October 21, 2008 Issue
Well, first of all, what is a New York wedding? Is it tying the knot with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background? Arriving at your ceremony in a yellow cab? Of course, there’s no one thing, because every New York wedding draws on the whole city. Inspired florists, unique venues, exquisite gown makers … the challenge is narrowing down the options. No matter what you decide, though, when New York is your backdrop, how can you go wrong?
In New York, finding the perfect wedding dress is a walk in the park.
Bouquets and boutonnieres for every budget.
Invitations, save-the-dates, and response cards that will make every guest want to accept with pleasure
Four top chefs take us through their fantasy wedding menus.
Hundreds of interesting venues, very cool registries, a cinematic backdrop for every photo, and more.
Ask the Experts
“White—white washes most girls out. But if that’s what looks good on you, make sure all your whites match.”
“Choose seasonal, locally grown flowers to avoid the markup due to a strong euro and rising fuel prices.”
“It is spectacular to have 30, 50, or even 100 guests all seated at one very long table.”
“Props are great. Cheesy ideas are fun, so long as I’m not the one having to suggest them.”
“Some brides say, ‘Oh, I’ll just do it myself and go to Kinko’s.’ Please don’t! We’ll work with your budget.”
The fall 2008 collections introduced an array of noteworthy trends.
Quirky hats, snazzy headbands, and other feathery toppers upstaged the traditional veil this season.
Jewelry that won’t fight your neckline.
What to wear when it’s cold out or you’re still hiding that tattoo from the in-laws.
Heels you’ll be happy to keep on all night.
Get ready for the engagement year’s three other main events.
Pretty, sexy, artsy, cool—with so many choices, why default to a dress no one will want to wear again?
On the day of his wedding, beneath his bespoke tuxedo, Jamie was covered in cuts and scrapes.
“The people at the jewelry store thought I was crazy because I went back five times to look at the same ring!”
John and Nilda spent their first date in Sydney and became engaged in Paris.
Sondra and Greg didn’t want a conventional wedding.
The day after the 2003 blackout, Michelle and Loren ran into each other. The two hadn’t seen each other since high school.
“J.T. and I first met at an illustration conference. We proceeded to send each other letters and strange gifts in the mail for a year or so."
Planners’ favorite venues and how to party in each, depending on your reception needs.
New York City wedding vendors disclose the hidden costs and challenges associated with venues.
Event designer Jennifer Brisman takes a loft from blank to swank.
Give your guests something to talk about other than your dress.
The signature drinks for six soon-to-be married New York couples.
Bands and D.J.'s who get the crowd on its feet.
Fête’s Josh Brooks lays down the rules for booking a band or D.J.
Three experts refresh your wedding playlist.
Seven pastry chefs break the wedding-cake mold.
How to have a beautiful city celebration that doesn’t break the bank.
The best way to avoid one is to plan for it
Great registry ideas for New York couples.
Four destinations and itineraries for different kinds of newlywed adventure.
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