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October 12, 2010 Issue

Cover Story

New York Weddings

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.

Features

Entrance Made

High-drama gowns replete with sumptuous tulle, flawless draping, and unexpected details.

The Big Bang Theory

A bouquet should be large and loud and bursting with color. Discuss.

Invitations That Pop

Hangable, foldable, frameable—this is stationery your guests will actually want to save.

Old Comforts, New Tricks

The four comfort-food groups, reimagined by the city’s top caterers.

Almost Too Pretty to Slice

Towering creations from the city's top cake designers.

Ask the Experts

The Gown Designers

“Try different styles, even if you don’t think they’re right for you. They might be amazing on your figure.”

The Cake Man

“Have your cake make an entrance rather than putting it on display."

The Jeweler

“When shopping for a band, don’t go for the most fashionable style. You’ll be tired of it in two years.”

The Stationer

“Throw out all the ‘should’s and expectations. Don’t be afraid to express who you are as a couple.”

The Gown Cleaner

“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 Designer

“The chuppah symbolizes the home you’re building together."

Style Guide

Wedding Belles

Browse 115 wedding dresses, from minidresses to off-the-rack finds.

Bridesmaid and Beyond

Browse 110 bridesmaid dresses for the wedding and thereafter.

Snap to It

If not on your wedding night, then when?

Adorn Yourself

Find 120 accessories for the bride, from capes to rings.

The Album

Come On Down

Thirteen notable New Yorkers reminisce about the moments they said “I do.”

Swank Hotel Affair

Ranee Bartolacci and Nir Meir's swank hotel affair at the Plaza.

Rustic Country Celebration

Barrie Gordon and Jared Gruner's rustic country celebration at the Circa 1799 Barn.

Traditional Indian Blowout

Mayuri Amuluru and Kash Chandra's traditional Indian blowout at Guastavino’s.

Spirited Bash in Two Parts

Chris Harris and Brian Conroy's spirited bash at Binney Park and Stage 6 at Steiner Studios.

Old-Fashioned Brooklyn Fête

Stella Fiore and Joseph Szladek's old-fashioned Brooklyn fête.

Retro Downtown Soirée

Sarah Roemer and Anton Davis's retro downtown soirée.

The Checklist

Oh, You Shouldn’t Have!

Steer your guests toward registry finds you’ll actually love.

The DIY Wedding

It’s not for everyone, but a self-made celebration can boost both savings and satisfaction.

The Six-Month Makeover

From weeks-out spa days to last-minute spray tans, a beauty timeline to get you through the final stretch.

All-in-One Workouts

Maximize your free time—if such a thing exists—by picking a class that targets multiple muscle groups at once.

If They Had to Do It All Over Again

They survived their first year of marriage. Now, 89 newly marrieds tell all.

The Reception

Yours for a Day

Eight fantasy venues paired with reasonable—but equally desirable—alternatives.

Feeling the Chill?

Five venues with covered or retractable roofs.

Ladle Me This

Three in-demand mixologists concoct Champagne punches to loosen up dance-floor inhibitions.

One Table, Four Ways

Plates, glass, linens, and more to suit a quartet of wedding moods.

So You Think You Can ...

Dance? Lip-synch? Act? Sing? Four amateur wedding-day performers provide inspiration.

Steal These Playlists

In-demand D.J.’s craft soundtracks for three wedding archetypes.

Edible Favors

Send your guests off sweetly with something to save for later.

Save Money. A Little or a Lot.

Event planners suggest ways to pare down the cost of a standard $40,000 New York City wedding.

The Honeymoon

You'll Go Far

Eight once-in-a-lifetime trips, plus nearby alternatives for the vacation-day deprived.

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