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March 20, 2013 Issue

Cover Story

New York Weddings

We live in a city where you can do, see, hear, and eat pretty much anything you want, whenever you want to. Luckily, that same embarrassment of options applies to weddings. Want to get married on the High Line (“Pop the Champagne”)? Walk down the aisle in a fashion-forward dress (“Fresh Off the Runway”)? Have a top baker custom-make an unforgettable hand-painted cake (“Feasts for the Eyes”)? In these pages we show you how to do all that—and more. You’ll also find ideas for laser-cut invitations (“Cut It Out”), caterers who create menus in sync with what’s market-fresh (“Season Liberally”), and epic car trips for your honeymoon (“Global Road Trips”). And of course, there’s our exhaustive up-to-the-minute directory of the city’s best wedding resources, from makeup artists to gown cleaners. Getting everything you need begins right here.
On the Cover: Photographs by Christopher Anderson/Magnum Photos/New York Magazine. Market by Amelia Diamond. Lace-and-tulle cap-sleeve gown with flower-ruffle detail by Nina Ricci, $6,260 at; Victoria cluster earrings with diamonds in platinum by Tiffany & Co., $5,300; six-prong setting ring by Tiffany & Co., $7,750. Sweet Athena headpiece by Designs by Ahn, $100.


Natural Beauties

Effortlessly gorgeous gowns that capture the radiance and romance of the season.

From Barns to Ballrooms

Flowers to enhance every venue—from upstate farms to downtown lofts.

Season Liberally

Fresh, local menus for spring, summer, fall, and winter receptions.

Feasts for the Eyes

Hand-painted wedding cakes almost too stunning to eat.

Ask the Experts

The Gown Hunter

“New York brides are ruthless. They won’t settle for anything less than what they’ve envisioned, and I love them for it.”

The Prop Finder

“The trend now is true sophistication. A few years back, it was all sweet and rustic.”

The Honeymoon Planner

“Don’t immediately assume that you need to be on a beach for your honeymoon.”

The Band

“When people reminisce about the wedding, they talk about who got in that big dance circle and did their thing.”

The Florists

“Flowers don’t come in Pantone colors. Mother Nature tends to have a mind of her own, so be open to variation.”

Style Guide

Fresh Off the Runway

High-fashion gowns for the big day.

Not Just for Weddings

Stylish dresses your bridesmaids can wear long after the reception.

Let Your Ears Do the Talking

Forgo a statement necklace for showstopping earrings.

Suits That Suit Them

Three local grooms find wedding looks in sync with their style.

Save It for the Honeymoon

Sexy undies aren’t always practical for the wedding day. But the night after is another story.


Landmark Occasions

Seven couples who said “I do” in their favorite spots around town.

Retro Dance Party

“I remember the floor was shaking. The wood paneling was shaking. It was crazy.”

Late-Summer Soirée

“We danced all night—even after the air-conditioner broke down.”

Full-Moon Fête

“Throughout history, full moons have been a time of festivity.”

New Museum Celebration

“I wish I could relive that night. I’ve never smiled so much.”

NOLA-Style Nuptials

“People on the street were congratulating us and honking horns. It was perfect.”

Poetic Beach Bash

“James didn’t sit down after the dancing started. It’s never too late to feel young again.”

The Checklist

What They Would Have Done Differently

One hundred recent brides reveal their planning snafus, budget missteps, and registry regrets.

Never Say ‘‘Cheese’’ Again

Photojournalists offer a vérité alternative to traditional shooters.

Gifts They’ll Thank You For

Give your wedding party presents they actually want.

Cut It Out

Wedding invitations get the laser-cut treatment.

Don’t Just Think Pink

Fun, fresh colors are what’s happening in manicures.

So Long, Magic Mike

Six twists on girls’ night out.

Beyond Pinterest

Seven apps for registering, tackling seating charts, and color-coordinating your bouquet with the bridesmaids’ dresses.

The Proposal Matrix

Last April, Alison Taffel's graphic-designer boyfriend stealthily replaced her magazine’s Matrix with his own.


Get Some Air

Sixteen farms, vineyards, and other outdoor spaces for hosting your summer wedding.

The Party Before the Party

Three types of rehearsal dinners, six great venues.

Un-Wedding Bands

From thirties swing to foot-stomping jazz, old-timey music is making a comeback.

Let Them Eat Way More Than Cake

Event designer Jung Lee of Fête curates the ultimate dessert table.


Two for the Road

Roll the top down and unwind on these epic journeys.

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