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March 22, 2011 Issue

Cover Story

New York Weddings

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

Features

The Wedding Party

Gorgeous gowns, flirty bridesmaids, sockless groomsmen, and major bling: Let the fun begin.

Worth Diving For

The new breed of bridal bouquet is embellished with rocks, sheet music, oregano, and other unlikely add-ons.

Urban Spoonfuls

Small bites inspired by four pillars of the local restaurant scene.

Paper Trail

Set the tone for your celebration with city- or country-inspired invites.

Any Way You Slice It

Who says the final course has to be all-white and quintuple-tiered? Here, 33 cakes that toy with convention.

Ask the Experts

The Gown Designer

“Getting an honest opinion from your mother is a good thing, even if there’s a conflict.”

The Caterers

“In general, I don’t think you need to put a theme to the food."

The Officiant

“I always hope to fall a little bit in love with all the couples I work with."

The Cinematographer

“We’re not the company that will pass a microphone around—that’s very tacky."

The Florist

“It’s very important to find a florist you can trust and then to leave some of the decisions to her."

The Event Planner

“If a planner says no often or sets tight rules, you should run for the hills.”

Style Guide

Dressed to Wed

Browse 135 wedding dresses from minis to tiered gowns, guest-edited by Wedding Bee.

Tie One On

Garters aren’t the only belts in your arsenal.

It's All in the Details

Find 120 accessories for both the bride and groom.

One Dress, Four Ways

A quartet of stylists demonstrate the transformative power of the right hair, makeup, and accessories.

Well-Suited

Looking to rent, buy, or go bespoke? Start here.

Maid for Each Other

Find 115 bridesmaid dresses, from cocktail lengths to floor-sweeping gowns.

Album

The Start of Something Great

Eleven New Yorkers tell the story behind their wedding’s most cinematic moment.

Outdoorsy DIY Affair

Because they were paying for most of the wedding themselves, the couple got creative.

Elegant Indian Fête

It was no surprise when the couple planned a splashy New York wedding.

Rollicking Rooftop Bash

“We didn’t even consider getting married somewhere that didn’t show off the city."

A Regal Blowout (With Tattoos)

The duo’s most memorable moment was their first dance.

Swank Brooklyn Dance Party

“I wanted the wedding to have an eclectic feel.”

The Checklist

See It, Scan It, Love It

Eight retailers that make registering (almost) effortless.

Gifts You’ll Love...

A wine rack, bookends, and more registry gift ideas.

The Alterna-Registry

Surf lessons? House payments? Four sites that go well beyond blenders.

Unload Your Guests

City itineraries for four types of out-of-towners.

Let’s Get Physical

Beauty solutions for every bride, at every price point.

A Dress Is Born

How to create a one-of-a-kind gown.

RECEPTION

The Ultimate Venue Guide

In which we offer food-worshipping, loft-dwelling, tree-hugging, do-gooding New Yorkers 28 venues for their nuanced nuptials.

A Brutally Honest Seating Chart

One newlywed explains the rationale behind her floor plan.

Cancel That Limousine

Eight alternative ways to commute from altar to dance floor.

The Pandora of Wedding Music

Whatever your musical predilection, there’s somebody willing to play it.

Consider These Gimmicks

Reception acts your guests will never forget.

The Honeymoon

Go Here, Not There

Picturesque bungalows, desert retreats, and other options for the less-navigated honeymoon.

The Honeyweekend

Five romantic jaunts for the time-deprived newlywed.

The Caribbean Can Wait

Five atypical cruise-ship destinations.

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