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October 21, 2008 Issue

Cover Story

New York Weddings

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?

Features

A Walk in the Park

In New York, finding the perfect wedding dress is a walk in the park.

Total Naturals

Bouquets and boutonnieres for every budget.

Special Requests

Invitations, save-the-dates, and response cards that will make every guest want to accept with pleasure

Catering to Foodies

Four top chefs take us through their fantasy wedding menus.

Top Ten Reasons to Get Married in New York

Hundreds of interesting venues, very cool registries, a cinematic backdrop for every photo, and more.

Ask the Experts

The Gown Vendor

“White—white washes most girls out. But if that’s what looks good on you, make sure all your whites match.”

The Event Designer

“Choose seasonal, locally grown flowers to avoid the markup due to a strong euro and rising fuel prices.”

The Caterer

“It is spectacular to have 30, 50, or even 100 guests all seated at one very long table.”

The Photographer

“Props are great. Cheesy ideas are fun, so long as I’m not the one having to suggest them.”

The Stationers

“Some brides say, ‘Oh, I’ll just do it myself and go to Kinko’s.’ Please don’t! We’ll work with your budget.”

Style Guide

From the Runway

The fall 2008 collections introduced an array of noteworthy trends.

Over the Top

Quirky hats, snazzy headbands, and other feathery toppers upstaged the traditional veil this season.

Make Me a Match

Jewelry that won’t fight your neckline.

Compatible Cover-ups

What to wear when it’s cold out or you’re still hiding that tattoo from the in-laws.

Pumped!

Heels you’ll be happy to keep on all night.

All Dressed Up, With Places to Go

Get ready for the engagement year’s three other main events.

Bridal-Party Frock Finder

Pretty, sexy, artsy, cool—with so many choices, why default to a dress no one will want to wear again?

The Album

Weekend Bash in the Country

On the day of his wedding, beneath his bespoke tuxedo, Jamie was covered in cuts and scrapes.

Cocktail Soirée in the Park

“The people at the jewelry store thought I was crazy because I went back five times to look at the same ring!”

Dance Party in Italy

John and Nilda spent their first date in Sydney and became engaged in Paris.

Dinner Party on a Farm

Sondra and Greg didn’t want a conventional wedding.

Streetside Celebration Downtown

The day after the 2003 blackout, Michelle and Loren ran into each other. The two hadn’t seen each other since high school.

Taking the Plunge

“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."

The Reception

Location, Location, Location

Planners’ favorite venues and how to party in each, depending on your reception needs.

What You Didn't Know

New York City wedding vendors disclose the hidden costs and challenges associated with venues.

How to Transform a Raw Space

Event designer Jennifer Brisman takes a loft from blank to swank.

Fifteen Great Ideas

Give your guests something to talk about other than your dress.

Concoctions Like Us

The signature drinks for six soon-to-be married New York couples.

They Rock All Night Long

Bands and D.J.'s who get the crowd on its feet.

Not All Musicians Are Created Equal

Fête’s Josh Brooks lays down the rules for booking a band or D.J.

Bowie, Not Mendelssohn

Three experts refresh your wedding playlist.

Crazier Than Croquembouche

Seven pastry chefs break the wedding-cake mold.

Cheap Wedding Challenge

How to have a beautiful city celebration that doesn’t break the bank.

Crisis Averted

The best way to avoid one is to plan for it

The Registry

Look What You Can Register For

Great registry ideas for New York couples.

The Honeymoon

Planning the Getaway

Four destinations and itineraries for different kinds of newlywed adventure.

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