October 13, 2009 Issue
For New York’s soon-to-be-wed, the choices this city offers are thrilling—and, sometimes, overwhelming. That’s where we come in. We combed the runways for spectacular gowns; assembled exquisite cakes, bouquets, and invitations; and showcased the most magical venues.
On the Cover: Photograph by Wendelien Daan for New York Magazine. Market by Aja Mangum. Hair by Jon Ruidant for See Management. Makeup by Sil Bruinsma for Dior Beauty. Styling by Lisa Von Weise. Bouquet by Bridget Vizoso for the Designers’ Co-op, $230; French veil by Bride’s Head Revisited, $200.
You’re already the center of attention. Make the most of it in dresses that float, fly, shimmer, and transform.
They’ve become a romantic cliché, but with these fresh takes, the almighty flower regains its glory.
They might be in the background, but bridesmaids don’t have to be drab.
Intricate designs and old-world printing techniques make for invitations that look like keepsakes.
Mouthwatering wedding menus inspired by the harvest season.
Ask the Experts
“Brides want less decoration and more clean lines. It’s not about poufy dresses anymore.”
“The over-the-top orchid spray feels very dated. The trend now is toward more organic-looking flowers.”
“Our designs are nontraditional, so we like to marry them with more formal wording.”
“There aren’t many organic-wedding-cake designers. You can have something beautiful and more healthy.”
“People come to us because they can’t find what they want in other jewelry stores.”
A cornucopia of delicious dresses starts here
The top layer is another chance to accessorize; shoes sparkle and float you down the aisle.
What you wear beneath should be just as pretty.
A Vegas-style (temporary) wedding chapel opens on the Lower East Side.
If Jess and Mark’s relationship has a theme, it’s that no gesture is too grand.
The initial details of Emily and Ben’s February wedding pretty much planned themselves.
Karen and Frank's old fixer-upper upstate was the natural choice for the occasion.
Edward and Mark might not have wed at all if same-sex marriage wasn’t so topical.
Stacey and Jörg got engaged at Le Bernardin, but their wedding was a less haute affair.
A shared passion for indie music and design brought Melissa and Vince together.
New York couples from the past four decades open up their wedding albums.
"We had two engagement parties, I had two bachelorette parties, so I guess it was fitting that we had two ceremonies, as well."
Because really, nobody wants a paperweight.
Cost-saving, stress-reducing solutions to those unsexy wedding-planning tasks.
Not so crafty yourself? No problem. Online emporium Etsy boasts a wealth of charming, handmade wedding-ready items. Here, our top picks from local sellers.
For many women, Kleinfeld is where the search begins and ends. We eavesdropped one Saturday.
What may be the most heavily documented day of your life calls for expertise.
It’s a big day for kissing. Five lipsticks to keep handy.
... without having to venture far at these one-of-a-kind New York–area venues.
Escape before the honeymoon even begins with these choice destinations.
If you’re determined to have a destination wedding, the experts would like to tell you …
Delectable confections to satisfy every taste and budget.
Five seasonal concoctions to kindle the evening.
Eleven versatile musical ensembles that will keep the party on the dance floor all night long.
Memorable first-dance selections from local musicians.
We polled 100 New York wedding-goers to find out what was memorable, and what they would sooner forget, from recent celebrations.
From the beaches of Puglia to Peru’s towering verdant peaks, four romantic and restorative destinations.
“Did you” or “didn’t you” on your wedding night? 942 respondents e-mailed us the intimate details.
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