hair, makeup, and accessories.
Looking to rent, buy, or go bespoke? Start here.
Find 115 bridesmaid dresses, from cocktail lengths to floor-sweeping gowns.
Eleven New Yorkers tell the story behind their wedding’s most cinematic moment.
Because they were paying for most of the wedding themselves, the couple got creative.
It was no surprise when the couple planned a splashy New York wedding.
“We didn’t even consider getting married somewhere that didn’t show off the city."
The duo’s most memorable moment was their first dance.
“I wanted the wedding to have an eclectic feel.”
Eight retailers that make registering (almost) effortless.
A wine rack, bookends, and more registry gift ideas.
Surf lessons? House payments? Four sites that go well beyond blenders.
City itineraries for four types of out-of-towners.
Beauty solutions for every bride, at every price point.
How to create a one-of-a-kind gown.
In which we offer food-worshipping, loft-dwelling, tree-hugging, do-gooding New Yorkers 28 venues for their nuanced nuptials.
One newlywed explains the rationale behind her floor plan.
Eight alternative ways to commute from altar to dance floor.
Whatever your musical predilection, there’s somebody willing to play it.
Reception acts your guests will never forget.
Picturesque bungalows, desert retreats, and other options for the less-navigated honeymoon.
Five romantic jaunts for the time-deprived newlywed.
Five atypical cruise-ship destinations.
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