March 20, 2013 Issue
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 netaporter.com; 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.
Effortlessly gorgeous gowns that capture the radiance and romance of the season.
Flowers to enhance every venue—from upstate farms to downtown lofts.
Fresh, local menus for spring, summer, fall, and winter receptions.
Hand-painted wedding cakes almost too stunning to eat.
Ask the Experts
“New York brides are ruthless. They won’t settle for anything less than what they’ve envisioned, and I love them for it.”
“The trend now is true sophistication. A few years back, it was all sweet and rustic.”
“Don’t immediately assume that you need to be on a beach for your honeymoon.”
“When people reminisce about the wedding, they talk about who got in that big dance circle and did their thing.”
“Flowers don’t come in Pantone colors. Mother Nature tends to have a mind of her own, so be open to variation.”
High-fashion gowns for the big day.
Stylish dresses your bridesmaids can wear long after the reception.
Forgo a statement necklace for showstopping earrings.
Three local grooms find wedding looks in sync with their style.
Sexy undies aren’t always practical for the wedding day. But the night after is another story.
Seven couples who said “I do” in their favorite spots around town.
“I remember the floor was shaking. The wood paneling was shaking. It was crazy.”
“We danced all night—even after the air-conditioner broke down.”
“Throughout history, full moons have been a time of festivity.”
“I wish I could relive that night. I’ve never smiled so much.”
“People on the street were congratulating us and honking horns. It was perfect.”
“James didn’t sit down after the dancing started. It’s never too late to feel young again.”
One hundred recent brides reveal their planning snafus, budget missteps, and registry regrets.
Photojournalists offer a vérité alternative to traditional shooters.
Give your wedding party presents they actually want.
Wedding invitations get the laser-cut treatment.
Fun, fresh colors are what’s happening in manicures.
Six twists on girls’ night out.
Seven apps for registering, tackling seating charts, and color-coordinating your bouquet with the bridesmaids’ dresses.
Last April, Alison Taffel's graphic-designer boyfriend stealthily replaced her magazine’s Matrix with his own.
Sixteen farms, vineyards, and other outdoor spaces for hosting your summer wedding.
Three types of rehearsal dinners, six great venues.
From thirties swing to foot-stomping jazz, old-timey music is making a comeback.
Event designer Jung Lee of Fête curates the ultimate dessert table.
Roll the top down and unwind on these epic journeys.
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