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March 14, 2017 Issue

Cover Story

How to Have a New York Wedding

In this town of excess, getting married is not often a simple process. How to narrow down all the ways to celebrate? Well, for starters, you could look to the latest venue options, neatly categorized by woods, city, and water settings (or use our guide to pull off the reception right in your apartment). You could also pare down your bouquet à la the subtle, softly colored assortment, outsource the catering to a hot new restaurant, cherry-pick your gown by trend, or — screw it — have a doughnut cake. And for the honeymoon, choose from a dozen destinations broken down in two ways, depending on how stimulated (or not) you want to be after the big day.
On the Cover: Photograph by Hailun Ma for New York Magazine. Styling by Rebecca Ramsey. Ivory off-the-shoulder drop-waist ball gown with satin-faced-organza draped bodice, laser-cut organza-and-tulle flowers, and tiered tulle skirt by Marchesa, $8,995 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave.; 212-753-4000. Silver-tone, faux-pearl-and-poplin necklace by Miu Miu, $360 at net-a-porter.com. White-diamond cluster earrings by David Alan, $29,000 at davidalanjewelry.com. Vintage-inspired engagement ring set in platinum by Beverley K, price upon request at Greenwich St. Jewelers, 64 Trinity Pl.; 212-964-7592. Flowers: Mimosa Floral Design Studio and À Votre Service Events. Makeup: Nana Hiramatsu. Hair: Kiyonori Sudo using Bumble and Bumble. Market editor: Lindsay Peoples. Photo assistants: Junyoung Jang, Sookyung Jung. Fashion assistant: Indya Brown.

Features

The Art of the Gown

Dresses that might have stepped out of a painting.

A More Subtle Bouquet

Flowers in shades of pale.

The Topping Makes the Cake

From sprinkles to s’mores.

Look Who’s Catering

Buzzy restaurants that can do the food.

Ask the Experts

Expert advice, from gown dealers to a bridesmaid for hire.

The Checklist

Wild Invites

Painterly floral motifs are everywhere this season.

The New J.Crews

What’s a sensible bride to do now that J.Crew’s bridal line is no more? Try one of these five reasonably priced gown purveyors.

Everything Guide to the Apartment Wedding

You're already sleeping in the city's best venue.

The Style Guide

Fresh Lace

And feathers, and high necks, and appliqués, and other classic gown styles reinvented on the runway.

Fashion-Forward Grooms

This season’s runways featured suits with checks, grays, and a new take on brocade.

Timeless Bracelets

They look like your "something borrowed," but you don't have to give them back.

How to Wear Your Mother's Wedding Dress

According to one bride, who even found a way around a high neckline.

The Album

The Archives

The memorable wedding dresses of Lucille Ball, Carrie Fisher, Mariah Carey, and other well-known brides.

A Relaxed Backyard Event

The one event where writer Tom Wolfe, the father of the groom, decided not to wear white.

A Marathon Celebration

“We ended up sacrificing our guest list so we could have amazing wine and food.”

A Woodland Wedding

“Our friend trimmed the apple tree so people could stand under it. The tree forced people to get close.”

An International Affair

“We wanted an excuse to not have to invite anyone but our close friends.”

A Beachy Bash

“The biggest priority was having a party, not a wedding.”

A Tugboat To-Do

Following the ceremony, they moved to the father-of-the-bride’s bigger yacht.

A Raucous Night in Newburgh

“There were a lot of relationships popping off from that after-party.”

Rock-and-Roll Nuptials

As the drummer of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the groom couldn’t resist performing with his bandmates Karen O and Nick Zinner.

An Upstate Family Party in the Adirondacks

“Multiple generations of my family have lived there, so it meant a lot to me to get married at this house,” says the groom.

The Reception

Woods, Farm, Schooner

New outdoor wedding venues.

The Honeymoon

Honeymoon Times Two

Twelve countries, each done two ways.

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