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October 19, 2007 Issue

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New York Weddings

If you haven’t already noticed by the time you’re picking up this issue, putting together a wedding isn’t free of challenges—especially in New York. Nowhere else are there so many alternatives, so much superlative talent, such high expectations­—and the costs to match. But isn’t finding the solutions part of the fun? In the ensuing pages, we’ve considered every last detail on your behalf, from start (the engagement party) to finish (the honeymoon).

Features

Get Me to the Wedding!

Fabulous wedding gowns worn in theatrical transit.

From the Runway

Twenty-five modern dresses embodying this season’s freshest bridal fashion trends.

Meet Your Match

The city’s top pastry and floral designers team up to make ideal cake-and-centerpiece pairings for five hypothetical New York wedding receptions.

New York Nuptials

Scenes From an Elopement

How a Canadian couple tied the knot in New York City.

Ask the Experts

The Gown Designer

“When shopping for a veil to match your gown, one-sixteenth of an inch trim is the ideal.”

The Event Designer

"Consider things not intended for wedding-industry consumption."

The Stationer

"Do programs that look like miniature booklets. They’re unexpected and stylish."

The Caterer

“It’s a waste to make guests sit down to a plated dessert.”

The Cake-Maker

“Transporting a cake from downtown to Midtown can be a nightmare.”

What to Register For

Six designers and a chef weigh in on your newlywed gifts: what to register for and why.

The Bridal Party

The New Bridesmaid’s Dress Code

Three New Yorkers—who, combined, have done the bridesmaid stroll 14 times this year—model a dozen keepers.

The Party Primer

Surely most of your friends aren’t natural-born master-logisticians. Here, ideas for the festivities they’ll be planning for you in the months to come.

Gifts They Won’t Secretly Re-Gift

Gift ideas for bridesmaids.

Bill of Honor

A New York bridesmaid tabulates a year’s worth of expenses. Brides, take note!

Bachelorette Bar Crawl

Single in Soho for one more night.

The Album

Winter Bash in Brooklyn

Lydia Hamza & Gustavo Marcus at Stage 6 at Steiner Studios, Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Springtime Fête in the Country

Ali Dwyer & Philip Edwards at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church and the Meadow Club, Southampton, Long Island.

Black-Tie at the Club

Lizz van Wilgen & Tyrone Smith at The Metropolitan Club.

Late Night in a Loft

Anne-Marie Brule & Brandon Kavulla at Peter White Studios.

Drinking and Dancing on the Lawn

Jose Castro & Nathan Orsman at a private residence, Southampton, Long Island.

Minimalist Cocktail Party

Lauren Selsky & Carlos Hall at Banchet Flowers.

The Reception

The Top 20 Reception Ideas

Event planners’ greatest hits. Plus: a handful of flops.

The Making of a Couture Invitation

Five stories of custom-made wedding invitations.

Liquored Up

Six seasonal drinks, created by Jason Kosmas of Employees Only, rated on a scale of one to delicious.

A Dream Wedding Menu for Each Season

Four New York City chefs design seasonal wedding menus.

Who Needs a Top Toque?

Five caterers and event planners who can get a great chef (or create equally impressive meals).

How Much for Over-the-top?

A Technicolor reception in the Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, annotated and itemized.

Bang for Your Buck

An affordable venue is not impossible to find.Here, a short list of places to start (or end) your search.

The Wedding-Spending Diaries

Four New York couples track all their major costs.

Wisdom for the Haggling Bride and Groom

A contract isn’t set in stone until you sign it. Here’s how to make sure you get what you want.

How to Keep Your Guests Happy

Be considerate, play good music, keep an open bar, and more.

Welcome, Out-of-Towners

How to be a good host when your local reception is a destination wedding for many of your guests.

Visitors’ Swag: Open Upon Arrival

While favors are an unnecessary expense, welcome bags for out-of-town guests are not. Don’t skimp with a bottle of water and a bag of peanuts.

Itinerary: The Thursday-to-Sunday Guide

The luxe concierge service Quintessentially schedules an hour-by-hour, day-to-day hypothetical plan to keep out-of-town visitors entertained (and out of your hair)

It’s 1 a.m. Do You Know Where Your Guests Are?

A crew of four New York nightlife experts plan wee-hour high jinks, from a limbo party in Chinatown to a raucous sleepover in the Bowery Hotel.

Tactics

Sample-Sale Sleuthing

How to get an amazing dress on the cheap.

The Honeymoon

Where Won't It Be Hurricane Season?

How to find the ideal destination for the season you choose to marry in.

Where to Go for One Week

Three one-week honeymoon destinations for three different budgets.

Where to Go For Two Weeks

Three one-week honeymoon destinations for three different budgets.

Style Counsel

Wedding Gowns

The dos and don'ts of buying a wedding gown.

Lingerie

Dos and don'ts when buying wedding lingerie.

Tuxes and Suits

The dos and don'ts for wedding tuxes and suits.

Accessories

The dos and don'ts when buying wedding accessories.

Veils

Dos and don'ts when buying a wedding veil.

Beauty

Dos and don'ts for your wedding day.

Try It

Custom Dressmaker

Kim Hicks, Bergdorf Goodman.

Personal Shopper

Julie Sabatino, The Stylish Bride.

Hair Extensions

MHN.

Botox

Dr. Amy Wechsler.

Isolaz

Dr. Doris Day.

SmartLipo

Dr. Bruce Katz.

Lash Extensions

Uptown Girl.

Medi Pedi

Dr. Alexander Fish.

Teeth Whitening

Dentabrasion, Dr. Lana Rozenberg.

Lighting Design

Bentley Meeker Lighting & Staging.

Vegetarian Catering

Kyotofu.

Ice Sculptures

Okamoto Studio.

Planners' Picks

Shoe and Gown Dyers

Shoe Service Plus, Martin Izquierdo, and more.

Destination Wedding Gurus

David Reinhard Events, Marcy Blum, and more.

Rentals

Props for Today, Taylor Creative Inc, and more.

Guest Transportation

Altour Limousine, Farrell Limousine, and more.

Tents

Stamford Tent & Event Services, Sperry Tents, and more.

Child Care

Babysitter’s Guild, Pinch Sitter’s Agency, and more.

How To

Insure Your Engagement Ring

Three helpful tips on insuring your ring.

Word Your Invitations

Nine helpful tips for wording your invitations.

Create a Wedding Website

Three helpful tips on creating your site.

Get Wedding Insurance

Three helpful tips for getting insured.

Make a Successful Seating Chart

Six helpful tips on creating a seating chart.

Have a Green Wedding

Three helpful tips for planning an eco-friendly wedding.

Serve a Signature Cocktail

Five helpful tips on serving a customized cocktail.

Polls

Where Was Your Rehearsal Dinner?

Five couples dish on their rehearsal dinner restaurants.

Who Did You Hire to Play at Your Wedding?

Five couples talk about who they hired to play music on their wedding day.

Who Was Your Photographer?

Five couples weigh in on wedding photographers.

Eight-Planner Poll: What are Some Little-Known Drawbacks to Popular Venues?

Eight planners discuss little known drawbacks to popular wedding venues.

Tradeoffs

Tradeoffs

What you could get for the same price as..

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