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March 17, 2015 Issue

Cover Story

New York Weddings

Getting married the New York way: No wedding vision is too specific in this city. Want to serve a heap of fried chicken and biscuits for the main course? We have more than a dozen options for indulgent, utensil-free dishes. In the market for a rectangular pink-tourmaline engagement ring? Check out our rainbow of white-diamond alternatives. You’ll also find a slew of unexpected venues (secret backyards and Astoria beer gardens included), tips for busting moves like Beyoncé, and plenty of firsthand accounts from real couples who went all out in their own special way (one even got hitched at Ikea).
On the Cover: Photograph by Ruven Afanador for New York Magazine. Strapless gown with silk tulle and organza with petal-pink underlay and beaded-lace appliqués, $6,820, and detachable train, $6,160, both by Ines Di Santo, at Bergdorf Goodman Bridal Salon. 18-karat yellow-gold ring with solitaire diamond by Tiffany & Co., price upon request. 14-karat-gold and white-baguette-diamond ring by Catbird, $320 at Catbird. Flowers by Atelier Rouge. Hair by Felix Fischer at Factory Downtown using Rich Hair Care. Makeup by Joanne Gair using Edward Bess. Manicure by Elena Capo at the Wall Group using Chanel. Market editing by Lori Keong. Model: Elizabeth Redvers at Click.

Features

Wow Gowns

A whole lot of spectacle going on.

His & Hers

Big bouquets, elegant little boutonnieres.

Silverware Free

How to have a forkless feast.

The Cakes Are Alive

Real flowers, real fruit, real nice.

Something Blue

Three brides who wore the same piece of satin.

Ask the Experts

Industry Standards

A gown designer on going simple, ring-makers on going black diamond, a hairstylist with a cure for the updo, and more.

Style Guide

Jump, Swing

The spring runways swished with fringe, capes, and the return of the jumpsuit.

Groomswear

Plenty of nonblack suits.

White Shoes, Sparkly Toes

Perfect heels, flats, and a pop of polish for when your feet peek out of the dress.

Very Little Clutches

Just enough room for your smartphone and a stick of gum.

Engagement Rings

A rainbow of different colors.

Album

On the Dance Floor

Couples who really cut a rug.

Fifth Avenue Fête

“I had secretly gone back to Paris beforehand to ask her father’s permission.”

A Cozy Dinner

“I didn’t want to plan a huge wedding while pregnant, so we decided to keep it small.”

Australian Celebration

“Same-sex marriage isn’t legal back home in Australia.”

Plan-B Bash

“We went to the Department of Buildings’ website and saw [our venue] had been condemned.”

Park Slope Party

“Once my sister spilled the beans about City Hall, we knew we’d have to throw a party sooner or later.”

Black-tie Blowout

“One of the masks caught fire and we danced around it like it was part of the décor.”

Wedding in the Woods

“At the bonfire, it began to drizzle ... like a magical forest rain.”

The Checklist

Shades of Blush

Beautifully neutral invitations.

Who Will Marry Us?

The right officiants.

Notes on a Toast

A few words.

Ensemble for Rent

Six e-shops offering special-occasion wares on loan.

I Got Married at Ikea

And other unusual wedding tales.

Reception

City or Country?

Unexpected venues, whether you want to say “I do” in a secret garden or serve black-kale ravioli.

The Bride Wore Bug Spray

Six spots for both gritty and glampy sleepaway-camp weddings.

Drink Pink

Rosés at every price point.

How to Tear It Up

The best Lindy Hop and samba New York has to offer.

Honeymoon

So Close, So Far Away

Escapes from the madness — no passport required.

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