October 12, 2010 Issue
To help you narrow things down for your big day, we called in experts to spill secrets on cakes, gowns, stationery, and even chuppahs; asked inventive New York couples to share their wedding albums; combed the runway for fashion inspiration; and scoured the city for reception ideas, from the venues that will ensure you make a dazzling entrance to the very last song the D.J. should play. On the Cover: Photograph by Anna Wolf for New York Magazine.
High-drama gowns replete with sumptuous tulle, flawless draping, and unexpected details.
A bouquet should be large and loud and bursting with color. Discuss.
Hangable, foldable, frameable—this is stationery your guests will actually want to save.
The four comfort-food groups, reimagined by the city’s top caterers.
Towering creations from the city's top cake designers.
Ask the Experts
“Try different styles, even if you don’t think they’re right for you. They might be amazing on your figure.”
“Have your cake make an entrance rather than putting it on display."
“When shopping for a band, don’t go for the most fashionable style. You’ll be tired of it in two years.”
“Throw out all the ‘should’s and expectations. Don’t be afraid to express who you are as a couple.”
“There’s no ‘I’m sorry, we can’t do it’ at our level. It’s our job to preserve the integrity of your investment.”
“The chuppah symbolizes the home you’re building together."
Browse 115 wedding dresses, from minidresses to off-the-rack finds.
Browse 110 bridesmaid dresses for the wedding and thereafter.
If not on your wedding night, then when?
Find 120 accessories for the bride, from capes to rings.
Thirteen notable New Yorkers reminisce about the moments they said “I do.”
Ranee Bartolacci and Nir Meir's swank hotel affair at the Plaza.
Barrie Gordon and Jared Gruner's rustic country celebration at the Circa 1799 Barn.
Mayuri Amuluru and Kash Chandra's traditional Indian blowout at Guastavino’s.
Chris Harris and Brian Conroy's spirited bash at Binney Park and Stage 6 at Steiner Studios.
Stella Fiore and Joseph Szladek's old-fashioned Brooklyn fête.
Sarah Roemer and Anton Davis's retro downtown soirée.
Steer your guests toward registry finds you’ll actually love.
It’s not for everyone, but a self-made celebration can boost both savings and satisfaction.
From weeks-out spa days to last-minute spray tans, a beauty timeline to get you through the final stretch.
Maximize your free time—if such a thing exists—by picking a class that targets multiple muscle groups at once.
They survived their first year of marriage. Now, 89 newly marrieds tell all.
Eight fantasy venues paired with reasonable—but equally desirable—alternatives.
Five venues with covered or retractable roofs.
Three in-demand mixologists concoct Champagne punches to loosen up dance-floor inhibitions.
Plates, glass, linens, and more to suit a quartet of wedding moods.
Dance? Lip-synch? Act? Sing? Four amateur wedding-day performers provide inspiration.
In-demand D.J.’s craft soundtracks for three wedding archetypes.
Send your guests off sweetly with something to save for later.
Event planners suggest ways to pare down the cost of a standard $40,000 New York City wedding.
Eight once-in-a-lifetime trips, plus nearby alternatives for the vacation-day deprived.
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